SHIMLA-10 October, 2018

500 meritorious students will get rupees one lakh each for preparing for various competitive examinations: CM

The old students who have passed out from the schools of the state and now holding top positions in various establishments in corporate world should act as role models, motivators and guide for the students to enable them to excel in their lives.

This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the function held here today for felicitation of dignitaries who have studied from the schools of the State and were now holding high positions in corporate world under the ‘Akhand Shiksha Jyoti-Mere School Se Nikle Moti’ programme organised by the State Higher Education Department.

The Chief Minister said that this initiative of the State Government would not only help in tackling decreasing enrolment in Government schools, but would also inspire students studying in Government schools to work hard. He said that these dignitaries should also visit educational institutions of the State and help the students in career counselling and sharing success stories as an inspiration. He said that there was no dearth of talent in the State and the only thing required was to give them a direction.

He said that the Government has decided to provide rupees one lakh each to 500 meritorious students of the State for preparing for various competitive examinations like IIT, NEET, IIIT, IIM, JEE, IAS, HAS etc. under the new Scheme Medha Protsahan Yojana.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the entrepreneurs would also provide information and support to the youth regarding meaningful job opportunities in corporate world and in career profiling of these youth through Centre of Excellence-cum-Incubation Centres established in ten selected colleges of the State to tackle problem of growing unemployment in the State. They would also act as friends of the college students and guide and help in mentoring them for job in today’s dynamic job markets, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the Government schools have contributed immensely towards development of the State and society by producing bright students who have created a special place for themselves in different fields. He said that today there was craze among the parents to admit their children in private schools. Now, in order to motivate the parents to admit their children in Government schools, the State Government has decided to start primary classes in 3391 Government schools in first phase.

He said that the State Government soon after assuming the reins of the State started several schemes for every section of the society. He said that Akhand Shiksha Jyoti-Mere School Nikle Moti was one such scheme aimed at honouring the old students of the Government schools of the State and associate themselves with their alma mater.

The Chief Minister honoured twelve senior executives of corporate world and former students of schools of the State on the occasion and thanked them for contributing their bit for the youth.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the ‘Akhand Shiksha Jyoti-Mere School Se Nikle Moti’ programme was the brainchild of dynamic Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur who wanted to honour and acknowledge the school pass outs of the State who have created a special niche for them in the corporate world. He said that once our nation was known as Vishwa Guru, but due to centuries of slavery, this status got faded away. Now it becomes duty each one of us to work collectively to regain this status and glory, he added.

Director Higher Education Dr. Amarjeet Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries’ present on the occasion.

Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Director Industries Rajesh Sharma and Principals of various colleges of the State were present on the occasion among others.

============================================== CM announces to create posts of Honorary Assistant Sub Inspectors

  • Proposal under consideration for setting up Police Training Academy in Shimla

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today said that the posts of Honorary Assistant Sub Inspectors would be created in the state police department. Under this decision, the Head Constables and Honorary Head Constables completing 32 years of service would be appointed as Honorary Assistant Sub Inspectors.

He said that a proposal was also under the consideration to set up a Police Training Academy at Bharari in Shimla.

The Chief Minister said that this decision would benefit around 500 police personnel and it would put a burden of Rs. 8.30 lakh annually to the state exchequer. Honorary Assistant Sub Inspectors would be given Rs. 200 per month as special pay and all personnel completing 32 years of service would get a chance to retire from the post of Honorary Assistant Sub Inspectors. He said there were more than 70 percent Constables and Honorary Head Constables in the state police force.

Jai Ram Thakur said that a proposal was under consideration to set up Police Training Academy at Bharari in Shimla for providing training to gazetted officers of the state police. It would be second such academy in the state after Droh in Kangra district and with setting up of this academy in Shimla, the police officers would not have to go for training to neighbouring states.

DGP S.R Mardi and other senior officers of the sgtate police department were also present on the occasion.


CM stresses on helping younger generation to build mental resilience

While presiding over the World Mental Health Day Function held at Himachal Hospital for Mental Health and Rehabilitation here today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that it was essential to help younger generation to build mental resilience in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. This would not only help in improving adolescent’s health but also strengthening our economy.

Jai Ram Thakur said that there was need for involvement of the society to raise awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health. He said that childhood behavioural disorder was the sixth leading cause of disease burden among adolescents and repetition of such behaviour might lead to hyper active and destructive behaviour.

He said that drug abuse had emerged as a global problem and our nation and state were no exception due to the stress on younger generation. He said that joint and earnest efforts were required for curbing this social vice. He said that 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 vice.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the students and youths should be targeted specifically while chalking out any strategy for checking its global problem. The awareness regarding ill effects of drug abuse could be spread especially in morning assemblies of schools. He said that Buddy system could also be launched in the colleges to identify students trapped in drug abuse and special focus should be laid on rehabilitation of drug addicts. For this, 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.

The Chief Minister administered oath of de-addiction to the students on the occasion.

He also launched the website of the hospital and went around the hospital and interacted with the indoor patients admitted there.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that it was unfortunate that cut throat competition was resulting in stress on minds of the younger generation. He said the younger people, particularly the teenage students were more prone to stress due to pressure to perform better in studies.

Director, Health Dr. Baldev Thakur said that about 45 crore people worldwide were suffering with mental stress and mental.

Principal IGMC, Shimla Dr. Ravi Chand Sharma said that mental disorder was like any other disease and should be treated as such.

Senior Medical Officer Dr. Sanjay Pathak also spoke on the occasion.

Mayor Kusum Sadrate, Director Medical Education Dr. Ashok Sharma, Principal Government Dental College Shimla Dr. Ajay Chauhan Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashayap, Superintendent of Police Omapati Jamwal, students of various schools of the Shimla town were present on the occasion among others.

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DA and IR released to HIMUDA employees

The approval was given to release 4 percent interim relief and installment of additional dearness allowance at par with the State government employees to HIMUDA employees during the meeting of board of directors of HIMUDA held here today under the chairmanship of Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary. The decision was also made to fill up the 33 functional posts of different categories in HIMUDA.

It was informed that HIMUDA had taken security money of Rs. 5000 per person for developing housing colonies in various parts of the state during 2010-11 and now the decision have been made to return the amount along with five percent annual interest to those people where the flats or plots were not available with the HIMUDA.

Sarveen Chaudhary said that HIMUDA had expanded its activities and housing colonies were being developed in various towns of the State. She said that 400 meters synthetic track of eight lanes would be constructed at Saraswatinagar in Shimla district at a cost of Rs. 12.42 crores. She said that housing units of different categories in housing colonies of HIMUDA had been advertised on first come, first take basis and so far few units amounting to Rs. 14.36 crores had been allotted.

The minister said that Rs. 8.61 crore had been release to HIMUDA for constructing houses for the poor people in Mandi town under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana and decision had also been to reserve 25 percent houses for these applicants in the housing colonies being developed in the concerned areas.

It was informed in the meeting land would be acquired in Nagrota, Dharamshala, Dehra, Chhetan, Una and Bangarh at estimated cost of Rs. 2156 lakh.

CEO-Cum- Secretary of HIMUDA Umesh Kumar Sharma conducted the proceedings of the meeting and also detailed about the future plans of the HIMUDA.

Principal Secretary, TCP and Housing Prabodh Saxena and other senior officers of HIMUDA and various other departments attended the meeting.


Shri Suket Devta Mela declared as State level fair

The State government has declared Shri Suket Devta Mela of Sundernagar in Mandi district as State level fair.

A notification has been issued by the government in this regards.


Workshop on role of media in disaster risk management held

A one-day workshop on the role of media in disaster risk management was organised here today by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) which was chaired by Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue Manisha Nanda.

Speaking on the occasion, Manisha Nanda said that disasters affect every aspect of life and every person. She said that famine commission was formed in the British era to cope with the devastating famine in the India. Bhopal gas tragedy was another shocking incident in the history of the country. She asked the people to be aware of the disasters and take learning lessons from the previous disasters.

She emphasized on the training and preparations during and post disaster and said that the media should work in tandem with the government officials to mitigate effects of disasters.

Moiz Mannan Haque, Assistant Professor at Department of Mass Communication, RTM Nagpur University as resource person said that media should play an effective role in the reporting of the disasters events. He also urged Public Relations professionals to inform media in time so that the valuable information could be used to save precious lives and loss of property.

Himanshu Shekhar Mishra, Editor (Government Affairs) NDTV India also shared his reporting and research experiences in the field of disasters. His anecdotes of Kashmir floods provided real life experiences during the disasters to the audience. He stressed on the developmental approach by the media. He also urged emergency managers including governmental and private stakeholders to understand each other's job and coordinate for the public good.

Anupam Kashyap, Director Information and Public Relations during his address appreciated the role of media during recent heavy rainfall in the State. He urged media to inform masses in a responsible way to avoid panic during the disasters.

Dr. Shashikant Sharma, HoD, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, HP University highlighted several aspects of the disasters in the state. He stressed on the preparations for earthquake as the state falls in seismic zone five. He encouraged mass communication students to work hard as the world was facing new disasters challenges in view of climatic changes.

D.C. Rana, Special Secretary Revenue-Disaster Management coordinated the event. He informed about the various steps being taken by the SDMA to prepare for the disasters in the state.

Various media persons, governmental officials and media students also participated in the workshop.


Minister demands speedy sanction of projects worth Rs. 799 lakhs to HP

Health and Science and Technology Minister Vipin Parmar met Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan at New Delhi today and urged for speedy sanction of projects worth Rs. 779 lakhs to the state already submitted to the government of India.

He informed that the Himachal Council of Science, Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE) has sent a proposal worth Rs. 500 lakhs to the department of science and technology, GoI for setting up a Technology Demonstration Centre in Himachal Pradesh at Government Polytechnic, Sundernagar in Mandi district. He said that this would demonstrate all available technologies under one roof besides facilitating in organising short term courses for farmers, awareness programmes for panchayats self-help groups, NGOs and training to unemployed youth for generating their livelihood.

The Minister said that HIMCOSTE has also submitted Rs. 155 lakh Student Project Scheme project to GoI which aims at enhancing analytical and technical potential of young engineers graduating from college of state by providing financial assistance. Under this, grant worth Rs. 8000 per project per year will be released to best 400 projects. The total cost of three years project will be shared by state and union government, he said.

Vipin Parmar further informed that Rs. 124 lakhs proposal on Skill Development Programme under Skill Vigyan in Biotechnology has been submitted to the GoI which envisages to impart skills of microbiological techniques applicable to food, water, pharmaceutical and environmental industries besides identifying thrust areas for skilling. It would focus on domain wise demand of skilled manpower in areas of Life Sciences and Biotechnology.

The Union Minister heard the issues raised by Vipin Parmar and informed that Rs. 500 lakh proposal for setting up Technology Demonstration Centre has been approved by the department of Science and Technology, GoI and was in the final stages of sanction. He assured of all possible assistance to state.