A delegation of Shodh Aayam of the State ABVP called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at his official residence

SHIMLA,.24.02.21-A delegation of Shodh Aayam of the State ABVP called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at his official residence today to give their suggestions for the State Budget.

State Organising Secretary Gaurav Attri said that the organisation held talks with the academicians, teachers and scholars in the month of January this year regarding the budget. Based on these deliberations, the ABVP apprised the Chief Minister about their suggestions.

State Research Scholar Suresh Panwar, State Secretary ABVP Vishal Verma, Prant Jan Sampark Pramukh Aashish Sharma and research scholars of HP University Rinku Kumar, Shivani, Purushottam and Raman were present in the delegation.

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HP bags four awards under PM-KISAN Scheme/Mop up round for the vaccination of HCWs by 25th February

Himachal Pradesh was honoured with four awards, One State Award and Three District Awards for good performance under Pradhan Mantri Kissan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme in different categories by the Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India on the Second Anniversary of the launching of the Scheme.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar presented the award to Jal Shakti and Revenue Minister Mahender Singh Thakur in an award function organized at New Delhi today.

Himachal Pradesh bagged State Award for good performance in physical verification and grievances redressal under the category of North-East States and hilly terrain areas. The State has completed 75 percent of physical verification of beneficiaries and 56 percent grievances have been redressed under PM-KISAN scheme already.

In addition to this, three districts of the State were honoured with the award under the category of North-East States and hilly terrain areas. Lahaul Spiti received the award on the parameters of Aadhar authenticated beneficiaries whereas Sirmaur district was awarded for grievances redressal and Kangra district for physical verification of beneficiaries.

Interacting with the media persons on the occasion, Mahender Singh Thakur said that the credit for this achievement goes to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur as out of all states Himachal Pradesh got maximum four awards in various categories. He added that State is excelling in all spheres under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister and bagging awards for its performance in implementing various schemes. He said that State has emerged as a role model for development and added that Himachal Pradesh is making sincere efforts to implement all welfare schemes so that fruits of the schemes reach to the beneficiaries at ground level.

He said that Pradhan Mantri Kissan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme was launched by the Centre Government on 24th February, 2019 with a view to provide income support to all landholding small and marginal farmers families across the country, to enable them to take care of the expenses related to agriculture and allied activities as well as domestic needs.

Director, Directorate of Land Record H R Chauhan and officers of Districts Administration of Lahaul Spiti, Kangra and Sirmaur accompanied the Minister on the occasion.

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Mop up round for the vaccination of HCWs by 25th February

A review meeting regarding the COVID vaccination drive was held today with all the districts under the chairmanship of Mission Director National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh, Dr. Nipun Jindal.

All the districts were informed that 25th February 2021 will be the last date of the mop up round for the vaccination of Health Care Workers (HCWs). District wise coverage was also shared with the districts. All the Chief Medical Officers were directed to prepare the list of all such Health Care Workers who are registered on CoWIN portal, but have not been vaccinated for first dose till date. Districts have been directed to create sessions for all such left out beneficiaries as per requirement to ensure maximum coverage of Health Care Workers. All the CMOs were further directed to analyse and review their block wise coverage to assess the left-out beneficiaries and to further direct their Block Medical Officers to arrange sessions in all the blocks. It was also reiterated to utilize all available channels of communication to reach out the left out beneficiaries.

Dr. Nipun Jindal further informed that this will be the last chance for all HCWs to get the first dose of COVID vaccine. He appealed to all registered but not vaccinated health care workers for reporting to their nearest session site on 25th February for getting vaccinated irrespective of receiving SMS for the session scheduling. Such beneficiaries will be scheduled on-site.

He further informed that till now more than 78 percent of registered Health Care Workers have been vaccinated in the State. So far only 0.5 percent AEFI cases have been reported, of which only one needed hospitalization. He further appealed to the beneficiaries to ignore any rumors and come forward to get themselves vaccinated as the vaccine is completely safe.

Dr. Jindal also informed that Himachal Pradesh is the leading state in the country in 2nd dose coverage of Health Care Workers, achieving more than 91 percent of the expected target.