SHIMLA,08.11.18-

CM urges hassle free credit facility under GoI Schemes

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at New Delhi today.

He apprised the Finance Minister that State Cooperative Banks have not been made member lending institutions under Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) and Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) due to that potential entrepreneurs were not getting collateral free loans facility under various GoI flagship programmes like MUDRA, PMEGP, NRLM, NULM etc. He requested for personal intervention in the matter to ensure facilitating easy and hassle free credit facility under various GoI schemes to the target groups through Cooperative Banks.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this would not only help the Cooperative Banks in expanding their credit portfolios but also go a long way in generating employment, creating livelihood as well as growth and diversification of agriculture and agro based industries due to the hassle free credit advancement and collateral free credit facility.

Chief Minister also urged for intervention regarding persuading the World Bank to continue to fund the Integrated Development Project for source sustainability and climate resilient rain fed agriculture (IDP) as a separate project. He informed that IDP and Forest for Prosperity (FPP) were merged taking the view that both projects were being implemented by same department and have contiguous objectives and outcomes.

He however explained the Finance Minister that objectives and implementation strategies of both projects were different and added that objectives of IDP was to address agrarian sector and mitigating the effects of climate change, improving the availability of water for irrigation to increase agricultural productivity and livelihood of farmers by directly working with gram panchayats. He informed that on other hand FPP was core forestry project aimed at improving management and community use of forest and alpine pastures.

He said that concerns of the state regarding fund requirements in the project have not been rightly considered by the World Bank while recommending the merger and requested for separate funds for IDP for its effective implementation.

Arun Jaitley listened to the demands of the Chief Minister and assured to provide all possible help in these matters.

Dr. Shrikant Baldi Additional Chief Secretary, Ram Subhag Singh ACS Tourism, Sanjay Kundu Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister accompanied the Chief Minister.

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A deputation led by MLA Doon Sh. Paramjeet Singh Pammi calls on Chief Minister Sh. Jai Ram Thakur at Shimla on 8 November,2018.

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Chief Minister Sh. Jai Ram Thakur meeting with Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaitly in New Delhi on 8 November,2018.

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CM requests for early launch of UDAAN-2 Project in H.P

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur called on Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi today and requested for expediting the formalities for early launch of UDAAN – 2 project in Himachal Pradesh. He said that connectivity is a major issue in the state and air connectivity is vital for boosting tourism sector.

He apprised the Union Minister that there was huge delay in submission of DPRs and completion of other formalities in UDAAN – 2 project and requested for making stop gap arrangements for starting helicopter services by operating intervening helipads for providing connectivity between Chandigarh -Baddi/Kasauli-Shimla-Kullu-Dharamshala.

Chief Minister also took up the matter of international airport at Mandi and conducting Obstacles Limitation Survey at the earliest for hastening the process for further clearances. He also urged for looking into providing technical solutions for expansion of Shimla airstrip for facilitating bigger air-crafts.

Suresh Prabhu assured of conducting Obstacles Limitation Survey at the earliest and directed the officers of the Ministry to work out an immediate solution for executing stop gap arrangements and speedy launch of UDAAN – 2.

Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, ACS Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu were present in the meeting.

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CM urges for using SASE defence helipad at Manali for tourism

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur met Union Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi today and urged for according permission for using SASE defence helipad at Manali for tourism purpose.

He said that Himachal Pradesh witnesses heavy tourist influx especially Manali and surrounding areas and in order to boost tourism this would help and improve connectivity.

Chief Minister apprised her that roads in Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti being maintained by BRO were not in good condition and needed proper maintenance. He said that these were the only access roads to the hydel projects being constructed on Sutlej and Chenab rivers and requires immediate attention.

Jai Ram Thakur also requested the Union Minister for renaming Rohtang tunnel on the name of late Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee who had a very special attachment for the people of the state. He informed that the tunnel was a gift to the people of the state as during his tenure only the project came up.

Defence Minister agreed in principle for according permission to use SASE helipad for tourism purpose and also directed the officers concerned to issue necessary directions to BRO for upkeep of roads.

Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, ACS Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu were present in the meeting.