SHIMLA- 7 August, 2020

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur being presented cheques of Rs. 1,01,000 for construction of Lord Ram Temple at Aya and Rs. 51,000 towards PM CAREs

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur being presented cheques of Rs. 1,01,000 for construction of Lord Ram Temple at Aya and Rs. 51,000 towards PM CAREs by Munish Sharma, Managing Director of Tirupati Resorts and Sudhanshu Collections at Dharamshala on 07 August 2020

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State Govt. invites suggestions for title of virtual public interaction programme

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is always trying to explore newer means to stay in touch with the people of the state and always try to know the hopes, aspirations, and expectations of the people of Himachal Pradesh.

A spokesman of the State Government said here today that even amidst Corona Pandemic the Chief Minister kept in touch with the people of the state through digital means and personally took in charge of the difficult situation. Considering the importance of technology nowadays and to increase public participation in governance and to improve accessibility the Chief Minister wants to start a program for the people of the state.

He said that the program would be broadcast once every month through social media, radio, and television. Common citizens of the state can share their suggestions for this program. It is special that this program will be organized along the lines of "Mann Ki Baat". people of the state can share their suggestions regarding the events, inspirational works, and schemes of the Himachal government. Through this program, the common citizen of the state can convey his personal views to the Chief Minister. Certainly, the program will be helpful for the common man.

He informed that the program would be broadcast by My Gov Himachal and Himachal Pradesh Information and Public Relations Department. The state government is inviting suggestions from the people of the state for the attractive name of this Digital program. One can share the suggestions about the possible name of the program on My Gov Himachal Portal. The best entry will get a cash prize of Rs. 5000 which will be handed over by Chief Minister himself. The last day of submission is on 15th August 2020, he added.

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Sharan Village to be developed as Craft Handloom Village: CM

On the occasion of 6th National Handloom Day, Union Minister for Women & Child Development and Textile Smriti Zubin Irani while addressing the people through video conferencing from New Delhi congratulated the people of the State on the occasion of National Handloom Day and said that Sharan village near Heritage Village Naggar in Kullu district was among the ten villages of the country selected as Craft Handloom Village.

Smriti Zubin Irani said that this would not only promote handloom industry but also make these Villages a centre of tourist attraction. She said that NIFT Centres in the country would also help in promoting handloom products in the country. She said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also want to promote handloom industry in a big way as this would not only strengthen the economy of the handloom sector but also provide best consumer products.

Union Minister said that the Mobile App for Handloom Mark Scheme launched today would not only facilitate the weavers, but also provide consumers genuine handloom products. She said that My Handloom Portal would also help the consumers in getting information regarding best handloom products. She said that Weavers Felicitation Centre would be set up at Saran village. She said that the Union Government would provide all possible help to this sector in the country. She said that we all must encourage local products only then the rural economy could be strengthened.

A virtual exhibition was also held on the occasion to link handloom exporters with the buyers.

While addressing the people through Video Conferencing from Dehra in Kangra district, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that presently about 20,000 people were using handloom for earning their livelihood. He said that Himachali shawl and cap has earned world fame. He said that Kullu and Kinnauri shawls have been reserved under the Handloom Protection Act by the Government of India and both these products have been patented.

Jai Ram Thakur thanked the Union Minister for giving her consent for developing Sharan village near Heritage Village Naggar in Kullu as Craft Handloom Village. He said that under this the Centre Government has sanctioned Rs. 118.63 lakh and State would contribute Rs 13.40 lakh.

Chief Minister said that during the lockdown and subsequently slowdown of economy due to Covid-19 pandemic, cottage industry particularly in rural areas have supplemented the village economy to a large extent. He said that the State Government was striving to promote ‘One District One product’ concept to popularise traditional products of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was committed for development of handloom in the State. He said that 10 percent grant was being provided for purchase of thread through National Handloom Development Corporation to the handloom entrepreneurs. He said that training was also being provided to about 450 handloom weavers of nine districts through HP State Handicraft and Handloom Corporation. He said that sale of handloom products was also being ensured through 12 sale centres in the State and one sale centre at New Delhi.

Chief Minister said that National Handloom Development Programme was being implemented in Kullu, Mandi and Kangra districts of the State. He said that under this programme about 2500 weavers in ten handloom clusters have been provided financial assistance. He said that training was also being provided under ‘Mukhyamantri Gramin Kaushal Yojna’ to the weavers. He said that as many as 700 Weaver Cooperative Societies and cottage industries were functioning in Kullu district. He said that as many as 6000 entrepreneurs were engaged in this avocation and doing about Rs 150 crore annual business.

Secretary, Textile, Government of India Ravi Kapoor said that the handloom industry can play a major role in women empowerment in the country. He said that aim of the Government was to promote the handloom of the country throughout the world.

Development Commissioner Handloom Sanjay Rastogi welcomed the Union Minister and Chief Minister. He also detailed various activities of the handloom sector.

Handloom clusters across the country along with associate designers, all 28 WSCs, 6 IIHTs, NDC, HEPC and NIFT campuses across India, Craft Handloom Village at Kullu, Textile Committee at Mumbai and virtual exhibition at Chennai also participated in the video conference on the occasion.

Deputy Commissioner Kullu Dr. Richa Verma said that it was an auspicious occasion for the people of Kullu district as Sharan Village of the district has been selected for Craft Handloom Village.

Industries Minister Bikram Thakur, Deputy Chairman State Planning Board Ramesh Chand Dhawala and MLA Hoshiar Singh were present on the occasion.

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CM plants sapling of ‘Rudrakh’ and ‘Parijat’ in Circuit House Dharamshala

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today planted sapling of ‘Rudrakh’ and ‘Parijat’ in premises of Circuit House Dharamshala in Kangra district.

Later, the Chief Minister listened to the public grievances in Jan Samwad Kaksh at Circuit House.

Forests Minister Rakesh Pathania, MLA Vishal Nehariya and Hoshiyar Singh, Deputy Commissioner Kangra Rakesh Prajapati, Superintendent of Police Vimukt Ranjan and other officers were present on the occasion among others.