SHIMLA-12 October, 2018

Home Minister of Gujrat calls on Chief Minister

A delegation of Gujrat led by Home Minister Pradip Sinh Jadeja met Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today. MP of Fatehpur Devasi, MLA's Neema Acharya, Seema Mohili and Jagdish Panchal were also present in the delegation.

The Chief Minister honoured the Home Minister of Gujrat, MP and MLA's with Himachali cap and shawl.

The delegation presented a booklet- A Statue of Unity to the Chief Minister which carries details about the statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel being elected in Gujrat state which would be unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October, 2018.


NHPC contributes rupees one crore towards CM Relief Fund

Managing Director of National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) presented a cheque of rupees one crore to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur towards the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Executive Director of NHPC AK Singh and MK Goel were also present on the occasion.

Jai Ram Thakur appreciated the efforts of the NHPC and thanked for contributing towards the Chief Minister's Relief Fund which would go a long way in helping the suffering humanity in the time of distress.


Centre sanctions Rs. 32.60 crores to HP for strengthening dairy sector

The government of India has sanctioned Rs. 32.60 crores to Himachal Pradesh for strengthening dairy sector in the State.

Chairman Milkfed, Nihal Sharma today informed that this amount was sanctioned today in a meeting held in New Delhi by the project sanctioning committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fishery, GoI.

He said the HP Milk Federation has proposed Rs. 109 crore project to the Centre and in the first phase, Rs. 32.60 crores have been sanctioned to the state.

He said that the Milkfed would set up two new plants at Mandi and Rampur having capacity of 50000 litres per day for ensuring hygienic milk production in the State. The Milkfed has recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with Civil supplies Corporation to market it's HIM ghee and HIM sweets through 5000 shops of Civil supplies Corporation in the State.

Nihal Chand Sharma said that the state government has also decided to open sale counters at all the bus stands in the state for which agreement has been signed with HRTC.

Managing Director, Milkfed Ghanshyam Chand attended the meeting at New Delhi on behalf of the State Government.


CM directs departments for uploading data of progress under all schemes

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has directed all the departments of the state government to upload objective and progress of all the schemes of the state and union government's on 'him pragati' portal by 20 October, 2018. He was presiding over a review meeting of the targets and progress of various schemes, Chief Minister's announcements and employment generation here today.

He said that there were more than 21,18,661 beneficiaries of various schemes in the state and the government aims at reaching out to each beneficiary for which their mobile numbers and documents like Aadhar or PAN had been collected.

The Chief Minister said that the data of around 10.61 lakh people had been uploaded and directed the departments to upload remaining data at the earliest. He said that government had taken various initiatives which should be implemented in an effective manner by all the departments so that targeted groups could be benefited. He directed the Chief Secretary for regular monitoring of the portal. He added that concerted efforts should be taken to realise the dream of digital India of the Prime Minister by developing an appropriate mechanism.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, various pension schemes, start-up India, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Ujjawla Yojana and Grihini Suvidha Yojana etc. were proving to be a boon to the people especially weaker section of the society. He stressed that keeping in view the importance of these schemes, the concerned department should give added priority to achieve set targets.

It was informed in the meeting that most of the announcements made by the Chief Minister have been fulfilled and the work on remaining announcements was under process. The Chief Minister directed to complete work on remaining announcements by the first week of December.

While reviewing the status of employment generation in the state, the Chief Minister directed the departments to create more employment and self-employment opportunities as the number of unemployed youth were increasing every year. It was informed that around 3.50 lakh people have been given employment in government sector and 8 lakh in private sector. The Transport, Industries and Education departments would make efforts to provide employment and self-employment to maximum youth of the state.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the financial assistance up to Rs. 30 lakh could be provided to 770 people for self-employment by spending Rs. 75 crores under Mukhya Mantri Rozgar Yojana. The Industries department has provided employment to 18,000 people on daily wages. Under MNREGA, employment was given to 5,15,728 people by generating 1.37 crore workdays which was 30 percent more than the previous year. He said this year 7532 families had completed the 120 days employment this year so far.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the progress on e-mails being sent to various departments by the Chief Minister's office, Jai Ram Thakur asked all the departments to take it seriously and take appropriate action immediately.

The Chief Minister expressed concern over the problems being faced by the shepherds trapped in Bara Bhangal area of Kangra district due to untimely snowfall and said that possibilities would be explored to construct a permanent mule road from Chamba to Holi besides developing a suitable place for landing of big helicopter besides promoting the tourism activities. He said that there was no scarcity of ration in the area as ration was being supplied through helicopter to this area.

He directed for expansion of Haripurdhar helipad in Sirmour district besides identifying at least three places in each assembly segment for landing of helicopter so that immediate help could be provided in case of any disaster.

Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal assured the Chief Minister that all the targets would be achieved in a stipulated time period.

Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi conducted the proceedings of the meeting.

Political Advisor to the CM Trilok Jamwal, Administrative Secretaries and head of all the departments and other senior officers of the state government were present in the meeting.


Himachal Pradesh Cabinet decisions

The State Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur decided to cancel the memorandum of understanding (MoU) and implementation agreement signed on 5 June, 2006 with M/s Himalayan Ski Village Limited for setting up of Ski village in Kullu district.

The Cabinet also decided that the Industry department would refund three percent stamp duty out of the 6 percent stamp duty charged from the industrialists at the time of registration provided they purchase private land for setting up the post harvest processing infrastructure in the State after installation of the unit.

In order to facilitate the farmers in registering tractors, the Cabinet decided to relax the condition of minimum one hectare land to 2.5 bigha. It was also decided that if the tractor owner does not have agriculture land, he can submit affidavit regarding land in the name of his father or mother. It was also decided that on the tractors being used for agriculture purpose, only a 4 inch green strip should be affixed on the body of the tractor.

The cabinet gave nod to providing government land measuring 13-47-52 hectares in Shilapur, Tehsil Kalpa and Murang in Kinnaur district on lease in favour of HPPCL for construction of Kashang hydroelectric project stage-II and III in accordance with the provision of H.P. Lease Rules, 2013 on lease amount of Rs. 180 per year for 40 years, which would increase by 5 percent after five years by relaxing the provision of Section 118 H.P. Land Reforms Act, 1972.

It decided to transfer government land measuring 24-51-09 situation in Dharamshala Tehsil of Kangra district in favour of Ministry of Human Resource Development Govt. of India for setting up of the Central University.

A decision was made for making amendment in Himachal Pradesh Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018. Under this, the minimum taxable turn over limit has been enhanced to Rs. 20 lakh from exiting limit of Rs. 10 lakhs. This will give a big relief to small traders in the State. The filling of return by small tax payers (composition dealer) has been simplified and they will now file the return quarterly instead of monthly and the payment of tax will also be done quarterly.

The Cabinet decided to open regular veterinary dispensary at village Kharsi, Tehsil Chachiot in district Mandi and upgrading veterinary dispensary Tharoch in district Shimla to veterinary hospital along-with creation of requisite posts to man these institutions.

It decided to include Karate instead of Karate-DO game for recruitment in government service under three percent reservation for outstanding sportspersons of the state.

It also gave nod to fill up 94 posts of class-IV employees in Technical Education department on daily wage basis.

The approval was given to fill up 9 posts of clerk through Limited Direct Recruitment (LDR) and creating and filling up of 50 posts of Junior Office Assistants (IT) in Irrigation and Public Health department.

The Cabinet approved to fill 3 posts of Subject Matter Specialists and 4 posts of clerks on contract basis in Agriculture Science Centres of Agriculture department besides filling up of 22 posts of different categories in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis.

The Cabinet decided to include Kanoongo circle Jandor and Kotla in Jaswan Tehsil, Pragpur Kanoongo circle in Rakkar Tehsil, Dhaliara and Bhagal Kanoongo circle in Dehra Tehsil and Jambal Kanoongo circle in Dadasiba Tehsil in Kangra district with Potential Industrial Zone of Industrial corridor for planned developmental activities.

It also gave its nod to create and fill up 6 posts of Emergency Medical Officers in Shri Lal Bhadur Shastri Medical College, Ner Chowk in district Mandi. This would ensure best emergency medical service to the patients in the region.

It was decided to create and fill up 18 posts of different categories in Community Health Centre, Bangana and 15 posts of different categories in Community Health Centre Thanakalan in Una district. It also decided to upgrade CHC Bangana to civil hospital.

It approved to include Integrated Development of Logistics sector as new subject in Industries Department against the Sr. No.10 in the Business of the Government of Himachal Pradesh (Allocation) Rules, 1971.


Ramesh Dhawala appointed as Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board

The state government today appointed Ramesh Chand Dhawala, MLA, as Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board in the rank of Cabinet Minister with immediate effect.

The government has also appointed Baldev Bhandari as Chairman of the State Agricultural Marketing Board with immediate effect.

The notifications have been issued in this regard.