In a bid to woo the women ahead of Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh, the state cabinet decided to enhance maternity leave to women employees from existing 135 days to 180 days.

In a state cabinet meeting chaired by Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday, decision to reserve one seat for single girl child in Post Graduate courses (MD/MS) courses in government medical colleges under the state quota seats was taken.

According to an official spokesperson, the cabinet gave nod to appoint Indian women cricket team wicketkeeper Sushma Devi of Shimla (Rural) Assembly constituency as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in HP Police Services as a special case against three per cent reservation in direct recruitment post for distinguished sports persons.

Shimla (Rural) constituency is presently represented by CM. However, in the next Assembly election, he has projected his son, Vikramaditya Singh as the likely contestant.

The spokesperson said the cabinet agreed to revise the pay structure of various teaching faculty categories in Sister Nivedita Government Nursing College.

In another important decision, the cabinet approved a development block at Kupvi to facilitate the people of the remote belt of Chopal area.