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Cabinet ayes happiness department; Chief Minister to be in charge

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 02:08 PM IST

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Will define, measure, spread happiness

BHOPAL : A meeting of the state cabinet, presided over by the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, here on Friday, approved the creation of a happiness department in the state.

The department will work as resource centre on ‘happiness’. State Happiness Institute would be set up under it.

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The state government, prior to decision, had commissioned a study of the parameters made by the United Nations Organisation, Bhutan and International Management Institute of United States of America for measuring happiness level of citizens.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided to keep this department under his charge.

Interacting with journalists, Chouhan said happiness cannot be measured merely on the basis of gross domestic product (GDP). He said constitution of the happiness department was one of the 51 recommendations made in the ‘Vaicharik Mahakumbh’. He said the department would cover education, curriculum, Yoga, meditation, per capita income and  positive change. Happiness department will identify the parameters of happiness and define them. It would also prepare guidelines for coordination between various departments to promote happiness in the state. It would work on the concept of happiness, drafting of policies and their implementation. Action plan and activities for making people happy would also be made.

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It would also evaluate the mental state of the people at regular intervals. A survey report on state of happiness would also be published. Continuous research would be done for improving the happiness levels and parameters of happiness.

The proposed set up of the department includes one chairman, one chief executive officer, one director research, one director coordination, one accountant, four research assistants, six junior assistants and five peons. A budget of Rs 3.60 crore has been proposed for it.

The cabinet also gave approved the proposal to give ‘Simhastha Jyoti’ medals for officers and employees deployed in security arrangements during Simhastha-Mahakumbh 2016.

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Published on: Saturday, July 16, 2016, 12:20 AM IST