Himachal to provide free medicines

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Shimla, Jan 14 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government on Thursday announced certain medicines prescribed by doctors at government hospitals would be provided free of cost at pharmacies.

The government will also ensure that consumables such as gloves and gauze are available free of cost, a government spokesperson told IANS.

He said that a cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, decided to provide 66 items — 56 drugs and 10 consumables — free of cost to all patients under the free drug policy.

The cabinet also approved constitution of the Himachal Pradesh Govansh Samvardhan Board for preservation, welfare and development of cow species.

To tap solar power, the cabinet approved the formation of a joint venture company named Himachal Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Ltd. for implementation of a 1,000 MW solar park in the picturesque Spiti Valley in Lahaul-Spiti district.

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