SHIMLA-24 September, 2018

HP Cabinet Meeting Part-I

The Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur accorded its consent to launch Vigyan Gram Scheme in five districts of the State viz. Gram Panchayat Chanju, Development Block Tissa in Chamba district, Mohani Panchayat in Banjar Development in Kullu district, Ghat Panchayat in Seraj Development Block in Mandi district, Piplidhar (Bainsh) Panchayat in Basantpur Development Block of Shimla district and Matal Bakhog panchayat in Rajgarh block of Sirmaur district. The objective of this scheme is to improve yield of farm produce, income generation from off-farm activities as well as conservation and efficient management of existing natural resources through implementation of appropriate technologies.

The Cabinet gave its approval to launch ‘Jal Se Krishi Ko Bal Yojna’ in the State for water harvesting and run off recycling of rain water. This aims at increasing the crop yields as well as farm income by optimum use of stored rain water by constructing water conservation and harvesting structures such as Check Dams and Ponds. An outlay of Rs. 250 crore has been made for five years duration.

It also approved to start ‘Aaj Purani Raahon Se’ Scheme in the State to boost cultural tourism and help in preserving the cultural identity of the State in a big way to attract tourists.

It also gave its consent to launch individual/Beneficiary Group Handpump Subsidy Scheme in the State. Under this scheme, 75 percent cost shall be paid by the beneficiary and the balance 25 percent shall be paid by the IPH Department.

It also gave its approval to fill up 123 vacant posts of Forest Guards in Forest Department on contract basis.

The Cabinet also decided to enhance the honorarium by 20 percent per month from 1st August, 2018 of different categories of teachers appointed by School Management Committee in various schools of the State Government.

In order to provide an opportunity to the senior citizens of the State to visit religious places, the Cabinet decided to start ‘Dev Bhoomi Darshan Scheme’. The scheme envisages 50 percent concession in bus fare to senior citizens with age 70 to 80 years and above 80 years it will be free.

It gave its approval to convert Police Chowki Haripurdhar in Sirmaur district as Regular Police Chowki along-with creation of requisite staff.

The Cabinet decided to include Gram Panchayats Cholthara and Sadoth under Police Station Sarkaghat by excluding these from Police Station Dharampur in Mandi district.

It accorded its approval to fill up two posts of Station Fire Officer, three posts of Driver cum Pump Operator and 20 posts of firemen on contract basis in State Fire Department.

The Cabinet decided to provide forest/government land measuring 1-22-28 hectare on lease basis in favour of M/s Shakti Hydro Electric Company Pvt. Ltd. for setting up of 3.5 MW hydro electric project in Mandi district.

It decided to select 30 employees for posts of SAS-I &II from departments/boards, corporation etc. for training in Himachal Pradesh Public Administration Institute, Shimla through competitive examination to be conducted by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

The Cabinet put its seal on creation and filling up of 14 posts of different categories in Municipal Corporation Dharamshala on secondment basis.

It decided to open new Ayurvedic Health Centre at village Bayong, Gram Panchayat Bayong Tatwa, development block Sangrah in district Sirmaur along-with creation of requisite staff.

The Cabinet gave its approval to open new Ayurvedic Health Centre and Panchkarma Unit in Pragpur village in development block Pragpur in Kangra district alongwith creation of requisite posts.

It also decided to release Good Performance Incentive to employees of Himachal Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation @ 8.33 percent of pay, subject to ceiling of Rs. 35,000 for the financial year 2016-17.

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 35 vacant posts of Assistant Professor/equivalent in Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni on contract basis.

The Cabinet decided to start two new steams of B.Tech. Electrical Engineering and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering besides filling up of 21 posts of different categories in Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Engineering College, Pragatinagar in district Shimla.

It also decided to start two new trades of Plumber and Mechanic Motor Vehicle in Government ITI Bagsaid in district Mandi besides creation and filling up of 31 posts of different categories.

The Cabinet gave its nod for partial re-structuring of Irrigation and Public Health Sub Division Gagret by opening new Sub Division at Daulatpur which will have a new Section at Dangoh and after closing Sub Division Jhalera.

The Cabinet gave its nod to increase the financial assistance (Old age Pension) of ex-servicemen and their widows from Rs. 500 per month to Rs. 3000 per month.

It also decided to create and fill up 10 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis and fill up four vacant posts of Peon in Sainik Welfare Department on daily wage basis.

The Cabinet also decided to grant State level Fair status to Suket Devta Mela Sundernagar in Mandi district.

The Cabinet gave its approval to upgrade Community Health Centre, Dadasiba in Kangra district to 50 bedded Civil Hospital alongwith creation of requisite posts to man this hospital.

It also gave its nod to fill up 14 posts of different categories in Himachal Hospital of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Shimla for its smooth functioning.

It also decided to provide 13 motor cycles to Police Department for maintaining smooth plying of vehicular traffic in Shimla city.

The Cabinet gave its nod to engage M/s Bijson Innovations Pvt. Ltd., with Bijson Biofuel agency on PPP mode to Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain a Bio-Methanation Plant of 2.5 MTPD capacity using Horse dung/biodegradable waste to bio-fuel on turnkey basis on end to end basis (waste collection till elimination) at Kufri in Shimla district.

The Cabinet decided that in order to boost hydro power sector and to attract investment in the State the entire power from the hydro electric projects upto 25 MW capacity shall be mandatorily purchased by HPSEBL at the generic levelized tariffs as determined by H.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission.

It also gave its nod to provide 4412 sq. meter land of Industries Department at industrial area Gondpur in Paonta Sahib of Sirmaur district for setting up of Common Effluent Treatment Plant to M/s Sirmaur Green Environ Limited as Special Purpose Vehicle on lease of token price of Rs. one by relaxing industrial policy.

The Cabinet decided to issue letter of intent in favour of M/s Rahul Bakery Plot No. 19, Sector-2, Parwanoo for setting up of plant for producing fruit wines.

The Cabinet gave its approval to rename Government Degree College, Sunni as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Degree College, Sunni in Shimla district as mark of respect to former Prime Minister of India.

It also decided to accord District level status to Holi Mela Utsav Dheera in Kangra district.

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Cabinet Press Note Part-II

The Cabinet also decided to increase minimal bus fare in the State. Now, the minimum bus fare will be Rs. 6 and the maximum distance for this fare will be three kms.

It is pertinent to mention here that the bus fares were increased in the years 2010 and 2013 in the past and the percentage increase in the year 2010 compared to previous fare was 33.33 percent and in the year 2013 the increase was 30.63 percent. The time span during which the fares were increased was only 3 years. However the present hike has come after a long period of 5 years and the percentage increase in the fare is 24.44 percent in plain areas and 20.69 percent in hilly areas in all categories of services i.e. Ordinary buses, Deluxe buses and Volvo buses. The minimum fare has been fixed as Rs. 6/- and the maximum distance for which this fare will be applicable shall be 3 kms. The fare approved are comparable with those prevailing in neighbouring states of Punjab (for plain areas Rs. 1.10 paisa per km for ordinary) and Uttrakhand (for hilly areas Rs. 1.72 paisa for ordinary) which were fixed by Uttrakhand in 2017 (October) and about 3 months back in Punjab.

The fare hike is justified in view of sharp increase in diesel prices. The diesel prices increased by about 44 percent after October, 2017 when Uttrakhand fixed their bus fares. Similarly in Punjab the current fare were fixed about 3 months back and diesel prices have increased sharply thereafter.

Now the following rates will be applicable.:

Fare Rates

Area

Present bus fare (per km)

New approved bus fare (per km)

% Increase

Ordinary Buses

Plain Area

90.00

112.00

24.44

Hill Area

145.00

175.00

20.69

Deluxe Buses

Plain Area

110.00

137.00

24.44

Hill Area

180.00

217.00

20.69

Volvo/AC Buses

Plain Area

220.00

274.00

24.44

Hill Area

300.00

362.00

20.69

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SHIMLA -24 September, 2018

Four day Shimla Fest Concludes

The four-day long Shimla Festival 2018 concluded here yesterday night. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over the concluding ceremony.

The Chief Minister evinced keen interest in the cultural programmes presented during the last cultural evening of the festival, in which noted Bollywood star Mohit Chauhan was the main attraction. He enthralled the gathering with his soulful Bollywood as well as Himachali songs.

The Chief Minister also released the souvenir brought out by the organisers on the occasion and distributed prizes to the winners of inter college dance completion and inter school painting completion on the occasion.

The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman, Shimla Festival Organising Committee Amit Kashyap honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion.

Wife of the Chief Minister Dr. Sadhna Thakur, Speaker HP Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajiv Bindal, Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary Home B.K. Aggrawal, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary Prabodh Saxena and other senior officers of the State Government were also present on the occasion.

=============================================== Chief Minister Flags off ‘Swachhata Rally’

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur flagged off the ‘Swachhata Rally’ organised by Divya Himachal Daily newspaper here today.

Speaking of the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself initiated the cleanliness drive by picking up the broom to clean the dirt for making Swachh Bharat Abhiyan a mass movement across the nation. He said that one should resolve that neither they should litter, nor let others litter. He said cleanliness was important for all of us and it becomes duty of every one of us that we keep our surroundings and environment clean.

The Chief Minister said that although the State has banned use of polythene way back, but now the Government has banned use of thermocol cutlery in the State. He said that the Government has also banned use of small plastic water bottle in public functions as it was also a major environmental hazard. He said that this was a major step in environment conservation. He said that it was due to the collective efforts of the people of the State that Himachal Pradesh has been declared as open defecation free (ODS) after Sikkim.

He also administered oath of Cleanliness on the occasion.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary Home B.K. Aggrawal, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Amit Kashyap, Commissioner Municipal Corporation Shimla Pankaj Rai, Director Information and Public Relations Anupam Kashyap, Principal IGMC Ravi C. Sharma were present on the occasion among others.

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SHIMLA -24 September, 2018

Losses, rehabilitation and rescue operations being undertaken by the State Government reviewed in State Cabinet

The Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur reviewed the losses, rehabilitation and rescue operations being undertaken by the State Government keeping in view the incessant and heavy rains in the State for the last few days.

It was informed in the Cabinet that 120 stranded persons were rescued from Koksar in Lahaul-Spiti, 23 from Marhi and 31 from Rohtang (Kullu). Apart from it 33 persons stranded at Phojal in Kullu were also rescued. Out of these, 21 persons were rescued by Air Force and 14 persons were rescued by adopting other means.

It was also apprised that as many as 45 vehicles were retrieved from Koksar in Lahaul-Spiti. Similarly, 600 students and teachers were shifted from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyala Chamba and 100 students from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Mehla in Chamba district. In addition to this, three families of Rakh in Chamba district were also shifted to PWD Rest House.

The Cabinet was also apprised that 12 tourists from Sikkim State have been evacuated from Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti to a Hotel at Keylong.

It was also informed in the Cabinet meeting that due to heavy rains on 23rd and 24th September, 60 sheep/goats died due to landslide at Bharmour.

The Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and PWD, Himachal Pradesh Government Manisha Nanda also apprised the situation to Finance Commissioner, Revenue in Punjab and shared Chamera Dam data with him so that necessary action/alert can be taken by the Punjab Government. Moreover, Chamera Dam authorities were also advised to share their dam discharges data with the Thein Dam (Ranjeet Sagar Dam) in Punjab. Deputy Commissioner Chamba also apprised his counterpart in Pathankot for taking precautions.

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SHIMLA-24 September, 2018

Notification issued regarding enhance relief rates due to losses by wild animals

A spokesperson of the state government has informed that the relief rates for the losses caused to human beings and domestic livestock by the wild animals as defined in Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 has been enhanced. The revised notification to this effect has been issued by the state government.

The spokesperson informed that in case of death of human being the enhanced relief would be Rs. Four Lakh, in case of the permanent disability to human being the relief amount would be Rs.Two Lakh and in case of grievous injuries/partial disability to human being the relief rate would be Rs. 75,000 and in case of simple injury to human being as per actual cost of medical treatment subject to maximum amount of Rs. 15000 would be given as relief.

Production of postmortem report in case of loss of human life, certificate in case of grievous injury, partial & permanent disability would be the guideline for the grant of relief.

The claim would also be provided in case of loss of horse, mule, buffalo, ox, yak and camel and the relief amount would be 30,000, In case of loss of cow jersey and cross breed the relief amount would be Rs. 15,000. In case of loss of cow, donkey, churu, churi and pashmina goat the relief amount of Rs. 6,000 would be provided. In case of loss of sheep, goat, pig and loss of young ones of buffalo, cow, jersey and all kind of other breeds mule, yak, horse, camel, churi, donkey, pashmina goat, sheep and goat sum of Rs. 3000 and Rs. 1500 would be provided.

The verification of loss of cattle that was actually caused by wild animal can be done by the Pradhan/Up Pradhan of Panchayat/Patwari. All DFOs in HP shall be the final authority to sanction all cases of relief claims on account of losses caused by the wild animals to humans and domestic livestock.

The spokesperson informed that all the prescribed rates shall be made applicable with immediate effect.

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14th Hero MTB Himalaya biking race to be begun on 27th September

Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh told here today that Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) in association with Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation is organising 14th Hero Himalaya 2018 from 27th September to 6th October, 2018.

He informed that the race would be flagged off on the World Tourism Day 27th September on historic Ridge Shimla and concluded at Dharamshala on 6th October, 2018. He said that Hero MTB Himalaya is Asia's oldest and among the World toughest cross country marathon style MTB race. He said that 80 riders of 14 countries will cover 650 Km from Himalayan trails. He said that 15 cyclists from across the country will be riding with the tallest names in spot of mountain biking.

President HASTPA Mohit Sood said that the biking race would cover 650 Km in eight stages and nine days. He said that HASTPA has pioneered the advent of adventure of Sports of India with mountain biking which has put Himachal Himalaya at the forefront of mountain biking culture in the country. He said that seven time world champion Jason English will pair up with Himachali talented Akshit Gaur of Hero MTB team for Hero MTB Himalaya.

He said that HASTPA wishes to make digital education a reality for students of Himachal Pradesh and for this we have collaborated with E-shishya an online mentoring programme for bright rural and semi urban children in India. He said that through simple phone and video calls our partnership will help us bridge the gap between talented professional and deserving children with low economic background.

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SHIMLA- 24 September, 2018

Janjehli, Chanshal, Bir Billing to be developed under Nai Raahein Nai Manzilein: CM

The State Government has selected Janjehli in Mandi district, Chanshal in Shimla district and Bir Billing in Kangra district to develop under the new scheme 'Nai Raahein Nai Manzilein' from tourism point of view. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting of senior officers here today.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government has made a budget provision of Rs. 50 crore. He said that community hall at Markanda temple and Ambica Mata Temple whereas solar lighting system would be installed at Janjehii, Shattadhar, Kuthah, Shikari Mata Temple etc. with an expenditure of about Rs. 2.70 crore. He said that temporary tents, promoting adventure tourism, constructing Jungle tracking paths around Janjehli, Thunag, Shikari Devi, Puda Kedar, Tungasi Top, Thachi, etc. would also be constructed for promoting tourism activities in the area.

Jai Ram Thakur said that 40 new trekking routes would also be developed in Janjehli circuit to facilitate tourists. He said that 12 forest rest houses/ inspection huts would be upgraded for comfortable stay of the tourists. He said that total amount of Rs. 16.70 crore would be spent on developing the area as attraction for tourists. In addition, tourist culture centre has been awarded under Asian Development Bank funding for Rs. 25.17 crore, he added.

The Chief Minister said that Chanshal area in Shimla district would also be developed under the new scheme with the estimated cost of Rs. 15.12 crore. He said that the area has immense potential for adventure sports, skiing and camping. He said that Ministry of Road and Surface Transport, Government of India has appointed M/s Mckinsey to prepare report for development of Chanshal area as Tourist Hub.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Bir Billing in Kangra district would also be developed as tourist destination under 'Nai Raahein Nai Manzilein' Scheme by spending Rs. 14.62 crore. He said that under 'Swadesh Darshan' Scheme of Union Government, a paragliding institute was being set up at Bir Billing with an estimated cost of Rs. 8.07 crore.

Chief Minister said that the State Government was committed to set up maximum number of ropeways in the State to facilitate the tourists and local people. He said that the Government has decided to provide several concessions to those entrepreneurs who are interested to invest in ropeways projects. He said that this includes waiving off annual license fee for the first seven years etc. He said that the MoU would be signed with State Government and Government of Punjab for construction of Sri Anandpur Sahib-Shri Naina Devi Ji Ropeway very soon. He said that the construction has been expedited on Dharamshala-Mcloedganj ropeway coming up at a cost of Rs. 150 crore. He said that this project would be completed by May next year.

He said that Palchan to Rohtang ropeway would be completed by the year 2022 whereas Adi Himani to Chamunda and Bhunter to Bijli Mahadev ropeways would be taken soon.

The Chief Minister said that several manmade reservoirs such as Chamera, Pong Dam, Govindsagar, Tatapani, Larji and Pandoh have immense potential for being developed as major tourists attractions for adventure and water sports. He said that Govindsagar Lake would be developed for water sports, shikara, boating, house boat, sea plane and other recreational activities. He said that the State Youth Services and Sports Department would offer these activities on PPP mode. He said that similarly Pong Dam besides being a favourite destination for bird watchers would be developed as an attraction for water sports.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government would take up the matter for allowing water sports and recreational activities in Pandoh dam with BBMB so that it could also be developed from tourism point of view. He said that Larji Dam would also be developed as tourist attraction by creating necessary infrastructure to facilitate the tourists.

Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that the Tourism Department would ensure that all these lesser known destinations of the State would be brought on the tourism map of the country. He said that efforts would be made to involve private entrepreneurs to invest in tourism projects in these areas.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Anil Kumar Khachi, Additional Chief Secretary, MPP and Power Tarun Kapoor, Director, Energy Manasi Sahay, Director Tourism Rakesh Kanwar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ajay Kumar, Managing Director, H.P. State Electricity Board Ltd. Jai Parkash Kalta were also present on the occasion among others.

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Typing test for JOA (IT) and clerk postponed

A spokesman of Education Department told here today that typing test/ verification of documents for filling up the posts of JOA (IT) and clerk on contract basis reserved for physically handicapped persons scheduled on 25th and 26th September, 2018 at RKMV Shimla has been postponed to 8th and 9th October, 2018 due to heavy rains.

However, typing test shall be conducted on 25th and 26th September, 2018 for those who have already reached Shimla for this test, while others may appear on 8th and 9th October, 2018, he added.

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Himachal Pradesh Agricultural Industry Corporations 235th meeting held

Himachal Pradesh Agricultural Industry Corporation Board of Directors 235th meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Horticulture Minister Mahender Singh Thakur. In the meeting, the Board of Directors decided to provide interim relief of 4% to the employees of the Corporation.

In the meeting, 42 posts of different categories were also approved in the corporation and these vacancies will be filled on outsourced basis. In which the staff of Nalagarh-based petrol pump, which is on the verge of completion, will be staffed on outsourced basis to run smoothly.

In the meeting, Mahender Singh Thakur instructed the corporation to take appropriate steps for the utilization of the property and land of corporation located at different places. He instructed the Corporation to ensure proper utilization of these valuable assets so that the revenue of the corporation could be increased further.

The proceeding of the meeting was conducted by H.S. Chaudhary the Managing Director of the Corporation.

Principal Secretary Industries R.D. Dhiman, Special Secretary Finance Abid Hussain and Deputy General Manager P.S. Chauhan was also present in the meeting.

===============================================194th meeting of the HPMC Director's Board held

The 194th meeting of the HPMC Board of Director's was held today under the chairmanship Irrigation and Public Health Minister and President of Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Production Marketing and Processing Corporation Limited Mahendra Singh Thakur.

Mahender Singh instructed the officials that necessary steps should be taken to run Parwanu fruit processing unit in order to fully exploit its production capacity. He also instructed HPMC to evaluate the vacant land in Kolkata and explore the possibilities of proper use so that the corporation's business can be increased.

It was also decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary Horticulture to explore the possibilities of use of the land in Kolkata. In the meeting, it was directed to made Cold houses of Corporation available on rent in the month of March-April to the horticulturists and other interested parties for which directions were issued to invite tenders.

The Horticulture Minister also instructed the Corporation to make proper arrangements for Mango purchase under the Marketing Intervention Scheme next year and said that the collection center should be opened in the month of June. He also instructed to make more efforts to increase the Corporation's income.

The proceedings of the meeting were conducted by Managing Director of HPMC Madan Chauhan.

===============================================Raids in Paonta Sahib to check Drug abuse

Additional Chief Secretary Home and Health B.K Aggarwal informed here today that a team led by Pramod Chauhan, DY.SP/SDPO Paonta Sahib, Pratibha Chauhan, DY SP District Sirmour, Sub Inspector Mohar Singh, SHO Police Station Majra in association with Nishant Sareen, Assistant Drug Controller District Sirmour, Drug Inspectors Suresh Chauhan, Lalit Kumar and Basant Mittal raided 10 shops parallelly which were selling the drugs without any valid Drug License.

He said that six cases were registered u/s 18 (c) without Drug License under u/s 18 (a) non Disclosure of Information i.e Bills etc against the defaulters. These include Amjad Khan, Amzad Clinic, VPO Misserwala, Tehsil Paonta Sahib. Shamshad Ali, Shamshad Clinic, VPO Misserwala, Tehsil Paonta Sahib, Mohammad Asad, Near Misserwala Chowk, Tehsil Paonta Sahib, Dushashan Sarkar, Misserwala , Tehsil Paonta Sahib, Pratish Kumar Biswas, Clinic Majara, Tehsil Paonta Sahib and Pintu Lal Biswas, Dhaulakuan, Tehsil Paonta Sahib.

Shri Aggarwal said that one shop in Misserwala belonging to Astaham-ul-hak Ansari R/O Angaran PS Mandi Distt. Saharanpur U.P. was sealed. He said that these raids have been conducted to check the menace of drug abuse in the society particularly among the young generation. These raids will continue in future also as the state government is keen to check drug abuse in the state.