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Uttarakhand To Focus On Upgrading Government Hospitals

In an attempt to improve health services in the hill state, the Trivendra Singh Rawat government has decided to upgrade the various government hospitals in Uttarakhand and try to fill up over 2,700 sanctioned posts of medical and paramedical personnel for the same.

During the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the state government has decided to improve the facilities available at various government hospitals including primary health centres and community health centres to conform to the Indian Public Health Standards set by the Union government under its National Rural Health Mission. In order to ensure focused development, the cabinet has divided health centres in the state into five categories — type A primary health centres, type B primary health centres, community health centres, sub-district hospitals and district hospitals — and aims to fill up over 2,700 posts to ensure smooth functioning.

In another major decision, the cabinet approved a proposal to eliminate the delay in clearing plans for construction of houses on land upto 105 metres by empowering empanelled architects to grant the necessary permission. With this, the residents planning to build a house don’t have to wait for months to receive sanction from the authorities concerned.

State urban development minister Madan Kaushik said, “Now, residents can get their housing plan and layout certified by empanelled architects. If any violation is found, action will be taken against the architect concerned too.”

The cabinet also turned down the housing department’s suggestion to raise the land use charges for construction of hotels and resorts to 150% from 10% at present.

Similarly, the state government waived over Rs 4 crore royalty to be paid by the Centre for construction of 17.23 km road at Rishikesh under the all-weather Char Dham project.

The minister said, “The Union government had requested the state to waive the royalty on construction materials as it is an important project.”

The cabinet also amended the provisions to grant government jobs to family members of government employees on compassionate grounds to include married daughters.

Apart from this, the government suspended the sports code implemented in 2018 as deserving candidates were being overlooked in the selection process.

Apart from this, the cabinet also approved the decisions of chief secretaries of both Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on 20 long pending disputes.

Some of them include the transfer of 380 hectares of land and 384 buildings to the state apart from permission to hold Kumbh Mela on 697.57 acres of Uttar Pradesh land in 2021. Other key decisions of the state cabinet included plans to make meetings paperless in two months and approval to sell 75% molasses in the open market among others. – TOI