Industries Minister demands coverage of more areas under CGD

SHIMLA -23 January, 2020-Industries Minister Bikram Singh participated in the ‘National Conclave on Emerging Opportunities in Natural Gas Sector’ organised by Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas at New Delhi today. Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan presided over the conclave.

While addressing the Conclave, Industries Minister urged to cover Kangra district under City Gas Distribution (CGD) Project under which six districts of state are being covered whereas six districts are yet to be covered. He said that Damtal in district Kangra is a fast developing industrial area and should be covered under CGD. He also requested CGD for industrial areas like Baddi, Nalagarh and Kala Amb on priority.

He said that Gas can be utilised for waste disposal in industrial areas and stressed upon a special policy for three popular tourist destinations of state viz. Dharamshala, Manali and Shimla where gas can be produced through waste material. He suggested that CNG can be used for buses in plain areas of state like Una, Kangra, Mandi and Paonta Sahib and added that state government is keen to draft a proposal for the same. He said that only 20 CNG stations have been set up in the state so far and requested the Centre for special scheme and assistance for promoting CNG in the state which is environment friendly. He said that electric buses are being plied in the state and state government is committed to protect environment and added that state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is also looking forward to promote bio-gas.

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State level training cum conference on National Sample Survey begins

The two day State level training cum conference on National Sample Survey (NSS) 78th round organized by department of Economic and Statistics department begin here today, to train the field staff about the concepts, definitions, survey design and procedures. The NSS 78th round will cover the subject of “Domestic Tourism Expenditure” and “Multiple Indicator Survey”. The survey work will start from the last week of January, 2020 and will be completed by the end of December, 2020.

The training programme was inaugurated by Economic Advisor Dr. Vinod Kumar Rana. In his introductory remarks, he highlighted the importance of this round of survey in developing a sound statistical database and said that the data generated by the survey would form an important input to planners, policy makers, researchers and various other agencies for monitoring and evaluation of policies at State and National level.

He said that the main objective of the survey on “Domestic Tourism Expenditure” is to collect the detail information on tourism expenditure along with some information on household characteristics related to domestic overnight and same day trips. This information will be used to prepare the third Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.

The other survey “Multiple Indicator Surveys” (MIS) is being conducted for the first time with the objective to collect information for developing some important indicators of Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

The Economic Advisor appreciated the field staff for their hard work in challenging conditions and emphasized the need to maintain the standard of quality of NSS data. He said that NSS is a joint venture of the State and Centre Government and conducted by survey on matching sample basis. The survey will be conducted by State Government for 88 rural and 48 urban samples which are spread over the whole geographical area of the State.

Dr. Vinod Kumar Rana also appealed to the people of Himachal Pradesh to cooperate with the field staff of Economic and Statistics Department in providing them correct and authentic information as and when they visit their household.

Joint Director, Economics & Statistics Department, Anupam Sharma also attended the conference.

The training was imparted by Deputy Director, Economics & Statistics Department, B. S. Bist and Research Officer Ghanshyam Sharma to all the staff involved in National Sample Survey exercise of Himachal Pradesh.