SHIMLA -04 July, 2020

Delegation of Hindu Jagran Manch calls on CM

A delegation of Hindu Jagran Manch, Himachal Pradesh led by its President Kashmir Chand Sadyal called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today.

The members of Manch apprised the Chief Minister of various issues and presented memorandum to the Chief Minister.

General Secretary of Manch Kamal Gautam, State Secretary Bhim Singh Chauhan and other members of the Manch were also present on the occasion.


Under Swaran Jayanti Gyanodaya Cluster Sreshtha Vidyalaya Yojna 100 Schools of State to be improved :CM

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to give topmost priority for time bound fulfilment of budget assurances so that fruits of the schemes could be percolated down to the targeted groups. Chief Minister was addressing the review meeting of budget assurances for the year 2020-21 here today.

Chief Minister said that the Swaran Jayanti Gyanodaya Cluster Sreshtha Vidyalaya Yojna was being launched and added that under this scheme 100 Schools of the State would be improved by bringing them qualitative changes and also pupil teacher ratio would be ensured in the State. He said that Rs. 15 crore would be spent under this scheme. He said that Bachelor of Vocational courses had been started in 12 colleges of the State and this year such courses would also be started in six more colleges of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Medha Protshan Yojna launched by the State Government has proved a boon to the students as they were getting incentive of Rs. one lakh for pursuing coaching for various exams such NEET, IIIT etc. He said that this year under Swaran Jayanti Super 100 scheme 100 toppers of class 10th would be provided assistance of Rs. one lakh each for undergoing training to compete in various entrance examinations.

Chief Minister said that efforts would be made to increase enrollment of students in government schools particularly at pre primary and primary levels. He said that greater stress should be on qualitative improvement in education so that students could get par excellence education nearer to their homes.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Krishi Utpaad Sarankshan Yojna have been launched in the State under which 50 percent subsidy was being provided to the farmers of the State for erecting structure to support anti hail nets. He said that similarly Mehak Yojna has been launched in the State for promotion and cultivation of aromatic plants. He said that this would help in strengthening the economy of the farmers in big way.

Chief Minister said that Controlled Atmosphere stores were being upgraded under the World Bank Aided Horticulture Development Project at Gumma, Jarol-Tikkar and Rohru which would facilitate the horticulturists and farmers of the State in getting remunerative prices of their produces.

Jai Ram Thakur said that under Jal Jeevan Mission, the government was ensuring that all the households get tapped water by the year 2022. He said that State Government made appreciable progress under this Mission and the State Government has also received an incentive of Rs. 57 crore from Union Government for effective implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the State for the year 2019-20.

Chief Minister said that Government was also endeavouring to cover maximum area under irrigation so that farmers could be motivated to go for cultivation of off-seasons vegetables and cash crops. He said that this would not only strengthen their economy but also motivate the youth to extend their helping hand in farming activities thereby checking movement towards urban areas.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Principal Secretary Finance Prabodh Saxena, Secretary Education Rajeev Sharma, Secretary Horticulture Amitabh Awasthi, Special Secretary NCES Hemraj Bairwa, Director Higher Education Dr. Amarjeet Sharma, Director Elementary Education Rohit Jamwal, Engineer-in-Chief Jal Shakti Vibhag Naveen Puri and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.


CM holds Video conference with DCs and BDOs

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while holding video conference with the Deputy Commissioners and Block Development Officers of the State from Shimla today directed the officers to prepare list of beneficiaries of various welfare schemes of the Government so that the State Government could maintain better coordination and liaison with the beneficiaries.

Chief Minister said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to work with greater dedication by adopting different strategies. He said that the officers have worked with great commitment and zeal in this pandemic. He expressed satisfaction that all the developmental activities of the State were going uninterrupted even in this testing time.

Jai Ram Thakur said that it was essential that we constantly interact with the beneficiaries and also have a mechanism to get their feedback regarding various schemes. He said that optimum use of technology must be ensured. He directed the BDOs to have a detailed database at panchayat level regarding beneficiaries so that the same could be available at a click of a button.

Chief Minister said that in the first phase the State Government has decided that beneficiaries of schemes such as Ayushman Bharat and HIMCARE, Ujjawala yojna and Grihini Suvidha Yojna, housing schemes like Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna, Mukhyamantri Aawas Yojna, workers registered with Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, ASHA workers, Pradhan Mantri Kissan Samman Nidhi, Social Security Pension beneficiaries, Sahara Yojna, Jan Dhan Yojna etc would be listed.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the list of beneficiaries of these schemes must be provided to the panchayats and must be readily available with them. He said that all these lists must be made available with the panchayats by 10th of this month. He directed the BDOs to get the webex software loaded in the mobiles of the beneficiaries and also train them regarding its use.

Chief Minister said that display panels should be installed in each panchayat so that video conference being held by him could be displayed to the general public.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi said that one can take help of Aadhar number of the beneficiaries as most of these schemes are DBT basis. He said that although there was no need of any e-pass, but still registration is required for entering the State. He said this does not change the rule of quarantine as anyone entering the State from red zones would be kept in quarantine.

Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. R.N. Batta, Secretary Rural Development Dr. Sandeep Bhatnagar, Director Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Lalit Jain were present on the occasion.


Ensure regular inspection of Skill Training institutions: Industries Minister

Industries, Labour and Employment Minister Bikram Singh presided over the meeting of Labour and Employment Department here today. Minister directed the officers to make rigorous efforts to ensure that the welfare schemes of the State Government reach people of the State.

Industries Minister directed the officers to regularly inspect the Skill Development institutions functional in the private sector. He said that immediate action should be taken against the defaulting institutions. He said that placement should be ensured post training from such institutions. Complete information of the skill incentive being provided by the government to the trainees should be displayed on the notice board, he added.

Industries Minister said that the State Government has started Skill Register portal to provide employment to youths coming from outside the State on the basis of their skill. He said that emphasis should be laid on the publicity of the Skill Register, so that the information regarding the portal reaches rural and far flung areas of the state and maximum number of people should get benefit of it.

He said that about 13960 persons and 62 employers have registered themselves on this portal. He directed the officers to ensure that the employers also register their demand on this portal.

He said that as per the announcement of the Chief Minister, English speaking training course should be started in entire State, so that the youth of the state could get benefit from it. He said that services of expert should be taken in this regard. Till now this course has been started in 65 schools and colleges.

Industries Minister also directed the officers of Himachal Pradesh Buildings and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (HPBOCWWB) to ensure registration of maximum numbers of labourers. He also directed to ease the registration and renewal process, so that labourers could avail benefit of the welfare policies of the State Government. He said that all those labourers who have completed 90 days work period in MGNREGA or various other constructions work should be registered, to provide them benefits of various schemes offered by the board. He said that two instalments of rupees two thousand each were released to all labourers registered with the board during lockdown and third instalment would soon be released.

Principal Secretary Labour and Employment K.K. Pant, CEO-cum-Secretary HPBOCWWB Manoj Tomar and Labour Commissioner-cum-Director Employment Department Dr. S.S. Guleria were also present in the meeting.


Rs. 9.64 crore distributed under Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Srijan programme

Industries, Labour and Employment Minister Bikram Singh presided over the 235th Board of Directors meeting of Himachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industry Board, here today.

Bikram Singh said that in the year 2019-20 Rs. 9.64 crore has been distributed to 327 beneficiaries for setting up of village industries and micro units under Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Srijan programme by Himachal Pradesh Khadi Village Industry Board, which created employment for more than 2600 people. Under this scheme with an expenditure of Rs. 10.93 crore a target of setting up 364 units in the year 2020-21 has been fixed.

The BOD gave its approval for regularizing Daily wagers completing five years of service for which matter would be sent to Government for final approval through General Administrative Department.

BOD decided to relax the handling charges to be given by Sale Counters under Minimum Sale Guarantee from 1st April, 2020 to 31st July, 2020 due to lockdown in the wake of COVID-19.

Board decided to prepare DPR for development of its real estates in Mandi, Shimla and Kullu and directed to send it to Administration Department for its appropriate utilization to increase the income.

The Board also sympathetically considered appointments on compassionate ground and gave suggestions for preparing a proposal as per the guidelines of the State Government and to send it to Administrative Department for further action.

Board of Directors directed to revoke the deduction of 25 percent from administrative expenditure of the Board.

Vice Chairman Purshotam Guleria, ACS Industries Ram Subhag Singh, Director Industries Hans Raj Sharma and Under Secretary Finance and CEO Khadi Board S.D. Negi and Non Government Member Pitamber Lal were also present in the meeting.