SHIMLA -21 July, 2019-Governor of Himachal Pradesh (designate) Kalraj Mishra was given a rousing reception when he reached Shimla today.

Kalraj Mishra will swear in as the 26th Governor of Himachal Pradesh on 22nd July at 4.15 PM.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Wife of Chief Minister Dr. Sadhna Thakur, Mayor Municipal Corporation Kusum Sadret, Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, senior officials of the state government and other dignitaries welcomed him in the Raj Bhawan. While congratulating Kalraj Mishra, Chief Minister welcomed him in Himachal Pradesh. He honoured Kalraj Mishra with Himachali cap and shawl.

Earlier, Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Deputy Mayor Amit Kashyap, Superintendent of Police Umapati Jamwal and others welcomed Kalraj Mishra at Annadale helipad.

On this occasion, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh (designate) Kalraj Mishra said, "Governor is top most constitutional post in state and efforts would be made to abide by constitutional dignity and to ensure the fair functioning of Vidhan Sabha. The endeavours would be made to make this state more beautiful with the support and cooperation of all ".

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SHIMLA-21 July, 2019

Exporters have great role to play in building new India: Jai Ram Thakur

CM distributes prizes to winners of Northern Region Export Awards

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that exporters are playing a crucial role in improving the economic growth and their contribution could be decisive in taking the Indian economy to five trillions as has been envisaged by the government of India. He said that despite few odds, the exporters also have a great responsibility to shoulder in building a new India for which they will have to work with utmost zeal and passion.

He was speaking as a chief guest on the occasion of regional award ceremony of the Engineering Exports Promotion Council of India (EEPC), held here on Saturday evening.

The Chief Minister said that the opinion of the world for India has changed over the past few years as the country is fast emerging as one of the strongest economy due to strong leadership at the Centre. India’s engineering export achieved new heights during last two years as country’s export grew to 81.02 billion dollars in year 2018-19 from 7.02 billion dollars in 2017-18. He expressed happiness over the fact that northern region has 26 percent contribution in the total engineering export of the country.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the efforts are afoot to make Himachal Pradesh as the most favoured destination for the investors in the country. The government has been continuously working to improve the ease of doing business which has also been reflected in the ranking made by the government of India. The state government is organising Global Investors Meet at Dharamshala this year with an investment target of Rs. 85 thousand crores in various sectors. The state has already signed MoUs for more than 25 thousand crores for which a high level delegation of the state met investors through road shows held recently both at international and national level.

He said the state government is providing various incentives to the entrepreneurs and the performance of the state on the export front is growing steadily due to conducive environment available here. The state government has provided 57 bighas of land for setting up regional centre of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in Shimla that would help to identify export potential.

He invited the suggestions from the industrialists present on the occasion for success of the proposed investors meet and also called upon them to motivate other entrepreneurs to invest for development of Himachal Pradesh in various sectors.

The Chief Minister gave away the prizes to the winners of the northern region export awards to 84 winners in seven categories. He congratulated the winners for their outstanding achievements which also included some exporters from Himachal Pradesh.

Chairman, EEPC India Ravi Sehgal appreciated the efforts of the Himachal government for promoting the export sector. He said that engineering sector is doing its best to improve the economy of the nation.

Regional Chairperson, EEPC India Kamna Raj Aggarwala thanked the state government for its support to organise this event in Himachal Pradesh.

Additional Chief Secretary, Industries Manoj Kumar, Director, Industries Hansraj Sharma and other senior officers of the state government were present on the occasion.

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Sahara to provide solace to chronic patients of weaker sections in H.P.

The State Government has launched the 'Sahara Scheme' to provide financial assistance of Rs. 2000 per month to the patients belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society, who are suffering from specified diseases such as Parkinson, Malignant Cancer, Paralysis, Muscular Dystrophy, Hemophilia and Thalassemia etc.

The patients suffering from chronic renal failure or any other disease, which renders a person permanently incapacitated, have also been covered under the scheme. The main objective of the 'Sahara Scheme' is to provide financial assistance as a social security measure to patients suffering from fatal diseases in order to obviate and mitigate the hardships faced during prolonged treatment to an extent.

All patients belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society, whose family income does not exceed Rs. 4 lakh per annum and suffering from the diseases and taking treatment on long term basis, are eligible for grant of benefit under the scheme. The confirmation of the diagnosis of the disease can be confirmed from medical treatment history, examination by the medical board. The factum of disease can be confirmed from disability certificate if available to avail the benefit under the scheme.

Health Minister Vipin Parmar while detailing about the scheme said that this new scheme has been announced by Chief Minister while presenting his second budget this year and would provide a solace to much needy patients suffering from chronic diseases. He said that in the first phase, about 6000 patients would be covered for which a budget provision of Rs. 14.40 crore has been made for this year.

Vipin Parmar said that a campaign would be launched to popularize the scheme with the involvement of various agencies including the print and electronic media. The Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and other health workers would be involved in the process of identification of the beneficiaries and also to assist them in completion of prescribed formalities. The incentive of Rs. 200 per beneficiary would be given to ASHA workers for identification and completion of application.

According to the notification of the scheme, the beneficiaries can submit their requisite documents directly in the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the district. The complete application forms can also be submitted in the office of the block medical officer, who will forward the document to the CMO office for further verification and disbursement of the financial assistance. The prescribed format has been made available in all the concerned health institutions and a special campaign would be launched soon to aware the people across the state.

It is worth mentioning here that the state government has already started various other innovative people orientated heath schemes such as Himcare, Atal Ashirwad Yojna and Mukhya Mantri Chikitsa Sahayta Kosh which have proved a boon for much needy people of the state. The priority given to the health sector has resulted into the strengthening of the health facilities upto the grass root level.