It has been decided in the state cabinet meeting that 35 thousand MT paddy shall be procured in December at Minimum Support Price from the farmers of the state in the present fiscal year at Rs. 20.40 per kilogram. As a result, the state government will be spending 87 crore 3 lakh rupees, stated Information & Cultural Affairs department Minister Sushanta Choudhury in a press meet called at the Secretariat today. The ICA Minister informed that after the new government took over, it started procuring paddy from the farmers in the state at Rs. 19.50 MSP in the fiscal year 2018-19. At present, the MSP has been made Rs. 20.40. So far, total 1 lakh 31 thousand MT paddy has been procured from the farmers at the cost of total 243 crore 99 lakh rupees.
The ICA Minister also informed that 100 posts of Group-A Junior Engineer and 100 posts of Group-B Junior Engineer under PWD department will be filled up. These posts will be filled up for Civil, Mechanical and Electrical departments. He informed, a decision was also taken few days back in the cabinet meeting to fill up 100 posts of Group-A Junior Engineer and 100 posts of Group-B Junior Engineer. In addition to those, recruitment process will be completed through TPSC for these 200 posts of Junior Engineers. He also informed, physical examination for Fireman and Driver posts were also completed few days back under the Fire Service department. It has been decided in the cabinet meeting to form a board comprising of 4 members for taking written examination of the candidates who have qualified in physical examination. The ICA Minister informed, starting up Techno India University in the state has also been approved in the cabinet meeting. He informed, there will be opportunities for pursuing higher education on different subjects such as science, technology, nursing, journalism, agriculture, AYUSII, yoga etc., in the university run by Techno India Group. The ICA Minister informed that the state government will soon be signing a MoU agreement on this matter with Techno India Group.
The ICA Minister informed, it has also been decided in the cabinet meeting that there will be no bar in referring Group-A and Group-B employees of the state government to take treatment outside the state. As a result, they will now be able to get medical reimbursement after submitting proper bill in any recognized state government hospital without any reference outside the state.
Apart from that, the same will be applicable for those Group-A and Group-B employees on being sick while being on duty and getting treatment from any recognized hospital of the state government. He informed, this will be applicable only for Group-A and Group-B employees having cancer or heart related disease. Furthermore, it has also been decided in the cabinet meeting to increase medical reimbursement for retired employees from 15 thousand rupees to 50 thousand rupees in 5 years.