SHIMLA- 18 January, 2019

103 FCA, 454 FRA cases cleared during last one year: CM

As many as 103 cases of FCA and 454 cases of FRA were cleared during last one year for ensuring that pace of development does not hamper due to want of forest clearances. This was disclosed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting with senior officers of the State government held here today regarding pending FCA cases.

The Chief Minister said that the forest department should take up such FCA cases on priority which are in stage-II and require minimum formalities for the approvals. He said that out of total 103 FCA cases approved in the State, 44 were of road projects, 11 regarding transmission lines, four related to IPH, 14 hydel and 30 others.

Jai Ram Thakur said that a total number of 1561 cases of FRA have been approved by the State government till date out of which 454 cases were approved during the last one year. The State government has also taken up the issue to attach the State of Himachal Pradesh with Regional Office, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Chandigarh instead of Regional Office, Dehradun,

He said that Government has also taken up the issue of simplifying the existing FRA rules so that pace of development in the State could be accelerated. He directed the officers for expediting various FCA and FRA proposals by taking personal interest.

Forest Minister Govind Thakur, Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Ajay Kumar, CCF Ms. Archana, Engineer in Chief R.P. Verma and senior officers were also present on the occasion among others.

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Acharya Devvrat celebrates 60th Birthday

Governor Acharya Devvrat celebrated his 60th birthday at Raj Bhawan, today.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Union Ministers, Governors and Chief Ministers of various states greeted and wished him a long and healthy life.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur called on the Governor in the morning at Raj Bhawan and prayed for his long and healthy life and hope that his guidance would help in taking the state on the path of development.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh and Health Minister Vipin Parmar also called on the Governor to greet him.

Chief Secretary B.K Agarwal, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi and other senior officers of the State Government including other prominent people joined the birthday celebration at Raj Bhawan

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Govt. will consider to set up agriculture commission in State: Dr. Markanda

  • Himachal Kissan Union holds talks with government after 29 years

The State government will contemplate to set up an agriculture commission in Himachal Pradesh. This was stated by Agriculture Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda while presiding over a meeting of Himachal Kissan Union, here today.

The Union demanded to set up the agriculture commission in the state on which Dr. Markanda assured that he himself will take this matter with the Chief Minister. He said that the state government is committed for protecting the interests of the farmers and several steps have already been taken in this direction.

He said that the government is considering to set up maize based industry in Mandi, tomato based industries in Solan and chips based industries n Kangra to benefit thousands of farmers of the state.

The farmer union also raised the issue of damage to crops by the stray animals. The Minister said that the state government is working on war footings to overcome this problem. The government is giving 80 percent subsidy to farmers for installing solar fencing so their crops can be saved from stray animals. A part from this state government was committed to build cow centuries in all districts. The first cow century is being constructed in Kotla of Sirmaur district.

Dr. Markanda urged the farmers to raise their complaints directly to the government so that they can be redressed at the earliest. He also directedhe officials to redress the problems received from farmers as soon as possible.

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CS stresses on earthquake resilient community structures

  • Launches four schemes for disaster risk reduction

Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal has stressed the need for proper designing and earthquake resilient construction of community halls and other structures in gram panchayats of the State. He was presiding over Inception Workshop on implementation of four schemes on disaster risk reduction organized by HP State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), here today.

The Chief Secretary launched four schemes on disaster risk reduction viz: training for masons, carpenters and bar binders on hazard resistant construction, structural safety audit of lifeline buildings, hospital safety and creation of task force of youth volunteers for disaster preparedness and response. He appreciated the efforts of SDMA for formulating these schemes keeping in view the hazards, earthquake particularly in Himalayan region and said that it was necessary to prevent the risk in an organized manner.

He said the task force of 15-20 volunteers in each panchayat of the State should be formulated by imparting proper training to act as first responder in case of any disaster in their area. He said a massive statewide awareness campaign should be launched so that people could know the vulnerability of disasters, mitigation and reduction measures. He said that community was both victim and first responder during disaster.

B.K. Agarwal stressed the need to take all disaster reduction measures on project mode for which models and guidelines were readily available. He said disaster reduction measures should be in the curriculum of technical institutions and should also be incorporated in Municipal Act. It was vital to impart training at the grass root level to the masons engaged in construction works. An inventory of the masons and voluntary forces should be maintained in each district, adding that cement companies should actively associate with training activities.

He asked all concerned to provide training to masons as per the training modules. He also stressed the need to train engineers involving polytechnic and engineering institutions and a resource centre would be established for technical institutions in the state.

The Chief Secretary directed all the authorities concerned to ensure the entire new building structures earthquake resilient and safe. He said training to all stakeholders was the first component of capacity building. He said hospitals were most prone during earthquake therefore doctors and paramedics training schedule should be prepared before April this year.

Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Manisha Nanda in her opening address said Yuvak Mandals, Mahila Mandals, NSS, NCC, Red Cross volunteers will be mobilized to associate themselves with these schemes. SDMA will provide them certificates and identity cards so that their services are best utilized during hazards.

She said Deputy Commissioner, Mandi has formulated a task force of volunteers namely 'SERVE' which has been appreciated and adopted worldwide. She said 29 activities were associated with the volunteers of task force. She stressed that swimming training to the school children should also be included in their curriculum.

Special Secretary, SDMA D.C. Rana gave a detailed presentation on newly launched four schemes. He said that SDMA will extend all kind of assistance to all the institutions imparting training on hazard risk reduction to various people including masons and engineers. He said a detailed training module has already been prepared and available on SDMA website.

Deputy Commissioners of various districts, SDMs, Principal IGMC, CHOs, BMOs, representatives of cement companies, engineers and other stakeholders participated in the seminar.

The union handed over 29 point demand letter to the Minister who assured that their demands would be considered sympathetically.

General Secretary, Himachal Kissan Union Sita Ram Verma said that it is for the first time any government has invited them for a meeting for which the Union is grateful to the government.

President Sunka Ram presented vote of thanks.

Director Agriculture Des Raj Sharma and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.

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