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Diet expenses of indoor patients increased

Written by: Staff

Bhopal, Apr 4 (UNI) After a gap of about 23 years, the Madhya Pradesh Government today increased the amount of diet expense of indoor patients in government hospitals from Rs 8 to Rs 20 per day per patient.

The decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The existing rate of Rs 8 on the diet of a patient was fixed as back as in 1983, an official release said here today.

The increase in diet expense -- aimed at providing sufficient diet to the patients -- entails an additional burden of Rs 3 lakh per day on the government exchequer.

The cabinet also endorsed the decision to constitute a cabinet committee -- headed by Urban Development Minister Jayant Malaiya -- for necessary action on the report of Bhopal-Ujjain Communal Right Enquiry Commission.

The committee will comprise Public Health and Social Justice Minister Rampal Singh, Minister of State (MoS) for Culture Laxmikant Sharma, MoS for Higher Education Tukojirao Pawar, MoS for School Education Paras Chandra Jain and MoS for Home and General Administration Nagendra Singh.

The cabinet also decided to introduce a new arrangement for facilitating drawing of salaries by officers and employees of the Forest Department through treasuries and sub-treasuries.

The cabinet also decided to allot 100 acres land for establishing Indian Institute of Technology Designing and Construction in Jabalpur.

The institute has been started in the Government engineering College temporarily and the teaching work began in July 2005.

The cabinet accorded post facto approval for the government securities worth Rs 2073.17 lakh released in favour of HUDCO and HDFC in March for various projects of the MP Housing Board.


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