CM announces various developmental projects for Jukhala in Bilaspur

  • ITI to be opened at Laraghat

SHIMLA,20.02.19-While addressing the Abhinandan rally organized by Shri Nainadeviji BJP Mandal at Jukhala in district Bilaspur today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced upgradation of CHC Markande to Civil Hospital and opening of ITI at Laraghat and Mukhya Mantri Lok Bhawan at Jukhala.

The Chief Minister said that the assembly elections of 2017 saw a major change in the political scenario of the State. He said that there was a generation change in the State and the present State Government was working with new zeal and commitment to make Himachal Pradesh a most developed State of the country. He said that during one year tenure he has visited 66 assembly constituencies of the State out of sixty eight to get first-hand knowledge of the developmental aspirations of the people of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Central Government headed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was providing all possible help to the State Government for its developmental endeavours. He said that the State Government has succeeded in getting developmental projects worth Rs.10,300 crore sanctioned for the State during the period of one year. He said that the Prime Minister not also showered his blessings when the present State Government was formed, but he also graced the one year celebrations held at Dharamshala on completion of one year. He said that this shows the concern and love of the Prime Minister towards the State and its people.

Chief Minister said that the State Government has launched several schemes for the welfare of the people of the State in the budget for the next financial year. He said that the Government has decided to provide 50 percent subsidy on barbed wire fencing to the farmers to protect their crops from wild animals. He said that steps have been taken for welfare and development of every section of the society. He said that the State Government has launched Grihini Suvidha Yojna to cover as many as 1.20 lakh families not covered under Ujjawala Yojna launched by the Union Government. Similarly, Himcare Yojna has been launched in the State to cover the families not covered under the Ayushman Bharat Yojna launched by the Union Government.

Jai Ram Thakur announced upgradation of Police Post Namhol to Police Station and opening of Police Post at Jukhala. He also announced Patwar Circle at Kharsi and bus service between Markande Shimla via Neri. He also announced that 50 handpumps would be installed in the constituency and Government Primary Schools Chandpur and Dhamariya would be upgraded to middle schools. He also announced starting of science classes in two Senior Secondary Schools and commerce classes in two Senior Secondary Schools of the area. He also announced that science block would be constructed at Senior Secondary School Ranikot.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed Bhumi Pujan of upgradation of Brahmpukhar-Shelli Road and Deoth to Lag-Ghat link road to be completed at a cost of Rs. 8.59 crore and Rs.5.86 crore respectively.

The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of 33/11KV Sub Station to be completed at a cost of Rs. 5.02 crore. On completion this would solve the voltage problem of the area.

MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma said that the previous State Government only made follow claims and did nothing for the development of the State. He said that this 33/11 Sub Station would be completed within two years. He said that the State Government was laying stress on harnessing of Solar Power in the State and steps would be taken to illuminate the villages of the State with solar lights.

Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur said that the AIIMS in Bilaspur district was sanctioned by the Union Government way back in 2014, but the previous State Government even failed to provide land for this prestigious institution. He said that now the State Government has provided land to this Rs. 1300 crore institution and it would be ready in next two years. He said that the previous State Government also failed to provide appropriate land for Central University in Kangra district. He said that the Union Government was always considerate towards developmental demands of the State, but the previous State Government did nothing in this direction. He said that Hydro Engineering College was also sanctioned for Bilaspur. He also detailed various welfare schemes launched by the Union Government.

Chief Spokesman BJP Randhir Sharma while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that the State Government during the last one year has witnessed unprecedented development under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He said that soon after assuming office, the Chief Minister lowered the age limit for getting social security pension without income limit from 80 years to 70 years. He said that Grihini Suvidha Yojna has not only benefitted the women of the State but, also helped in conservation of environment. He detailed various developmental demands of the area and also thanked the Chief Minister for laying foundation stones of various developmental projects in the area.

MLAs Subhash Thakur, J.R. Katwal and Rajinder Garg, Pradhan local Panchayat Anita Thakur, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia were present on the occasion among others.

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World Bank and Korean Team interacts on Solid Waste Management in H.P

The World Bank Team led by Sr. Environment Specialist Pyush Dogra, A.S. Hari Nath, Consultant of the World Bank Dr. Sampat and Team of Experts from Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF) led by Dr. Lee Dong Hoon, Chairman of Korea Student Alpine Federation University of Seoul, Korea, Park Min-Sun, Je-Hyun, Deputy Manager ICLCI Geeta Sandal today visited Himachal Pradesh under a technical assistance on Solid Waste Management in Himachal Pradesh.

The team along with officers of Department of Environment, Science & Technology visited the Municipal Corporation Shimla, Waste to Energy Plant, NAC Arki on 19th February 2019 and identified the local issues on Municipal Solid Waste.

Today the team had half day discussion with Experts of DEST and in afternoon the team met with all the stakeholder organization in a Summit under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary (Env, S&T) Govt. of H.P. R D Dhiman in order to identify the important issues of State regarding management of Solid Waste, Challenges faced by the State Government and technology transfer, financial resources etc.

R.D. Dhiman, said that the areas of collaborations have been identified during the whole day discussions which include support in developing agro climatic zone based Municipal Solid Waste Management strategy of Himachal Pradesh, support to identify climatic zone wise option for integrated Solid Waste Management, support for technology transfer through successful models/ best practices - optimized models, development of training modules & manual for PRIs/ ULBs, training & capacity building on municipal solid waste in rural and urban areas and financial assistance for developing small/ micro model solid waste management facilities in the state.

While expressing his views Dhiman said that the experts of Korea and World Bank will closely work with department of Env, S&T and other stake holders to find out workable solution for solid waste problem and challenges in Himachal Pradesh.

The team also met the Chief Secretary B.K. Aggarwal and briefed about the entry point for assisting the State in effective management strategy for solid wastes both for Rural and Urban areas.

Director, Department of Environment, Science & Technology D.C. Rana, said that this team of Korea and the World Bank will undertake technical analysis of Solid Waste Management in three countries Pakistan, Nepal and India in South Asia and in India they will work with Government of Himachal Pradesh through Department of Environment, Science & Technology.

He said that this analysis will be completed in next 9 months and thereafter the implementation of different activities will be started including mobilization of funding for Solid Waste Management. He said that the team will visit Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA) tomorrow and Dharamshala afterward.

Member Secretary H.P Pollution Control Board Dr. R.K Purthi, Korean Delegates Professor Dr. Lee Dong Hoon and Chang Quao Cho gave presentation on Solid Waste Management on the occasion

Principal Chief Conservator Forest Anil Kapil, Director Rural Development Rakesh Kanwar, Director Urban Development Ram Kumar Gautam, Additional Director department of Env, S&T Praveen Gupta and senior officers of the state government participated in the meeting. =====================

Chief Secretaries Bi-lateral meeting to resolve issues of Pong Dam oustees held

To resolve the issues related to the Pong Dam oustees a bi-lateral meeting was organized today between Himachal Pradesh Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal and Rajasthan Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta. The issue of Pong Dam oustees was discussed in detail in the meeting according to directions given by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

The Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh said that if Government of Rajasthan does not provide land to Pong Dam oustees, then Government of Himachal will select and buy land in state for the oustees and Rajasthan Government have to pay the compensation amount of purchased land. On this the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan said that he will make his state government aware regarding this matter. He said that in present situation Rajasthan Government is not in a position to pay such a huge amount but Government of Rajasthan will provide land to the remaining oustees of Pong Dam in Rajasthan only. He assured the State Government that plots would be allotted soon to more than 2000 cases pending with Rajasthan.

Chief Secretary of Rajasthan said that the Rajasthan Government has prepared 800 land plots for oustees, which will be provided to Pong dam oustees in two phases. He said that these land plots will be provided to oustees on 28th February and 11th March, 2019.

Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal said that in order to provide land plots to oustees Government of Himachal Pradesh and Government of Rajasthan would make collective effort by forming a Common Portal. Apart from this a check list will also be prepared and before giving land to oustees those land plots would be verified by competent senior official of Rajasthan. He said that Geo mapping of all land plots would be done.

Additional Chief Secretary Revenue Manisha Nanda, Joint Secretary Revenue Dr. K.R. Saizal, Deputy Secretary Revenue Praveen Tak, Deputy Commissioner (R&R) Vinay Modi, Colonization Commissioner Bikaner Rajasthan Kumar Pal Gautam and Additional Colonization Commissioner Vivek Kumar were present among others in a meeting.

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Special Camps on 23rd and 24th February for enrolment of left out eligible voters

Chief Electoral Officer H.P. Devesh Kumar today said that in view of general election for Lok Sabha 2019, special camps will be organised at every polling station on 23rd and 24th February, 2019 for enrolment of left out eligible voters in the State.

He said that Booth Level Officers (BLOs) shall remain present in the camps along with the copies of final electoral rolls 2019. One copy of the electoral rolls shall be made available in the polling station so that electors can check their names in the rolls. The electoral rolls shall also be read out publically during the camp to facilitate illiterate voters. BLO shall keep adequate copies of Forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A with him/her to facilitate filling up forms by interested persons.

Devesh Kumar said that all recognised political parties should depute their Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to remain present in camps. Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders must also check their name in electoral rolls and fill up Form 6, if their name does not exist in the roll for some reason. EPIC is only identification document and does not guarantee franchise if name of the person is not in the electoral roll of the concerned polling station.

He said that all forms received during these campaign days shall be disposed of by 7th March, 2019 positively. BLOs must immediately complete the physical verification and then submit report to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). ERO should complete the due process of law and dispose-off the forms received during the camps within 11 days (i.e. by 7th March 2019).

Devesh Kumar said that registration can also be made through NVSP Portal by visiting link:www.nvsp.in and inquires can also be made by calling Toll free number 1950. Assembly constituency-wise data entry in respect of forms received during camps shall be done on the website of the commission at CEO's portal by 25th February, 2019 and information about disposal of forms would be given through website by 7th March, 2019.

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CM inaugurates 5MW First Solar Power Plant in State Sector

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district today. This project has been completed by spending an amount of Rs. 36.24 crore by the HP Power Corporation Ltd.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that this power project has been synchronised with HPSEB Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot and the power generated was being sold to HPSEB. He said that this power project would generate 101 lakh unit electricity per annum and will earn revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State was fortunate to have benevolence of Central Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was due to this love and affection of the Prime Minister that developmental projects worth crores of rupees were sanctioned for the State by the Centre Government.

The Chief Minister said that the present State government was laying special attention on a lover development of the State. He said that several schemes have been launched to ensure socio-economic upliftment of the poor and downtrodden. He said that the one year of the present government has been dedicated towards betterment of the State. Even the Prime Minister, has appreciated the efforts of the State government during the one year completion function held at Dharamshala.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the cooperation and support of the people of the State was required to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Chief Minister announced installation of 50 hand pumps in the area and Trauma Centre at Swarghat. He also announced upgradation of Middle Schools Dodla and Jhidiya to High Schools and two Primary Schools of the area to middle schools. He announced that Rs. 65 crore IPH Scheme posed for funding to BRICS would be sanctioned for the area soon. He announced science classes in two Senior Secondary Schools and commerce classes in two Senior Secondary Schools of the area.

He also announced upgradation of Ayurveda Hospital Bassi to 15 bedded Hospital and announced office of Block Medical Officer at Shri Naina Devi Ji. He also announced construction of Science blocks at Senior Secondary Schools Bassi and Behl.

Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated Dhalet-Jandori Road constructed under PMGSY completed at a cost of Rs. 5.24 crore. He also inaugurated Armoury block constructed by spending an amount of Rs. 1.25 crore.

He also operationalised the Firing Range in the IRB Complex.

The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of Building of Six Type-III Residential Quarters including parking to be constructed by spending an amount of Rs. 1.73 crore.

Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur said that the previous State government failed to cooperate with the Union Government in matter of development which was always considerate towards developmental demands of the State.

Chief Spokesman BJP Randhir Sharma while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that the present State Government has signed the MoU with the Punjab government to construct Rope-way between Shri Anandpur Sahib and Shri Naina Devi Ji. He detailed various developmental demands of the area and also thanked the Chief Minister for laying foundation stones of various developmental projects in the area.

Several former prominent leaders of the Congress joined the BJP on the occasion.

MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion among others.

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CM expresses grief over death of Army Jawan

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed grief over the incident of avalanche near Namgia Dogri, in Kinnaur district today, in which one Army Jawan has lost his life and five Jawan was reported to be missing.

Chief Minister said that the State Government would provide all possible assistance to the Army to ensure speedy relief and rehabilitation works. He said that the Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur has been directed to keep close liaison with the Army and ITBP Authorities.

It is pertinent to mention that two separate parties of Army and ITBP were patrolling at Namgia Dogri when the avalanche came. Five ITBP personal were also injured.

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Rs. 800 crore spent under MNREGA in Himachal

Secretary Rural Development Dr. R.N. Batta attended meeting on Rural Development held at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi today. Annual action plan for the year 2019-20 was reviewed in the meeting.

He said that Rs. 800 crore were spent under MNREGA in Himachal Pradesh which was highest. He said that additional 100 crore has been released under MNREGA which would be utilized up to 31st March, 2019. He said that Rs. 850 crore has been approved for 2019-20 under MNREGA and more amount would be provided if needed. He said that 7800 houses has been approved for the state under Prime Minister Aawas Yojna for the year 2019-20.

Dr. Batta requested the Ministry of Rural Development to provide consultancy for product development and marketing of the products prepared by the self help groups.