Sports are important for developing a positive attitude: Governor

SHIMLA,19.11.19-Governor Bandaru Dattatraya said that sports play a significant role in our lives. Sports not only make us physically fit but also help us develop a positive attitude. Governor said this while presiding over the prize distribution ceremony of Himachal Pradesh Golf Association (HPGA) at Shimla, last evening.

While congratulating the HPGA for organising two days Golf competition on completion of 20 years of its foundation, the Governor said that it was matter of great happiness that 50 players from different States of North India participated in this tournament. He said that the Association plays a major role in promotion of golf in the State. He said that today we talk of ' Fit India, Hit India' with the motive that only a healthy person can contribute towards a healthy society.

Governor expressed happiness that the State Government is promoting sports activities in Himachal Pradesh and the sports persons of the State have been bringing laurels to the State and the Nation with their outstanding performances at National and International levels.

Governor also honoured the winners of different categories on this occasion.

Earlier, President HPGA Somesh Goel welcomed the Governor and also detailed about the various activities of the Association.

Judge, Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Ajay Mohan Goel, Additional Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi and other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.


CM meets Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi today. He raised the issue of speeding up construction work of various pending road projects including Parwanoo-Solan NH, Ner Chowk-Pandoh, Kiratpur Sahab-Ner Chowk besides early awarding of projects including Pinjore-Baddi-Nalagarh, four laning of Mataur-Shimla NH-88 Pathankot-Mandi NH-20. He also took up the matter of general repair, maintenance and restoration of all national highways entrusted to NHAI.

Chief Minister requested for allotment of funds to the tune of Rs. 500 crore for implementation of ropeway projects in the state. He also requested to expedite approval for construction of bus stands on PPP mode and added that reports have been submitted to Ministry after visiting locations at Manali, Hamirpur and Baddi. He further apprised the Minister that Institute of Driving and Research was nearing completion and urged for remaining funds so that project can be completed at the earliest.

Chief Minister also urged for declaration of Tandi-Sansari Nala state road as new national highway and it's entrustment to state Public Works Department (PWD) from BRO and also requested for entrustment of Sumdo-Kaza-Gramphu road to state PWD from BRO. He also demanded funds for maintenance and other works for Kaithlighat-Shimla bypass. He also urged for providing funds from NHAI to improve stretches of Swarghat-Ner Chowk besides Rs. 7.50 crore for Kullu-Manali NH-21.

Sh. Gadkari directed the officers to resolve the pending issues immediately and asked the officers to complete four laning of Parwanoo-Solan NH by coming March and to resolve issue of restarting work on Shimla-Dhalli bypass within a week. He asked the state government to deliberate upon four laning of Mataur-Shimla NH-88 at local level and convey the decision to Centre so that it can be resolved soon. He also accepted the request of opening of office of Regional Pay and Accounts Office of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways at Shimla and it will be opened soon. He also accepted the request for entrustment of Sumdo-Kaza-Gramphu road to state PWD

Principal Secretary PWD Jagdish Sharma, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Singh, Deputy Resident Commissioner Vivek Mahajan and senior officers of Ministry were present in the meeting.


CS presides over the closing ceremony of 43rd AICS Kabaddi Tournament

Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, who is also Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Services Sports Control Board (HPSSSCB) , presided over the closing ceremony of 43rd All India Civil Services (AICS) Kabaddi Tournament 2019-20 organised by Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Sports Control Board at Government Degree College Kotshera today.

While addressing the participants, Chief Secretary said that kabaddi was an old and renowned sport of Himachal Pradesh as well as of other States. He said that it was India that introduced this ancient sport in Asian Games.

He said that 600 players of 40 teams of various Civil Secretariats, Central Secretariat and Union Territories participated in this competition. He informed that players of Indian Pro Kabaddi League also participated in the competition.

Chief Secretary said that HPSSSCB got the opportunity to host event after an interval of 40 years, which is a matter of great pride. He said that the Himachal Pradesh Women Kabaddi team was led by International Kabaddi player Pooja Thakur.

In men category Central Secretariat Delhi bagged the first position, RSB Chennai were the runners up and Himachal Pradesh Secretariat bagged the third position. Similarly, in women category, RSB Jaipur were the winners, Himachal Pradesh Secretariat got the second position and Maharashtra Civil Secretariat attained the third position.

Secretary Youth Services and Sports Purnima Chauhan, President Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Services Employees Union Sanjeev Sharma, Vice President State Badminton Association Balwant and other dignitaries were also present on this occasion.


Governor and CM mourns martyrdom of Manish

Governor Bandaru Dattatraya and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur have mourned the martyrdom of Manish, resident of village Dochi, Block Kunihar, district Solan, who got buried under avalanche while patrolling at Siachen near Northern Glacier on 18th November,2019. He was 22 years old and was posted in the Dogra Regiment of Indian Army.

In his condolence message, Governor has described Manish as a great patriot and soldier who sacrificed his life for the nation. He prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members.

Chief Minister said that he is deeply pained by the demise of Manish. While expressing his heartfelt condolence, Chief Minister said that he salutes his courage and service to the nation.


CM pays floral tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 102nd birth anniversary

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur offered floral tribute to India’s first woman Prime Minister late Smt. Indira Gandhi on her 102nd birth anniversary on her statue at the historic Ridge,here today.

Member of Legislative Assembly Karsog Hira Lal, Mayor, Shimla Municipal Corporation Kusum Sadret, Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Pankaj Rai, Councillors and senior civil and police officers were also present on the occasion besides the school children.

Patriotic songs were also recited by artists of Information and Public Relations Department on the occasion.


Special outlet of organic vegetables opened at HP Secretariat

The Himachal Pradesh State Rural Livelihoods Mission (HPSRLM) being undertaken by the department of rural development today started an initiative to sell the vegetables grown by the Self Help Groups (SHG) in the rural areas at the special outlet opened for this purpose in the State Secretariat building at Shimla.

Director Rural Development, Lalit Jain, who is heading the livelihood mission in the State, informed that the vegetables have been grown by using natural farming method by Self Help Groups. He informed that these vegetables have been grown by self help groups consisting of 30 members, working under the name of Himalaya in village Gehni of Basantpur block in district Shimla.

These farmers have been encouraged under the convergence of the scheme of the natural farming with the HPSRLM activities of training and making self help groups self sufficient.

The entire produce has been grown without the use of pesticides and using the cow dung and cow urine mixed with neem etc.

The HPSRLM provided training to the ladies of SHG from the agriculture department. Besides they were provided a collective fund of Rs. five lakhs for this purpose as well as for purchasing hybrid seeds and other inputs for farming. The four women in this group were given 10 days residential training in Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD) Dharamshala which was fully sponsored by the Rural Development Department.

The shop, which has been opened in the secretariat, will be open from 10 am to 5 pm as a pilot project and the vegetables will be sold on Monday and Thursday. Once the pilot project succeeds, the products will be sold daily.

In today’s inaugural sale, the ladies had already sold the entire vegetables stock amounting to Rs. 6.5 thousand till the filing of this report.

Director, Zero Budget Farming, Rakesh Kanwar, Incharge of the programme Latika Sahejpal, Member of SHG Promila Devi and many other staff members of the secretariat were present on the occasion.