HP to extends benefit of Social security pension to high income  groups

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Shimla, Jan 31
Himachal Pradesh Council of Minsters today decided to extend the benifit of social security pension to high income groups after enhancing maximum limit of benifciary under the state scheme.
The Cabinet decided to enhance the annual income limit for availing benefits of various pension schemes started by the Social Justice and Empowerment Department from existing Rs. 35000 to Rs. 50000 per annum. This would benefit about 78158 additional beneficiaries under various schemes.
It also decided that the State Government would bear Aadhaar Authentication charges of 25 paisa per transaction being imposed on ration card holders.  This would benefit about 19,30,000 ration card holders of the State and the Government would spend about Rs. 55.58 lakh on this account.
The Cabinet gave its nod to Himachal Pradesh Integrated Drug Prevention Policy to curb drug menace in the State.
This policy aims at curbing the grievous problem of drug trafficking, substance abuse, drug cultivation, production and consumption prevalent in the State.
It also aims at strengthening inter-governmental and inter agency coordination under multi-literal cooperation mechanism by sharing seizure statistics/data, joint drug law enforcement operations and establishment of joint interrogation centre.
It also gave its approval to engage M/s Krishnaa Diagnostic Private Ltd. Pune, the successful L-1 bidder offering maximum discount of 40.50% on  IGMC-RKS/CGHS rates for providing diagnostic services upto the CHC level  as per HUB and SPOKE Model for 236 tests including 53 free tests through open bid tender.
Till now Laboratory services in the State were being  provided at 24 health institutions only and this decision would facilitate the patients in getting diagnostic facilities at their door steps.
It gave its approval to establish Sub Division of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department at Himachal Bhawan New Delhi alongwith filling up of nine posts of different categories.
The Cabinet decided to make partial amendment in its decision regarding opening new Division of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department at Shahpur in Kangra on 14th January, 2022 by including three sections viz. Chairi, Gaggal and Rajaul under Sub Division Gaggal to facilitate the people of the area.
The Cabinet gave its approval to open office of Horticulture Development Officer in Development Block Balichowki in Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of four posts.

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