SHIMLA 15 September, 2019

CM felicitates Himachali community in New Delhi on the occasion of Sair Mahotsav through video conferencing

Himachal Mandi Jankalyan Sabha organised Sair Mahotsav and 58th Annual Event and Himachali Milan programme at New Delhi today.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur addressed the gathering through video conferencing.

He felicitated the Himachali community on the occasion of Sair Mahotsav and added that this is one of the important festivals celebrated in the State which marks the end of crop harvesting. He hoped that the festival brings joy and happiness in the lives of people besides prosperity. Chief Minister said that State government was committed to the welfare of the people of Himachal in the State as well as those living out of the State.

Member of Parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma who presided over the function said that the State has rich cultural heritage and Himachali community in New Delhi was making every effort to preserve it. He said that these kinds of events acquaint young generation about our traditions.

He also announced Rs. 31000 for the Sabha.

K. R. Verma President of the Sabha welcomed the Chief Guest and others.

A colourful cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.

MLA Sarkaghat Col. Inder Singh, Prominent people from Himachal Pradesh and D.S. Saklani, Manohar Thakur, S.K. Bhandari, Khushi Lal Sharma Office Bearers of the Sabha and other Members of the Sabha were present on the occasion.

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CM to launch Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp helpline

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will launch the Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline at 9 A.M. from New M.C. Parking Complex ISBT Crossing (Shimla) on 16 September, 2019.

The Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline has been setup for registering the complaints of citizens of the state and getting the same redressed through the concerned departments. Citizens would be able to get their complaint registered by calling the toll free number 1100 at the Call Centre.

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Office Bearers of MC Shimla thanks CM for providing Town Hall

A delegation of Councillors of Municipal Corporation Shimla led by its Mayor Kusum Sadret called on the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at Oak Over here today and thanked him providing Town Hall building, The Ridge Shimla for the Corporation after its renovation.

They gave various suggestions for its proper utilization in the public interest and demanded Councillors Room and Meeting Hall in the Town Hall building.

Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu were also present on the occasion.

Later, Chief Minister also visited the Town Hall building to have first hand information for using it citizen friendly activities by making it more comfortable to the users.

Jai Ram Thakur went to every room of the building and held discussions with office bearers of the Corporation for its use in befitting manner so that it could be made an attraction to the tourists besides earning revenue to the Corporation.

Chief Minister also inspected the sinking site of The Ridge, Shimla and gave directions to start improvement work on this at the earliest.

Mayor Kusum Sadret, Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma, Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu Councillors of MC and Commissioner MC Pankaj Rai were also present on the occasion.

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Engineers Day celebrated at Shimla

Engineers Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Nirman Bhawan here today under the chairmanship of Engineer-in-Chief, Public Works Department Er. Raj Kumar Verma in which 70 engineers including Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers and Junior Engineers participated.

Speaking on the occasion, Er. Raj Kumar Verma said that engineers are the backbone of the society as they play an important role in the building the infrastructure of the Nation and States. He said that the projects should be completed within the stipulated period time as this will not save cost escalation but also deliver goods to the people in time.

Chief Engineer, PWD Shimla Zone Er. Lalit Bhushan urged the engineers to work with renewed zeal and dedication keeping in view the latest techniques and technology. He said that we should feel proud that Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarya, an engineer has been honoured with India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna in 1955.

Discussions were also held on improvement in working of department by taking lead in new technology and ePMS initiatives.

Three Assistant Engineers and two Junior Engineers under 4th Circle Shimla were also honoured with mementos on the occasion.

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Farm economy gets new dimension in Himachal through State and centrally sponsored schemes

In its endeavour to transform the farm and horticulture sectors and enhancing the farmer's income, the present state government has launched several new schemes focusing on providing irrigation facilities, lowering the cost of production, encouraging natural farming, crop diversification and the farm mechanization.

These efforts have already started yielding fruitful results and to give further impetus to the farm activities, the government is also implementing the centrally sponsored schemes effectively. The state is making best use of the central schemes along-with its own schemes to give maximum benefit to the farming community.

Raishtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) is being implemented for strengthening the farmer's efforts through creation of required pre and post-harvest agri-infrastructure, increasing their farm income, providing storage and market facilities and to plan and execute schemes as per local farmer's needs. Under this scheme, the state has formulated district agriculture schemes for the first time besides preparing a state agriculture scheme for ensuring development and expansion of the farm activities. The horticulture, animal husbandry and fisheries departments have also been associated with this scheme. Rs. 22.12 crores were spent during 2018-19 under the scheme while Rs. 26.78 crores would be spent during this financial year. The three projects of the agriculture departments have been approved on which Rs. 11.78 crores would be spent.

The National Mission on Agricultural Extension and technology (NMAET) is also being implemented in the state with the objective of restructuring and strengthening agricultural extension to enable delivery of appropriate technology and improved agronomic practices to the farmers. The use of ICT, popularisation of modern and appropriate technologies, capacity building, availability of quality seeds and plant protection are the main focus points of the scheme.

The ATMA programme has been started in all the districts of the state for spreading out the new agricultural technologies. The farmers groups, self help groups and farmers organisations have been set up under this programme at block level besides constituting a farmer's counselling committee. With a view to build healthy competition amongst the farmers and enhance the production, the government also honours the leading farmers. Rs. 14.44 crore would be spent on this programme during this year, while Rs. 14.15 crore were spent during last year.

The state is also implementing the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) for enhancing agricultural productivity especially in rain-fed areas focusing on integrated farming, water use efficiency, soil health management and synergizing resource conservation. The state government has submitted a proposal of Rs. 10 crores under this scheme to the government of India and Rs. 8.62 crores were spent during last half and a half year under this scheme and 2205 hectare areas was brought under agriculture development.

The Agriculture department is providing free soil testing facility to the farmers under Soil testing scheme of the government of India so that they could enhance the production of their crops as per the recommendations of the specialists. For this purpose, the facility of 20 soil testing labs and 47 mini soil testing labs have been made available across the state and the soil testing service has also been included under H.P. Govt. Public Service Act, 2011 so as to ensure that farmers get report in a stipulated time period.

So far, 10,50,930 soil health cards have been distributed to the farmers of the state out of which 7,56,958 were given during last one and a half year.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, efforts are being to bringing irrigation facilities to every farm in the country, expanding cultivable area under assured irrigation, improving on-farm water use efficiency and cutting down on wastage of water. Rs. 16.30 crore were spent under the scheme for providing irrigation facility to 2034 hectares area during last eighteen months.

The state government is also transmitting special programmes through regional radio and television centres to redress the problems of the farmer's and make them aware about latest advancements in the agriculture sector.

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is being implemented on 50:50 funding pattern between the state and the central government to providing comprehensive risks insurance against yield losses viz. drought, hailstorm, floods and pests disease etc. for the major crops likes maize, wheat, paddy, barley etc. For Kharif crops, the blocks have been selected for providing insurance cover in Solan, Bilaspur, Shimla, Sirmaur, Kangra Kullu and Mandi districts for tomato, crop, Solan, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts for ginger crop, Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahaul, Mandi, Kullu and Chamba for pea, Chamba, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur and Una for potato, Kullu and Shimla (Theog) for cabbage and Lahaul-Spiti for cauliflower crop.

For the Rabi season, the tomato crop of Mandi and Solan districts, potato of Kangra district, garlic of Sirmaur and Kullu districts, capsicum of Dharampur (Solan) have been included under the crop insurance scheme. The state government has paid compensation to the tune of Rs. 19.41 crores to as many as 90.150 farmers of the state during last one and a half years.