Govt. will provide assistance to family of Journalist Sunil Sharma

SHIMLA- 22 March, 2018-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government would provide all possible help to the family members of the senior journalist Sunil Sharma, who passed away a few days ago. He was addressing the members of Press Club of Shimla who had called him here today to urge him to provide all possible assistance to the family members of late Sunil Sharma.

Chief Minister said that the sudden demise of Sunil Sharma was a huge and irreparable loss to the family members, but still the State Government was with them.  He said that the State Government would sympathetically consider the demand of the Press Club Shimla to provide teacher's job to the wife of late Sunil Sharma.

President of the Press Club Shimla Dhananjay Sharma urged the Chief Minister to provide at least Rs. 5 lakh to the Press Club Shimla so that the same could be provided to the family of late Sunil Sharma.


 CM inaugurates various developmental projects at Sundernagar

SHIMLA- 22 March, 2018-Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated collection centre building of Agriculture department constructed at a cost of Rs. 73 lakh, smart underground dustbin project worth Rs. 4.46 crore and foundation stone of building of regional lab of HP Pollution Control Board to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 3 crore  and inaugurated new building of Forest Training Institute Campus and Rangers training constructed at a cost of Rs. 3.47 crore and 2.46 crore respectively at BBMB colony at Sundernagar in Mandi district.

He also planted a sapling of ‘Jamun´ plant on the occasion

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister said that the Under Ground Dust Bin Project would ensure scientific management of garbage of the town which would in true sense make the town ‘Sundernagar’. He said that the total cost of this project was Rs. 15.99 crore which was being implemented in three cities of the State viz. Dharamashala, Sundernagar and Ponta Sahib. He said that the project would also ensure scientific waste collection and management and require minimum space.

The Chief Minister said that the collection centre of Agriculture department would ensure remunerative prices of their produce to the farmers. This centre would be equipped with all modern facilities. He said that the regional lab of Pollution Control Board would be immensely useful to maintain the pristine environment of the region.

Shri Thakur said that the new Forest Training institute Campus and Rangers Training Building would prove a boon to the young forest officers as it has been top class training hall and equipments.

He also inaugurated the website of the Institute on the occasion.

Forest Minister Shri Govind Thakur, MLA Shri Rakesh Jamwal, ACS Smt. Manisha Nanda and Shri Tarun Kapoor, PCCF Shri Goraya and other senior officer were present on the occasion.


Emphasis would be laid to facilitate poorest of poor: Virender Kanwar


"We should work in coordination with each other for the development of rural areas of the state. I had started my career as Up-Pradhan of Gram Panchayat where several ideas were conceived for the welfare of needy section of the society. Everyone must have some dreams and conceptions in their mind for the betterment of the rural society. This is the high time to realize all these dreams by working at grass-root level as taught by the Mahatma Gandhi", said Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RD and PR) Minister Shri Virender Kanwar while presiding over the state level review meeting and workshop organised by department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj at HIIPA.


Minister said that Block Development Officers role was very crucial and important in rural development. He said authorities should try to utilize funds for the execution of schemes and programmes in time to avail the next release of funds from the Centre Government. He said that the Rs. 407 crore was expected to be released for the State by the Centre. He urged officers to prepare a master plan at the cluster level. He said that an observer should be authorized to monitor the progress of 100 days plan at every level. He also stressed on the training of officers to hone their skill and knowledge.


He said that watershed harvest management, livelihood mission would be given emphasis to empower the rural people. Employees and workers should be rewarded for excellent works. There was a need to reach to poorest of poor at last corner in the State. This meeting should be organized twice a year to expedite the development. Budget proposed by Chief Minister has major emphasis on the rural development and Panchayati Raj. Suggestions and views from any stakeholder to enhance the functioning of the department were welcome.


Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Dr. R.N. Batta said that conference of engineering cadre of the department would be held soon. Work done under MGNREGA should be given impetus. A detailed plan should be prepared for the post harvesting facilities, disaster management, cyclone shelters, village haats and food grain & other storages.


Shri Rakesh Kanwar Director Rural Development and Panchayati Raj presented vote of thanks. He also presented a power point presentation to brief about the various activities of the department in the state.


He said that people should voluntarily remove their names from the Below Poverty Line (BPL) list when they are not falling in the eligible criteria so that only needy could be benefitted by the various schemes and programmes of the government. If needed, survey should be done at the ground level to understand the real picture of rural challenges. The department was doing great work at every level but there is need of highlighting good deeds at the national level like other states who achieved big awards with few works being done as compared to the Himachal Pradesh.


He said that success stories should also be brought up to set the example for others to work more passionately. Mukhya Mantri Yuva Ajivika Yojna would be implemented soon to provide employment opportunities for the youth. Department had also started e-Panchayat concept with PRIYA software and e-PARIVAR


Director Animal Husbandry Dr. S.K. Chaudhary, Director Agriculture   Dr. Desh Raj and other officers of PWD, RD and PR and Animal Husbandry were also present on the occasion.