The state cabinet in a meeting on Wednesday decided to hike the grant given to freedom fighters for the wedding of their granddaughters from Rs 4,000 to Rs 50,000.
Urban development minister Madan Kaushik said, “Until now, freedom fighters registered in the state were granted Rs 4,000 for the wedding of their granddaughters. The cabinet has raised the amount of Rs 50,000.”
The cabinet took a number of public welfare decisions, including efforts towards solving public related issues at the district level. The cabinet approved holding of tehsil diwas in each district. Tehsil diwas will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. Additionally, district magistrates have been directed to be present in their offices from 10am to 12noon on Mondays to hear public grievances.
To address shortage of doctors in the hill state, the cabinet decided to raise the retirement age of Ayush doctors from 60 to 65. It was also decided to change the name of civil and supplies department to civil supplies and consumers department. The cabinet also said that paramilitary officers would be allowed deputation duty in the State Disaster Response Force.
Kaushik also stated that the cabinet was in favour of bringing down the mining rates in the state and chief secretary S Ramaswamy has been asked to present a report in this regard.