SHIMLA-23 September, 2018

Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana launched

Scheme to cover over 22 lakh people of the State

Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today launched the Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana for the State from here today.

On the occasion, the Governor thanked and congratulated the Prime Minister for launching such a big scheme related to the health sector and said that this shows his concern about the health of poor people. He urged the people not to depend on free medicines and other facilities and added that we should understand that by maintaining a healthy life through Yoga and taking healthy food, medication will not be needed. Thus, the money that spent on health to be used on other development works, he added. Have faith on the system of nature and conduct accordingly, said Acharya Devvrat.

The Governor congratulated the Chief Minister for adopting natural farming in the state and said that as a result of meaningful efforts and political will of the Chief Minister, the state was now in the forefront of development of natural farming. Acharya Devvrat said, "You will think, why I discussed agriculture on the occasion. As natural farming is directly related to our health and all the health related problems that we have today are related to our food habits so, natural farming is the solution in this direction". He added that Himachal will lead the Nation in natural farming.

Earlier, the Governor also interacted through video conferencing with the Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur who launched the scheme at district level and urged him to direct health officials in the district to gave information and mobilize the people particularly the people in remote areas about the scheme so that the people could be benefitted from the scheme in the real sense.

While addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana would ensure that none in the State and the country were deprived of medical treatment due to want of money. He said that this was the biggest health Scheme of the world which would cover over 10 crore families of the country. He said that about 22 lakh people of the State would be benefitted under the Scheme. He said that the beneficiaries would get an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for treatment. He said that as many as 175 hospitals have been registered for treatment under this Scheme.

Chief Minister said that credit of this goes to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who has visioned such a ambitious and impactful Scheme. He said that the Scheme was bound to revolutionise the health sector in the State. He said that the Scheme should be publicised in such a way that every citizen of the country could be benefitted from this Scheme. He said that this ambitious Scheme would not only ensure free treatment to the people in government as well as private hospitals, but also ensure that they get proper treatment without worrying for the expensive treatments.

Jai Ram Thakur said that for success of this Scheme it was essential that more and more people could be educated and sensitised about it, so that they could benefit from this Scheme. He said that apart from 1800 different diseases, day care surgery has also been covered under the Scheme. He said that the State was way ahead in several health indicators in the country. He said that about five lakh families have been covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme in the State.

Chief Minister said that the State Government was also implementing Mukhiya Mantri State Health Care Scheme, under which over 1.05 lakh families have been covered. He said that in this way almost whole population of the State have been covered under one health insurance Scheme or the other. He said that the State Government was endeavouring to provide quality and specialised health care facilities to the people of the State. For this, the existing health institutions were being strengthened by equipping them with men and machinery, he added.

Chief Minister also interacted with Ministers launching this Scheme simultaneously at Kullu, Dharamshala in Kangra, Mandi, Chamba, Solan, Bilaspur, Sirmour at Nahan, Una and Hamirpur through Video Conference on the occasion.

Direct relay of launch of the Scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also telecasted from Ranchi on the occasion.

Later the Governor and Chief Minister released guideline booklet of the Scheme.

The Governor and Chief Minister also presented Golden Beneficiary Cards to the beneficiaries of the Scheme on the occasion.

Speaker HP Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajiv Bindal said that the Scheme was the biggest gift for the people of the country as well as the State from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that whole population of the State would be covered under the Scheme.

Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar said that the Scheme was being launched in the State from Shimla besides it was also being launched from all the district headquarters by the Ministers. He said that the Scheme would benefit over 50 crore population of the country. He said at about 1800 diseases would be covered under the Scheme and the whole process would be paperless and cashless.

Additional Chief Secretary Health and Home B.K. Agrawal while welcoming the Governor, Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that it was an historic day as world's largest health Scheme was being launched today for millions of the people of the country. He assured the Chief Minister that the Health Department would ensure effective implementation of this Scheme in the State.

A short documentary produced by Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Rohit Sawal was also shown on the occasion.

Speaker Jammu and Kashmir Vidhan Sabha Dr Nirmal Singh, Speaker Haryana Vidhan Sabha Kanwar Pal Gujjar, Speaker Gujarat Vidhan Sabha Rajindra, Deputy Speaker Haryana Vidhan Sabha Santosh Yadav, Chief Whip of HP Vidhan Sabha Narender Bragta, State BJP President Satpal Singh Satti, Mayor Municipal Corporation Shimla Kusum Sadrate, Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Amit Kashyap, Director Information and Public Relations Anupam Kashyap were present on the occasion among others.

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Timely action saves 19 precious lives

19 people stranded at Dobi in Kullu district

Shimla,23.09.18-Precious lives of as many as 19 people stranded at Dobi in Kullu district due to flash floods and heavy rains were saved today by the prompt action taken by the State Government on the directions of the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. It was on the direction of the Chief Minister that the chopper from Air Force was requisitioned to rescue the stranded people at Dobi and all of them were rescued safely.

While presiding over the meeting held here today to take stock of the situation arisen due to the heavy rains for the last few days in the State, particularly in four districts of Kullu, Chamba, Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti, Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to take all precautionary measures to minimize loss to life and property due to heavy rains in the State. He said that the people living downstream must be provided early warning so that due to sudden increase in the water level in the rivers due to flash flood does not cause any loss to the lives.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Public Works Department must ensure that the roads were cleared of a landslide or debris at the earliest so as to ensure smooth flow of vehicles. He said that strict vigils should be kept on water level of Chemera Dam I, II and III and Pandoh and early warning provided to concerned authorities.

It was informed in the meeting that all the 120 people stranded at Koksar have been rescued. Similarly, 23 people have been rescued from Mari and 23 from Rohtang.

Apart from this, 14 other people have been rescued by BRO from Kullu. It was informed in the meeting that as many as 60 sheep and goats had perished due to landslide at Chamba.

It was also decided in the meeting that the Deputy Commissioners be authorized to take decision at their own level for closure of schools in their respective districts, keeping in view the weather conditions. It was informed in the meeting that the Deputy Commissioners of Kullu, Chamba, Kinnaur and Mandi district have decided to close the educational institutions in their respective district for tomorrow due to heavy rains in these districts.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary Home B.K. Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary PWD Manisha Nanda, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Secretary GAD Dr. R.N. Batta, Engineer in Chief PWD, Special Secretary to the Chief Minister D.C. Rana, Director Information and Public Relations Anupam Kashyap, Director Met Department Dr. Manmohan Sharma and other officers were present in the meeting.

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State Government's schemes are proving boon for economy of farmers

SHIMLA,23.09.18-Agriculture and allied sectors have significant contribution in the economy of Himachal Pradesh . This sector contributes about 10 percent in the State's Gross Domestic Product. Agriculture activities are being carried in 5.42 lakh hectare area in the State. Several schemes and programs have been started by the State Government to strengthen the economy of farmers along with the increase in the production of agricultural products. The State's climate is very congenial for growing off-season crops and special attention is being given to promote the cultivation of off-season vegetables by the State Government which is showing better results. Vegetable cultivation was carried in 78.680 hectare area in the State in 2017-18, which resulted in 16,91,564 metric tons production. A budget of Rs. 688 crores has been allocated for agriculture in the year 2018-19.

The emphasis is on crop diversification to increase the income of farmers in the State. Presently JICA Crop Diversification Scheme is being implemented in five districts of the State at a cost of Rs. 300 crores. Under the zero budget farming, Prakartik Kheti-Khushal Kisan Scheme has been started by the State Government. Under this Scheme, training and workshops are being organized to make farmers aware about natural farming. 80 percent subsidy is being given for maintaining the cow-sheds. To make the input for natural farming, farmers are being given 75 percent subsidy on drums. In addition to this, a provision of assistance upto Rs. 50,000 has been made for opening of natural resource stores in each village for the supply of inputs in natural farming. The State government has made a provision of Rs. 25 crore for this scheme during current financial year.

State Government has also started State Agricultural Mechanization Programme to provide the agricultural machinery at subsidized rate to farmers. Under the Programme, a provision of 50 percent subsidy has been made for the farmers to purchase tractors. Similarly, provision of 50 percent subsidy has been made for the purchase of Power Tiller. During the current financial year, a budget of Rs. 20 crore has been made under the programme.

Solar Irrigation Scheme has been started for promoting agriculture and bringing more area under irrigation in the State. Under the scheme, 90 percent financial assistance is being provided to the small and marginal farmers to install pumping machinery individually for irrigation with solar pumps, whereas 80 percent financial assistance is being provided to the farmers of the middle and big categories for install pumping machinery. The government has made a provision to provide 100 percent investment in the installation of pumping machinery at the community level. Under the scheme, Solar Pumps of one to 10 Horse Power are being installed. Under the scheme, a budget of Rs. 200 crore has been made for five years. Another scheme 'Jal Se Krishi Ko Bal' has been started under which Check dams and ponds are being constructed to provide irrigation water to the farmers. Under this scheme, a provision of Rs. 40 crore has been made for this financial year and a provision of Rs. 250 crore has been made for the next five years.

The Flow Irrigation Scheme has also been started by the State Government, for renewal of the water sources and strengthening of canals in community areas. Apart from this, financial assistance of 50 percent financial assistance is being provided for construction of borewells and wells at individual level under the scheme. A provision of Rs. 25 crores has been made for the scheme in this year. Mukhya Mantri Khet Sanrakshan Yojna has been launched under which the farmers are being provided 80 percent subsidy for solar fencing, whereas 85 percent financial assistance is being provided to three or more farmers for collective fencing.

Special emphasis is being laid on the construction of Poly Houses to promote safe farming by the State government. Mukhya Mantri Green House Renovation Scheme has been started and the grant amount has been increased from 50 percent to 70 percent after five years or for the replacement of a poly sheet damaged due natural calamities. Under this scheme, a provision of Rs. 3 crore has been made this year.

The efforts of State government to promote agriculture and upgrade the economy of the farmers will help in achieving the target of doubling the income of the farmers in the State by 2022.



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