SHIMLA-25 May, 2018-The State Government has posed Rs. 4751 crore project for funding to the Government of India for Rain Water Harvesting in the State. This was disclosed by Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the Review Meeting of Irrigation and Public Health department here today.

Chief Minister said that being a hilly State, the rain water flows down stream unused. He said that the State Government was contemplating to check this wastage of water by building rain water harvesting structures for effective water conservation. He said that the water so conserved could be used for irrigation and other purposes during water scarcity days.

Shri Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has also sent another proposal of Rs. 798 crore for central funding for remodeling and augmentation of 1421 water supply schemes in the State to ensure adequate supply to the people of the State.

He said that due to the drought like condition in the State, it becomes duty of the Department to ensure that there was no scarcity of water to the people.  He said that special steps should be taken to check leakages  in the pipe lines.  He said that tourist season was on the peak and efforts should be made to ensure there was no inconvenience to the people and the tourists visiting the State. He said that adequate arrangements should be made in advance to meet out any eventuality due to the prolonged dry spell.

Shri Jai Ram Thakur said that it becomes duty of the IPH department to ensure proper supply of drinking water. He said that almost no snowfall during the winter season in the State has adversely affected the water sources. He said that efforts should be made for adopting alternative arrangement in water scarcity areas. He said that efforts should also be made for installation of hand pumps in drought prone areas.

The Chief Minister said that services of tankers should be pressed into service for supply of water.  He said that regular monitoring of water supply schemes must be made for ensuring smooth water supply. He said that pumps and other equipment in the pumping stations should be maintained properly. He also urged the officers of the Department to prepare maximum number of DPRs so that they could be posed for external funding. He said that priority should be given to those  projects which are nearing completion so that people could be benefitted from these projects. He said that maximum use of technology must be ensured for bringing efficiency in the department.  He said that doubling the farm income through water conservation was the thrust of the Union Government and State Government was also striving hard to meet the objective within stipulated time period. He said that 21502 MT pipes would be procured during the current financial year as compared to 20056 MT pipes procured during last financial year.

Chief Minister said that toll free number 18001808009 has been established in the department for any complaint regarding water supply. He said that a mobile app for complaint redressal and geo-tagging was also being developed to redress the complaints of the consumers.

He said that upgradation of existing projects must be done and there should be no compromise in quality. He said that special campaign should be launched to spread awareness regarding judicious use of water. He said that a mechanism should be developed for effective rain water harvesting in the State. He said that this would not only ensure water conservation but also save the water to be used during dry spell. 

Chief Minister said that the mechanism has been developed for cleaning water tanks in the State and they should be cleaned twice in a year.  

 Irrigation and Public Health Minister Shri Mahender Singh Thakur said that the present State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister was committed for the all-round development of the State. He said that a special campaign was launched to clean water tanks throughout the State. He said that the State IPH Department was forging ahead under the able guidance of the Chief Minister.  He said that adequate amount has been provided for replacement of old pipe lines. He said that despite prolonged drought like situation in the State, the Government was ensuring that there was no scarcity of water for the people.

Secretary IPH Shri Devesh Kumar welcomed the Chief Minister and others present on the occasion.

MLA Shri Prakash Rana, Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Shrikant Baldi, Engineers in Chief Shri Suman Vikrant and Shri K.R. Dhiman and senior officers of the State Government were also present in the meeting among others.  

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 Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned by GOI for checking forest fires

 Forest Minister Shri Govind Singh Thakur said here today that with a view to check the  number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

 He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas. He said that the department also started a toll free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

 The Minister said that about four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore have been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State. He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. one crore additionally.

 He said that State government was making best efforts to tackle these incidents effectively so that minimum losses could occur. He urged the people of the State to extend full support to the department.

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 Broiler hatchery to be installed in the State

 Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Virender Kanwar presided over the 24th meeting of Animal Husbandry department and HP Livestock and Poultry Development Board here today.

 The Minister said that the State Government was committed to the welfare of farmers and taking various initiatives to strengthen agrarian economy. He said that Animal Husbandry department and HP Livestock and Poultry Development Board were working together for the betterment of livestock in the State.

 He said that Artificial insemination would be strengthened and Embryo transfer technology would also be emphasized. Veterinary College Palampur would also work in tandem with the Department and Board. Pashu Sanjeevni Yojna would be implemented to keep record of data concerned with livestock’s health and production, he added.

 He said that a broiler hatchery would be installed in the State and a proposal for Sex-sorted semen labs would be sent to GOI to have female calves for milk production.

 Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry Sanjay Gupta, Secretary Rural Department and Panchayati Raj Dr. R.N. Batta and Senior officers of the department and Board were present in the meeting.

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