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Sunday , May 25 , 2014
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Funds for hill, IT hub

Ranchi, May 24: The state cabinet today cleared Rs 4.06 crore for beautification of the Ranchi Hill, a popular tourist destination in the heart of the capital, and sanctioned another Rs 63.87 lakh for a proposed software park to be developed in Jamshedpur.

Situated around 2,000ft above the sea level, the hill, which draws a steady stream of devotees for a century-old mandir of Pahari Baba, will soon be a part of the country’s religious tourism map.

Under the beautification project, there is a provision for an elevator for the main temple, a water harvesting system, a marriage hall and a rotating platform atop the hill for a panoramic view of the city. These apart, there are plans to repair the approach roads, set up a park, a health centre and a shopping complex.

During its four-hour-long meeting at Project Building in Dhurwa, the cabinet also provided the much-needed push to the proposed software park in the steel city, the second in the state after Ranchi. Jharkhand Infrastructure Development Agency will implement the project.

This apart, the cabinet promised Rs 3 lakh compensation each for acid attack victims from retrospective effect and decided to take proper measures to avert recurrence of such incidents in the state.

State government employees, who have not been getting salaries as per recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, also has something to cheer about. The cabinet increased DA from the existing 183 per cent to 200 per cent, a 17 per cent hike.

Remuneration of prisoners engaged in various types of work in jails has been increased. Unskilled prisoners will get Rs 103, up from Rs 80. While semi-skilled inmates will get Rs 122, against Rs 87 now, skilled ones will receive Rs 151, a hike of Rs 30 .

Among others, the cabinet sanctioned Rs 22.03 crore for modernisation of the special task force, and gave the nod for construction of four roads in Deoghar.

It cleared Rs 34.67 crore for setting up 315 post-cocoon clusters across the state, creating as many as 9,450 jobs.

Also, Rs 83.19 crore was sanctioned for a handloom cluster in Godda to boost sericulture in Jharkhand.

Apart from this decision for development of Amritsar, Delhi, Calcutta industrial corridor was also taken.

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