SHIMLA-20 February, 2020

Mata Chintpurni Temple Trust presents Rs. 51 lakh towards CM Relief Fund

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was presented a cheque of Rs 51 lakh by the Deputy Commissioner Una cum Chairman Mata Chintpurni Temple Trust Sandeep Kumar as a contribution towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on behalf of Mata Chinipurni Temple Trust, here yesterday evening.

Chief Minister thanked the Temple Trust for the contribution which will go a long way in providing relief to the people of the State in the time of distress and urged the philanthropists and affluent sections of the society to contribute liberally towards this fund.

======================================== Expedite the construction process of Combined office building :

Dr. Rajiv Saizal

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal here today presided over a meeting with heads of various departments for the construction of a combined office building in the Gram Panchayat Jabli of District Solan.

Dr. Rajiv Saizal directed all the departmental heads present in the meeting to complete all formalities regarding construction of the building at the earliest. He said that the Government is making concerted efforts to provide different types of facilities to the people under one roof so that people do not have to go around getting their work done, which will also save their time and money.

He said that about 15 bighas of land has been selected for this combined office building and it has been transferred to the Rural Development Department. He said that more than one crore rupees will be spent on the construction of this building. Offices of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Panchayat, Health and Family Welfare, Irrigation and Public Health, Electricity, Social Justice and Empowerment Department and other offices would be housed in this combined office building, he added.

The Minister directed various departments that the process of building construction should be expedited so that this building could be constructed at the earliest. He also instructed all departments to conduct joint inspection of the selected land on 28th February, 2020.

Director Women and Child Development Kritika Kulhari, ADM Solan Vivek Chandel and senior officers of various departments were also present in the meeting.


Chief Minister demands NABARD to increase annual normative allocation to one thousand crore

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has taken up the issue of increasing the annual normative allocation to the state with NABARD from existing Rs. 700 crore to at least Rs. 1000 crore for the financial year 2019-20.

Chief Minister was presiding over a meeting held here today with the officers of NABARD.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the increase in the allocation would enable the state to create agriculture related infrastructure in rural areas besides strengthening the road network in these areas. He also felt the need to delegate sanction powers to the Regional Office NABARD so as to expedite the sanctioning and implementation process of the projects under RIDF programme.

Chief Minister said that due to difficult topography and adverse climatic conditions of the state, the NABARD should consider increasing phasing period for implementation of projects of tranche from existing four years to six years. This would reduce the number of non-starters and slow moving projects and also improve the reimbursement position of the state, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that in order to help the state in faster execution and completion of projects in the state besides reducing time taken in paper works in respect of reimbursement claims, NABARD should consider increasing mobilization advance from current 30 percent to 50 percent.

Chief Minister said that due to harsh climatic conditions, the road projects in the state usually take 6 to 10 years for completion, therefore, NABARD should contemplate to increase period for maintenance fund from 10 years to 15 years. He said that apart from this, maintenance fund should be provided at fixed rate of interest at less than four percent.

Jai Ram Thakur said that NABARD has created Micro Irrigation Fund (MIF) to facilitate the states in mobilization resources for expanding coverage of micro irrigation. He also urged the NABARD for increasing credit limit under Kisan Credit Card from Rs. three lakh to Rs. 6 -10 lakh.

Chief Minister said that hydro power sector was the priority sector of the State Government, therefore, NABARD should consider funding execution of hydro power projects in the State. He said that tourism was yet another sector on the priority list of the Government for which he sought liberal assistance of NABARD. He said that there was immense scope for development of ropeways and other related infrastructure.

Chairman NABARD Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala apprised the Chief Minister that NABARD was ensuring liberal funding for various developmental projects in the state. He said that apart from projects, related to irrigation, rural connectivity, drinking water, Pushp Kranti Yojna, Saur Sinchai Yojna and Mukhya Mantri Nutan Polyhouse Yojna, NABARD was funding several other projects in the state. He said that a project on ‘Sustainable Livelihoods of Agriculure-Dependent Rural Communities in Drought Prone Sirmaur District through Climate Smart Solutions’ was nearing completion with grant support of Rs. 20 crore.

Dr. Bhanwala said that NABARD was also providing finances of Rs. 8.50 crore to Farmer Producer Organizations in all the districts of the State.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Principal Secretary Finance Prabodh Saxena, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu and other senior officers of NABARD attended the meeting.


Youth should not rely on social media while making decisions: Education Minister

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj while addressing young citizens in the 10th Bhartiya Chatra Sansad at New Delhi today said that education opens doors of vast knowledge and the process of education enables learning of skills and honing inherent talents. Highlighting the importance of education, he said that the basic objective of education is to become good citizen and to become successful in our professional and personal lives. Learning is enjoyment, he added.

Education Minister delivered lecture on the topic 'Learn before you lean: Following social media and celebrities' in the second session of the event which is being organised from 20th to 23rd February at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi by Rahul Karad, Founder and Convenor of Bhartya Chatra Sansad (BCS)

Suresh Bhardwaj said that social media has many benefits like connectivity, easy access but also there is a need to exercise caution while using this tool. We should learn to understand difference between real and virtual life. He also said that sometimes social media spread misinformation and fake news etc. and we should be careful about it.

Education Minister urged the youth to preserve their own identity and uniqueness and not to rely too much on Social media while making decisions.

He lauded the efforts of Rahul Karad and added that debates and discussions are backbone of democracy. The idea of Bhartya Chatra Sansad is very interesting, he added.


Governor and CM felicitate people on Shivratri

Governor Bandaru Dattatraya and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur have felicitated the people of the state on the occasion of Shivratri.

The Governor said that this was one of the most important festivals celebrated in the state as Himachal was considered as ''Abode of Gods ''. He hoped that the auspicious occasion brings peace and happiness into the lives of people.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the people of the state have been celebrating this festival with traditional fervour and gaiety in all parts of the state since the time immemorial.

The Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh is known as abode of Lord Shiva and Shivratri fairs at various places in the state have their own importance. He hoped that Shivratri fair would go a long way in strengthening the bonds of brotherhood.