Shimla: In order to bring the sex workers into the mainstream of the society, the Himachal Pradesh government is mulling to provide alternative self employment to them. The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Monday.

The scheme aims at imparting professional training to the sex workers, their rehabilitation, providing them loans on lower interest rates.

The state government also took several other decisions aimed at benefitting the weaker sections of the society.

The state government has decided that 50 percent subsidy on cooking gas connection would be given to the Schedule Caste women living Below Poverty Line (BPL) under the Mata Shabri Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojna.

Among other major decisions, the Cabinet gave its nod to computer being used in the type test for fourth grade employees for their promotion to third grade.

The government spokesperson said the Cabinet has decided to bring Himachal Pradesh Special Court Bill, 2011 in the upcoming Monsoon session of state Assembly.

The Act will empower the court to seize disproportionate assets even during the hearing of the case.

JPN/Bureau