SHIMLA-18 November, 2019

HPKVN participates in Workshop organized by ITE in Singapore

A workshop is being organized in Singapore by Institute of Technical Education (ITE) of Singapore from 17-21 November, 2019. Industry and Technical Education Minister Bikram Singh represented Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN) in the workshop.

Bikram Singh said that human resources of any country have to be developed in order to achieve economic growth. The talent is valued high only if the skill training is available for the people especially youth. In this era of technological advancements and innovations, skills and capabilities should be honed to match the requirements of the market-driven businesses and professions, he added.

He said that State government is committed towards the welfare of all sections of the society. Various new developmental schemes and programmes have been started to facilitate people in the State. HPKVN is the primary implementing agency of the Himachal Pradesh Skills Development Project. Every person possesses a unique skill and that skill has to be identified through a mechanism developed for this purpose.

Industries Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visionary programmes 'Skill India' and 'Make in India' proved to be very successful in the country. He said that it was a privilege and honour to be a part of this journey towards Skill India. State Government is also working very hard on the same pattern through HPKVN. Over 50000 youth will be imparted industry oriented skills in next four years. As many as 12000 students of universities and colleges will be imparted with employability skills. As many as 12 government colleges are executing three year Bachelor's of Vocation degree programme with integrated on-the-job training. He said that 7500 graduating students of third year will be provided short term training under Graduate Add-On programme.

He said that 50 ITIs were being upgraded. Equipment up-gradation for 25 trades and capacity building of faculty were also done. Nine Model Career Centers were opened and modernization of employment exchange and linkage with National Career Service Portal was carried out. Seven Rural Livelihood Centers and six City Livelihood Centers will impart training to 8000 youth of the state. Apart from this, a Center of Excellence equipped with State-of-the-Art technology and modern training pedagogy for holistic training and one women polytechnic at Rehan in Kangra were opened by the State Government.

Earlier, Bikram Singh was welcomed by CEO ITE Singapore, Bruce Poh Geok Huat.

Additional Chief Secretary Technical Education Nisha Singh, Managing Director HPKVN Rohan Chand Thakur including a delegation from Himachal Pradesh and other officers of ITE Singapore were also present on the occasion.


Delegates of "Know India Programme" visits Chief Minister

While interacting with the delegates who are on a visit to the State under the ‘Know India Programme’, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the most peaceful states of the country, where crime rate is very low as compared to the other states. He said that the literacy rate of the State is second after Kerala.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Himachal Pradesh was known as the ‘Dev Bhoomi’ for its several temples and gompas dotting almost every village of the State and people have great faith in them. He said that the State has several world famous destinations attracting tourists from world over. He said that the State was also known for its fruits, especially apples and other stone fruits. He said that the Centre as well as State Government was adopting policy of zero tolerance against corruption. He said that the Government was committed to eradicate corruption from all levels.

While replying to a question of a delegate regarding vision of the Chief Minister for development of the State, Jai Ram Thakur said that his vision was to make Himachal Pradesh a best tourist destination of the Country and one of the favourite destinations of the world. He said that he was also committed to generate resources for the State to make it self-reliant and self-dependent with ample employment and self-employment opportunities to the youth of the State.

Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi said that such type of programmes were vital for understanding the culture and tradition of other countries. He said that this year the Union Government has made Himachal Pradesh a ‘Partner State’ under the ‘Know India Programme’.

Director Tourism Yunus welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries and said that 40 participants from nine countries viz. Myanmar, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Israel, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Guyana and South Africa were participating in this ‘Know India Programme’. He said that in last six days these participants visited different parts of the State.

Deputy Secretary External Affairs, Government of India Nishi Kant Singh said that this Scheme was started by the Union Government in the year 2003 with an objective to understand and know about the rich cultural repository of the our country.

The delegates also shared their experiences of the visit with the Chief Minister.


HP Cabinet decisions

The State Cabinet meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur decided to recommend the Governor to convene the Winter Session of H.P. Vidhan Sabha from 9th December to 14 December, 2019 at Dharamshala in Kangra district. It will have six sittings.

The Cabinet also decided to organize State level function on completion of two years tenure of the present State Government at The Ridge Shimla on 27th December, 2019. Ground breaking ceremony for starting various projects on which MoUs have been signed, would be held on same day at Peterhoff, Shimla.

The Cabinet gave its approval to make passing of middle or matriculation from the schools situated in Himachal Pradesh for recruitment in Class-IV posts whereas for Class-III posts passing of matriculation and 10+2 from the schools/institutions situated in State will also be mandatory.

In order to ensure transparency, accuracy and efficiency in the payment and accounting process for works transactions and to eliminate delay in pairing of payment and receipt instruments, the Cabinet decided to bring the transactions works of Forest Department under treasury mode throughout the State.

The Cabinet gave its nod to notify Mukhya Mantri Dastkar Sahayta Yojna for providing 75 percent grant to Himachal artisans living below poverty line on purchase of new equipments worth Rs.30,000.

The Cabinet gave its approval to open new Fire Sub Station in Bangana of Una district alongwith creation and filling up of 23 posts of different categories and purchase of three new vehicles for the Station for its proper functioning.

It decided to request the Government of India to upgrade Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College, Paprola, district Kangra to All India Institute of Ayurveda for providing specialized ayurvedic health services to the people of the State.

The Cabinet gave its nod to fill up 200 posts of Ayurvedic pharmacists in ayurveda department on contact basis out of which 103 posts will be filled up through direct recruitment and 97 posts on batchwise basis.

It also gave its approval to request government of India for setting up of All India Institute of Homoeopathy in government sector in the State.

It also approved opening of Ayurvedic health Centres at Chhaparahan and Delag (Kateru) in Nachan assembly constituency of Mandi district along-with creation and filling up of six posts of different categories to man these centres.

It also decided to fill up three posts of homoeopathic medical officers in Ayurveda department on contract basis.

The Cabinet gave its approval to Himachal Pradesh Miscellaneous Adventurous Activities Draft Rule, 2019 for ensuring safety of the tourists involved in various adventurous activities.

It also gave its consent to Water Sports and Allied Activities Draft Rules, 2019 for encouraging water sports activities in the State.

The Cabinet gave its approval to revise the norms for fixing the outlay of catchment area treatment plan in respect of hydro electric projects in the State from existing 2.5 percent to 1.5 percent of the total project cost of all the hydro electric projects having capacity above 10 MW.

It also decided to create and fill up one post Junior Scale Stenographer on contract basis through direct recruitment, two posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and two posts of Peon on contract basis in the office of Advocate General, Himachal Pradesh.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to create and fill up four posts of different categories in newly opened Additional District and Session Judge Court, Sundernagar, district Mandi for smooth functioning of the Court.

It gave its consent to open Sub Tehsil at Sulah in district Kangra alongwith creation and filling up of seven posts of different categories to run the Sub Tehsil.

The Cabinet decided to approve the medium term sale of Government of Himachal Pradesh’s share of free power entitlement of 65.8 MW in Chamera-I Hydro Electric Project to Noida Power Company Limited through Arunachal Pradesh Power Corporation Pvt. Limited for a period of 13 months @ Rs. 4.02 per kWh. It also approved a trading margin of Rs. 0.04 per kWh to Arunachal Pradesh Power Corporation Pvt. Limited for the period of agreement.

The Cabinet gave its approval to upgrade Government Middle School, Seru to Government High School and Government High School Galoo to Government Senior Secondary School in Mandi district and Government High School, Chowki Mrigwal in Sirmaur district to Government Senior Secondary School alongwith creation of requisite staff.

The Cabinet decided to open Zonal Veterinary Hospital at Barnoh in Kutlehar Vidhan Sabha area of Una district alongwith creation and filling up of 11 posts of different categories.

It also decided to upgrade Veterinary Dispensary at Jahu in Bhoranj area of Hamirpur district to Veterinary Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.

The Cabinet also decided to enact Himachal Pradesh Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Samvardhan Act, 2018 from 1st December,2019 to ensure better care of the Gauvansh besides approving Himachal Pradesh Gaujatya Prajanan Vidheyak, 2019 for the preservation and protection of indigenous cows.

The Cabinet decided to provide the annuity (Baar) amount to the winners of gallantry and distinguished award winners each time he/she has won the particular award.

It also decided to enhance the financial assistance being given under Ex-servicemen Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Special Fund to ex-servicemen/widows of soldiers/dependents, who were not getting any pension.