SHIMLA-12 August, 2020

CM launches nutritional immunity boosting Him Haldi Dudh

  • Rs. 16.70 lakh transferred into account of 835 milk producers

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today launched Nutritional Immunity Boosting ‘Him Haldi Dudh(Turmeric Latte)’ manufactured by MILKFED and also distributed incentive to the Milk Producers of Mandi, Shimla and Kullu district under the National Programme for Diary Development and also interacted with them through video conference from Shimla today.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the Him Haldi Dudh(Turmeric Latte) has been developed by the Bio Technology Department of Punjabi University Patiala and the same has been patented. He said that this drink is a Detox drink which has anti-hangover, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunity booster contents in it. He expressed hope that this drink would become popular amongst the masses.

Jai Ram Thakur said that under the National Diary Development Programme MILKFED has today transferred Rs 2000 into the accounts of 835 milk producers as incentive amount and also 5 litre stainless steel buckets to 1000 mill producers for collection and transportation of milk for marketing. He said that MILKFED today has transferred Rs 16.70lakh into the accounts of the milk producers.

Chief Minister said that the State Government has twice enhanced the procurement price of milk to facilitate the milk producers. He said that presently milk was being procured from the milk producers at the rate of Rs.27.80 per litre. He said that the MILKFED was providing rupees eight to rupees nine crore per month to the milk producers for procurement of milk as well as for providing them cattle feed. He said that capacity of MILKFED plants at Chakkar and Duttnagar has been enhanced by spending an amount of Rs 16 lakh each. He said that presently the MILKFED was managing eleven milk plants in the State and about 1011 Milk Cooperatives are associated with the MILKFED.

Jai Ram Thakur expressed happiness that the annual turnover of the MILKFED was Rs 132 crore in the year 2019-20, which was 33 percent more than the previous years turnover. He said that even in the Covid pandemic, the MILKFED did not stop its activities and procured milk from the farmers. He said that the Diary development activities provided much needed boost to the rural economy during this pandemic.

Rural Development, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Virender Kanwar said that five percent commission was being provided to Milk Cooperative Societies in the State. He said that presently the MILKFED was collecting 1.24 lakh litre milk per day.

Chairman MILKFED Nehal Chand Sharma, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister J.C.Sharma, MD MILKFED Bhupinder Attri were present on the occasion among others.

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CM interacts with beneficiaries of various scheme of Seraj Vidhan Sabha area

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while interacting with the beneficiaries of various schemes of Seraj Vidhan Sabha area through video conferencing said that the State Government has started several schemes for social economic upliftment of the poor and downtrodden of the State. He said that the endeavour of the State Government was to ensure that the benefits of policies and programmes of the State Government reaches the person living at the lowest ebb.

Jai Ram Thakur said that it was for the first time that the State Government has set a target of construction of 10,000 houses in the State under different housing schemes. He said that Chief Ministers Relief Fund has proved a boon for the poor people of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has also launched Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna to save womenfolk from indoor pollution. He said that under this Scheme, free LPG connections were being provided to the families left out from Ujjawala scheme started by the Central Government. He said that till date over 2.78 lakh free gas connections have been provided to the eligible families and Himachal Pradesh has become first smoke free State of the Country.

Chief Minister said that State Rural Development Department has started several schemes aimed at the development of rural areas during the present tenure of the State Government. He said that Mukhiya Mantri Ek Bigha Yojna has proved a big success as about 5000 families have registered themselves to avail the benefits of the Scheme.

Jai RamThakur said that Central Government has always been considerate towards the welfare of the farming community. He said that about 9,12,078 farmers of the State have been benefitted under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. He said that an amount of Rs 977.77 crore have been disbursed to eligible farmers of the State. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has releasing another instalment of over Rs.17,000 crores into the bank accounts of 8.5 crore farmers of the country under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana which would go a long way in empowering the farming community. He said that lakhs of farmers would be provided another instalment of Rs. 2000 each under this scheme.

Chief Minister said that the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown thereafter has resulted in cumulative losses of about Rs. 15.77 crore to floriculturists of the State during the month of March to May, 2020 due to non-transportation of flowers. He said that keeping this in view, the State Government has decided to provide financial assistance/relief amount worth Rs. 4 crore to the affected floriculturists.

Jai Ram Thakur urged the people to be extra cautious in wake of the rainy season as the cases of coronavirus were increasing. He said that people should avoid social gatherings. He said that the State Government has not yet opened Temple as this may also cause social gathering.

President Seraj BJP Mandal Bhagirath Sharma while welcoming the Chief Minister thanked him for initiating several welfare scheme for upliftment of the poor and downtrodden. He said that even during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chief Minister was regularly interacting with the people of the State to ensure that the pace of development does not get affected.

Several beneficiaries such as Tek Singh, Chitermani, Chinta Devi, Babbli, Bodhraj, Reeta Devi, Dromti Devi etc interacted with the Chief Minister and thanked him for providing them assistance under various schemes.

Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. R.N. Batta was also present on the occasion.