Universities, colleges to open from August 2; Schools to open for Class X, XII students

Universities, colleges to open from August 2; Schools to open for Class X, XII students

Raipur: Universities and Colleges across the state will have offline classes from August 2, 2021. However, classes will be run with 50 percent capacity under rotation policy. With it, online classes will continue, decided the Chhattisgarh Cabinet, a meeting of which was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday. Attendance of students in the colleges will be mandatory.

Similarly, the Cabinet decided to start Class X and XII classes offline with 50 percent capacity from August 2 with the consent of the parents. Gram panchayats will hold discussions with parents prior to open the school in rural areas while the schools in urban areas will be opened following a discussion between corporators and parents. Anganwadis will be operational in two shifts from July 26.

All Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) will open from August 2. Medical colleges, engineering colleges, polytechnic colleges will be opened in a phased manner. The Cabinet increased the one-year contractual service of Col Rajneesh Sharma, the then Deputy Inspector General (STF), Durg district.

The Cabinet gave a go-ahead to a proposal sent by the Bastar Divisional Commissioner regarding the opening of Ashram/Hostel and Pota Cabin (Class 8 to 12). As many as 320 Ashrams and 110 Hostels are being run in the Sukma, Bijapur, and Narayanpur districts of the Bastar division. Besides, permission was granted to open hostels and ashrams situated at the district headquarters of the remaining four districts. 

The Cabinet approved Special Incentive Package for encouraging investment in Pharmaceutical industries in the state. However, only those industries will be provided with this benefit which signs a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government before the announcement of the package. Those houses which would bring fresh investment worth over Rs 15 crore to the state before October 31, 2024, will also be eligible for the benefit. The maximum investment limit has been fixed at Rs 20 crore for reaping the benefits of the special package, said the Cabinet. Pharmaceutical industries will be provided with rebates on electricity charges, stamp duty, interest, project report, quality test and technicality of the patient grant, etc. under the special package. Moreover, such companies will be allowed for 50 percent direct sale of medicine in the state if they participate in the tender process.

The Cabinet approved a proposal to increase the number of members in Chhattisgarh Rajya Krishak Kalyan Parishad from 10 to 21. The Cabinet gave in-principle approval to implement Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Bhumihin Krishi Majdoor Nyay Yojana from 2021-22. Chief Minister will give a final shape to the scheme.

The Cabinet gave its consent for the auction of 17 coal blocks out of 18 in Chhattisgarh. The Cabinet took several other major decisions. The Cabinet has come up with Special Rent Scheme and One Time Settlement plan. 15 percent rebate has been declared at the payment of the last installment of the total payable amount. It was decided to sell out 14 colonies and 7 commercial complexes of the Housing Board on a no profit-not loss basis.