SHIMLA-01 July, 2020

Transport Nagar to be established at Hamirpur: CM

  • 250 new buses to be added into the fleet of HRTC

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the Transport Department should work for automation of various services of the department to ensure effective and time bound services to the people besides decreasing the footfall in the office. He was presiding over the review meeting of Transport Department here today.

Chief Minister said that although the government had decided to allow the plying of buses with 100 percent occupancy but proper social distancing and use of masks would be ensured. He said that proper sanitization of buses and bus stands must also be ensured. He said that safety protocol should be followed by the drivers, conductors and passengers.

Jai Ram Thakur said that in order to provide people centric services, e-Parivahan Vyvastha would be launched on pilot basis in the State. He said that on success of this project, it would be implemented throughout the State. He said that under this initiative the people would be provided various services such as renewal of permits, automation of driving licenses and registration certificates related activities, pre paid taxi management etc. He said that this would facilitate the people in providing smart hassle free transport services to the citizens.

Chief Minister said that the department also envisages to take various initiatives to enhance the safety of women and girl children by equipping all the public transportation vehicles with location tracking devices. He said that this would help in effective tracking of vehicles. He said that Transport Department has received Rs. 5.49 crore from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India for setting up of Command and Control System. He said that this system would be set up by end of this year.

Jai Ram Thakur said that a Transport Nagar would be established at Hamirpur. He said that this centre would have various facilities such as driving test track, driving training centres, traffic park and vehicle maintenance park etc. He said that drive testing and training in this Nagar would be managed by Original Equipment Manufacturers.

Chief Minister said that possibility should also be explored for encouraging inland water transport in the State. He said that feasibility report in respect of three reservoirs viz. Govind Sagar, Kol Dam and Chamera have been conducted. He said that DPR of Tatapani-Kasol-Salapar waterway has been prepared and efforts should be made to start plying of jetties on these waterways.

He directed the officers to ensure time bound completion of various bus stands to facilitate the commuters.

Jai Ram Thakur said that 250 new buses would be added into the fleet of HRTC which include 100 electric buses. He said that presently 50 electric buses were plying in Shimla town and 25 electric buses were plying in Manali area.

Transport Minister Govind Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for evincing keen interest in moderation of Transport Department. He said that being a hilly state the road transport was life line for transportation. He said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, state transport has laid a major role in providing services to the people of the State in bringing the persons stranded in various parts of the country.

Principal Secretary Transport K.K. Pant welcomed the Chief Minister and detailed various activities of the Department.

Managing Director HRTC Yunus and Director Transport J.M. Pathania made presentations on the occasion.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Principal Secretary Finance Prabodh Saxena, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. R.N. Batta, Secretary Sandeep Bhatnagar and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

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Flood protection work in Saurav Van Vihar to start in September: CS

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi presided over a review meeting regarding Saurav Van Vihar, Palampur here today with senior officers of Jal Shakti, Forest and Industries departments.

The Jal Shatki department made a detailed presentation on the works to be carried out for flood protection and its work schedule. The Forest department made a presentation on the decisions taken for the beautification of this nature park.

The Chief Secretary said that the work on flood protection would be started from 1 September, 2020 and asked the concerned departments to complete the tendering and project drawing process before this. He said that the Forest department would opt for a landscaping Architect who will be given the responsibility for landscaping of the entire area of the Saurav Van Vihar nature park.

Anil Khachi said that after the completion of landscaping work, the Forest department would start the works on lake and aqua culture development in the month of August.

He said that all the concerned departments would initiate the work on this Rs. 8.50 crore project after 1 September, 2020. He would personally review the progress on this project.

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CM greets Vice President on his birthday

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today greeted Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on his 71st birthday.

In his felicitation message to the Vice President, Chief Minister wished him a long and healthy life. He said that M. Venkaiah Naidu is an eminent personality, concerned for welfare of the farmers and development of the rural people.

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Life Certificate and other certificates of pensioners to submitted from 1st Sept.

A spokesperson of the State Government informed here today that under the provisions in Himachal Pradesh Treasury Rules and instruction issued by Finance Department, the Life Certificate and other certificates for the year 2020-21 should be submitted by pensioners from 1st September, 2020.

He said that the pensioners have to download life certificate form available on http:Himkosh.hp.nic.in and submit the filled form in any Treasury of the district after getting it signed from a Gazetted Government servant.

He said that similar certificate is also required to be submitted by All India Services (AIS) pensioners, who are drawing their pension through CPAO to whom pension is being paid by DTO-CTO. AIS Pensioners have to download life certificate form available on http:Himkosh.hp.nic.in and submit the filled form in any Treasury of the district after getting it signed from a Gazetted Government servant.

He said that the pensioners may also give copy of Aadhar along with Life Certificate for seeding of Aadhar number with e-Pension. The Life Certificate already submitted for the year 2019-20 will be valid till 31st August, 2020. The verification of the pensioners will be valid form one year.

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CM interacts with beneficiary of Mukhya Mantri Gram Kaushal Yojna

Directs officers to start rural development oriental scheme

While interacting with the beneficiaries of Mukhya Mantri Gram Kaushal Yojna through video conferencing from Shimla today Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the scheme was started on 6th January this year with a view to revive the traditional handicraft, handloom, local artifacts, wood and metal craft, besides providing gainful employment to the rural youth.

Chief Minister said that the State Government was providing Rs 7500 to the instructor and an amount of Rs. 3000 to the trainee per month. He said that the period of training has been fixed from three months to one year. He said that a maximum of five trainees would be allowed to be trained in each batch. He said that this would go a long way in revival of our traditional art, craft and culture, besides proving a major source of self-employment to the rural youth.

Jai Ram Thakur said that State Rural Development Department has started several scheme aimed at development of rural areas during the last two and a half years. He said that Mukhya Mantri Ek Bigha Yojna has been proving a big success as about 3500 families have registered themselves to avail the benefits of the Scheme. He also congratulated the department for getting first prize in e-Panchayat.

Chief Minister said that to begin with the Mukhya Mantri Gram Kaushal Yojna has been started in 18 blocks of four districts of the State. He said that the courses which have been covered under the scheme include wood craft, Metal craft, Mandi Kalam, Stone craft, bamboo craft, embroidery, pine needle products, pottery etc.

Jai Ram Thakur said that during the COVID-19 pandemic only the rural economy have survived, which was an indication of the fact that these areas have firm base to deal with any kind of eventuality. He said that efforts should be made to start rural development oriented schemes to benefit the youth so that they do not have to migrate from rural areas to urban areas in search of employment.

Chief Minister also released the poster and information booklet regarding this Scheme on the occasion.

Jai Ram Thakur also interacted with several beneficiaries of the Scheme.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar said that the main aim of the State Government was to revive the rural economy of the State. He thanked the Chief Minister for evincing keen interest in the development of rural areas.

Secretary Rural Development Dr. Sandeep Bhatnagar presented vote of thanks.

Director Rural Development Lalit Jain while welcoming the Chief Minister gave details of this scheme.

Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. R.N. Batta and other officers attended the meeting.