The Cabinet on Monday gave its nod of elevating the age limit of recruiting senior staff nurses and staff nurses at 36 from the existing 30 years for joining the hospitals and healthcare centres under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The decision of relaxing the age-limit of recruiting nurses was taken to fulfil the vacancies in different hospitals and healthcare centres across the country.
The approval was given in the regular Cabinet meeting held on Monday at Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
It also approved a policy for management of the unused lands of Roads and Highways Department cancelling the provision of leasing for establishing petrol or diesel pumps and CNG station on the land.
However, it decided that the existing petrol or diesel pumps and CNG station on the land of the department would exist, but no land property would be given lease for this purpose from now on.
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M. Mosharraf Hussain Bhuiyan told reporters at a briefing that around 3,728 posts of senior staff nurses and staff nurses have remained vacant at present.
At the same time, the government is planning to recruit more 10,000 senior staff nurses and staff nurses for the government hospitals and health care centres.
All of the nurses would be recruited under the amended recruitment policy. The policy would remain valid until December 2018, he added.
According to the existing policy on use of property of Roads and Highways Department, the department has to preserve the accounts of its all land property both manually and digitally. The land should be kept free from illegal occupation, but could be given lease for temporary period to any individual or organization for economic use.
Though the new policy prohibited leasing the department's lands, the statue, memorial on the nation's culture, history, and heritage could be constructed on the road islands upon permission of the Ministry or Chief Engineer of the department.
The unused land could also be given lease for pisciculture, agriculture, social afforestation in addition to construction of restroom for commuters, passenger shed, truck terminal, billboard, digital banner, and scroll vision.
The cabinet also gave final approval to the drafts of two more acts - "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University, Bangladesh Act-2015" and "Rabindra Bishwabidalaya Act-2015".
The digital university will be a specialized public university on information and communication technology with the main objective to expedite the pace of development through qualitative improvement of IT education in the country.
Rabindra Bishwabidalaya will be established as a public university at Shahzadpur in Sirajganj district which will provide education on literature, music, drama, dance, fine arts, social science, agriculture, cooperatives, zoology and technological studies side by side with conducting research and practice on Rabindranath.
The administrative structure of the university would be like other public universities. However, the Cabinet has given a new recommendation to include four Rabindra experts in its senate who teach and conduct research on Rabindranath, the Cabinet Secretary said.