CM asks all departments to work vigorously for implementation of developmental projects

All the departments should set targets for themselves for implementation and execution of various developmental projects so that these could be completed within stipulated time period. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated this here today while presiding over the review meeting to monitor the progress in Chief Minister’s announcements, Central schemes, e-mails, beneficiaries of Central/State schemes and 30 new schemes announced in the budget 2018-19.

He said that people of the State had a lot of expectations from government thus it becomes the duty of the officers and officials to work with greater commitment to meet their aspirations and fulfil the objective of the government. All the departments should ensure that the announcements made by him should be implemented in letter and spirit so that the developmental projects could be completed in stipulated time period. He said that departments should work with close coordination so that the work on the announcements does not suffer due to lack of coordination. The Chief Minister’s Office would coordinate with various departments for effective and time bound completion of the Chief Minister's announcements.

He said that it was a matter of great satisfaction that during the first 100 days of the state government, over 88 percent targets were achieved set by the government. Now, the government has set targets for next six months and every government functionaries should work with greater dedication to achieve the targets.

The Chief Minister said that all the Central schemes such as Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna (Gramin), Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna (Shahari) and Swachh Bharat Mission (Shahari) should be implemented in a letter and spirit. He said that Himachal has been declared open defecation State, but stress should be on ensuring that urban areas also have better basic amenities. He said that Swachha Bharat campaign was an issue nearer to the heart of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thus special emphasis should be laid on making Himachal Pradesh a clean State of the country. He said that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should be made a people’s moment by involving general public, NGOs, Self Help Groups and other voluntary organisations. He said that similarly all the homeless poor in the State both in rural as well as urban areas should be provided homes.

Jai Ram Thakur said that special stress should be laid on expedition of the work on Smart City Projects for Shimla and Dharamshala towns. He said that detailed project reports for 112 projects worth Rs. 4363 crore under Smart City Projects were under preparation and should be finalised at the earliest. The work should also be expedited on Amrut Yojana launched by the Government of India. He said that 19 markets of the State have been covered under e-NAM and efforts should be made to cover more markets under the project.

He said that as many as 2994 Panchayats of the State have been provided broadband connectivity under the Bharatnet Project Phase-II. He directed the officers to ensure early coverage of left-out Panchayats so that better online services could be provided to the people, especially in rural areas. He said that as many as 694 announcements have been made by him during the last about seven months.

He said that emphasis should be laid on coverage of more non-loanee farmers to undergo the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana besides covering more area under Pradhan Mantri Sinchai Yojana so that the State could achieve the target of doubling the farmer's income by 2022. He said that action plan should be prepared for effective implementation of minimum support price by increasing it by one and a half time. This would go a long way in doubling the farm income by 2022, he added. He said that 80 lakh LED bulbs have been distributed to the consumers under Ujjwala scheme in the State.

While expressing displeasure over the progress in 30 new schemes announced by him in the budget 2018-19, the Chief Minister directed the officers to start work on all these schemes before the monsoon session.

The Chief Minister said that schemes such as Gudiya Helpline 1515, Shakti App and Hoshiar Singh Helpline should be implemented in such a way that they become beneficial in a real sense. He said that the Himachal Grahini Suvidha Yojna would be implemented vigorously so that Himachal Pradesh becomes the first State in the country to have all the households with gas connection and smoke-free kitchen. The State was among the few States in the country to have started Prakritik Kheti Khushal Kisan scheme to promote zero budget farming. He said that for the first time a budget provision of Rs. 25 crore has been made for promotion zero budget farming in the State.

He directed that concerned departments should ensure to publish pictorial booklets regarding new schemes launched by them by 15 August 2018 so that the general public could be made aware regarding schemes for their welfare. He said that emails from the Chief Minister's Office should be attended promptly and all the Administrative Secretaries should monitor the emails regularly.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Jan Manch Programme should be made more effective and result-oriented to benefit the people in getting their grievances redressed nearer to their homes. He said that the State Government was contemplating to reward the district who would perform best in Jan Manch Programme.

He said that the State government has succeeded in getting projects worth Rs. 5510 crore approved from the Centre government with collective efforts of the State government and its officers. He said that the officers should identify sectors and prepare developmental projects for the State according to the needs of the people so that the same could be taken for funding with the Centre. This would transform the State despite its limited resources with the active cooperation of the Centre.

The Chief Minister launched e-Samadhan portal developed by NIC on the occasion. Through this portal, general public can directly write to the Chief Minister about their grievances. In addition, other issues such as Chief Minister's announcements, employment, financial assistance and development related issues would also be available in the e-Samadham. He said that all the departments should regularly update this portal as he would himself monitor it frequently. He said officers should be serious about the grievances received through this portal. He said that this would go a long way in providing direct contact with the Chief Minister with a click of the button.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry said that the Secretaries and Head of Departments should take Jan Manch programme of the State Government sincerely. The officers should come fully prepared for the Jan Manch so that maximum number of cases of grievances could be redressed. He said that the ultimate objective of this programme was to reduce the footfall in government offices.

Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Shrikant Baldi conducted the proceedings of the meeting.

Secretary GAD Dr. RN Batta gave details regarding the beneficiaries of Central sponsored and State schemes.

Special Secretary to the Chief Minister D.C Rana gave presentation on status of implementation of Chief Minister’s announcements.

Additional Chief Secretaries BK Agarwal, Manisha Nanda, Anil Khachi, Ram Subhag Singh and Nisha Singh, DGP SR Mardi, senior IPS officer Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretaries Sanjay Gupta, RD Dhiman, Prabodh Saxena, Onkar Sharma, Secretaries, Special Secretaries and Heads of Departments attended the meeting.

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Govt. announces MIS for procurement of apple

The State Government has given approval for implementation of Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of apple in the State during the year 2018. This scheme will be implemented with effect from 20 July, 2018 to 31 October, 2018.

A Spokesperson of the Horticulture Department said here today that the Market Intervention Scheme will be implemented for procurement of 2,29,136 metric tonnes apple for which procurement price will be Rs. 7.50 per kg. The handling charges will be Rs. 2.75 per kg. and assumed sale realization will be Rs. 3.50 per kg.

Under the scheme, 279 procurement centres will be opened as per demand of the fruit growers out of which, 162 collection centres will be opened and operated by the HPMC and 117 by the HIMFED by their own staff for which funds amounting to Rs. 258.46 lakh (Rs. 152.28 lakh for HPMC and Rs. 106.18 lakh for HIMFED) will be provided by the government..

The fruits would be procured in 35 kg. gunny bags with 2.5 percent more fruits in view of evapo-transpiration and respiration losses.

Only apple having diameter above 51 mm will be procured/accepted under the scheme. Fruit having punctured skin or bird eaten/damaged would not be accepted. Fruit infested with insects/pests and fungal diseases including scab will not be accepted. Ethral sprayed fruit would also not be accepted. Immature/over mature or over ripe, severely bruised fruit would also not be accepted. However, fruits having slight hail damage, sight bruising, russeting and misshapen fruit will be accepted.

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80 percent employment will be ensured to Himachalis in Projects: CM

The State government would ensure atleast 80 percent employment opportunities in all the upcoming power, Industries and Tourism Projects in the State to the Himachali youth. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting regarding investment targets in tourism, MPP and Power and Industries here today.

Chief Minister said that the State has immense power potential and if fully exploited it has capacity to transform the economy of the State. He said that the departments should work with specific targets to be achieved in stipulated period. He said that five hydro power projects with a total capacity of 594 MW would be completed within next one year on which work was on war footing, whereas eleven other projects with total capacity of 307 MW would also be completed within years, which were awarded during the last six months.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Government was also laying stress on optimum exploitation of non conventional energy. He said that HIMURJA would complete construction of 19 mini and small projects with total capacity of 34.20 MW capacity during the next one year.

While reviewing the investment targets achieved in industries department, Chief Minister said that pollution free environment, industrial peace, skilled manpower and uninterrupted power supply makes Himachal Pradesh a favoured destination for investors. He said that in order to attract industrial investment in the State, electricity duty on existing industries has been reduced from 4 percent to 2 percent in small scale industries and from 10 percent to 7 percent in case of medium industries.

It was informed in the meeting that target has been fixed to complete 27 industrial units with an investment of Rs 895.70 crore which would provide employment to about 2600 people. In addition, target has been fixed to allot 350 industrial plots to the entrepreneurs in the State during the next one year and attract an investment of Rs 5000 crore and employment potential of 8000 people.

Jai Ram Thakur said several man made and natural water bodies of the State could be developed as a major tourist attraction. He said that possibilities should be explored to start water sports such as boating and shikaras in Chamera water reservoir. Similarly, Pong Dam could prove a major attraction not only for birds lovers but also the reservoir could be developed a favourite destination for water sports enthusiasts, he added. He said that Pandoh Dam in Mandi district could also be developed from tourism point of view. Likewise, efforts would be made to develop other reservoirs such as Larji and Bhakra dam from tourism point of view, he added.

Chief Minister said that there was immense potential of tourism in form of eco-tourism and adventure tourism. He said that rope ways were another sector which could be an added attraction for the tourists. He said that the Government would special stress on lesser known and unexplored tourist destinations.

It was informed in the meeting that four rope ways would be allocated to the potential entrepreneurs in the State during the next one year, besides work would be completed on Dharmashala-Meclodgang rope within a year.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, senior IPS Officer Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretary Industries RD Dhiman, Secretary Finance Akshay Sood, Director Tourism Rakesh Kanwar, Special Secretary to the Chief Minister D.C. Rana were present on the occasion among others.

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Khushi Ram Balnahta elected Vice Chairman of NFSCBM

State Cooperative Bank Training Institute Shimla gets first prize

Chairman, HP State Cooperative Bank Ltd. Khushi Ram Balnahta has been unanimously elected as Vice- Chairman of National Federation of State Cooperative Banks Ltd., Mumbai. (NFSCBM) He was elected for this post during the general meeting of governing council of NFSCBM held today at Mumbai. Shri Balnahta has also remained in the Board of Director of this federation earlier.

He has thanked the Board of Director for his nomination as Vice-Chairman. He said he would raise the issues related to the cooperative societies so that a new direction could be given to the cooperative sector and cooperative societies could be strengthened economically.

Shri Balnahta said that the HP State cooperative bank has performed well at national level in the cooperative bank sector and it has won the first prize in the category of cooperative training institutes. He disclosed that NFSCBM has given first prize to HP State Cooperative Bank Training Institute, Sangti (Shimla) for sixth time consecutively.

Managing Director of the State Cooperative Bank Dr. Pankaj Lalit and General Manager Dr. R.P. Nainta were also present on the occasion.

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CM asks all departments to work vigorously for implementation of developmental projects

All the departments should set targets for themselves for implementation and execution of various developmental projects so that these could be completed within stipulated time period. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated this here today while presiding over the review meeting to monitor the progress in Chief Minister’s announcements, Central schemes, e-mails, beneficiaries of Central/State schemes and 30 new schemes announced in the budget 2018-19.

He said that people of the State had a lot of expectations from government thus it becomes the duty of the officers and officials to work with greater commitment to meet their aspirations and fulfil the objective of the government. All the departments should ensure that the announcements made by him should be implemented in letter and spirit so that the developmental projects could be completed in stipulated time period. He said that departments should work with close coordination so that the work on the announcements does not suffer due to lack of coordination. The Chief Minister’s Office would coordinate with various departments for effective and time bound completion of the Chief Minister's announcements.

He said that it was a matter of great satisfaction that during the first 100 days of the state government, over 88 percent targets were achieved set by the government. Now, the government has set targets for next six months and every government functionaries should work with greater dedication to achieve the targets.

The Chief Minister said that all the Central schemes such as Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna (Gramin), Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna (Shahari) and Swachh Bharat Mission (Shahari) should be implemented in a letter and spirit. He said that Himachal has been declared open defecation State, but stress should be on ensuring that urban areas also have better basic amenities. He said that Swachha Bharat campaign was an issue nearer to the heart of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thus special emphasis should be laid on making Himachal Pradesh a clean State of the country. He said that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should be made a people’s moment by involving general public, NGOs, Self Help Groups and other voluntary organisations. He said that similarly all the homeless poor in the State both in rural as well as urban areas should be provided homes.

Jai Ram Thakur said that special stress should be laid on expedition of the work on Smart City Projects for Shimla and Dharamshala towns. He said that detailed project reports for 112 projects worth Rs. 4363 crore under Smart City Projects were under preparation and should be finalised at the earliest. The work should also be expedited on Amrut Yojana launched by the Government of India. He said that 19 markets of the State have been covered under e-NAM and efforts should be made to cover more markets under the project.

He said that as many as 2994 Panchayats of the State have been provided broadband connectivity under the Bharatnet Project Phase-II. He directed the officers to ensure early coverage of left-out Panchayats so that better online services could be provided to the people, especially in rural areas. He said that as many as 694 announcements have been made by him during the last about seven months.

He said that emphasis should be laid on coverage of more non-loanee farmers to undergo the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana besides covering more area under Pradhan Mantri Sinchai Yojana so that the State could achieve the target of doubling the farmer's income by 2022. He said that action plan should be prepared for effective implementation of minimum support price by increasing it by one and a half time. This would go a long way in doubling the farm income by 2022, he added. He said that 80 lakh LED bulbs have been distributed to the consumers under Ujjwala scheme in the State.

While expressing displeasure over the progress in 30 new schemes announced by him in the budget 2018-19, the Chief Minister directed the officers to start work on all these schemes before the monsoon session.

The Chief Minister said that schemes such as Gudiya Helpline 1515, Shakti App and Hoshiar Singh Helpline should be implemented in such a way that they become beneficial in a real sense. He said that the Himachal Grahini Suvidha Yojna would be implemented vigorously so that Himachal Pradesh becomes the first State in the country to have all the households with gas connection and smoke-free kitchen. The State was among the few States in the country to have started Prakritik Kheti Khushal Kisan scheme to promote zero budget farming. He said that for the first time a budget provision of Rs. 25 crore has been made for promotion zero budget farming in the State.

He directed that concerned departments should ensure to publish pictorial booklets regarding new schemes launched by them by 15 August 2018 so that the general public could be made aware regarding schemes for their welfare. He said that emails from the Chief Minister's Office should be attended promptly and all the Administrative Secretaries should monitor the emails regularly.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Jan Manch Programme should be made more effective and result-oriented to benefit the people in getting their grievances redressed nearer to their homes. He said that the State Government was contemplating to reward the district who would perform best in Jan Manch Programme.

He said that the State government has succeeded in getting projects worth Rs. 5510 crore approved from the Centre government with collective efforts of the State government and its officers. He said that the officers should identify sectors and prepare developmental projects for the State according to the needs of the people so that the same could be taken for funding with the Centre. This would transform the State despite its limited resources with the active cooperation of the Centre.

The Chief Minister launched e-Samadhan portal developed by NIC on the occasion. Through this portal, general public can directly write to the Chief Minister about their grievances. In addition, other issues such as Chief Minister's announcements, employment, financial assistance and development related issues would also be available in the e-Samadham. He said that all the departments should regularly update this portal as he would himself monitor it frequently. He said officers should be serious about the grievances received through this portal. He said that this would go a long way in providing direct contact with the Chief Minister with a click of the button.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry said that the Secretaries and Head of Departments should take Jan Manch programme of the State Government sincerely. The officers should come fully prepared for the Jan Manch so that maximum number of cases of grievances could be redressed. He said that the ultimate objective of this programme was to reduce the footfall in government offices.

Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Shrikant Baldi conducted the proceedings of the meeting.

Secretary GAD Dr. RN Batta gave details regarding the beneficiaries of Central sponsored and State schemes.

Special Secretary to the Chief Minister D.C Rana gave presentation on status of implementation of Chief Minister’s announcements.

Additional Chief Secretaries BK Agarwal, Manisha Nanda, Anil Khachi, Ram Subhag Singh and Nisha Singh, DGP SR Mardi, senior IPS officer Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretaries Sanjay Gupta, RD Dhiman, Prabodh Saxena, Onkar Sharma, Secretaries, Special Secretaries and Heads of Departments attended the meeting.

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Govt. announces MIS for procurement of apple

The State Government has given approval for implementation of Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of apple in the State during the year 2018. This scheme will be implemented with effect from 20 July, 2018 to 31 October, 2018.

A Spokesperson of the Horticulture Department said here today that the Market Intervention Scheme will be implemented for procurement of 2,29,136 metric tonnes apple for which procurement price will be Rs. 7.50 per kg. The handling charges will be Rs. 2.75 per kg. and assumed sale realization will be Rs. 3.50 per kg.

Under the scheme, 279 procurement centres will be opened as per demand of the fruit growers out of which, 162 collection centres will be opened and operated by the HPMC and 117 by the HIMFED by their own staff for which funds amounting to Rs. 258.46 lakh (Rs. 152.28 lakh for HPMC and Rs. 106.18 lakh for HIMFED) will be provided by the government..

The fruits would be procured in 35 kg. gunny bags with 2.5 percent more fruits in view of evapo-transpiration and respiration losses.

Only apple having diameter above 51 mm will be procured/accepted under the scheme. Fruit having punctured skin or bird eaten/damaged would not be accepted. Fruit infested with insects/pests and fungal diseases including scab will not be accepted. Ethral sprayed fruit would also not be accepted. Immature/over mature or over ripe, severely bruised fruit would also not be accepted. However, fruits having slight hail damage, sight bruising, russeting and misshapen fruit will be accepted.

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