SHIMLA - 29thOctober, 2020 -

CM expresses grief over demise of Keshubhai Patel

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel, who passed away today.

Chief Minister said that Keshubhai Patel has served twice as Chief Minister of Gujarat and worked for welfare of every section of society, especially farmers. He said Keshubhai Patel was a great leader, who worked hard for strengthening the Jan Sangh and Bhartiya Janta Party.

Jai Ram Thakur prayed the almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and to give strength to bereaved family members.

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Bulk Drug Park in Una to go a long way in giving boost to pharma activities: CM

Availability of water and power at lowest tariffs in India and presence of industrial gas pipe line makes Himachal Pradesh in general and the proposed Bulk Drug Park in Una district, a favourite place for investment in pharma sector. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the webinar with pharma industries on ‘Bulk Drug Park’ from Shimla today.

Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh has been ranked seventh best State in the country in Ease of Doing Business and 3rd in the country and 1st in Northern States on Human Development Index. He said that the State has Asia’s largest pharma hub manufacturing, which is 49 percent of India’s drug formulations. He said that clean and green hydro power and better air, rail and road connectivity gives added advantages to the proposed Bulk Drug Park site in Una district.

Jai Ram Thakur invited the captains of the pharmaceuticals giants to partner in development of State, by investing in the State. He said that the Government was providing several incentives to entrepreneurs which include single window clearance system and online approval with integration of 37 services of 11 line departments. He said that dedicated nodal officers for projects above Rs. 50 crore investment were ensuring timebound approval to industrial units.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narender Modi was making all out efforts to make ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and setting up of three ‘Bulk Drug Park’ in the country was a step in this direction. He said that Himachal Pradesh Government has also sent a proposal for setting up of a ‘Bulk Drug Park’ in Una district which would go a long way in giving a fillip for pharma activities. He said that Rs. 1000 crore subsidy would be provided for setting up of this Bulk Drug Park. He said that this would not only strengthen the economy of the State but also provide ample employment opportunities to the youth. He said that about 1400 acre land had been identified and designated for the proposed park.

Chief Minister said that State Government had organized first ‘Global Investors' Meet’ at Dharamshala in November last year to give boost to industrial activities in the State. He said that the first ground breaking ceremony of projects over Rs. 13 thousand crore was performed in December, 2019 and added that second ground breaking ceremony of Rs. 10 thousand crore would be organized soon.

Jai Ram Thakur assured the captains of the pharma industries that all their suggestions would be considered sympathetically.

Additional Chief Secretary Industries Ram Subhag Singh while delivering keynote address detailed various advantages the State have for setting up of Bulk Drug Park. He also made presentation on the occasion regarding incentives being provided to entrepreneurs by the State Government.

Vice President Bulk Drug Manufacturers Association B.R. Sikri, Chairman and MD Sydus Cadila Pankaj Patel, CEO Global API Business Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Deepak Sapra, CEO Global API Business, Sun Pharma Anil Kumar Jain, Founder and CEO, Laurus Labs Dr. Satyanarayana Chava also participated in the webinar and shared their views on the occasion.

Commissioner-cum-Director Industries Hansraj Sharma presented vote of thanks.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh joined the webinar through video conferencing whereas Vice Chairman HPSIDC Prof. Ram Kumar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister J.C. Sharma, Special Secretary Industries Abid Hussain Sadiq and other officers were present at Shimla.

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CM directs authorities to ensure pothole free highway

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today directed the officers of Public Works Department and National Highway Authority of India ( NHAI) to ensure pothole free highways in the State to facilitate the commuters. Chief Minister was presiding over the meeting held here today with senior officers of PWD and NHAI.

Jai Ram Thakur said that all the four laning projects should be completed within the time period to avoid cost escalation besides providing better connectivity in the State. He said that Parwanoo Solan four laning project must be completed by 31st March next year whereas Kiratpur-Nerchowk four lane road should be completed by 31st May, next year and Takoli-Kullu by 30th September next year. He said that the target should also be fixed to complete Solan-Kaithalighat stretch of Kalka-Shimla four lane project by end of next year.

Chief Minister said the National Highway between Boileauganj- Bhrampukhar-Ghaghas must be made pothole free by 15th November. He directed the officers to take up patchwork on Nerchowk to Kullu at the earliest keeping in view the winter season. He said that upgradation work on Jogindernagar-Pathankot road, Baddi-Nalagarh and Pinjore Nalagarh should be expedited and completed within the stipulated period. He said that 3G survey must be conducted on all those projects on which 3D have been conducted.

Jai Ram Thakur said the matter regarding Kaithlighat-Dhalli four laning project should be resolved at the earliest. He said that as many as 17 structures need to be removed from this stretch besides few electric towers. He also directed the PWD officers to identify suitable dumping sites on Solan-Kaithalighat stretch to facilitate the executing agencies. He also directed the concerned authorities to shift 13 electric towers along this stretch.

Chief Minister said that all the clearances related to forest should be expedited to ensure that work on these projects does not suffer. He also stressed the need for plantation of saplings alongside the road to make these four lanes ‘Green Highways’. He also expressed his concern over the delay in construction of bridge over Beas river at Manali which was causing inconvenience to tourists as well as local people. He directed the concerned authorities to speed up the work.

Regional Officer of NHAI Gursewak Singh Sangha assured the Chief Minister regarding timebound completion of all four lane projects under implementation in the State.

Principal Secretary PWD J.C. Sharma, Engineer-in-Chief Bhawan Sharma, Special Secretary PWD Arindam Chaudhary, Chief Engineer National Highways Archana Thakur and other officers were also present in the meeting.

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Special paid holiday on 3rd November for voters of Baroda Assembly Constituency

A spokesperson of the State Government informed here today that a special paid holiday has been declared on 3rd November, 2020, which is a poll day for register voters of 33-Baroda Assembly Constituency of Haryana State, only serving or employed in Himachal Pradesh, on account of Bye-election to Baroda Assembly Constituency of Haryana.

The spokesperson said that it would be applicable to all such government/semi government employees and to the employees working in Boards, Corporations, Educational Institutions and Industrial Establishments who are registered voters of Baroda Assembly Constituency of Haryana. The above will also be a special paid holiday to the daily waged employees and also within the meaning of Section 25 of Negotiable Instruments act, 1881.

It is however, clarified that special casual leave/special paid holiday would be given to those employees, working in Himachal Pradesh but have a right to vote in Baroda Assembly Constituency of Haryana, on production of certificate from concerned Presiding Officer that the employee has actually cast his/her vote.