SHIMLA -16 September, 2019

HP Cabinet decisions

The State Cabinet meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur approved the draft of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Policy, 2019 aimed at holistic development of tourism in the State with special focus on ecotourism, agro organic tourism, snow tourism, lake tourism, adventure tourism, pilgrimage tourism, cultural and heritage tourism, health and wellness tourism, film tourism and MICE tourism (Meeting Travel, Incentive Travel, Conference Travel and Exhibition Travel). The main objectives of this policy is to promote tourism diversification through theme based development, to safeguard state’s tourism destinations through sustainable interventions, to ensure that sustainable tourism primarily benefits host communities, to build capacity and develop quality human resource for the tourism industry, to provide safe, secure and unique ‘tourism for all’ and to create enabling environment for investments for sustainable tourism. Cabinet also approved ‘Capital Investment Subsidy’ for tourism projects in under developed areas of the State and grant for access of roads and water supply to tourism units.

The Cabinet gave its consent to include 428 Gram Panchayats of 10 districts in the State under the Integrated Development Projects for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rain-fed Agriculture-IDP, a project sanctioned by Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India for strengthening and sustainable development natural resources available in forest area touching agriculture land of these panchayats.

It also gave its approval to the draft policy for Buy-back of Non-recyclables Plastics Waste and various kinds of single use Plastic waste including bags in Himachal Pradesh having provision of Minimum Support Price of Rs. 75 kg. To be paid to the Rag pickers and individuals from households for is collection and deposit with the Urban Local Bodies for ensuring cleanliness in the State.

It also decided to nominate the senior most lecturers as Vice Principal in Government Senior Secondary Schools.

The Cabinet also decided to procure and distribute 9700 laptops to the meritorious students of Class-10th and 12th under the Srinivasa Ramanujan Student Ditigal Yojana for the year 2017-18 and 2018-19.

It also gave its nod to enhance the financial assistance being provided to the Second World War veterans from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 10000 per month and for their widows from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 from 1st September, 2019.

With a view to link the sentiments of the communities to foster their commitment to nurture both the girl child and plant, the Cabinet gave its approval to implement ‘Ek Buta Beti ke Naam’.

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 17 posts of Drug Inspector through direct recruitment on contract basis in the Department of Health Safety and Regulations in order to combat the problem of drugs declared as Not of Standard Quality and to regulate the conditions of licenses in sales as well as manufacturing premises.

It gave its nod to declare Yamuna Sharad Mahotsav, Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district as State level Fair.

The Cabinet also decided to fill up 22 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department on Contract basis through direct recruitment.

The Cabinet decided to fill up seven posts of Himachal Pradesh Forest Services (HPFS) through direct recruitment in Forest Department.

It also decided to upgrade Government High School, Sohal in Ghumarwin area of Bilaspur district and Government High School, Kharak in Sri Renuka ji area of Sirmaur district to Government Senior Secondary Schools alongwith creation of requisite posts.

The Cabinet gave its nod to start science classes in Government Senior Secondary School, Ghunni in Rampur area of Shimla district, Government Senior Secondary Schools, Bharog-Bhaneri in Renuka area, Gorkhuwala in Poanta Sahib area and Timbi in Shillai area of Sirmaur district and Government Senior Secondary Schools, Dadhol and Barota in Ghumarwin area of Bilaspur district besides commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Kothi and Gallian (Karloti) in Ghumarwin area of Bilaspur district alongwith creation of requisite posts to manage these educational institutions.

It also decided to regularise the services of 26 daily waged Class-III workmen of various categories of Nepali origin in relaxation of Recruitment and Promotion Rules in Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department.

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CM launches Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline 1100 for rapid redressal of public grievances

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today launched Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline 1100 for the speedy and time bound redressal of public grievances by effective use of latest technologies.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the main focus of the State Government from the day of assuming office was to ensure that the issues, problems and grievances of the general public were redressed at the earliest and in a time bound manner. He said that the State Government also launched Jan Manch for the redressal of the Public grievances. He said that over 35,000 public grievances have been redressed in the Jan Manch. Now going a step forward, the State Government has started this helpline to ensure that the people would not require to even to go to Jan Manch for redressal of their grievances, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that best practices of the helpline, functioning in other three States have been adopted by the State Information Technology Department so that the Helpline of the State emerges as the best helpline of the Country. He said that the people of the State would now be able to register their complaints online and also monitor the progress with a click. He said that as many as 56 departments of the State has been involved in this helpline by geo-mapping and geo-tagging. This would also help in making the whole procedure paperless and lessen the footfall in Government offices, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government would also welcome healthy and constructive suggestions and compile them so that they could be used for betterment of the State. He said that he would himself regularly monitor the progress of Helpline as well as Jan Manch. He said that the helpline would supplement the effectiveness and usefulness of the Jan Manch. He said that all the members of the Helpline should be very courteous and polite to the complainants so that they could comfortably and easily register their complaints.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the 1100 number should be popularised in such a way that it becomes a familiar number with each and every household of the State so that people could derive maximum benefits from the programme. He also urged the Ministers, elected representatives and other functionaries for ensuring popularising the Chief Minister Seva Sankalp Helpline 1100, he added. He said that the helpline will function six days in a week from 7 AM to 10 PM.

The Chief Minister said that the whole nation was celebrating Seva Saptah from 14th September to 20th September, 2019 to celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the Mukhya Mantri Seva Sanklap Helpline was a gift to the people of the State on the occasion of this Seva Saptah.

Information Technology and Agriculture Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda said that anyone from anywhere in the State can register his or her complaint for the mobile and their grievances would be redressed at the earliest. He said that the State Government would take strict action against the officers responsible for the delay in redressal of the people grievances.

Principal Secretary Information Technology J.C. Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He said that the Helpline is aimed at quick redressal of the public grievances by effective use of the latest technology.

Director Information Technology Rohan Chand Thakur presented vote of thanks and detailed various salient features of the Helpline. He said that till date this facility is available in Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh States. He said that the IT Department would provide training to the officers and officials of the State Government to effectively operate the Helpline.

Information Technology Manager to Chief Minister Kishore Sharma presented vote of thanks.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, Health and Family Welfare Minister Vipin Singh Parmar, Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur, Transport and Forest Minister Govind Thakur, State BJP President Satpal Satti, Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Kusum Sadret, Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretary Rural Development Dr. R.N. Batta, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations were present on the occasion among others.

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CM emphasizes on maintaining balance between nature and development

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has underscored the need to adopting technological advancements in executing developmental works so as to maintain balance between the nature and development along-with ensuring quality. He said though development is our requirement, but it cannot be at the cost of environment and we will have to contemplate on reducing the threats of natural disasters and saving precious ecology.

The Chief Minister expressed these views while presiding over the concluding session of the seminar on “Saving Himachal from Natural Disasters” organised by the Divya Himachal newspaper group on the occasion of Engineer’s Day, here on Sunday evening.

He said that being a Himalayan region state, Himachal Pradesh is vulnerable for natural disasters which necessitates for taking effective steps to face the challenges of environment degradation. The state suffers huge losses to life and property every year both during monsoon and winter season due to heavy rains, landslides, flash floods and heavy snow and also in summers because of drought-like conditions, for which we will have to adopt advanced technologies to minimize the risk of natural catastrophe and boosting environmental conservation, he said.

Jai Ram Thakur stressed that the engineers should explore possibilities for taking advantage of modern technologies to check damages to the roads and other infrastructures in the state every year during monsoon. He added that they should also focus on safe and proper designing of buildings specifically in the rural areas where people are not much aware about the threats of earthquakes and other calamities.

Extending his good wishes to the engineers on the Engineers Day, he said that they have been paying a crucial role in technological and industrial progress. He urged them to extend full cooperation to the efforts of the state government for ensuring speedy development of the state.

The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the Divya Himachal group for organising rallies across the state for generating mass awareness about cleanliness drive, natural disaster management and undertaking various social activities. He said that the media today is playing constructive role in highlighting the initiatives of the governments for welfare of the people and also giving feedback on negative aspects.

He released a coffee table book brought out by the newspaper on this occasion.

The Chief Minster presented the engineering excellence awards to the engineers of various departments of the state government on behalf of the Divya Himachal Group. He also honoured various personalities for their outstanding contributions in administrative services, education, health, agriculture, social service and industries.

Editor-in-Chief of Divya Himachal Group Anil Soni said that today every Himachali feels proud over the achievements of the state over the years which had been possible due to honest efforts of different sections of the society. He appreciated the efforts of the state government for ensuring speedy and all-round development of the state in various sectors, especially envisaging global investors meet that would help in attracting investment over 85 thousands to the state besides providing ample employment opportunities to the youth.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar, Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur, former Speaker, HP Vidhan Sabha Brij Bihari Lal Butail and Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi were also present on this occasion.

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SSWC&MA approves 16 proposals for expansion and setting up of new industrial enterprises

8th meeting of the State Single Window Clearance & Monitoring Authority (SSWC&MA) was held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

The Authority in this meeting has approved 16 proposals for setting up new industrial enterprises and expansion of existing units involving a total proposed investment of approx. Rs. 171.77 crore and employment potential of about 599 persons, which goes to show that the State continues to attract investment despite of overall slowdown in the economy.

New proposals approved by the Authority include proposals of M/s Amar Hitech Engineering Industries Private Limited, Vill. Malot Kandrori,Tehsil Indora, Distt. Kangra, H.P. for manufacturing of Handguns Revolvers and Pistols etc., M/s Khushi Steel Industries, Vill. Nasrali, Dabhota, Tehsil Nalagarh, Distt. Solan, H.P. for manufacturing of Fuel Oil, M/s Raju Enterprises, Vill. Kujji, P.O. Dilman, Pachhad, Distt. Sirmour, H.P. for manufacturing of POP POP Toys, Magic Thread, M/s Brothers Small Arms Pvt. Ltd., Village Malot Kandrori, Tehsil Indora, Distt. Kangra, H.P. for manufacturing of SBBL DBBL, Sporting Rifle, Revolver, Bullet Proof Jackets, Pistols and Nugenic Pharma Pvt. Ltd. Unit-II, Vill-Baghbania, Tehsil Baddi, Distt. Solan, H.P. for manufacturing of Gravure Segment Printing, Flexo Printing, Offset Printing, UV Offset Printing.

Among the expansion proposals, the proposals of M/s Pidilite Industries Ltd. Unit II, Vill. Johron, Tehsil Nahan, Distt. Sirmour, H.P. for manufacturing of Water Based Adhesives, M/s Youngman Synthetics, Village Gondpur, Jaichand, Tehsil Haroli, Distt. Una, H.P. for manufacturing of Knitted Cloth, M/s Pidilite Industries Ltd Unit III, Vill. Rampur Jattan, Kala Amb, Tehsil Nahan, Distt. Sirmour, H.P. for manufacturing of Adhesive Monomer Based, Coating Product, Water Proofing Compound, Putti and Resin etc., M/s Gillette India Limited, Plot No. 4, Industrial Area Katha, Tehsil Baddi, Distt. Solan, H.P. for manufacturing of Razor Blades Cartridge, Razor, M/s Pidilite Industries Ltd. Unit-I, Vill. Moginand, Teh. Nahan, Tehsil Nahan, Sirmour, H.P. for manufacturing of Adhesive Monomer Based, M/s Immunetic Life Sciences Private Limited, Village Gondpur Jaichand Nichla,Tehsil Haroli, Distt. Una, H.P. for manufacturing of SPF Eggs, M/s Pidilite Industries Ltd., Village Bhatoli Kalan, Plot No.12, Tehsil Baddi, Distt. Solan, H.P. for manufacturing of Photo Screen Emulsion, Wood Adhesive, Blanket Adhesive, Rubber Adhesive, M/s Sylvan Greens Private Limited, Village Kulhariwala, Tehsil Baddi, Distt. Solan, H.P. for manufacturing of Kraft Paper, M/s Elin Electronics Limited, Village Belikhol, Tehsil Nalagarh, Distt. Solan, H.P. for manufacturing of Plastic Moulded Parts, Led Flash Light, Visi Cooler, S.S. Blade, Mixer Grinder & Juicer, M/s Greenlam Industries Limited, Village Paterh Bhonku, Tehsil Nalagarh, Distt. Solan, H.P. for manufacturing of Decorative Laminates, M/s Amer Sil Ketex Private Limited, IA Gagret, Tehsil Amb, Distt. Una, H.P. for manufacturing of PT Bags, Plastic Battery Parts have been approved.

Director Industries Hansraj Sharma conducted the proceedings of the meeting.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar, Principal Secretary, Revenue Onkar Chand Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Dr. R.N. Batta, Managing Director, HPSEBL J.P. Kalta and other senior officers of the State Government were present on the occasion.

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Chief Secretary directs DCs for effective implementation 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign

Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi here today reviewed district-wise action plan for conducting three phases of 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign through Video Conference with all Deputy Commissioners to eradicate plastic waste problem from the state. He said that this campaign was started from 11th September, 2019 and would continue till 27th October, 2019 with the aim to control plastic waste.

Dr. Baldi said that the Phase–I of the campaign would include awareness generation across town and villages for plastic waste collection and segregation. This campaign would comprise of preparation for massive plastic waste collection drive across all rural and urban areas of the state.

He said that in the Phase-I of campaign educational institutions, eco-clubs, mahila mandals, self-help groups, yuvak mandals, beopar mandals, NGO's, all industries, local industrial units and commercial organisations would be involved for awareness and preparation for collection and disposal of all plastic waste.

He directed all DCs to ensure effective implementation of the campaign and said that at least 5 to 8 programmes are conducted in each block/Tehsil to ensure effective implementation of the campaign. He directed to start the campaign by replacing packaging plastic, maximize use of jute/cloth bag and mobilization of mass production.

The second phase of the campaign would include preparation for collection and disposal of all plastic waste. He directed all DCs to notify waste collection centers and mobilize maximum local public for plastic waste collection, cleaning of hot spots and segregation of waste. He directed that massive plastic waste collection drive would take place across rural and urban areas.

He said that the third phase of the campaign would include effective disposal of plastic. He said that this phase would be organised in three parts, in which form 3rd October to 7th October, 2019 transportations of collected waste from villages to Urban Local Bodies collection centers would be done, from 8th October to 10th October, 2019 segregation of plastic waste into recyclables and non recyclables would take place and from 11th October to 27th October, 2019 transportation of waste for recycling and disposal would be done.

Additional Chief Secretaries R.D. Dhiman, Ram Subhag Singh, Nisha Singh, Director Environment D.C. Rana, Programme Coordinator Dr. Suresh Atri and others senior officers were also present in the meeting.


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