SHIMLA 16 January, 2019

State Planning Board approves Rs. 7100 crore annual plan

The annual plan size of Rs. 7100 crore for the year 2019-20 was approved in the meeting of State Planning Board held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, with an increase of Rs. 800 crore from the last year’s annual plan of Rs. 6300 crore, thereby registering an increase of 12.70 percent.

The sectors which have been given added priority in the annual plan are social services sector, transport and communication, agriculture and allied activities, energy and irrigation and flood control etc.

The Chief Minister said that an outlay of Rs. 3048.15 crore has been proposed for social service sector which is 42.93 percent of the total outlay. The funds allocated for education and health sector would help in improving the human development indicators and making the growth process in the State more inclusive. He said that transport and communication sectors are being given the second priority with proposed outlay of Rs. 1241.98 crore, which is 14.49 per cent of the total outlay. He said that this has been done to link feasible villages with motorable roads and maintenance of the existing infrastructure.

Jai Ram Thakur said that third priority has been accorded to agriculture and allied activities sector with outlay of Rs. 877.25 crore have been proposed. This has been done keeping in view the fact that this sector provides direct employment to about 62 percent of the total working population in the State. He said that Rs. 711.06 crore has been proposed for energy sector, Rs. 457.48 crore for irrigation and flood control and Rs. 335.15 crore for general economic services while Rs. 133.89 crore has been proposed for other general services sector. He said that Rs. 133.65 crore has been proposed for rural development, Rs. 95.59 crore for industries and minerals, Rs. 38.02 crore for science technology and environment and Rs. 27.78 crore for special area programme.

The Chief Minister said that out of annual plan size of Rs. 7100 crore an outlay of Rs. 1788.49 crore has been provided for Scheduled Castes Sub Plan for the implementation of schemes largely benefiting scheduled caste population. Similarly, 9 percent funds amounting to Rs. 639 crore have been provided under the Tribal Area Sub Plan which is aimed at development of the tribal areas of the State. He said that Rs. 80 crore has been allocated for backward area Sub Plan for development of the backward areas of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that external aided projects worth Rs. 1217.82 crore have been proposed to be implemented in the sector of agriculture, horticulture, forests, minor irrigation, power, roads, tourism, technical education, rural water supply and urban development with the assistance of World Bank, Asian Development Bank, KFW and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Chief Minister said that during the short period of last one year the State has made remarkable progress in field of education, health, horticulture and social welfare sectors. He said that the per capita income at the current prices has witnessed a increase of 8.3 percent and has registered an increase for Rs. 1, 46,294 in 2016-17 to Rs. 1, 58,462 in 2017-18.

He said that Rs. 735 crore have been proposed under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) loan funding from NABARD. Under this a sum of Rs. 427 crore has been proposed for roads and bridges, Rs. 143 crore for rural water supply schemes, Rs. 125 crore for minor irrigation schemes, Rs. 40 crore for soil conservation and flood control etc.

Vice Chairman, State Planning Board Ramesh Dhawala said that this planning meeting was vital for achieving the desired developmental goals for the year 2019-20.

Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal thanked the members for giving valuable suggestions during the meeting.

Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Anil Kumar Khachi said that all the initiatives made by the government for the year 2018-19 were being effectively implemented in the State. He said that the endeavour of the department was to ensure that the desired objectives were achieved in letter and spirit.

Secretary, Planning Akshay Sood gave a presentation on the occasion.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh, Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, Agriculture and IT Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda, Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur and other members of the Board were also present in the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions.

Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Manisha Nanda, Ram Subhag Singh, Nisha Singh, Sanjay Gupta, Manoj Kumar and R.D. Dhiman, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Principal Secretaries Prabodh Saxena, J.C. Sharma and Onkar Sharma, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretaries and senior officers were present on the occasion amongst others.

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CM releases Calendar of Himachal Pradesh Technical University

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today released Calendar of Himachal Pradesh Technical University here today.

Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the University authorities for bringing out the Calendar.

Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. S.P. Bansal, Dean Academics Prof Kulbhushan and Dean Planning Prof. Vinay Chauhan were present on the occasion among other

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Free medicines being provided to patients in government health institutes

A spokesperson of the Health department said here today that all the government health institutes in the state are providing free medicines and other products such as needles, bandages etc under Mukhya Mantri Nishulk Dawai Yojna. As many as 330 free medicines and consumables are being provided free of cost in the district hospitals and medical college and hospitals, 216 medicines in the civil hospitals and community health centers, 106 in primary health centers and 43 medicines in sub-health centers.

The spokesperson said that any person can register a complaint on toll-free number 104 in this regard. A provision of Rs. 40 crores has been made by the National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh for smooth running of this scheme. E-drug software is being run by the Government of India C-DAC Noida in all the districts.

He said that the government has also launched free treatment scheme under which facility of free medical tests is being provided to 11 categories in all the government health institutes. These include cancer, TB, HIV/Aids patients, medico legal cases, patients of BPL families, aged more than 60 years, all expectant mothers, all new borne, besides medical tests of done under epidemic condition, national child health programme and to the patients having more than 40 percent disability. He added that facility of maximum 56 types of basic medical tests is being provided under the scheme.

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HPKVN Coordinator calls on CM

Newly appointed Coordinator of the Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN) Naveen Sharma called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today.

It was a courtesy call.

MLAs Narinder Thakur and Rakesh Jamwal and Vice Chairman State Forest Corporation Surat Negi were also present on the occasion.

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Himachal reaches elimination stage of leprosy

Special leprosy awareness campaign to be started from January 30

Himachal Pradesh has reached the elimination stage of leprosy as prevalence rate is less than one case per ten thousand population. All the districts are low endemic in the State. Additional Chief Secretary, Health R.D. Dhiman stated this while presiding over state coordination committee meeting on leprosy case detection campaign, here today.

He said that Sparsh leprosy awareness campaign will be started on martyr day of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi on 30thJanuary, 2019 which would culminate on his 150th birth anniversary on 2nd October, 2019.

He said during the campaign, leprosy case detection will be done in selected districts of the State i.e. Kangra, Kinnaur and Mandi whereas focused leprosy campaign will be started in Bilaspur, Chamba and Shimla where cases of grade-II were found during 2016-17.

R.D. Dhiman said the prevalence rate of leprosy in the state during 2017-18 was 0.19 as compared to national average of 0.66. Similarly annual new case detection rate in the state is 1.76 which is much higher than national indicator of 1.02, he added. He said awareness regarding leprosy was much higher in the State due to increased level of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities and early detection and treatment.

While speaking on the objectives of the campaign Mission Director National Health Mission Manmohan Sharma said that household contact survey will be done by ASHAs and heal workers for detection of cases. He said major focus shall remain on IEC activities for awareness, early detection, prompt treatment and reduction of stigma associated with leprosy affected persons. Suspected cases in hard areas would be referred to concerned zonal or district hospitals so that cases could be confirmed for treatment.

Joint Director Health Dr. R.K. Baria said that during awareness campaign it was envisaged that gram/ward sabhas would be organized in all villages and urban wards in the State. He said main objective of this campaign is to bring out reduction in the incidence of annual grade-II cases to less than one case per million population at the national level by October 2, 2019.

Dy. Director Dr. Prakash Daroch gave his view point on the campaign.

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Himachal working on eradication of malaria by 2020

The state government is laying special emphasis on eradicating malaria from the State by 2020. Additional Chief Secretary, Health R.D. Dhiman stated this while presiding over a meeting of Coordination Committee on Malaria, here today.

He said that malaria is a major health problem in India but it is preventable and curable. He said malaria prevalence is less in Himachal as compared to other states of the country and presently there are only 98 cases of malaria in the state. Malaria mosquitoes are seen between June to September in districts like Hamirpur, Una, Solan, Kangra, Bilaspur and Mandi. He said state government has set objective to eliminate malaria from the state by 2020. The state falls under category-I where less and one case per thousand population was at risk, he added.

iving stress on IEC activities, he said health education should be given in educational institutions, Anganwadi centres and PRIs about this disease. Sanitation measures should be ensured in the high focal areas like slum areas, industries and factories etc. besides imparting training to Anganwadi and Asha workers about preliminary diagnosis of malaria.

While talking on the objectives, Deputy Director-cum-SPO Dr. Prakash Daroch said that the State has made malaria modifiable disease on Ist March 2018 and it is mandatory to all the public health institutions including private sector health institutions to list each positive malaria case.

While speaking on prevention and control measures he said draining the stagnant water in the cities and villages, pots of water used by animals to drink water should be covered. Fogging of the area where density of mosquitoes is high should be ensured besides taking measures to remove the stagnated water.

Mission Director, National Health Mission Manmohan Sharma, Joint Director Health Dr. R.K. Baria, Medical Officers and officers of Department concerned were present in the meeting.