SHIMLA -10 July, 2018

BoD meeting of State Civil Supplies Corporation held

The meeting of the Board of Directors of State Civil Supplies Corporation was held here today under the chairmanship of Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Affair Minister Kishan Kapoor.

The Board of Directors (BoD) approved the filling of two posts of Assistant Computer Programmer through NIELIT on outsource basis.

It approved enhancement of grade pay to contractual employees from 75 to 100 percent.

The BoD also approved regularisation of the services of five contractual employees in the corporation.

The approval was given for construction and civil works through Himachal Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (HPSIDC).

Opening of four new Go downs in Kilar (Pangi), Chaitru (Kangra), Thunag and Sandhole (Mandi) were also approved by Board of Directors.

It was also decided to connect all the commercial vehicles of the Corporation with Vehicle Tracking System.

Additional Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi, Principal Secretary Onkar Chand Sharma, Director Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Affair Madan Chauhan, Registrar Co-Operative Societies Dr. Ajay Sharma and Special Secretary Health Dr. Nipun Jindal were also present in the meeting.

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Redressal of public grievances top priority of government:CM

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the sure and quick solution for the problems of the people was the top priority of the State Government and Jan Manch programme had proved predominantly helpful in the direction. The Chief Minister was interacting with media persons informally at Solan today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government had started the Jan Manch programme to address the various problems of the people near to their Home. This programme have emerged as a powerful medium in redressing the grievances of the people and some more new efforts would be made in future to make it more effective.

The Chief Minister said that Jan Manch was a special programme and all the officers and employees of the state will have to understand the importance and usefulness of this programme.

Jai Ram Thakur advised the Opposition not to criticize the government for sake of criticism and instead it should give creative support to the State Government for development. He said that the six month tenure of the present State Government has been important in terms of development. The State Government has succeeded in bringing Rs. 4365 crore for the development of the State from the Central Government.

He said that the BJP government in the State was strong and would take the State to new height of development.

On the occasion, National level players Poonam and Samriti also met the Chief Minister.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur, MP Virender Kashyap, BJP Spokesperson and former MLA Baldev Tomar, senior leaders of Bhartiya Janta Party and Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha and other prominent people were also present on the occasion.

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Niti Aayog to implement Governor's Agri model

Niti Aayog has urged all the states to work towards giving practical shape to the Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) on the lines of Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, for which the Aayog will provide all assistance. According to the NITI Aayog, ZBNF will be considered as a recognized component to double farmer’s income by 2022 and also by adopting this farm practice it would bring down the cost of farming, thereby significantly enhancing the profit margin for farmers.

The NITI Aayog on Monday late evening organized National Conference on Zero Budget Natural Farming in New Delhi. Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog presided over the conference and Governor Acharya Devvrat attended it as a special guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Acharya Devvrat said, “'The challenge before us today is to double the income of farmers in such a way that fertility of the soil improves along with increase in production of the crops. It is not possible with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The only alternative with the farmers is to adopt ZBNF which is successfully tested in the field.”

He presented a detailed document and shared vast experience of Gurukul Kurukshetra, where he had adopted natural farming in near about 200 acres of land and was being successfully cultivated. “Agricultural scientists, Central & State Ministers, MPs, officials and policy makers, all have visited Gurukul and they have closely seen its success”, said Acharya Devvrat. He said this method has been successful on a large scale and was a perfect example for farm community.

The Governor said that Himachal Pradesh has also adopted this model and the state government has made a budget provision of Rs. 25 crores to give it a practical shape. Training Camps were organized in the State in a big way and farmers were shifting to natural agriculture. ZBNF was a practical method and would not only benefit small and marginal farmers, but also the medium and large farmers could successfully adopt it at no cost. It also protects soil from degradation, helps in retaining soil fertility and is climate-change resilient, he added.

Acharya Devvrat said ZBNF system was the only alternative for chemical and organic farming as it was safe and had capacity to double the income of farmers. Under this system, the cost of production becomes zero and products were non-poisonous. It also increases productivity of land, requires less consumption of water, protects friendly pests and the products were of best quality. He said that under it, a set of natural farming methods was used where the cost of growing and harvesting crops was almost zero, which means farmers need not purchase fertilizers and pesticides. He added that the inputs used were locally available in form of cow dung and cow urine and this would lower the cost of inputs for farmers.

He said the as per the available data based on scientific research, by adopting this farming method, the cost of production of farmers could be reduced and enhances the farmers’income. He also detailed all important espects of ZBNF and urged the policy makers to adopt this model for the benefit of farm community. He said that such farming technique would go a long way in benefitting the people and those farmers who had already adopted this technique were getting better prices of their produce.

The Governor thanked the NITI Aayog for considering ZBNF as a component of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and hoped that it would be helpful in promoting natural farming in a right direction.

It was due to exemplary achievement of adopting and promoting the Zero Budget Natural Farming in many states of Northern India including Himachal Pradesh that the NITI Aayog invited Acharya Devvrat specifically to this conference, so that benefits of his rich experience need to be shared with other stakeholders.

Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog Dr. Rajiv Kumar said that States can promote ZBNF under the two farm sector schemes- Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. “50 lakh farmers are working on ZBNF in different States, he said, adding that not only it has potential for India it also has global potential.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said, “We are seeing side-effects of use of chemicals and fertilizers in crops and natural farming is traditional method of farming and totally safe.”

Padamshree Dr. Subhash Palekar highlighted the prospects and challenges of Zero Budget Natural Farming in doubling the income of farmers.

Member, NITI Aayog Ramesh Chand, CEO, NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant, Senior officers from Ministry of Agriculture and various States, representatives from agriculture universities, institutes, farmers & practitioners were also present on the occasion.

============================================= Rs. 50 crore project approved for Chintpurni temple

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today informed that Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has approved a project of Rs. 50 crore for the development of Chintpurani Devi Temple in Una district under the scheme ' PRASAD'. He said that with this proposed project, the State will be able to develop infrastructure and basic facilities for the tourists at Chintpurani.

Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism & Civil Aviation) Ram Subhag Singh made a presentation before the Ministry of Tourism regarding the concept plan for the proposed Chintpurani project.

He informed that presently there was congestion near the shrine and the place also lacks basic facilities for the tourists. Under the proposed project the efforts would be to develop basic amenities adjoining the temple complex for pilgrims, improvement of streets, introduction of non-polluting public traffic system, new alternate path, disabled friendly infrastructure and a new block for the pilgrims forDarshan, Kirtan etc.

Under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) assisted project, a Tourist Reception Centre (TRC)-cum-parking project of Rs. 52 Crore was constructed last year at Chintpurani by Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation.

Chintpurani Devi Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas and every year approximately 16 lakh tourists visit Una district.

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CM releases book of Dr. Vinita Sipahiya

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur released the book- 'Exploring new subjectivity in the works of Jhumpa Lahri and Kiran Desai' written by Dr. Vinita Sipahiya on Monday evening.

The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the writer for bringing out a book on the life and works of two great women. He extended her good wishes for future endeavours.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj was also present on the occasion.

======================================== CM urges to make afforestation a people’s movement

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has urged the people to make afforestation a people’s movement so as to increase forest cover of the State. He was presiding over the 69th State Level Van Mahotsav at Churwadhar in Rajgarh area of Pachhad Assembly Constituency in Sirmour district.

He said that 15 lakh sapling would be planted in the 596 selected places in the State with active participation of the people. He said that although about 67 per cent area of the State was covered with forests still lot more needed to be done. The State government was endeavouring that everyone adopts a tree as “Gotra Tree” and help to conserve and protect it. This would motivate the people particularly the younger generation to conserve our environment. He also urged the student to help in environmental conservation.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the afforestation campaign should not be celebrated as a mere ceremonial occasion, but efforts should be made to ensure that the saplings planted grow up as trees so that green cover in the State could be increased. He said that Himalayas were the lungs of entire Indian subcontinent, therefore protecting and increasing forest cover was vital.

The Chief Minister planted a sapling of Deodar and medicinal plant on the occasion. He also planted a sapling at Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry at Nauni in Solan District.

He gave away prizes to the winners of the painting competition on afforestation on the occasion.

Forest and Transport Minister Govind Thakur said that the government was committed to make Himachal Pradesh a green and clean state of the country for which afforestation would be taken up in a big way.

Speaker, Vidhan Sabha Dr Rajiv Bindal, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal, MP Virender Kashyap, MLAs Suresh Kashyap and Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Principal Chief Chief Conservator of Forests Dr GS Goraiya, Deputy Commissioner Sirmaur Lalit Jain were also present of the occasion among others.

===============================================CM announces IPH Division at Chandol in Sirmaur district

  • Lays foundation stone of biggest cow sanctuary of the state at Kotla Barog

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced to establish IPH Division at Chandol in Pachhad constituency of Sirmaur district. He made this announcement while addressing a public meeting at Rajgarh today.

He said ten irrigation and drinking water supply schemes were being executed by spending an amount of Rs 15 crore in Pachhad constituency. In order to redress the drinking water problem of the people of Rajgarh area, Rs 6.19 crore ambitious lift water supply scheme was being executed. The detailed project reports worth Rs. 43 crore had been prepared and sent for funding from NABARD for construction of six roads in the Pachhad constituency. These include Rs. 12 crore Khanotiyo-Basali road, Rs 6.50 crore Ganthal-Bhalerao road, Rs. 2.78 crore Claw-Bangli road, Rs. 5.75 crore Tinu-Khadimu road, Rs. 14.50 crore BBRC road and Rs. 1.50 crore Bhureshwar-Mahadev road.

Jai Ram Thakur said that being a hilly State, the developmental demands and needs of Himachal Pradesh were quite different from other States. With the benevolence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah, he had been entrusted the responsibility to head the State. It was for the first time that Prime Minister of the country participated in his oath ceremony along-with eleven Chief Ministers and other senior national leaders. He said that he was working with a single objective to make Himachal Pradesh the front runner State of the country for which he was working with utmost dedication and commitment.

He said that it was under his tenure as State BJP President that the BJP government came in to power in 2007 with full majority in the State. Opposition leaders were not able to digest his visit to meet the Central leaders, but after the State succeeded to get developmental projects worth Rs. 4365 crore, all these leaders were stunned. The four years tenure of the Modi government at the Centre had been full of achievements and accomplishments. The previous Government at the Centre was known for scams and corruption charges and most of its leaders were on bail, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that in the very first cabinet the State government decided to lower that age limit of old person for getting old age pension without income limit criteria from 80 years to 70 years which benefitted about 1.30 lakh old people of the State. He said an amount of Rs. 200 crore would be spent annually on providing this benefit to the senior citizens. He said that he has participated and witnessed presentation of twenty budgets in the State Vidhan Sabha, but the first budget presented by him was unique in itself as it had 30 new schemes for betterment and welfare of the people of the State. The Jan Manch programme launched by the State government was immensely helping the people to redress their grievances nearer to their homes. He said that with the effective implementation of the Grahini Suvidha Yojana, the State would soon become the first state in the country to become smoke free with gas connection in every household.

He said the state government has decided to levy cess of Re. 1 per bottle of liquor for construction and maintenance of Gau Sadans. In addition, 15 percent would be used from the offering from different temple in the State for this purpose.

Chief Minister announced that water supply scheme for six Panchayats of the area would be posed for funding to BRICS for Rs. 50 crore. He announced rupees one crore for parking at Rajgarh, Police Post at Yashwant Nagar, to construct Habban-Dhanu road under Mukhya Mantri radar Yojana, Rs 3 crore for degree college building at Fatti Patail (Pajhota) and Rs 2 crore for Mini Secretariat building at Rajgarh. He also announced enhancing bed capacity from 50 to 100 beds in Civil Hospital Rajgarh, PHC at Jaman Ki Ser, starting science classes in GSSS Galana Ghat and Jalanat Parsoli, upgradation of high schools Chagtali and Kotla Barag to Senior Secondary Schools and upgradation of Middle School Doon-Daveriya to High School.

He also announced construction of additional two rooms for middle school Jalag, primary schools Chharwal, Naina Tikkar and Leu Kufar. He announced to provide Rs. 10 lakh for construction of road up to the home of former Chief Minister Dr. YS Parmar and starting bus services between Sarahan and Baddi besides declaring Chandol-Manwa-Neri Pul road as district road.

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of cow sanctuary at Kotla Barog to be developed in area of 109 bighas. This cow sanctuary would be the biggest in the State and would have capacity to provide shelter to about 500 cows. It would be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.52 crore and would be run and managed by the State Animal Husbandry Department.

He inaugurated 49 meter long bridge constructed over Giri river on Solan-Rajgarh-Minus road constructed at a cost of Rs 2.28 crore. He also inaugurated lift water supply scheme Nai-Neti constructed at a cost of Rs. 87 lakh.

Member of Parliament Virender Kashyap while speaking on the occasion said that due to the best coordination with the Centre and State governments, the Jai Ram Thakur government had succeeded in getting developmental projects worth Rs. 4365 crore for the State. He said that it was strange that the Opposition leaders were asking the Member of Parliaments from the State to give the report card of their achievements. These leaders would land in trouble if the present State government also asked them to submit their report card for their deeds of last five years.

He said that the Union government had also sanctioned 69 National Highways for the State. The Union government has started Ujjwala Yojana for poor women of the country under which eight crore women would be provided gas connection. He thanked the Chief Minister for taking keen interest to grant tribal area status to Trans-Giri area.

MLA Suresh Kashyap thanked the Chief Minister for organising State Level Van Mahatosav in his constituency. He said that the very first budget presented by the Chief Minister was dedicated towards upliftment of poor and weaker sections of the society. He urged the Chief Minister for expansion of Rajgarh Rest House and providing better drinking water, health, education and road facilities in the area.

General Secretary of the State BJP Chander Mohan Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for lowering the age limit of old people for getting social security pension without income limit criteria from 80 years to 70 years. He also urged for developing Rajgarh area from tourism point of view.

President, State Kisan Morcha Baldev Singh Bhandari and Pachhad Mandal BJP President Pratap Thakur welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion.

Rajgarh Boypar Mandal, Gurdwara Sahib Rajgarh and a NGO presented cheques of Rs. 51,000 each to the Chief Minister towards the Chief Ministers Relief Fund.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, MLA Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Former MLA Baldev Singh Tomar, BJP leaders Balbir Chauhan were also present of the occasion among others.

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HP to formulate its own Film Policy: Dr. Baldi

A meeting regarding formulating the film policy of the State was held here today under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Baldi said that the state government was making all out efforts to develop Himachal Pradesh as foremost destination for film production in the country. He said the state had the advantage of adventurous, heritage, spiritual, seasonal and unexplored destinations and the efforts would be made to attract the film makers for film production in the state.

He said that the cultural, mythological, historical heritage and glorious traditions of the state would also be publicized in a big way to attract investment in film sector in the state. The government would endeavour to provide opportunity to the talents in the field of acting and other related fields besides generating employment opportunities to the youth of the state.

Dr. Baldi said that production of regional films based on Himachali dialects would be especially encouraged for which the government would provide various incentives to the producers.

Various other important issues like establishing required infrastructure and to make available desired facilities to the film makers and providing them attractive financial incentives were also discussed in the meeting.

Media Advisor the CM Rohit Sawal and Director, Information and Public Relations Anupam Kashyap were also present on the occasion.