Under the directions of the Supreme court of India all the states are to form Human Rights commissions at their ends. In pursuance of the same the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has given the green signal for the formation of a full fledged State Human Rights Commission, which was being hitherto looked after by the Himachal Pradesh Lokayukt. This will lead to the creation of about 2,500 posts in the Health and Animal Husbandry departments. The Cabinet also gave approval for 29 posts of various categories in the State Human Rights Commission.
In addition, to the above, the Cabinet gave nod for filing of 2,000 vacant posts of para-medical staff in the Health and Family Welfare Department on contract, and has decided to hire additional jalrakshaks for every functional irrigation and drinking water scheme. Further an approval was given for the filling up of 450 posts of pharmacists and assistants in the Animal Husbandry Department, it has also cleared the deck for the filling up of posts of environment science lecturers in government degree colleges where there are more than 1,000 students or more, with effect from the academic session 2018-19. While deciding to create awareness among the students for preservation of environment, it was also decided to start education as a new subject at the under graduation level in 13 government degree colleges.
The Cabinet has also given it’s green signal for the filling up of 17 vacant posts of Assistant Professor in Shimla and Tanda Medical Colleges. Nod was given for opening of some primary schools, all over the state. Another major decision was taken to establish an Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology at Balla Kharot (Parour) in district Kangra under the PPP mode, under self financing mode and with no liability on the government.