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Primary Health Centers to be run on PPP mode


State Cabinet's important decisions
Jaipur, The State Cabinet, in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje at the CMO on Tuesday, has decided to run the Primary Health Centers (PHC) in the state on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.  The Cabinet further took other important decision including hike in the grade-pay of forest guards.
After the meeting, the State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore shared these details with the mediapersons. He told that the decision of running the PHCs and affiliated sub-centres in PPP was taken in view of shortage of staff at these health centres. In the first phase, 90 out of 2,082 PHCs would be operated under the PPP mode where the staff of medical officers and facilities were not available as per the standards.
The Minister said that at these centre the facilities such as free medicine, free diagnostic services, immunization, 104 and 108 ambulance services would continue as such. The operators of the PHCs would provide doctors, paramedic and other staff, free OPD, 6-bed IPD, 24-hours emergency scheme, maternal and child health care, family planning, pregnancy registration, four-time ANC, labour room for normal delivery, referral, vaccination and other facilities at these centres. These health centres would be given to private partners through open bidding system.
Shri Rathore further said that the Cabinet decided to amend Rajasthan Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2008 to hike the grade-pay of forest guards from 1,900 rupees to 2,000 rupees. This would benefit 3,967 forest guards and the state had to bear additional burden of 4.5 crore rupees annually. He said that now the state pensioners would not be required to give personal appearance at the banks as a proof of life-certificate because the government had decided to extend Aadhaar-based digital life certificate facility for them. In this, the banks would access the digitized life-certificates through a website which would receive the same from a personal computer, e-Mitra, Community Service Centre or mobile phone after proper authentication using biometrics and Aadhaar.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that the Cabinet also decided to restructure the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) for strengthening the same financially. Presently working employees of the Corporation would not be affected by this decision. As per restructuring plan, all 75 properties of the RTDC would be divided into three categories, he said. In the first categories, those properties would be listed which had remained dysfunctional since their inception and the possibilities of making them operational were negligible. These properties would be auctioned in a transparent manner as per the rules. The second category of properties would be of those to be run on lease or under the PPP mode. Rest of the properties would be modernized and run in according to market competition, he said. The minister added that presently the corporation was running in a loss worth 125 crore rupees, of total 75 properties, 27 were closed and only 44 were operative. Even of these, only 12 were making profits.
Shri Rathore stated that the State Cabinet also approved Rajasthan Poisons Possession and Sale Rules, 2015 to regulate sale and storage of poisons and acids used for human medical treatment and domestic, agricultural or commercial purposes. Acids of pH value 0 to 2 and alkaline matters of pH value 11.5 to 14 would also be regulated through these rules. The sellers would be required to keep a logbook for stocks of these chemicals and keep a record of the buyers along with their identity, quantity and purpose of purchase. The Cabinet further decided to provide relief assistance of upto 3 lakh rupees and free medical treatment to the victims of acid attack.
The Minister further informed that the fixed payment to the probationer trainees of the state government had been hiked by 10 percent from July 2015 onwards. The State Cabinet took this decision in addition to the prior hike of 20 percent made effective from September 2014 onwards. About one lakh probationers would be benefited by this decision, he said.
Shri Rathore said that in view of parity in the qualifications for promotions on the post of Personal Secretary in the State Assembly, the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Secretariat (Recruitment and Condition of Service) Rules 1992 would be amended. As per the Cabinet decision, these promotions would now be made solely on merit-cum-seniority basis.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that aiming at more investment and employment opportunities in the state, the Cabinet further decided to increase land available for Domestic Industries Area in Mahindra World City from 500 acres to 1,000 acres and to reduce the land for Social Infrastructure Area from 1,000 acres to 446 acres.