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Paramedics can smile now

Ranchi, Jan. 22: The state cabinet today approved service regulations for paramedical staff to pave the way for regularising services of contractual staff, ending a two- year-long impasse on the issue.

There are over 1,347 contractual paramedical staff who have been working against sanctioned posts for several years in hospitals across the state.

On January 6, they went on strike for around 10 days demanding regularisation of services. The strike was called off after the state government gave them positive assurances.

“Their services could not be regularised in the absence of service regulations. Now that service regulations have been approved by the state government, the services of such paramedical staff, who fulfil the requisite conditions, will be regularised,” said cabinet coordination department principal secretary J.B. Tubid at a news conference.

He pointed out that the service of contractual doctors had also been regularised in similar fashion earlier.

Hospital

The cabinet also agreed to transfer 2.80 acre municipal corporation land in the Ghaghra locality in the outskirts of the state capital for setting up a super-speciality hospital on public private partnership.

The land will be leased to a private partner — not yet chosen — for 30 years.

PP bids

Bid documents for running the proposed 500-bed new building on Ranchi Sadar hospital premises on PPP mode was also approved by the cabinet.

Transaction adviser International Finance Corporation has been authorised to float tenders for selecting a private partner.

Mukhiyas

In a step forward to strengthen elected panchayat institutions, the cabinet decided that no confidence motions could not be brought against elected mukhiyas. However, an appellate authority would soon be constituted to hear complaints against mukhiyas.

Lokayukta

The cabinet also decide to empower the Lokayukta to probe alleged acts of omission and commission in municipal bodies.

Funds

Rs 776.34 crore was approved for various schemes under Rajeev Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan, another Rs 150 crore would be given to the gram panchayats from the state plan for construction of PCC roads in villages.

Judicial posts

Nine posts of judges and judicial officers of various ranks were sanctioned for Khunti district.

Till now, judicial affairs in the district were being headed by a chief judicial magistrate rank official.

Tax tribunal

Lohardagga’s principal district and session judge P.D. Choudhary has been named chief of commercial taxes tribunal.

Other important cabinet decisions included:

Approval of Jharkhand Tribal Advisory Council Regulations

Maintenance of records of mortgaged immovable property at district headquarters

Transfer of land for various projects.