SHIMLA 13 August, 2020

CM honours Dr. Jagat Ram with Himachal Gaurav Purskar-2019

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today presented ‘Himachal Gaurav Purskar-2019’ to Director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh Padamshri Dr. Jagat Ram for his outstanding services in health sector. Dr. Jagat Ram hails from Pabiyana village of gram panchayat Ser-Jagas in Sirmaur district of the State.

Dr. Jagat Ram could not attend the function last year to receive the ‘Himachal Gaurav Purskar’ due to some unavoidable circumstances.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Secretary GAD Devesh Kumar and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.


CM inaugurates various developmental projects in Kullu Vidhan Sabha area

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated and laid foundation stones of developmental projects worth about Rs. 12.50 crore in Kullu Vidhan Sabha area of Kullu district.

The Chief Minister inaugurated office building for 7th Battalion of Home Guards, Kullu constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.84 crore, City Livelihood Centre building with hostel at Government ITI Shamshi constructed at a cost of Rs. 3.52 crore, multipurpose building at Malana constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.03 crore and bridge at Summa over Sarwari khad constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.24 crore under Scheduled Castes Special Component Plan.

Jai Ram Thakur laid the foundation stones of building of Government High School, Chansari to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.27 crore and Mahila Police Station building, Kullu to be built at a cost of Rs. 3.52 crore.

While addressing the people at ITI Shamshi, the Chief Minister said that the Covid-19 pandemic has forced all of us to strictly follow the norms of social distancing and also effectively use face mask and face cover. He said despite lockdown for several days, no one in the State went to bed empty stomach. He said that every one generously contributed towards the PM CAREs and CM COVID Fund. He said that the elected representatives have also been contributing their best to effectively fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has brought about 2.25 lakh people of the State to their homes stranded in different parts of the country. It was strange that the Congress leaders were making much hue and cry over this issue. He said that the Congress leaders were earlier alleging that the government was not concerned about the Himachalis stranded in different parts of the State and now when the government has brought back lakhs of people, the same leaders were saying that the state government was bringing Corona to the State.

The Chief Minister said that the able leadership in the form of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took timely steps to check the spread of the virus and the people of the country strictly followed the directions given by him. He said that the decision of lockdown by the Prime Minister helped in checking the spread of the Corona virus. He said that due to the timely decisions taken by the Prime Minister death rate in India due to Corona was very less as compared to most of the developed nations of the country. Over 7.60 lakh people have lost their life to Covid-19 in fifteen most developed countries with a total population of 142 crore whereas India with a population of 135 crore, has reported over 47,000 deaths due to corona till date, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State has suffered losses of about Rs. 30,000 crore due to the Corona pandemic. He said that the tourism sector was adversely affected and though the State has provided some relief to this sector, but still a lot more needed to be done. He said that the Rs 9.50 crore water supply scheme Siyun Hathithan would be completed at the earliest.

Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the Corona warriors such as doctors, paramedical staff, police, sanitary workers etc. in rendering their valuable services in this testing time.

Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that it was after a long struggle and martyrdom of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee that today Article 370 has become a history and Jammu Kashmir was now an integral part of India. He said that credit for this goes to the strong leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that construction of Lord Ram Temple at Ayodhya was also a long cherished dream of crores of Indians which has come true after hundreds of years. He also thanked the Prime Minister for announcing a new Education Policy for the country which would pave the way for making India once again a ‘Vishva Guru’.

Member of Parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma said that the State was fortunate to have Jai Ram Thakur as Chief Minister, who was also committed to the welfare of every section of the society. The Chief Minister has effectively handled the corona pandemic in the State. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advised the Chief Ministers of other States to follow Himachal Pradesh to tackle this virus.

MLA Kullu Sunder Singh Thakur urged the Chief Minister to announce more irrigation and drinking water projects to solve the water problem of the area. He also urged to provide relief package to the tourism sector, which was badly affected due to the corona pandemic.

Former Member of Parliament Maheshwar Singh detailed out various developmental demands of the area.

MLA’s Surender Shourie and Kishori Lal, Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Vice Chairman, HPMC Ram Singh, President, District BJP Bheem Sain, Vice President State BJP Dhaneshwari Thakur, Senior BJP leader Yuvraj, Deputy Commissioner Kullu Dr Richa Verma, Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon, SP Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion among others.


Bikram Singh reviewed developmental works of Transport Department

Transport Minister Bikram Singh reviewed the works of Transport Department and Rope-Way and Rapid Transport System Development Corporation yesterday evening in Shimla. On this occasion, Bikram Thakur directed the officers to make the public services smooth, simple, easy and convenient.

Transport Minister said that the Transport Department has taken ambitious steps to realize the Swarnim Himachal vision of the State Government. The public services being provided by the department have been made online to make them timely and efficient. He said that dedicated efforts were being made to provide easy and comfortable means of transport to the people. This has led to increased transparency and efficiency.

Bikram Singh said that the new e-Parivahan Vayastha was being started by the Transport Department to make public services available online. This system has been started on a pilot basis in Shimla and Dharamshala. Under this, services like to pay token tax, pay SRT, No objection certificate, vehicle fitness certificate, application for permit, driving license related services, book special registration mark, pay national permit authorisation fee, book appointment for fitness etc. are being provided.

Transport Minister said that the use of modern information technology is being ensured by the Transport Department to further strengthen public services. The department has planned to start vehicles location tracking device (VLTD), Monitoring Centres Services. The proposed system envisages to enhance the safety of the women and the girls children by equipping all the public passenger transport vehicles with locations tracking device and emergency buttons for raising and alert in case of emergency. Monitoring Centre shall be integrated with the FRSS of the State. A provision of Rs 10 crore 40 lakh has been made to implement this system.

He informed that Automated Inspection and Certification Center would be setup in Baddi for automatic inspection and certification of vehicles. For this, a provision of Rs 16 crore 50 lakh has been made by the Government of India and Rs 3 crore 65 lakh by the State Government.

Bikram Singh informed that Mobile Automated Testing Stations (ATS) would also be opened by the Transport Department in the state for checking vehicles. Rs. 6.5 crores would be spent for each ATS, he added. He said that fully automated transport barriers would also be set up at Paonta Sahib and Kala Amb by the Transport Department, adding that Rs. 4 crore would be spent to establish each barrier.

Transport Minister directed the officers to ensure the promotion of online services being provided by the department, so that people could be benefitted.

Transport Minister reviewed various ropeway and water transport projects and directed the officers to complete them in a time bound manner.

Principal Secretary Transport K.K. Pant, Commissioner Transport Captain J.M. Pathania, Additional Commissioner Hemis Negi, CGM Ropways and Rapid Transport System Development Corporation Ajay Sharma and other senior officers were present on the occasion.


Manav Kalyan Sabha contributes Rs. 82,500 towards CMRF

Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister J.C. Sharma was presented a cheque of Rs. 82,500 by Founder Manav Kalyan Sabha, Ram Singh on behalf of Sabha towards CM Relief Fund here today.

J.C. Sharma thanked for this noble gesture.


Chief Minister condoles death of two civilians in road accident

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur mourned the death of two persons in a road accident near the Hanogi Mata Temple on the Manali-Chandigarh National Highway.

In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said that he was deeply saddened by the death of two people in the accident. He appealed to the people of state to be extra cautious in wake of the rainy season and not to go near the rivers and travel only when necessary.

He prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.


State government refutes allegations of Leader of Opposition

The state government has strongly condemned the statement of Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri in which he has alleged that the government is responsible for spread of COVID-19 in the state.

A Spokesperson of the state government said here today that this is the preposterous statement by the Leader of the Opposition as the Congress party has nothing to say against the government and therefore are resorting to malicious propaganda. He said it seems Mukesh Agnihotri is baffled over the popularity of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and the performance of the state government during last two and a half years and in utter desperation, he is making such baseless accusations.

He said that Mukesh Agnihotri should remember that the Himachal Pradesh is amongst those few states who have tackled this pandemic most effectively and even Prime Minister has appreciated the steps taken by the state to contain spread of this virus. As far as the Kangra tour of the Chief Minister is concerned the norms were followed.

He said from the beginning of the lockdown period on 24 March, 2020 the state government took all effective steps and made elaborate arrangements for testing centres and quarantine facilities. Moreover, dedicated hospitals were also identified to treat the patients. He added that special campaign was also launched to sensitize the people about the COVID-19 and maintaining proper social distancing. It was due to these efforts that the recovery rate of the COVID-19 patients in Himachal Pradesh was best in the country.

The Spokesperson said that although Himachal was about to become COVID-19 free state but due to return of over 2.15 lakh people including students stranded in various states of the country, there was abrupt rise in the cases of Corona cases . However, it was the responsibility of the government to bring back its own people who were is distress away from their homes.

So far, 3836 cases have been registered in the state out of which 2449 have been cured, 34 left the state and only 17 deaths have been reported. The percentage of Himachal Pradesh in the number of cases in India is 0.15 (3836/2461190) while the state has a population ratio of 0.6 percent. Out of total COVID- 19 positive cases in the state, 94.6 per cent of the cases were found asymptomatic, whereas only 5.4 percent cases have been found with COVID-19 symptoms.

He said that eight RT-PCR, two CB-NAAT and 19 TRU-NAAT centres are functional in the state for conducting COVID-19 tests. RT-PCR testing facility is available at IGMC Shimla, CRI Kasauli, SLBSGMC Ner Chowk, Dr. RKGMC Hamirpur, Pt. JLNGMC Chamba, Dr. YSPGMC Nahan, IHBT Palampur and Dr. RPGMC Tanda.

He said that the COVID-19 cases per Lakh in the country are 181.96 whereas it is 54.8 in Himachal Pradesh. The death rate in country is 1.95 while it is 0.44 in the state.

The Spokesperson said that the total number of COVID-19 cases in Punjab were 26909 where 675 deaths have been reported. In Haryana total number of cases were 44817 and the 511 deaths have been reported. In Uttrakhand total number of cases were 11302 and deaths were 143, in Jammu and Kashmir the total number of cases were 26949 and deaths were 509. Whereas in Himachal Pradesh the total number of coronavirus cases were reported as 3836 and the deaths were only 17, which is very less in comparison to our neighbouring states.

He said that the state government has given directions to develop a mechanism of home isolation for Asymptomatic/mild symptoms of COVID-19 patients. Apart from it Deputy Commissioners have been given access of Portal for All India Level certified tests reports of COVID-19 tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh. The directions have been given to conduct Rapid Antigen Test of laborers working in industrial units of state.

He said that Mukesh Agnihotri has questioned the government over the issues like law and order situation, financial crisis and land mafia in the state which is ridiculous because it was in the Congress government's regime that law and order situation had gone worst. The poor financial management, unplanned and wasteful expenditure by the previous government resulted in un-mindful borrowings. The Congress burdened the state with a loan of over Rs. 46,500 crore. He said that land mafia, mining mafia, forest mafia and drug mafia were active during previous government's regime. The incidents like 'Hoshiyar Singh' and 'Gudiya' were shocking which tarnished the image of the State, which is known for peace and tranquillity.


CM congratulates state police officers for commendable services

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has congratulated Punita Bhardwaj, IGP, Santosh Patial, DIG, Sunil Kumar, DIG and Uma Dutt, Sub-Inspector, CID of the state police department for being selected for awarding Presidents Police Medal for Distinguished Service (PPMDS) and Police Medal for Meritorious Service (PMMS) medals on the occasion of Independence Day.

Punita Bhardwaj will be awarded PPMDS while Santosh Patial, Sunil Kumar and Uma Dutta will be honoured with PMMS on the occasion of Independence Day function in New Delhi.