SHIMLA- 13 June, 2018

 Nominations invited for Environment Leadership Award-2018

Department of Environment Science & Technology has invited nominations from various categories of individuals, institutions of Himachal Pradesh for Environment Leadership Award. The award is open to various categories including urban local bodies, panchayats, hospitals, hotel/ resorts, restaurants, industries, schools, academic institutions other than schools, office premises, residence/resident welfare society, bus stand, railway stations etc.

A Spokesperson of the state government said here today that the purpose of the award is to recognize the efforts of various individuals and institutions towards environment conservation and protection and contribution in sustainable development of the state. Applicants may apply for the Award to the department of Environment, Science & Technology, Paryavaran Bhawan, Near US Club, Shimla-1 till 17 June, 2018.

He said that the first prize of the award is Rs. 50,000 besides a trophy and certificate and second prize is Rs. 25,000 besides a trophy and certificate. Notification by the government of Himachal Pradesh for the Award is also available on the website of the department of Environment Science & Technology. Information regarding advertisement and forms of applying to the award are available on the website of the Department of Environment Science & Technology Himachal Pradesh.

  ==============================================   Parliamentary Committee on SC/ST welfare holds meeting with senior officers of HP government

The Parliamentary Committee on welfare of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, which is on tour to Himachal Pradesh held a meeting with Chief Secretary and senior officers of the state government here today. 

Presiding over the meeting, The Chairman of the Committee Dr. Kirit P Solanki said that SC/ST Commission should be constituted in Himachal Pradesh on the analogy of many other state of the country. He said strict action must be initiated in the cases of atrocities against the scheduled castes and scheduled tribe. He said that a lot of incidents of atrocities are reported in the country but they are not reported properly adding that such cases should not be bypassed neither there should be compromise due to any kind of pressure. He said fast track courts should be established for speedy disposal of such cases.

He expressed satisfaction over the activities being undertaken by the state government for welfare of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhary highlighted about various schemes and programmes being implemented by the state government for welfare of these sections. He said the state had 25.29 percent population of scheduled castes and 8.88 percent scheduled tribes. The state was spending 25.19 percent of the state budget on scheduled caste sub-plan while Rs. 65 crore had been earmarked under scheduled tribe sub-plan for the year 2107-18.

He apprised the Committee that state Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation had been constituted to implement various schemes for social welfare of these sections. The government spent 374.54 crore to provide loan facility to 810 beneficiaries during last three years.

Vineet Chawdhary said that the state government has opened a large number of schools and health institutions to facilitate the children and common citizens. The free Tele-medicine facility had been provided in tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Pangi. Moreover, the state government was also providing reservation in government jobs to the people of these sections.


 Minister stresses for conservation of indigenous cows

 There is a need for popularization and conservation of indigenous breeds of cows as these are source of qualitative milk for the farmers and consumers for ages. People have always shown faith on indigenous breeds of cows and State government is committed to give boost to animal husbandry sector by providing best infrastructural and marketing facilities.

 This was stated by Animal Husbandry Minister Virender Kanwar while participating in the 25th meeting of ICAR Regional Committee held from 11 to 12 June, 2018 at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology, Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. The main objectives of the meeting was to review the status of agriculture research and education besides analyzing, discussing and making recommendations on the location specific problems of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Fisheries and Forestry peculiar in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.

 The minister urged the need for high genetic merit indigenous bulls, embryos/semen straws. Director, Animal Husbandry, Uttrakhand assured to supply 45000 doses of semen straws of Red Sindhi breed with MSP of more than 4500 litres within a month. He also assured to supply embryos as per demand. In response to the issue of Sahiwal semen straws raised by the Shri Kanwar, representative of NDRI, Karnal assured to supply HGM semen straws of Sahiwal breed and bulls in due course of time for sperm station at Palampur for upgradation of state’s cow population.  

 Virender Kanwar directed Vice Chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (CSKHPKV) Palampur to overcome the shortage of fodder by making compound feed blocks. He also said that a combined proposal by Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand for import of 40 rams and 200 Sheep of Ranbouillet and Merino sheep for each state may be prepared and taken up with centre government to tackle the problem of inbreeding in nucleus Sheep Breeding Farms.  

 The Minister said that a sustainable module for operation Gosadans was developed by the CSKHPKV which will be made available for further action. He also said that goats of Changthangi breed will be procured from Ladakh of Jammu and Kashmir for providing to sheep breeders of Lahaul & Spiti for pashmina production.

 Governor of J&K Narinder Nath Vohra, Agriculture Minister J&K Mohamad Khalil Bandh, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Minister J&K Abdul Ghani Kohli, Special Secretary, Agricultural Research & Education and Secretary, ICAR, New Delhi Chhabilendra Roul and other dignitaries were also present in the meeting.


 H.P. Cabinet Decisions

 The Cabinet meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur decided to enhance the honorarium of part time Water Carriers working on contract basis in Education Department from Rs. 1900 to Rs. 2200 from 1st April, 2018. 

 It gave its nod to admitting 100 students to Dr. Radha Krishanan Medical College, Hamirpur from academic session 2018-19. With this, six medical colleges have become functional in the State with each college having admission capacity of 100 students.

 The Cabinet also decided to restrict the quota of NRI seats in order to provide more merit based admissions.

 It accorded nod to engage 100 posts of Accountant-cum-Support Staff and 30 posts of Data Entry Operators at block level under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.

 The Cabinet approved the guidelines to start ‘Akhand Shiksha Jyoti, Mere School Se Nikle Moti, as per the ‘Swarnima Himachal Drishti Patra’ to honour pass out students from the government schools who had made a mark in their life. Under this scheme, names of such personalities would be inscribed on the display board of concerned schools.

 The Cabinet also approved an amendment in Rule-69A of Motor Vehicle Act, 1999 for rationalization of fee structure for contract carriages from other States.