SHIMLA-14 September, 2018

Degree college will be opened at Dadahu: Jai Ram Thakur

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that a degree college would be opened in Dadahu area of Renuka Assembly Constituency of Sirmour district and foundation stone of which would be laid soon. He was addressing a delegation from Renuka Ji led by BJP leader Balbir Singh, here today.

Chief Minister said that this college was announced by the previous government in fag end of its tenure and it was strange that a provision of mere Rs. 2 lakh was made for it. He said the state government would make adequate provision of budget for opening this college which would benefit the youth of about 20 Panchayats of the area.

BJP leader Balbir Singh and hundreds of people of the area who were present on the occasion thanked the Chief Minister for announcing college for the area.

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HP adjudged best performing state in implementing PMMVY

  • Bilaspur district awarded for best performing district in Northern region

Himachal Pradesh has been rated as the best performing state in the country in implementing Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal informed here today that under the scheme, Rs. 1747.67 lakhs were deposited in the accounts of 51,234 registered beneficiaries of the state till August 31, 2018. In all, 57,109 beneficiaries were registered under the scheme. He said that it was a matter of pride for a small and hilly state like Himachal Pradesh to get this Award.

He said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the present state government was committed for women empowerment.

The Union Ministry of Women and Child Welfare celebrated the Matru Vandana week from 1-7 September, 2018 to mark the 1st anniversary of the PMMVY. Concluding ceremony was organised in Dehradun in which Himachal Pradesh was evaluated as the best performing state under this scheme. Bilaspur district was also awarded for best performing district in the Northern region.

The Award was received by Director of Women and Child Welfare Department Hansraj Sharma and Deputy Director-cum-State Nodal Officer, PMMVY Dr. Omkar Singh Thakur.

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Chief Minister directs for prompt repair of damaged roads

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has directed the officers of the Public Works Department to ensure prompt and quality repair and maintenance of all roads damaged due to excessive rains and landslides during this rainy season. He was presiding over the review meeting regarding repair, maintenance and restoration of rain damages on national highways, here today.

The Chief Minister said that steps should be taken to stabilize slopes by adopting new technology such as rock bolting etc. He said that the executing agencies should ensure that adequate men and machinery were deployed at landslides prone areas so that road could be cleared at the earliest in case of any landslip. He said that the priority of the Government was to ensure porthole free and better roads so that commuters did not face any inconvenience while travelling.

Jai Ram Thakur directed to take immediate steps to remove loose soil and boulders from national highways to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic. He said that long term strategy should be framed to ensure that heavy rains causes minimum damages to the roads by ensuring proper drainage and cross drainage facility. He said that retaining walls, breast walls and pavements should be built by maintaining high quality standards so that they could withstand in difficult conditions.

He asked the officers to ensure filling up of portholes and emergent repair of national highways and action taken report be submitted to his office within ten days. He said that the DPRs should also have maintenance clause so that effective maintenance and repair of roads could be ensured in future.

Jai Ram Thakur while expressing displeasure over the slow pace of work on Kiratpur-Manali fourlane said that this road was major lifeline for tourism in the State. He directed the executing agencies to expedite work on this fourlane and also ensure permanent restoration work by carrying out construction of gabion walls and culverts to drain out the executive water of the catchment areas.

While reviewing the progress related to new national highways approved by the Government of India, it was informed in the meeting that out of 70 new national highways, letter of acceptance for preparation of DPRs regarding 58 national highways with total length of over 3650 kilometers has been issued.

The Chief Minister said that executing agencies of all the major four laning road projects of the State should ensure effective and better quality of the roads. They should also ensure that commuters and tourists face minimum inconvenience due to construction of these roads.

Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Manisha Nanda handed over three Awards conferred upon the State under different categories by the Ministry of Rural Development for best performance under PMGSY during 2017-18 by Union Government at New Delhi recently to the Chief Minister.

Smt. Nanda informed that as many as 923 roads were damaged due to landslides out of which 915 roads had been opened for vehicular traffic.

Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister and Head of Quality Control Cell Sanjay Kundu informed that the Cell had undertaken tour of four districts of the State viz. Bilaspur, Mandi, Kangra and Hamirpur to take the stock of the quality of roads and bridges.

Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Engineers in Chief PWD R.P. Verma and Ashok Kumar Chauhan, representatives of National Highways Authority of India, senior officers of the PWD Department were present in the meeting among others.

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A massive campaign will be launched in State against drug abuse:CM

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that State Government has accorded top priority for strictly dealing with drug abuse in the State and a massive campaign would also be launched to curb this social vice. He was presiding over the meeting regarding drug menace campaign here today.

Chief Minister said that drug abuse had emerged as a global problem and our nation and state were no exception. He said that joint and earnest efforts were required for curbing this social vice. He said that recently on his initiative a meeting was held at Chandigarh where Chief Ministers of four neighbouring states and officers from three other states participated to chalk out a joint strategy to curb this social evil. It was decided in the meeting that joint inspections and regular checkups would be conducted by the police teams of Himachal, Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand etc. in the border areas.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the police should conduct frequent raids on suspected places so as to nab drug paddlers as it was vital to break the nexus between the drug paddlers, drug carriers and the drug addicts. He said that the parents should also keep an eye on their children so that any abnormal behavioural change could be noticed at the early stage. He said that a special awareness campaign would be launched in the educational institutions, particularly degree colleges to sensitise the students about ill effects of the drugs.

He said that departments such as Home, Health, Education, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Information and Public Relations and Social Justice would be involved in a big way to check this vice. He said that all these departments should nominate nodal officers for effective coordination with the other departments. He said that efforts should be made to frame stringent laws against drug peddling and drug abuse. He said that this would prove a major deterrent for the drug paddling. He said that laws should be farmed for confiscating the properties of drug paddlers which would prove a major deterrent.

Jai Ram Thakur said that it was unfortunate that conviction rate was low in the State as compared to the neighbouring states. He said that Police personnel must be trained so that serious case and charges could be framed against the drug paddlers. Health officers and health safety regulatory officers should seek information about manufacturing of schedule H-1 drugs in the state and where they do supply these drugs and in which quantity especially to the neighbouring states like Punjab and Haryana. He directed the drug inspectors to conduct regular inspections to check supply and sale of banned drugs in the state.

The Chief Minister said that the campaign against the drug abuse should be launched in a coordinated manner. The students and youths should be targeted specifically while chalking out any strategy for checking its global problem. He said that awareness regarding ill effects of drug abuse could be spread especially in morning assembly of schools. He said that Buddy System could also be launched in the colleges to identify students trapped in drug abuse and skits and documentaries should also be prepared on ill effects of drug abuse.

Jai Ram Thakur said that special focus should be laid on rehabilitation of drug addicts for which training to doctors, counsellors and other para-medical staff must be ensured for professionally manning de-addiction and rehabilitation centres. He said that more rehabilitation centres would be established in the State for de addiction of the drug addict.

Additional Chief Secretary Home Shri B.K. Aggarwal said that a massive campaign would be launched to destroy cannabis in the State. He said that public prosecutors i.e. Deputy District Attorneys and Additional District Attorneys should report the cases on behalf of drug inspectors pertaining to drugs and other cosmetics as drug inspectors remains busy in prosecution of their own cases.

It was decided in the meeting that a massive awareness campaign would be launched throughout the State spreading awareness regarding ill effects of drug use. It was informed that Health, Police Departments and NGOs would coordinate to spread awareness campaign, particularly in educational institutions in the State. It was also decided to involve various NGOs, Mahila Mandals and Yuvak Mandals in a big way to curb this social evil.

It was also decided that the Information and Public Relations Department would effectively use electronic, print and social media to sensitise the people regarding ill-effects of drug abuse.

All the officers gave their valuable suggestions on the occasion.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda, Additional Chief Secretary Nisha Singh, Principal Secretary R.D.Dhiman, Principal Secretary Sanjay Gupta, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretary GAD Dr R.N.Batta, Secretary Education Dr Arun Kumar Sharma, ADGP Ashok Tiwari, Director Information & Public Relations Anupam Kashyap, Directors Horticulture and Agriculture were present in the meeting among others.