SHIMLA- 11 July, 2018

Quality check squad will be established in Chief Minister Office

  • PWD to use IT to monitor progress of ongoing projects

The State Government would ensure quality in construction of roads, bridges and other government buildings in the State by evolving a mechanism for third party inspection by establishing an independent quality check squad in the Chief Minister Office.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting regarding implementation of GST and its impact in the Public Works Department on the works contract here today. He said that the State Government would take serious note of any delay in completion of projects or compromising quality. The Government would not hesitate in taking action against the erring contractors or executing agencies, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Government was also contemplating to start a scheme to provide incentives to the executing agencies completing the projects ahead of stipulated time period. He said that this would not only bring competitiveness amongst the contractors but also help in checking cost escalation in the projects. He said that automation of Public Works Department would be taken in a big way so that maximum use of information technology could be ensured for monitoring progress in ongoing projects.

Chief Minister said that for ensuring quality construction material and also providing relief to the contractors, the government has decided that except cement, the material approved would be arranged themselves by the contractors by the market and if any material required by the contractors, the same would be issued on proportionate market rates to be derived on the basis of agreement rates and no input tax credits etc. would be given to the contractors on the said material issued from the store.

Jai Ram Thakur said that in order to ensure minimum damage to environment by optimum use of mucked material extracted from the site, the Government has authorized the contractors to use the material for construction purpose as per the satisfaction of the engineer in-charge. He said that the contractors would be allowed to use the crushers to crush the mucked extracted on the site of work for captive use on the awarded work.

Chief Minister said that the government was sympathetic towards various issues of the contractors in post GST era. He said that a committee would be constituted to look into the matter and submit its report at the earliest.

Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to identify spots where frequent landslides take place especially in rainy season. Adequate men and machinery should be deployed there so that in case of landslides the commuters do not face any inconvenience.

Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Manisha Nanda while conducting the proceedings of the meeting said that the department would ensure best coordination with the executing agencies so that all the projects being executed in the State could be completed within stipulated time period.

Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary, Industries R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation J.C. Sharma, Engineer in Chief, PWD R.P. Verma, contractors and senior officers of PWD Department were also present on the occasion.

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Health Minister demands State Cancer Institute at Shimla

Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar met Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda at New Delhi and requested GoI to sanction State Cancer Institute at Shimla. He also discussed various issues pertaining to Health Ministry.

He also informed him that at present Asha workers were being paid Rs. 1250 per month over and above the norms fixed by centre government. He requested for funds to the tune of Rs. 9.5 crore from GoI to meet out this expenditure.

Health Minister also requested for release of funds for IGMC Super Specialty Block which is under construction at Shimla.

Vipin Singh Parmar apprised the Union Health Minister that at present contribution from Centre in National Ambulance Service ( 108 ) is upto the extent of 20 percent which should be increased to 90 percent keeping in the view the tough topographical conditions of the hill state.

J.P. Nadda heard all the demands patiently and assured that state’s demands will be fulfilled at the earliest.

B.K. Agarwal Additonal Chief Secretary Health and officers of Union Health Ministry were also present in the meeting.

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Best coaching facility will be provided to athlete Seema: Govind Singh Thakur

Youth Services and Sports Minister Govind Singh Thakur has congratulated athlete Seema for attaining second position in qualifier competition of 3000 meter race for Youth Olympic at Bangkok and qualifying for the prestigious 'Youth Olympics'. He said Seema, who is daughter of Himachal Pradesh has added one more pearl to the glory of the State.

He said that by winning this competition, Seema has paved the way for the State to win medals not only in Youth Olympics but Olympic Games in the coming times for which the State government would provide her best coaching facilities.

The Minister said that being Youth Services and Sports Minister of the State, he look forward to helping her at government level and the sports department has already been directed in this regard.

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State Government intends to renovate house of Baba Kanshi Ram : CM

On the occasion of birth anniversary of Pahari Gandhi Baba Kanshi Ram, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced that the State government would renovate the house of Baba Kanshi Ram which was in dilapidated condition in his ancestral village Gurnwad in Dadasiba of Kangra district and would develop it as a memorial provided his family members were agreed to hand over it to the government.

Chief Minister said that people of the country and state were grateful to Baba Kanshi Ram for his contribution for country's independence. He said that the State Language, Art and Culture Academy had been organizing literature and poetic seminars on his birth anniversary every year. Such State level seminar was organized by the Academy in Nagrota Bagwan of Kangra district, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was committed towards welfare of freedom fighters and their dependents and they would be given appropriate honour. He said that the State Government wants his heirs to hand over the house of Baba Kanshi Ram to the Government so that it could be renovated and developed as a memorial.

He said that memories of Baba Kanshi Ram, his belongings and poetic collection could be preserved in this memorial so that coming generations could go through the same and get inspiration from his life.