Paving the way for reopening of schools and colleges in the state, Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Saturday gave its nod to resume offline classes for students of Class IX to XII from February 15, 2021. Colleges will also reopen from February 15.
The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also decided upon commencing all training programmes under Skill Development initiative in the state. However, while running classes in schools, colleges, universities and otherwise, all guidelines and protocols regarding COVID-19 pandemic issued from time to time by the state and central government have to be complied with strictly.
The Cabinet approved the constitution of a Special Force called ‘Bastar Fighters’ in all districts of Bastar division.
The Cabinet also approved the draft Chhattisgarh Appropriation Bill, 2021 for presentation of Budget Demand Proposals for the third Supplementary Budget 2020-2021. It also approved the draft Chhattisgarh Appropriation Bill, 2021 for presentation of Budget Demand Proposals for the financial year 2021-2022. The Cabinet also approved the draft speech of the Governor to be read during commencement of Tenth Session (Budget Session) of the Fifth Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly commencing from February 22, 2021.
The Cabinet approved implementation of Rajiv Nagar Awas Yojna for providing housing for homeless under all categories in all districts. Under the scheme, Chhattisgarh Housing Board will be provided government land at Re 1 per sq feet. Under the scheme 1 lakh houses will be constructed in all urban, semi-urban and big towns in the state.
The Cabinet while taking a significant decision towards making the Godhan Samitis and Self Help Groups working under Godhan Nyay Yojna, atmanirbhar, wherein, Rs 5 will be paid as cost price for cow-dung to the concerned gothan samiti from the per kilo sale proceed of vermin-compost sold at Rs 10 per kilo. Similarly, Rs 0.65 will be paid to Self Help Groups against processing and packaging fee. For marketing of vermin-compost, a commission of Rs 0.45 and Rs 0.05 will be paid to Large Area Multi-Purpose Societies (LAMPS), Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) and cooperative banks against sale of per kilo vermin-compost. It was also decided that the profit earned from the sale of per kilo vermin-compost will be divided between Self Help Groups and Gothan Samitis at 85:15 ratio.
The Cabinet also approved reduction of premium rate for allotment of land for the purpose of establishment of good academic institutions from existing Rs 3706 per sq mt to Rs 2475 per sq mt at Nava Raipur in sectors where extended layout has not been prepared. The allotment will be made through a tendering process and the rate will remain valid till May 31, 2022. The Cabinet also revised the development charges in order to encourage investment, employment and habitation in Nava Raipur, wherein, average 10% to 21% rates have been reduced on premium rates. It also approved a proposal for allotment of land in Nava Raipur for various projects at reduced premium rate.
The Cabinet approved the proposal of Chhattisgarh Excise Policy for the financial year 2021-22 along with approval of draft amendment for reconstitution of Chhattisgarh State Rural and Other Backward Class Area Development Authority and Chhattisgarh State Rural and draft Other Backward Class Area Development Authority Fund Rules 2020. It also approved the draft amendment of Sub-rule 1 and Sub-rule 2 of Section 31A of The Prisoners Act, 1900.
The Cabinet also took many other significant decisions including allocation of 15 percent of the profit earned from tendupatta trading to collector samitis for lac cultivation and trading of nationalized forest produce, approval of draft MoU document to be signed between private investors and Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Federation for establishing processing units, DGPS survey of forest areas through CAMPA funds, approval of draft Right-of-Way policy for development of Chhattisgarh Telecommunication Infrastructure along with some other decisions.
PRSU to comply with DHE order: Dr Pandey
Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (PRSU) Registrar Dr Girish Kant Pandey said that the university will take necessary steps for reopening of colleges affiliated to the university. “We will take necessary measures to comply with all the decisions taken by the Cabinet and the Department of Higher Education. We will try to ensure students coming to the colleges remain safe,” said Dr Pandey.