SHIMLA-06 December, 2018

CM pays tributes to Baba Sahib Ambedkar on 63rd death anniversary

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur paid floral tributes to Bharat Ratna Baba Sahib Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 63rddeath anniversary, celebrated as Mahaparinirvan Diwas, at a State level function organised here on Thursday at Ambedkar Chowk, Choura Maidan.

Speaking on the occasion, Jai Ram Thakur said that known as father of the Indian Constitution and ‘Messiaha’ of poor and downtrodden, Dr. Ambedkar always fought for equal rights of all sections of the society. He said that Baba Sahib’s contribution to the Nation before independence and after independence was well acclaimed.

He said that Dr. Ambedkar belonged to a poor family and struggled hard to attain a high position in his life and contributed immensely for betterment of the Nation. He was a source of inspiration in real terms for all and we need to follow his footprints who gave the message that all sections should work united for removing disparities from the society.

The others who followed the Chief Minister in paying floral tributes were MLAs Nand Lal and JR Katwal, Mayor Kusum Sadrate, Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma, Chairman, HPMC Ram Singh, General Secretary, Child Welfare Council Payal Vaidya, councillors of Municipal Corporation Shimla, office bearers and members of Baba Sahib Ambedkar Welfare Society, Shimla, Safai Mazdoor Union and Balmiki Sabha.

The artistes of Information and Public Relations department presented devotional and patriotic songs on this occasion.

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State to constitute Core Group for landslide mitigation

A meeting was held under the chairpersonship of Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue & Public Works) Manisha Nanda for creation of the core group for landslide mitigation and a detailed project report in this regard to be sent to the National Disaster Management Authority.

Manisha Nanda said that landslide was the most common hazard in the state and almost every year the state gets affected by one or more major landslides causing loss of life and damage to houses, agricultural fields, roads and infrastructure. Most of the critical landslide spots were near the National Highways maintained by the government of India. She said that like earthquake and floods, the risks of landslides could be mitigated through a combination of structural and non-structural measures.

She said that the National Disaster Management Authority, government of India has sought detailed project report for landslide mitigation from the State. As many as 21 vulnerable sites of landslide have been selected which may be perused at falling in different districts.

It was decided in the meeting to constitute a core group with Engineer-in-Chief, PWD as Member Secretary for preparation of the DPR for the State. The Core Group will have the Director, Geological Survey of India, Chandigarh as Member and Engineers from PWD, Geologists from Industries department and technical experts from IIT, Mandi will also be the Members of this core group.

The State PWD department would be the implementing agency for landslide mitigation with Geological Survey of India and State Geological Wing as supporting agencies. IIT Mandi will be the technical support agency for the DPR preparation and landslide mitigation.

It was also decided that two sites would be selected by the PWD for sample DPR preparation one from Naina Devi in Bilaspur district and another from the Sirmaur district. The PWD would also identify four to five vulnerable landslide spots in each zone for treatment at the earliest.

Manisha Nanda said that the State Disaster Management Authority was planning to take up the landslide mitigation at a large scale for reducing the vulnerability and risk associated with the landslide hazard in the state.

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HP proposes setting up of State Institute of Para-Medical Science

Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar today said that the state government was mulling to open a State Institute of Para Medical Science in the state, for which a proposal would be soon sent for approval of the government of India. The institute would go a long way in proper management of the activities of the para-medical staff besides ensuring to fulfill the demands of the staff of the health institutes.

The Health Minister, who was presiding over a meeting of the officers of the health department said that Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was seriously concerned to provide best health services and strengthening of health institutes in the state. This was the only reason that in every Cabinet meeting, various important decisions were being taken for the health sector.

He said that as of now, only 276 posts of Doctors were lying vacant in the state and most of them would be filled up in December and January months. The government was giving extra benefits to the doctors being deputed in far-flung and rural areas of the state.

Vipin Singh Parmar said that six trauma centers had been approved for the state at Medical Colleges Shimla, Tanda, Chamba, Ner Chowk and Hamirpur besides Rampur Bushahr while trauma centers at Kullu and Bilaspur had already been made functional.

The demand for setting up nine more trauma centers in the state had been raised with a government of India to be opened that Una, Nahan, Rekong Peo, Dharmpur in district Solan, Nurpur, Palampur, Jogindernagar, Keylong and Nallagarh.

The Minister directed to speed up the work on under construction health institute buildings and taking effective steps for educating the masses about the initiatives taken by the state government in health sector so that maximum population could be benefitted.

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CM to preside over MLAs priorities meetings on 7-8 January

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will preside over meetings with the MLAs for fixing their priorities in the annual budget for the year 2019-20 to be held on 7 and 8 January, 2019 at Conference Hall of Armsdale building, Himachal Pradesh State Secretariat, Shimla. The priority demands of MLAs would be considered in the meeting so that these could be incorporated in the budget.

The meeting with MLAs of Solan, Sirmour and Shimla districts will be held from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM while meeting with MLAs of Mandi, Kullu and Bilaspur districts from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM on 7 January, 2019.

The Meeting with MLAs of Kangra and Kinnaur districts would be held from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM whereas with MLAs of Chamba, Una, Hamirpur and Lahaul & Spiti districts from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM on 8 January, 2019.

The priorities of MLAs regarding roads, bridges, small irrigation and drinking water supply schemes have been invited. The issues such as generating more resources, better administration and the steps for containing expenditure on various heads would also be discussed with MLAs in the meeting.

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BoD of Forest Development Corporation approves filling up various posts

Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur presided over the meeting of the Board of Directors of the State Forest Development Corporation here today in which decision was taken to fill up 50 posts of Forest Guards, three posts of Boiler Operator, two posts of saw mill operator and one post of electrician through direct recruitment in the corporation.

The decision was also taken to provide D.A. allowance to the employees of the corporation from 1st January, 2018 at par with the state government employees besides enhancing the washing and special allowance of the drivers.

The BoD decided to enhance the over head charges to 25 and 40 percent on cutting of dense trees for power projects on national highways.

Govind Singh Thakur said that effective steps have being taken up to make the Corporation economically viable which have started to show positive results.

Vice Chairman of the Corporation Surat Singh Negi, ACS Forests Ram Subhag Singh, Chief Conservator of Forests BD Suyal and other senior officers of the corporation were present in the meeting.