Education Minister urges centre for liberal allocation of funds

Education Minister, Himachal Pradesh Shri Suresh Bhardwaj has requested the Centre Government for liberal allocation of funds under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) especially for hill states like Himachal Pradesh keeping in view the tough topographical conditions. He was speaking in the 65th meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education at New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Union H R D Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar.

Shri Bhardwaj also urged the centre for releasing funds under RUSA for those colleges which were opened in the state by the previous government without making proper budgetary provisions. He said that there are many tough and remote areas in the state where educational institutions were needed and in order to expand educational facilities up to remotest corners, funds were needed to manage the colleges.

Education Minister informed the Union Minister about various ongoing schemes being implemented by the department and assured that the present government is committed to strengthen the education system in the state and would take effective steps to bring about qualitative improvement in the primary as well as higher education sectors which included providing laptop/tablets and 1 GB monthly internet data to meritorious college students, wi-fi facility in government educational institutions, implementing Vidyarthi Credit Card Yojna, modernization and computerization of all labs, providing shoes and school bags to students under Atal School Vardi Yojna. Efforts would be made to promote Sanskrit and Sanskrit University would be set up, he added.


Labour welfare  would be the main focus: Industries Minister

A mechanism would be evolved to make Aadhar linked payments of salaries and other dues to the workers in private sector, in order to ensure cashless transaction and thereby check under payment of salaries to the workers working in private establishments. This was disclosed by the Industries and Labour & Employment Minister Shri Bikram Singh while presiding over the meeting of the State Labour & Employment Department held here today.

The Minister said that it has been noticed that many a times complaints were received that the labourers working in registered private units were being paid less and are made to sign on higher amount. He said that the Aadhar linked mechanism would go a long way in checking this practice. He directed the officers of the Department to ensure strict and effective enforcement of all the labour laws. He said that the State was known for industrial peace and the same should be maintained at any cost. He said that at least 70 per cent employment in all the upcoming industrial, tourism and hydro-electric units must also be ensured to the Himachali youths.

He said that Departments like Labour and Employment, Technical Education and Skill Development Corporation must work with greater coordination in order to achieve desired results. He said that better co-ordination amongst these Departments would ensure greater employment avenues to the youth of the State.

Shri Bikram Singh said that all the employment exchanges in the State must be updated regularly. He said that the employment exchanges must have authentic data of the unemployed youth and semi-employed. Similarly, names of candidates securing government job must accordingly be deleted, he added. He said that this would help in giving a clear picture of actual number of unemployed and semi-employed youths in the State.

Labour and Employment Minister said that the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board must ensure that maximum numbers of workers working in this sector get registered with the Board, so that they could derive benefit of various schemes being implemented by the Board for their welfare. He said that most of the workers were not aware of the welfare schemes being implemented by the Board, therefore greater thrust must be laid on wider publicity of welfare schemes, particularly in rural areas.

Shri Bikram Singh said that all the forms and procedures in the Department regarding benefits to workers must be simplified and made more realistic. He said that this would not only ensure smooth functioning of the Department but also enhance its efficiency. He said that all the functional posts laying vacant in the Department would be fill up on priority.

Additional Chief Secretary Labour and Employment Smt. Nisha Singh, while welcoming the Minister said that the Department would work with commitment and dedication to achieve the desired results.

Labour Commissioner Shri Himashu Shekhar Mishra welcomed the Chief Guest.

Smt. Jyoti Rana Chief Executive Officer Himachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Shri Rajesh Sharma Managing Director H.P Skill Development Corporation and other senior officers attended the meeting.


 Dr. Saizal called upon Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister

 Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal called upon Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot at New Delhi yesterday.

Dr. Saizal apprised him about various schemes and programmes being implemented by State's Social Justice and Empowerment Department. He said that the socio-economic development of all sections of the society and equal representation of women in all spheres of development was the priority of present state government. State government had also recently established a 24x7 'Gudiya Help Line' to control crime against women.  

He also apprised the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister about various state run schemes for senior citizens. He said that the state government immediately after assuming power had reduced the age from 80 to 70 years for social security pension. It will benefit thousands of elderly people of the state.

Dr. Saizal requested the Union Minister for providing more money for various central schemes.

Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot said that the union government was providing enough financial assistance to Himachal Pradesh and assured him that Himachal would be provided adequate money for successful implementation of various welfare schemes.


 Dr. Daisy Thakur calls upon CM

The Newly appointed Chairperson of Himachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, Dr. Daisy Thakur called upon Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur here today.

She also expressed her gratitude to the Chief Minister for entrusting her with the responsibility for protecting and promoting the interests of women besides acting as a watchdog and guardian for women empowerment.


 Shimla Half Marathon on 22nd January 2018

CM to be Chief Guest

A Spokesperson of Health Department here today said that Aids Control Society will organsize State level function of National Youth Day Campaign at historical Ridge. Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur will be the Chief Guest and Health Minister Shri Vipin Singh Parmar will be the special guest of the function.

He said that on the occasion, Half Marathon would also be organized on 22nd January, 2018 at 11 A.M. for men, women and boys-girls.