SHIMLA -16 November, 2018

CM announces one time scholarship to 20 topper students of Bal Ashrams

The state government would provide one time scholarship of Rs. 10,000 each to ten boys and ten girls living in Bal Ashrams topping in joint merit list of the Bal Ashrams/Bal Grih of the state, from 8th to 12th standard annual examinations under the Mukhya Mantri Bal Uddhar Yojana.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur disclosed this while presiding over the state level closing ceremony of sports and cultural meet for children living in orphanage of the state organised by the Directorate of Women and Child Development department here at Balika Ashram, Tutikandi, today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government would provide all possible help to ensure that the students of the Ashrams get better education and they become able to earn their proper livelihood.

He said that need of the hour was to bring out the best from within such children by providing them facility of good teachers and also giving exposure visits in different parts of the country so that they could themselves see and feel the distinct culture and customs of India. He said that he recently visited this Ashram on Diwali and was impressed by the talent of the students.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the there were 48 registered Ashrams in the state out of while eleven were being run by the state government. The government was ensuring that best facilities were made available to the children living in these Ashrams. He said that the state government was providing social security pension of Rs. 1300 per month to the old person aged above 70 years without any income limit.

He announced that all the 1500 students would be provided warm jackets by 15th of December this year.

The Chief Minister distributed prizes to the children who excelled in various sports and cultural events.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said on the occasion that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was poised to make Himachal Pradesh a model state of the country in matter of development. He said the very first decision that the state government took after assuming the reins was to lower the age limit from 80 years to 70 years to get old age pension without any income limit.

He thanked the Chief Minister for starting HTRC taxi service from Ridka village, near this Ashram to the CTO, Shimla.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal presented vote of thanks.

Director, Women and Child Development Rajesh Sharma said that the three-day sports and cultural meet ensured that the students get an opportunity to exhibit their talent. He said that over 425 students participated in this event. He said that over 150 students of the Ashrams were today giving their services at various capacities in different departments of the state.

A clourful cultural programme sas presented by the children of the Ashram on the occasion.

General Secretary, State Child Welfare Council Payal Vaidya, Vice Chairperson, Saksham Gudiya Board Rupa Sharma, Mayor Kusum Sadrate, Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Nisha Singh, Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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Journalists should focus more on developmental stories: Jai Ram Thakur

  • State level Press Day function held in Shimla

The state level function on the occasion of National Press Day on the theme- 'Journalism Ethics and Challenges in Digital Era' was organised here today by the H.P Information and Public Relations Department.

Addressing the interactive session, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stressed that the journalists should give more importance to developmental reporting so that the welfare policies and programmes of the government could reach the common people living at the lowest ebb. They should also highlight the issues relating to the common masses on priority so that appropriate action could be taken at the government end.

The Chief Minister said that journalism was rightly called the fourth pillar of democracy as it was playing a major role in upholding democracy and has influence on our day-to-day life. He said that there was not even a single field which was devoid of challenges and journalism was also not an exception. In the recent years, working as a media professional has become very challenging. Extreme work pressure, time constraint, the competition to survive, culture of paid news and advertorials adopted by media houses for their survival have caused huge pressure on the media as a whole, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that in this era of communication, everyone was a communicator or news provider. This has made the role of the working journalist far more complicated and challenging. He said that the Himachal Pradesh was fortunate to have highly professional media. He said that journalist must ensure that whatever they publish or broadcast was factual so that they maintain credibility amongst the masses. The journalists must function freely, fearlessly and without any bias so that they did not lose credibility with readers and viewers.

He said that the present digital era has posed a big challenge before the print media. The social media in particular should work with greater responsibility and professional ethics. At times, it has been felt that social media in a bid to catch the deadline disseminate news without verifying facts. He said that the journalists working in web media must ensure that whatever they report must to based on facts.

The Chief Minister also released magazine Penmanship Personified published by Sarla publications, Shimla and edited by Dr. Usha Bande, a retired Principal from Government College, Arki.

Earlier, during his address, senior journalist Ashwani Sharma said that digital media has come up as a strong media. We will have to accept the changes in the journalism resulting due to technical advancements. As far as credibility and authenticity of digital technique was concerned, the question would always remain unanswered because nobody can take responsibility of social media. He stressed that the journalists would have to redefine their role as social media was breaking the on-spot news instantly.

He said that despite emergence of digital media, the importance and role of newspapers has not gone down as the news is published on certain ethics and responsibility is also fixed for providing misinformation.

Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Rohit Sawal said that techniques are changing fast and the digital media is the future media as people do not have enough time to go through detailed news items. However, it should be ensured that the ethics of journalism are not compromised for speedy delivery of news.

Assistant Professor of journalism department of H.P. University Shimla Dr. Vikas Dogra threw light on various aspects of journalism. He said that complete responsibility should be fixed while publishing or reporting any news.

Director, Information and Public Relations Anupam Kashyap while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that the Press Day celebrated each year symbolises free press in India.

He said that state government has maintained cordial relations with the media persons and various schemes have been started to ensure their welfare besides providing facilities up to sub-division level to facilitate them in their day-to-day working. He also thanked the journalists for giving wide publicity to the welfare schemes and developmental works of the state government.

Joint Director Pradeep Kunwar presented the vote of thanks.

Chairman, HIMFED Ganesh Dutt, Advisor to the Governor and Chairman Journalism Department, HPU Dr. Shashikant Sharma, journalist from print, electronic and web media and students of journalism department of HP University and APG university participated in the function.

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Govt. to encourage Mahila Mandals for protecting abandoned cattle: CM

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while participating in the ‘Gopaasthami’ celebrations organised by Kamanapurni Gaushala Samiti at Tutu near Shimla today said that the state government has constituted the Gau Vansh Sanrakshan Board for protecting the ‘Gau Vansh’ in the state.

He said that soon after assuming office, the state government also decided that 15 percent from the offerings of major temples of the state would be earmarked towards construction, maintenance and running of Gau-Sadans. He said that rupees one was also being levied as cess from sale of each bottle of alcohol as Gau Vansh Vikas cess. The amount so collected would be used for construction and maintenance of cow sanctuary and Gau Sadans in the state, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the state government was committed to promote natural farming in the state for which provision of Rs. 25 crore has been made in the budget. He said that for natural farming, it was essential to rear indigenous cows. He said that cow sanctuary would be constructed in Sirmour district and more such cow sanctuaries and Gau Sadans would be established in the all the districts.

Jai Ram Thakur said that government would also encourage Mahila Mandals for protecting abandoned cattle and for which they would be provided suitable grant. He said that two best panchayats in every development block where all cattle are registered and tattooed and owners do not abandon their cattle thus making the panchayat free of abandoned cattle will be provided a cash award of Rs. 10 lakh each.

He announced that a Subzi Mandi would be constructed in the area for facilitating the vegetable growers.

The Chief Minister also participated in the ‘Puran Ahuti Hawan’ and ‘Gau Puja’ ceremony on the occasion.

BJP leader from Shimla Rural Assembly Constituency Dr. Pramod Sharma said that the state was forging ahead on the path of progress and prosperity under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He also urged the Chief Minister to construct a modern Sabzi Mandi in the area for the welfare of the farmers.

President Kamanapurni Gaushala Samiti at Tutu Surinder Kumar welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He highlighted various activities of the Samiti.

Students of the local school presented a skit on the occasion.

Wife of the Chief Minister Dr. Sadhna Thakur, President Vishav Hindu Parishad Aman Puri, Mayor Kusum Sadrate, Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma, Councillors Kiran Bawa, Vivek and V.D. Sharma were present on the occasion among others.

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BJP Legislative Party meeting on 20 November

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj today said that the meeting of BJP Legislative will be held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on 20November, 2018 at 7.00 PM in hotel Peterhof.

He has appealed to all the members of the State Cabinet BJP Legislators to attend the meeting.

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DPR completed for construction of road from Bara-Bhangal to Holi: Manisha Nanda

Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Manisha Nanda today held meeting with the Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers of all Zones of the Public Works department of the state to review the progress made under various schemes.

The officers of all the zones gave detailed presentations on the works being undertaken and progress made under PMGSY, Central Road Fund, NABARD and state budget for construction of roads, bridges, tarring and mettaling.

Manisha Nanda said that detailed project report for the ambitious 21 kilometers long road project to connect Bara Bhangal remote area of Kangra district to Holi in Chamba has been prepared. She said matter would be raised with the government of India for funding of Rs. 27 crores for this project under PMGSY. She said this road would help in facilitating the people of the area during any natural calamity.

She directed the officers to identify two-three road projects in their zones on which work can be undertaken through bio-engineering technique. She said Chief Minister's announcements should be given utmost priority and all works should be completed in a stipulated time period.

Manisha Nanda also asked to give special emphasis on land acquisition cases and ensure quality control in all projects. She said that the department is working in the direction of switching over to computerization which would go a long way in strengthening and maintaining transparency in departmental working.

The Additional Chief Secretary said that 374 kms long motorable roads, 24 bridges have been constructed till 30 September, 2018 during the current financial year whereas tarring was done on 736 kms and cross drainage facility was provided on 429 kms roads during this period. Besides, periodical renewal coat was done on 1850 kms roads and 25 new villages have been connected.

Engineer-in-Chief's RP Verma and Ashoka Chauhan and other senior officers of the department were present in the meeting.