SHIMLA - 15 November, 2018

Chinese company gives presentation on smart transport system in Shimla

A presentation was made by FDDC and Bureau Group Company Ltd., a Chinese company before the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today regarding providing smart alternative transport system for the Shimla town.

The Company detailed about providing smart transport such as mono rail, ropeway, lifts and escalators etc. for the town.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Power Minister Anil Sharma, Transport Minister Govind Thakur, Principal Secretary Transport J.C. Sharma, Additional Principal Secretary to the CM Sanjay Kundu, Principal Private Secretary to the CM Vinay Singh, representatives of the Chinese company and other senior officers of the state government were also present on the occasion.

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Scouts and Guides plays constructive role in society: CM

Scouting was contributing to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated this while presiding over the State Council Meet of The Bharat Scouts and Guides held here today.

The Chief Minister called upon the students and teachers to participate regularly in the activities of scouts and guides movement. “Now-a-days, a lot of youngsters are facing problems due to lack of self-confidence thus joining the scout movement will create a sense of self-confidence and courage,” he said. “It fosters personality development of the students and help them imbibe a sense of social responsibility. They become disciplined and courageous, and are in forefront during critical times,” he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that it was vital that apart from excelling in the field of education, the students must become a good citizen of the country. He said that Associations like Scouts and Guides play a major role in this direction. He appreciated the role of students of the Bharat Scouts and Guides in helping the affected during the flash floods in Kullu District.

While expressing concern over the increasing incidences of drug abuse amongst the students, Chief Minister urged the Scouts and Guides to play a pro active role in curbing this menace. He said that the grant in aid of Rs 25 lakh due for the Bharat Scouts and Guides would be released soon. He assured that the same would be enhanced appropriately.

The Chief Minister said that 1897 schools, 67 colleges and 7 open units were registered with the Association. He said that the State has a total number of 48,230 scouts and guides in the State. He said this was an voluntary and educational movement, for people of all ages.

The Chief Minister was formally nominated as the President, whereas Education Minister as Vice President of the State Council of Bharat Scouts and Guides Himachal Pradesh.

The Chief Minister also honoured Jyoti Charan Chauhan on the occasion for receiving Asia Pacific Messengers of Peace Hero Award during the 26th Asia Pacific Scout Conference held recently at Manila Philippines.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the Scouts and Guides help its members to grow mentally and physically strong so that they can make a positive contribution for their communities and the world. He stressed the need for devotion, duty, and discipline among the members. Today this Association was working in 120 countries of the world, he added. He said that Scouts and Guides played a commendable role in helping the people at the time of natural calamity in the State.

Director Higher Education Dr. Amarjit Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries on the occasion. He explained the role played by scouts movement in moulding the character and individuality of a person and spoke about the services rendered to the society by the scouts and guides movement.

Secretary Education Dr. Arun Kumar Sharma, Director Elementary Education Rohit Jamwal, Former Director Education Dr. Dinkar Burathoki, Registrar Himachal Pradesh University J.S. Negi were present on the occasion among others.

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Himachal Startup poised to create employment avenues for youth: CM

Himachal Startup was poised turn the educated youth from job seekers to job providers and in order to give support to the 'startup' and 'innovation projects' the state government would provide all possible assistance to the youth to develop entrepreneurship.

This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while flagging off the 'startup Yatra' van for the state from his official residence Oak Over, here today.

The Chief Minister said this scheme is a gift of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the youth of the country which envisages various incentives for startups so as to enable the entrepreneurs to succeed in their ventures. This scheme would provide an opportunity to the youth to carry forward their innovative to next level where they could be transformed to reality. He said that this Yatra would visit various educational institutions of Shimla, Solan, Sirmour, Hamirpur, Kangra, Chamba, Kullu, and Mandi districts. The Yatra would culminate at IIT, Mandi on 30th November.

He said that scheme also has provisions of creation of incubation centres in the host institutions in the state in order to build capacities, develop networking, establishing necessary infrastructure and generating awareness. IIT Mandi, NIT Hamirpur, Agriculture University Palampur, Science, Technology and Environment Council, Horticulture University Nauni, Bir Technology Park, HP University, CSIR Palampur and JPUIT Vaknaghat have been selected for incubation in the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that basic objective of this scheme is to create self-employment and employment, upgrading the skills of entrepreneurs and to provide them support to set up their units under professional guidance. The scheme also aims at helping and holding entrepreneurs to select viable projects in the potential areas in manufacturing and service sectors and training them to set up startups and running them professionally.

He said that key focus areas of the scheme would be technology driven innovation sector, rural infrastructure and facilities, crafts, arts, water and sanitation, renewal energy, health care, clean tech, agriculture, horticulture and related areas, food processing, retail, tourism and hospitality, mobile, IT and bio-technology.

The Chief Minister also launched the first startup of the state 'localguy.in' developed by Anuj Sharma.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur also spoke on the occasion and urged the students to come forward with innovative ideas to start up their own ventures.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, MP Ram Swaroop Sharma, MLA Vinod Kumar, Chairman HIMFED Ganesh Dutt, Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar, Director Industries Hans Raj Sharma were present on the occasion among others.

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Minister urges PRI's to apply for nation level awards

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar today revealed that this year the national level awards to the Panchayati Raj Institutes would be given by the union ministry of Panchayati Raj on 24 April, 2019 on the occasion of National Panchayat Day.

He said that awards would be given to one Zila Parishad, two Panchayat Samitis, three Gram Panchayats and one Gram Sabha of the state. In addition to this, the government of India would also award the best panchayat of the state.

The Minister appealed the Pradhans and Secretaries of all the Gram Panchayat of the state to apply online on panchayatawards.gov.in portal for these awards, for which the date has been extended up to 22 November, 2018.

Virender Kanwar said that this is a good opportunity for the PRI's to highlight their achievements and get rewarded for their efforts.

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CS holds video conference with DCs to review arrangements for winters

Chief Secretary B.K Agarwal today held video conference with all the Deputy Commissioners of the state to review the preparedness for winter season and visit of the central governments team for assessment of losses to the state during the monsoon season.

He directed the district level committees to hold meeting with all the line departments during this month for making preparations for the winters as per the snow manual and disaster management guidelines so that immediate measures can be taken in case of any emergency. He asked to take preventive measures for fire incidents and carrying out mock drills up to sub-division level.

The Chief Secretary stressed on improving communication system, especially in tribal and far-flung areas for ensuring immediate and proper reporting of any untoward incident. He said the state government would provide VSAT and satellite phone to all the sub-divisional headquarters of the tribal districts and other district headquarters of the state. He also emphasized on increasing the communication points and directed the BSNL to ensure better connectivity during winter season.

He directed the Deputy Commissioners to make it sure that there is no lack of communication between the departments during holidays and IEC activities are taken on priority by involving Gram Panchayats to issue advisory to people during adverse weather conditions. He also directed that Director General of Police should hold meeting with the police officers to chalk out strategy for rescue and relief measures and better communication network during the winters.

B.K Agarwal said that keeping in view that the Rohtang Pass has been officially closed from 15 November, 2018 the state government would soon arrange flights to the tribal areas to facilitate the people.

He said that a central team is visiting the state on 26 and 27 November, 2018 to assess on the spot damages due to cloud burst, flash flood and landslides during the monsoon season. The team would visit Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Kangra and Chamba districts.

Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue Manisha Nanda directed the Deputy Commissioners concerned to identify the places to show damages occurred to the roads, IPH schemes and agriculture sector etc. so that the central team could be convinced about the extent of damages state has suffered.

She also asked to ensure better transportation arrangements and evacuation of people in case they get stranded somewhere due to natural disaster. She said district administration should take effective steps to prevent fire incidents, which are more common during winters.

It was informed by the Deputy Commissioners that there was no scarcity of ration, petrol and other essential commodities in their districts and all the required arrangements have already been made for the winters.

Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management D.C Rana while conducting the proceedings of the meeting apprised that there no damages have been reported from any part of the state due to snowfall and rains during last two days. He said district level authorities have been advised to keep a close watch, monitor the situation in their areas regularly and take appropriate measures.

The representatives of BRO, BSF, meteorological department, police department and BSNL were present in the meeting.