SHIMLA - 13 August, 2020

Chief Minister condoles demise of BJP leader Ram Prakash Patyal

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has condoled the demise senior BJP leader Ram Prakash Patyal.

Chief Minister in his condolence message said the death of Shri Patyal was a great loss to the party as he contributed immensely for strengthening of the organisation. He said that his contributions towards the party would always be remembered.

The Chief Minister has prayed to the Almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.

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Government making all out efforts to revive to economy of state: CM

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the inaugural session of a webinar organised by CII here today on ’HP Economic Summit-Getting the Growth Back’ said that Himachal Pradesh offers attractive incentives under the Industrial Investment Policy to boost industrialization across the State and make it more attractive and industry-friendly.

Chief Minister said that various policies such as tourism policy, film policy, information technology policy, AYUSH Policy, affordable housing Policy have been framed to attract investment in these sectors. He said that the State Government has taken a holistic view to make Himachal Pradesh an industrial hub of the country. He said that private sector participation could be fruitful in areas like tourism, infrastructure and industrial infrastructure, including housing, power generation, CA Store, software technology parks etc.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Corona pandemic has adversely affected the world economy and also the target set by the State Government after the success of the Global Investors Meet have been affected. He said that although the economy has reached the lowest ebb, but still the Government was committed to revive the same and achieve the target of investment set in the Global Investors Meet.

Chief Minister said that the industries in the State got badly affected due to lockdown and migration of the labourers. He said that out of about 3636 corona cases in the State, 800 cases were from the industrial areas of the State. He said that efforts would be made to expedite the work on four laning of the road passing through industrial areas. He said that steps were being taken to persuade the Union Government to ensure railway connectivity in Baddi, Barotiwala, Nalagarh industrial area in Solan district

Jai Ram Thakur said that check dams would be constructed to ensure water conservation in the industrial areas to solve the water problem. He said that in MSME sector, the state was endeavouring hard to achieve the target set by the Union government. The state Government was expecting that the Himachal Pradesh would surely get one Bulk Drug Park out of the three Bulk Drugs Parks to be setup by the Union Government.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh Thakur said that the State Government was committed to provide all possible assistance for revival of the MSME in the State. He also thanked the industry for providing effective cooperation to the State Government in coping up with the pandemic.

Additional Chief Secretary, Industries, Ram Subhag Singh said that the State Government has constituted Cabinet Sub-Committee for revival of the economy of the State. The Government was ensuring that the economic activities do not suffer due to Covid pandemic. He said that for the first time 2800 acre land has been identified in the State for construction of bulk drug park in the State.

Chairman, CII, Himachal Pradesh Shailesh Pathak thanked the Chief Minister for effectively tackling the Covid-19 pandemic in the State. He said that the Corona pandemic has caused a loss of over Rs 30,000 crore to the State economy. He said that being a landlocked hill State, Himachal Pradesh has various developmental constrains, but at the same time this provides several added opportunities.

Vice Chairman, CII, Himachal Shailesh Aggarwal urged the Chief Minister for strengthening the rail and road network in the industrial areas of the State. He said that internal roads in industrial needed to be improved and maintained properly. He also suggested construction of check dams in Baddi, Barotiwala and Nalagarh industrial areas.

Chairman MicroTek Subodh Gupta said that the lockdown due to Corona pandemic has resulted in slowdown of the world economy and India and Himachal Pradesh were not an exception. He said that the revenue receipts of the State has taken a huge toll. He said that State should focus of fruit processing, IT, bio technology, solar power, MSME etc. He suggested the State Government to provide special incentives to the entrepreneurs in these sectors.

Industrialist Suket Singhal said that the State of Himachal was known as fruit bowl of the country and thus fruit processing sector provides immense potential for investment. He said that Cooperatives should be formed to ensure value addition of their produce.

Director Industries Hans Raj Sharma and Industrialists Harish Aggarwal, Sanjay Khurrana, Binod, Rajender Gularia, Anil Sehgal, Rajeev Aggarwal were present on the occasion among others.

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CM dedicates and lays foundation stones of developments projects worth Rs. 133 crore in Nachan Assembly constituency

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated and laid foundation stones of various developmental projects worth about Rs. 133 crore in Nachan Vidhan Sabha area of Mandi district through video conferencing from here today.

Jai Ram Thakur dedicated 17.500 kilometers Hafwana Panyas road constructed at a cost of Rs. 8.65 crore under PMGSY, five kilometers Jaidevi Sianji road built by spending Rs.2.42 crore, 6.200 kilometers Piplu to Magar road constructed with an outlay of Rs.1.48 crore, four kilometers maintenance and tarring of Mandogalu to Fangyar road done at a cost of Rs. 2.50 crore and Rs. 1.20 crore lift water supply scheme Salwahan, Bag, Lahra and Lower Kot.

Chief Minister laid foundation stones of building of Atal Adarsh Vidyalaya Gohar at Gudahari to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 53.82 crore, indoor stadium in Government Degree College, Bassa to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 6.98 crore, science lab building in Government Senior Secondary School, Dhangyara to be built at a cost of Rs. 1.36 crore, Science Lab building in Government Senior Secondary School, Phangwas to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.36 crore, Rs. 67 lakh 18 meters span jeepable bridge over Jyuni khad at Samnos, 1.39 crore 40 meters span jeepable bridge over Jyuni khad at Shalla, Rs. 1.26 crore 36 meter span jeepable bridge over Jyuni khad at Ropa, Rs.1.39 crore 40 meters span jeepable bridge over Kansa khad at Bhour.

Jai Ram Thakur also performed foundation stone laying ceremonies of Rs.8.54 crore 11.200 kilometers upgradation of Chail to Moviseri link road under PMGSY, Rs. 3.50 crore 6.200 kilometers upgradation of Syan Dhaban road, Rs. 6.69 crore Bhalothi-Saryach road, Rs. 1.94 crore 40 meters span box Girder bridge at Daul over Jeuni khad on Sianj-Daul –Ropa road, Rs. 1.91 crore lift water supply scheme for Chhaneri Nehra-Palohta in Gram Panchayat Palahota, Rs. 2.82 crore lift water supply scheme to partially habitations of the area, Rs. 15.73 crore lift water supply scheme for partially covered habitations of gram panchayats Kanaid, Bhour, Durgrain, Chhatter etc., Rs. 3.14 crore water supply scheme Dhaban and Tanda , Rs. 2.24 crore lift water supply scheme for villages Dhisti, Lot, Tunna and Shalla, Rs. 40 lakh Inspection Hut Kamrunag, Rs. 70 lakh Forest Rest House Jachh and Rs. 50 lakh extention of Forest Rest House (FRH) Devidarh.

Chief Minister said that the State Government was poised to make Himachal Pradesh a frontrunner State of the country in matter of development. He directed that all the developmental projects, foundation stones of which was laid by him today, should be completed within the stipulated time period. He said that the previous State Government did nothing on ground and in last year of its tenure, went to foundation stone laying spree in different parts of the State and all these projects were completed by the present State Government.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has launched several welfare schemes for the weaker sections of the society. He said that about 50,000 grievances have been settled in 189 Jan Manch organized in the State. He said that over 69,000 issues have been redressed under the Mukhya Mantri Sewa Sankalp Helpline 1100. He said that 5.70 eligible people has been provided social security pension at an enhanced rate.

Chief Minister said that under the Grihini Suvidha Yojna as many as 2.77 lakh free gas connections have been provided to the eligible households. He said that around 86,000 people have been provided relief under the Him Care scheme by providing them assistance of Rs 77 crore. He said that under the Sahara Yojna, about 6600 families were provided financial assistance of Rs 3.50 crore.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the people of Nachan have contributed over Rs 32 lakh generously towards the PM CAREs and CM COVID Fund. Not only this, the party functionaries prepared masks and distributed the same among the people of the area.

Jal Shakti and Horticulture Minister Mohinder Singh Thakur said that the present State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was committed towards alround development of the State. He said that the State was fortunate to have an honest and hardworking Chief Minister to lead the State. He said that in a short period of about two and a half years, the State was fast emerging ahead on the path of progress and prosperity. He said that even in the Corona pandemic the pace of development was going on uninterrupted throughout the State and credit of this goes to the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He said that water supply and drinking water supply schemes worth Rs 176 crore and PWD schemes worth Rs. 104 crore were being executed in Nachan Vidhan Sabha area.

Member of Parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma also spoke on the occasions and detailed various schemes launched by the Centre Government for upliftment of the weaker sections of the society. He said that Ujjavala Yojna and Grihini Suvidha Yojna have provided relief to the lakhs of women from kitchen smoke.

Local MLA Vinod Kumar detailed various developmental demands of the area. He said that Nachan area has witnessed unprecedented development under the leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

District BJP President Dilip Singh Thakur, Mandal BJP President Sohan Singh, General Secretary Hukam were present on the occasion among others.

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Independence Day to be held at Banikhet in district Chamba

A Spokesperson of the state government disclosed here today that the district level Independence Day function scheduled to be held at Chamba in district Chamba will now be held at Banikhet due to administrative reasons.

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Bilaspur district bags first prize in HP Good Governance Index

  • CM distributes first three prizes to Bilaspur, Mandi and Hamirpur districts

The Bilaspur district has bagged first prize of Rs. 50 lakh in Himachal Pradesh District Good Governance Index annual report-2019 by scoring 75.8 percent in the index comprising of seven themes, 18 focus subjects and 45 indicators whereas Mandi district bagged second prize of Rs. 35 lakh by securing 70.2 percent and Hamirpur district got third prize of Rs. 25 lakh by securing 64.5 percent.

On the behalf of District Bilaspur, Deputy Commissioner Rajeshwar Goel received the first prize, Deputy Commissioner, Mandi Rugved Thakur received second prize and Deputy Commissioner, Hamirpur Harikesh Meena received third prize from Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today on the occasion of releasing of the District Good Governance Index (HPDGGI) Annual Report-2019. This document has been prepared by Department of Economic & Statistics, Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that State Government was committed to use information technology to usher in an era of e-governance aimed at simplifying processes, bringing in transparency, accountability, providing need based, quality and timely information to all the citizens of the State. He said that to achieve this goal, the government was implementing several e-governance initiatives in various departments of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that efforts of the State Government in respect to governance were also recognized by the Public Affairs Centre, Bengaluru and awarded Himachal Pradesh first among 12 small States consistently in 2017 and 2018 and second in 2019 on the Public Affairs Index (PAI). Himachal Pradesh was the first State in the country which has started to measure the quality of governance in vital sectors. The welfare of the common people of the State has always remained the primary focus of the State Government, he added.

Chief Minister said that the second report on District Good Governance Index has been prepared by Department of Economic & Statistics on the basis of secondary data of 12 districts, collected on broad 7 Themes, 18 focus subjects and 45 indicators to assess the comparative performance of all districts.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this index includes seven broad themes, namely, essential infrastructure, support to human development, social protection, women and children, crime, law and order, environment, transparency and accountability.

Principal Secretary, Finance Prabodh Saxena said that the State Government has shown the determination and sagacity necessary to move decisively towards an objective transparent and socially accountable framework.

Economic Advisor Dr. Vinod Kumar Rana presented vote of thanks.

Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, Advisor Planning Dr. Basu Sood and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.

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CM stresses on exploring home isolation possibilities for asymptomatic patients

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that possibilities of home isolation mechanism should be explored for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients who have adequate facility for the same. He was addressing the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of the State through video conferencing from here today.

The Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh like other States of the country has witnessed a steep increase in Covid-19 patients in last few days. The State has adequate facilities for keeping patients in Covid care centres and was fully prepared to meet out any eventuality. He said that the Deputy Commissioners must evolve mechanism to keep persons willing to remain in home isolation provided he/she was asymptotic and has adequate space at home to isolate them from other family members.

Jai Ram Thakur said that Deputy Commissioners must ensure that food being served in the Covid care centres was hygienic and served properly. He said that for this district administration should regularly visit these centres to ensure proper facilities being provided to patients.

While appreciating the commendable work done by the district administrations in effectively tackling the pandemic, Chief Minister said that the administration must also motivate the corona warriors such as doctors, para medical staff, police and sanitary workers etc. to keep their morale high. He said that possibilities must also be explored to allow the patients to have homemade food which could be brought out by the family members of the patients up to the nearest Covid centre where the patient is kept.

Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal said that effective steps were required to ensure that no one enter the State without proper registration. He also expressed concern over the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in the State and hoped the State would soon come out victorious from this situation.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health R.D. Dhiman said that stress should be laid on contact tracing of the Covid-19 patients at the earliest which would go a long way in checking its further spread.

Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister J.C. Sharma and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.