SHIMLA - 9 August, 2018

VC Calls on Governor

Newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University Dr. Sikander Kumar called on Governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan Shimla, today.

It was a courtesy call

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Delegation thanks Chief Minister on appointment of Dr. Sikander as VC

The State Government was committed for the welfare and social-economic upliftment of the weaker sections of the society, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a delegation of Himachal Pradesh Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribe Morcha led by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal here today. The delegation had come to thank the Chief Minister for appointing Dr. Sikander Kumar as Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University.

The Chief Minister while congratulating Dr. Sikander Kumar said that he would definitely give a new direction to the highest education of the state. The post of Vice chancellor remained vacant from long time and Dr. Sikander would successfully discharge his responsibilities and take the university to new heights.

Dr. Sikander Kumar has been the president of BJP SC/ST Morcha in the past. The Chief Minister said that the appointment of Dr. Sikander was an honour and a moment of pride for the people for SC/ST community as he was selected to this prestigious post due to his qualification and capability. He said that the State Government has no role in his appointment as Dr. Sikander was appointed purely on merit basis. He said that the people belonging to scheduled castles and scheduled tribes have played a major role in formation of the present State Government. He said that the Opposition party has always considered the SC/ST community as vote bank and neglected their welfare.

He said that the State Government was committed for the welfare of all sections of the society. The State Government has launched several new schemes for the upliftment and empowerment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

MLAs Kishori Lal and Suresh Kashyap, Mayor Kusum Sadrate, BJP Organising Secretary Pawan Rana, Vice President State BJP Ganesh Dutt, BJP General Secretary Ram Singh, Secretaries BJP SC Morcha Nitin and Deshbandhu, State Spokesperson Ajay Chauhan, Jagjit Bagga, Pradeep Kashyap, Rajesh Kashyap and office bearers from all the districts were present on the occasion among others.

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HP Cabinet Decisions

The State Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur decided to implement Rs. 224 crore ‘Saur Sinchayee Yojna’ in the State. Under the Scheme, 90 percent financial assistance will be provided to individual small and marginal farmers and 80 percent subsidy to individual medium and big farmers. Similarly, 100 percent financial assistance will be provided to a group of farmers of small and marginal category/Kisan Vikas Sanghs/Krishak Vikas Sangh/registered body of farmers etc. Under this scheme 5850 agriculture solar pumping sets will be made available to the farmers.

The Cabinet gave its approval to launch Rs. 174.50 crore flow irrigation scheme in accordance to the budget assurance made by the Chief Minister. Under the scheme to be implemented by Agriculture department, 7152.30 hectare area will be brought under assured irrigation benefiting over 9580 farmers of the State.

The Cabinet also decided to start Rs. 20 crore ‘Rajya Krishi Yantrikaran Programme’ in the State for farm mechanization. Under this scheme 50 percent subsidy will be provided to the eligible beneficiaries belonging to small and marginal farmers, women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on purchasing of small tractors, power tillers, weeders and other need based/ approved machineries.

It also decided to start ‘Vidyarthi Van Mitra Yojna’ to educate and sensitize students about the importance of forest and their role in environmental conservation. It also aims at inculcating sense of attachment towards nature conservation. The scheme aims at increasing forest cover through plantation with the active participation of the students.

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 103 vacant posts of Home Guard Volunteer Drivers in Home Guard and Civil Defense Department on honorarium pay to cater to the needs of various departments/corporations of the State Government.

It also accorded its consent to fill up 41 posts of Sub-Inspector (Executive Police) in Police Department through direct recruitment.

The Cabinet gave its approval to open new Fire Post at Salooni in district Chamba along-with creation of requisite posts to man this Post.

It also provided its nod to upgrade Primary Health Centre, Patali Kuhal in district Kullu to Community Health Centre along-with creation of seven posts of different categories to manage the Centre.

The Cabinet gave its approval to issue No Objection Certificates (NoC) to 14 private nursing institutes in the State to run nursing courses.

It decided to create and fill up 11 posts of Junior Cameraman and five vacant posts of Assistant Public Relations Officers in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.

The Cabinet also gave its approval for the guidelines of Shreshth Shahar Yojna to select the best municipal councils and nagar panchayats on the twin indicators of sanitation/ cleanliness and public services. The scheme aims to reward and incentivize best performing urban local bodies on the indicators of sanitation/cleanliness, increase in income, public services delivery, construction regulations, fund utilization, public infrastructure and official work.

A presentation was given by the Urban Development Department on Shimla/Dharamshala Smart City project in the Cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet decided to allot 2.50 MW Burua hydro electric project to M/s Juniper Infracon (P) Ltd., Manali, district Kullu and 0.80 MW Graman projectto M/s Subhash Chand Lower Samkhetar, district Mandi.

The Cabinet gave its approval to allow sale of thermocol cutlery items being manufactured in the State outside Himachal Pradesh as there is complete ban on sale of thermocol cutlery in the State.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to transfer 62.06 bighas government land on lease in the name of Hydro Engineering College Society Bandla for 99 years @ rupees one per bigha for setting up College at Bandla in Bilaspur district. It gave approval for renaming it as Government Hydro Engineering College Bandla, Bilaspur.

The Cabinet thanked Union Government for approving National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) battalion of Himachal Pradesh.

It also gave its approval to fill up 17 posts of Junior Engineers in Agriculture Department on contract basis and 11 posts of Assistant Engineer (Civil) in Irrigation and Public Health Department on contract basis.

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CM watches movie on early life of PM Narendra Modi

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his Cabinet colleagues today watched a short film- "Chalo Jeete Hain" based on the early life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi screened here today at Gaiety Theatre.

The film has been directed by Mangesh Hadawale. The cine lovers and general public in large number also watched the movie.

Talking on the sidelines of the film screening to the media persons, Chief Minister said this was an inspiring movie which reveals the innocence of childhood and about young people helping each other. He said Narendra Modi was inspiration for the entire world who despite humble background rose to become Prime Minister of India, the largest democratic country.

The movie revolves around a boy, who is inspired by Swami Vivekananda.

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