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MP Cabinet Approves India's First 'Ministry of Happiness'

File photo of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Photo: Getty images)

File photo of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Photo: Getty images)

Ministry of Happiness was conceptualized on the lines of Bhutan which measures prosperity of people by Gross National Happiness (GNH).

The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Friday gave its nod to set up a Ministry of Happiness, with a budget of Rs 3.80 crore per year.

The officer who will head the Happiness department will get a salary of Rs 1.50 lakh per month.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has created this ministry on the lines of Bhutan which measures prosperity of people by Gross National Happiness (GNH).

The state government claims the department's motive will be to spread happiness among people. The term was coined in 1972 by the then King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

first published:July 15, 2016, 14:45 IST