CM urges for sanctioning Power Equipments Manufacturing Hub for the State

SHIMLA- 27 November, 2020-The State Government has urged the Union Government to ask Power Grid Corporation to prepare effective plan for power evacuation from Chenab basin and from Spiti area of the State. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the Chief Ministers’ Plenary Session of virtual 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo, RE-Invest 2020 which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday. About twenty five thousand delegates participated in this event virtually across the globe.

Chief Minister said that the State Government had identified renewal energy of 6000 MW in Chenab basin as well as Spiti area of the State. He said that the power projects have been allocated for execution to SJVNL, NTPC and NHPC on Chenab river basin. He said that in addition to this, 880 MW mega solar park has been allocated to SJVNL in Spiti area for development. He said that effective evacuation plan was required to evacuate power from both these areas.

Jai Ram Thakur said that State Government was also working on ‘Green Gaushala’ Scheme in the State, in which self sufficient bio gas would be produced by fully harnessing solar power. He urged the Union Government to help the State Government in this regard. He said that Himachal Pradesh has immense potential of bio mass which include lakhs of tonne of bio mass every year in form of pine needles and lantana in the forests of the State. He said that for exploiting this potential for power generation we have started ‘Pine Needle Based Briquettes’.

Chief Minister urged the Union Minister of State for Power and Renewal Energy R.K. Singh for sanctioning Power Equipments Manufacturing Hub for the State. He said that the State Government would provide the manufacturers power at attractive rates besides other utilities. He urged the Union Minister for providing grant for common facilities and infrastructure.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State had about 24000 MW harnessable power potential in the State which was about 40 percent of the total potential of the country. He said that till date 10596 MW had been harnessed and the State Government has set up a target of harnessing another 10000 MW in the next ten years.

Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy and Skill Development R.K. Singh while delivering his address said that the annual renewable energy capacity addition has been exceeding that of coal based thermal power since 2017 and during the last six years, India has increased installed renewable energy capacity by two and half times. He said that India has shown the world that sound environmental policies can also be vibrant economics. He said that it was under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that today the aim of ‘One Nation One Grid’ has been achieved.

Union Minister assured the Chief Minister for providing all possible assistance to the State for its endeavour for ‘Green Gaushala’ Scheme, setting up of Power Equipments Manufacturing Hub in the State and for power evacuation from the remote areas of the State.

Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Lt. Governor of Ladakh Radha Krishan Mathur also shared their views on the occasion.

Director General of CII Chandrajit Banerjee said that the country was expanding generation capacity and network to ensure every citizen has access to electricity to unlock their full potential.

Power Minister Sukh Ram and Additional Chief Secretary Power Ram Subhag Singh were present with the Chief Minister at Shimla.

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CM thanks Union Govt. for releasing Rs. 326 crore under Jal Jeevan Mission

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has thanked the Union Government for releasing total amount of Rs. 326 crore to the State under Jal Jeevan Mission.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Himachal Pradesh was the only State in the country to have been released all the four installments of Rs. 81.5 crore each by the Central Government. He said that this would facilitate the State Government to achieve the target of providing piped drinking water to every household of the State at the earliest.

Chief Minister said that all this was possible due to the continuous efforts made by Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur and other senior officers of the department for empathetically taking up the case before the Central Government.

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Applications for Haj invited

A Spokesperson of the State Government informed here today that the Haj Committee of India has announced action plan for Haj-1442 (H)-2021 (C.E.). The Haj Committee of India has fixed the last date for submission of the complete Haj Application form through online portal till 10th December, 2020. The Haj Application Form are available on the website www.hajcommittee.gov.in Haj Committee of India.

The Spokesperson said that Chief Executive Officer Haj Committee of India has intimate that Haj-2021 will take place under special circumstances with special norms, rules & regulations, eligibility criteria, age restrictions, health & fitness requirements and other relevant conditions as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may impose as and when they feel appropriate amid Coronavirus Pandemic.

He said that Ministry of Minority has also desired that dates mentioned in the action Plan be adhered to by the State Haj Committee and all other agencies involved in Haj Management as any delay in calendar of the activities may hampers the overall Haj Management. It is hoped that all agencies involved will endeavour to work in a time-bound manner to provide better services to Haj pilgrims and make Haj-2021 a success.

For further inquiry interested persons can contact the Section Officer Home-C Section State Haj Committee on Phone No. 0177-2880527, Mob: 9816516160 Room No. 104, on any working days from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

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1st meeting of State Task Force Committee for Covid-19 vaccination campaign held

Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi today presided over the first meeting of State Task Force Committee for successful implementation of Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the State in the coming days, as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health, GoI.

While presiding over the meeting Secretary Health detailed the roles of various departments during the Covid-19 vaccination programme which would be started in the state in days to come. He urged the HoDs to provide support in the campaign.

Mission Director NHM Dr. Nipun Jindal detailed about the preparation for combating Covid-19 and also gave information regarding the blue print being prepared for conduction of the campaign. He said that only initial preparations and monitoring has been started in this direction. He said that it cannot be ascertained that when vaccine would be available.

Member of Committee and State Vaccination Officer Dr. Hiten Baniyal made a power point presentation on the occasion.

Director Health Bharat Bhushan Katoch was also present in the meeting.

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National Cooperative Development Corporation approves Integrated Cooperative Development Projects of Rs. 2509.100 lakh for District Una

A Spokesperson of the State Government informed here today financial assistance has been sanctioned by National Cooperative Development Corporation for Integrated Cooperative Development Project under Central Sector Integrated Scheme on Agriculture Cooperation (CSISAC) for District Una.

He said that financial assistance of Rs. 2509.100 lakh has been sanctioned to the State Government for implementation of Integrated Cooperative Development Project by National Cooperative Development Corporation, in which Rs. 2043.994 lakh has been sanctioned for infrastructure development, 214.026 lakh for margin money, whereas 251.080 lakh has been sanctioned for manpower development, managerial assistance and monitoring cost for PIA, training etc.

The Corporation would provide subsidy to State Government under CSISAC scheme, as the amount is received from GoI. Under the project 2043.994 lakh has been sanctioned for civil work, machinery, equipments, furniture, etc.

The Spokesperson said that the project would be completed by 30th November,2023. State government would ensure the utilization of sanctioned amount and claims by the Corporation.

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Mock Drill organised on Emergency Communication and Response

The Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA) in collaboration with the Himachal Pradesh Police Department, Project Deepak of Borders Roads Organization (BRO), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Bhartiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) organized an ‘Emergency Communication Mock Exercise’ today at State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC), HP-Secretariat, Shimla.

The event was conducted under the supervision of Sudesh Kumar Mokhta, Director-cum Special Secretary (Revenue-Disaster Management), who took stock of emergency communication and response force of various districts, where mock exercises work conducted.

Rajesh Verma, Superintendent of Police Head Quarters, Shimla shared the three scenarios for the conduction mock exercise. Three scenarios were presented during this drill in district Chamba, Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur.

Shri Mokhta said that such exercise greatly benefits stakeholder departments especially when we are the brink on the winter season, as it provides an opportunity to brainstorm collectively, synergize the use of resources and explore possibilities for further collaboration and joint planning with various stakeholder agencies.