CM addresses virtual rallies of BJP Mahila Morcha of Organisational districts Palampur and Kangra

SHIMLA,28.06.20-While addressing the Virtual Rallies of BJP Mahila Morcha of Organisational districts Palampur and Kangra from Shimla today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the Mahila Morcha has done a commendable work in preparing and distributing face masks and face covers to the people of the State during the Covid-19 crisis.

Chief Minister said that the Mahila Morcha has also played a key role in providing ration and cooked food to the needy at the time of curfew in the State. He said that the then BJP Government in Himachal Pradesh was the first State in the country to provide fifty percent reservation to the women in the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies. He said that this has not only ensured active participation of women in development and policy making, but also made them socially and economically self reliant.

Jai Ram Thakur said that one cannot even imagine of development and progress of the society without welfare of the womenfolk as they constitute about fifty percent of the total population of the world. He said that the State Government has launched several schemes for ensuring empowerment of women and making them partner in development.

Chief Minister said that free gas connections have been provided to 2.76 lakh families under State Scheme Grihini Suvidha Yojna and 1.36 lakh connections under Ujjawala Yojna. He said that Rs 500 each have been deposited in the accounts of 5.90 lakh eligible women under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna during the month of April, May and June.

Chief Minister said that ASHA workers were playing a vital role in containing the coronavirus in the State. He said that ASHA workers have done a commendable work in the Active Case Finding Campaign by identifying people with ILI symptoms. He said that the State Government has provided an additional incentive of Rs 1000 per month to every ASHA worker for the month of March to June. Now the State Government has decided that an incentive of Rs 2000 per month would be provided per month for each ASHA workers for the month of July and August, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the girls were excelling in almost every field. He said that in the very first cabinet of the State Government, Gudiya Helpline was launched to ensure safety of the women.

Chief Minister said that the able leadership in form of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken timely steps to check spread of the virus. He said that the decision of lockdown by the Prime Minister has helped in containing spread of the coronavirus. He said that due to the timely decision taken by the Prime Minister, death rate in India due to corona was quite less as compared to most of the developed nations of the country.

Jai Ram Thakur said that at one stage there was only one Covid-19 case in the State, but the number rose to 902. He said that this share increase was due to about two lakh people of the State stranded in different parts of the country who were brought back by the State Government. He said that people of the State need not worry as the people coming back to the State were being kept under quarantine before allowing them to go home.

Chief Minister said that India has made unprecedented progress and witnessed historic decisions during the last about six years. He said that abrogation of Article 370, and abolishing triple Talaq were historic decision which paved the way for one nation, one constitution. He said that the role of women in bring the present State Government in power in the State was immense.

Former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar said that when the whole world was fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the women were playing a vital role not only in preparing and distributing masks, but also ensuing that the people do not jump home quarantine. He also urged the women to work with greater commitment and dedication so that the BJP could again come to power in the State under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary said that today the women have proved their mantle in almost every field. She thanked the Chief Minister for launching several schemes for empowerment of the women.

President BJP Mahila Morcha Kangra Ranju Rastogi detailed various activities started by the District Mahila Morcha during the Covid-19 pandemic.

State Mahila Morcha President Rashmi Dhar Sood welcomed the Chief Minister in the virtual rally.

State BJP General Secretary Trilok Kapoor thanked the Chief Minister for sparing his valuable time for participating in the virtual rallies to boost the morale of the ranks and files of the party.

MP Indu Goswami, MLAs Mulk Raj Premi, Ravi Dhiman, Rita Dhiman, Arun Mehra and Vishal Nehariya, former MLA Sanjay Chaudhary, also participated in the virtual rallies.

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CM pays tribute to PV Narasimha Rao

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today paid homage to PV Narasimha Rao, the ninth Prime Minister of India on his birth anniversary.

Chief Minister said that the nation would always remember PV Narasimha Rao, for his economic reforms and trade liberalisation.

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Environment, Science and Technology plans to undertake mapping of glacial lakes

State Government has been very proactive to mitigate the climate induced hazards and undertaking various studies to understand the threat arising out of the climate change. Ever since the Government took a decision to focus on research and mitigating strategies to combat the impact of climate change with the establishment of the State Centre for Climate Change under the aegis of the State Council for Science Technology and Environment. The Centre has initiated integrated efforts to translate the Government policy into actions.

Secretary Environment, Science and Technology Rajneesh informed that in view of this, the department has planned to undertake mapping of all the glacial lakes which are being formed at the glacier snouts by virtue of the melting of the Himalayan glaciers and which may contain a large quantity of water causing great damage in case if they burst in future. He also cited an example of Kedarnath tragedy correlating the bursting of a small lake at the snout of Chorabari glacier in Uttrakhand Himalaya along with heavy precipitation during that time.

The State Centre has been working on this issue of vital importance and undertakes the regular monitoring of glacial lakes to understand the phenomena of Glacier Lake Outbursts Floods (GLOFs) in Himachal Pradesh in different basins as well as in the adjoining Tibetan catchment of the Satluj River basin using the space data.

Himachal Pradesh invariably experiences flash floods, the cause of which is unknown. In the year 2000, the Satluj valley experienced the heaviest floods causing economic loss of more than 800 crores. The cause of the flood event was not known to the experts that whether the floods were caused by cloud bursting or due to Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) phenomena as it started from the Tibetan Himalayan Region.

The formation of landslide dammed lakes in high altitude zones such as Parchu in the upper catchment of Spiti basin in Tibet caused tremendous threat to the life and property located in the downstream areas since its inception in the year 2004. It is therefore necessary that a constant and repeated monitoring of the upper catchment areas having international dimensions is required to be carried out on a regular basis.

Based on the study carried out in 2019 by the Centre, the Satluj basin reveals the presence of total 562 lakes in 2019 out of which about 81percent (458) lakes are small one with area less than 5ha, about nine percent (53) falls within the aerial range of 5-10ha and about nine percent (51) are the big one with area more than 10ha.

The Chenab basin comprising mainly of Chandra, Bhaga, Miyar as sub basins have a total of 242 lakes (2019) comprising 52 lakes in Chandra, 84 lakes in Bhaga and 139 in the Miyar sub basins respectively.

The Beas basin comprising of Upper Beas, Jiwa, Parbati has a total of 93 lakes comprising 12 lakes in Upper Beas, 41 lakes in Jiwa and 37 lakes in Parvati sub basins in 2019 indicating an increase of about 43 percent as compared to 2018.

In view of the increasing trend of the lakes being formed at higher altitudes of the Himalaya Region in Himachal Pradesh and the adjoining Tibetan Himalayas, D.C. Rana, Director-cum-Special Secretary (Rev-DM) who is also holding the charge of Member Secretary, HIMCOSTE informed that it is not possible to keep a watch on the lake formation leading to GLOFs events in the higher Himalayan region because of the accessibility issues by any conventional methods and thus the space technology has proven to be more useful and helpful in carrying out the investigation in such terrains. He said that the State Centre on Climate Change of the HIMCOSTE has been undertaking the mapping and monitoring of all such lakes which helps in making a pre-assessment about the vulnerable lakes being formed either in Himachal or in the adjoining Tibetan Himalayas which drains into the Indian Territory along the Satluj river as part of Disaster Management Plans of the State Government. He further said that the lakes with area greater than 10 hectare and having area between 5-10 hectare can be seen as the potential vulnerable sites for causing damage, in case of bursting of any one of them realizing that a proper monitoring and change analysis of all such lakes in higher Himalayan region of the State is critical for averting any future eventually in Himachal Pradesh, so that the precious human lives and the infrastructure are saved.