SHIMLA 29 June, 2020

Himachal Flour Mill Kangra contribute Rs. two lakh towards CMRF

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was presented cheque of Rs. two lakh by owner of Himachal Flour Mill Kangra Ajay Gupta as contribution towards Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) here today.

Chief Minister thanked the contributor for their noble gesture.

Managing Director State Civil Supplies Corporation Abid Hussain Sadiq was also present on the occasion.


CM expresses grief over demise of Ran Vijay Singh Negi

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed grief over the demise of Ran Vijay Singh Negi, the father of Gaurav Bisht, Principal Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla who passed away at his native village Anubasa in Rohru subdivision on Monday after a prolonged illness. He was suffering from heart ailment and various age related problems. Cremation would be held tomorrow.

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

He is survived by wife Geeta Negi and two sons Vishal Singh and Gaurav Bisht.


State govt. lays special emphasis on afforestation in State: CM

1.20 crore saplings to be planted

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the 9th meeting of Himachal Pradesh State Board for Wildlife held here today said that a better coordination between development and conservation of eco system was the need of the hour.

Chief Minister said that being a Himalayan State forest plays a major role in maintenance of ecological balance, the State Government was laying special emphasis on afforestation in the State. He said that target has been fixed to plant about 1.20 crore saplings during the current year. He said that the forests of the State comprises of rich biodiversity and apart from providing fodder, timber and medicinal plants to the local community, the forest also were home to large variety of wild life. He emphasized the need for ecological balance for well being of the humanity.

Jai Ram Thakur said that 15 percent of the geographical area of the State falls under protected area network. He said that there were five national parks, 25 wild life sanctuaries and 3 nature conservation reserves in the State. He said that the State Government was strictly enforcing Wildlife Conservation Act in the State to protect various endangered species. He expressed happiness over the success of captive breeding of Tragopan.

Chief Minister said that endeavours would be made to develop Pong Dam reservoir as a major tourists attraction keeping in view that large number of migrated birds visit the wetland every year which makes it a bird watchers paradise. He said that the government would ensure that various developmental activities in wildlife areas causes minimum damages to eco system and wild life. He said that it was our duty to effectively conserve our environment and wildlife as they were vital for healthy eco system.

Jai Ram Thakur appreciated the activities being undertaken by the forest department even during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that various issues regarding diversion of 2.80 hectares forest land in Shikari Devi Wildlife Sanctuary for upgradation of existing Thunag Panjut-Lambasafar Chilamgrd – Shikari Mata road would be taken with the appropriate authority. He said that this would help in facilitating the tourists visiting Shikari Mata every year besides the local populace.

Chief Minister also asked the department to take up the matter for diversion of 1.55 hectare forest land in Khokhan wildlife sanctuary for extension of existing Dohranala-Shilirajgiri (Chesta) road upto Lot Rohlagi village in Kullu district.

Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that Protected Area Network has a great potential of ecotourism. He said that Great Himalayan National Park is a world heritage site whereas Pong Dam, Renukaji and Chandetal Ramsar sites were attracting the tourists of national and international levels.

Additional Chief Secretary Forests Sanjay Gupta also addressed the gathering and said that matters approved by the State Wildlife Board will be sent to the National Wildlife Board at the earliest for seeking final approval.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forest cum Chief Wildlife Warden Dr. Savita gave detailed presentation on various issues of the Wildlife in State and also highlighted the achievements and activities being undertaken by the wildlife wing. She presented the Action Taken Report of the previous meeting before the board members. She also presented the agenda of the 9th meeting of the Board which include upgradation and widening of the roads from Thunag to Shikari Mata and Janjhedi-Rajgarh to Shikari Mata both in Shikari Devi Wildlife Sanctuary and the proposal of the road from Dohranala Shiligiraj to Lot Rohlagi. These proposals were approval to send to the NWLB. The house was also apprised on the progress made on master plan of Shri Renuka Mini Zoo.

Additional Agenda on erecting the High Tension transmission line to the remote village of Shuga was also discussed in detail and approved to be sent to NWLB. Few suggestions related top Pong Dam wildlife sanctuary received from members Arjun Singh and Hoshiyar Singh were also discussed in the meeting.

Four publications on wild life issues viz. ‘Wetland Birds of Pong Dam’ written by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. Savita, Chief Conservator of Forests Pradeep Thakur and DFO Dadwal, ‘ Snow Leopard-Pride of Himachal Pradesh’ written by retd. APCCF P.L. Thakur and magazine on Lahaul Pangi published under Himalaya Project and Wild life and Biodiversity Protection in Himachal written DFO Wildlife Naresh Pal Singh Dhaulta were also released on the occasion.

MLAs Arjun Singh, Surender Shourie, Hoshiyar Singh and Balbir Verma, Principal Secretary Revenue Onkar Chand Sharma, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ajay Kumar, members of the Board and other senior officers of the State Government were also present in the meeting.


Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojana becoming a major source of self-employment for educated unemployed youth

Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojana (MMSY) has become an primary part of the life of the educated unemployed youth in district Hamirpur. Keeping in view the multiple benefits of the scheme, the trend of youths of the district and state has reduced and they are moving towards self-employment and self-reliance. This scheme has become a major source of livelihood for many youth in the district.

Instead of going for government jobs, the educated unemployed youth are adopting it as self-employment opportunity and giving priority to setting up industry near their home. At present, 65 industrial units have been set up in the district under the scheme. For setting up different types of units, the District Industries Center, Hamirpur has provided a loan of Rs 25.46 crore through various banks as well as a subsidy of Rs 3.59 crore.

Masiyana is a small village which is situated at the end of Kunah Khud, about six kilometers from the district headquarters of Hamirpur. The fate of Saket Chopra, a 24-year-old well-educated unemployed young man of this village has changed after taking loan under Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojana. He took a loan of Rs. 23 lakh from Himachal Pradesh Kangra Co-operative Bank in Nalty in March 2019 through District Industries Center for purchasing a JCB machine and other machinery in crasher, on which he received Rs 6.25 lakh subsidy from the department.

Saket Chopra has provided employment to two persons as machine operator and helper on this JCB machine. According to him, four thousand foot crashers are prepared in this crasher unit every day. Now, he is earning about 60 thousand rupees from this work every month. In addition, he provides monthly salary of Rs. 15 thousand and Rs. 8 thousand to machine operators and assistants respectively. Better arrangements have been made to ensure greenery and atmosphere around the unit.

Sufficient raw material is available for the machine and the unit from Kunah Khud. Scientific methods are used by the unit to remove gravel, sand etc. from the ravine so that the level of ravines does not go down. The ravine has been leased for this purpose so that there is no shortage of material for the unit.

Saket Chopra's father Vijay Chopra had set up a crasher unit Jagadamba Crasher Company on the banks of Kunah Khud at the same place in Masiyana village in 1988. While he expanded his father's legacy, he has also made it a means of self-employment. Other people have also got employment through this unit, which has become possible due to Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojana.

Saket Chopra explains that the installation of this JCB machine has doubled the work of the crasher on the unit, while saving a lot of time as well. Earlier, there was no JCB machine for the unit but after getting the facility under this scheme, the pace of preparation of creations has doubled in a short time, while income has also increased. He has plans to provide employment to many more people on this unit in the near future.

Saket Chopra switched to technical education and studied B.Tech Civil Engineering to provide continuity to the unit set up by his father. He came to know about the Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojana through District Industries Center, Hamirpur and after deeply studying the positive aspects of the scheme, decided to speed up the work of the crasher unit set up by his father. He says that this scheme has changed not only his fortune but also the picture of this unit.

On the top of this unit a dug has been made into which gatta, sand etc. is put which goes into the machine under a process and after crushing, a different size of crasher is prepared. The unit has 9 tractors fitted to carry material. The entire unit employs 30 to 35 people.

According to G. L. Negi, acting general manager of District Industries Center Hamirpur, so far 65 different industrial units of different types have been set up under the scheme. For the establishment of these industrial units, the department has provided a loan of Rs 25.46 crore through various banks to educated unemployed young beneficiaries, as well as a subsidy of Rs 3.59 crore on it.

It is noteworthy that under this scheme, 25 percent subsidy is being given to male beneficiaries and 30 percent to female beneficiaries for providing continuity to educated unemployed youth by establishing industrial units and adopting it as self-employment


Chief Minister lays foundation stones worth Rs 70 crore in Pangi area

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur online laid foundation stones of developmental projects worth Rs. 70 crore in Pangi area of Chamba district from Shimla today through video conferencing .

The foundation stones laid by the Chief Minister from Shimla includes upgradation of 17.300 kms. Dhawars-Sural-Bhatori Road under PMGSY to be completed by spending an amount of Rs. 12.35 crore, foundation stone of 24 kms. Sach Khas to Towan road to be completed with an expenditure of Rs. 16.02 crore, foundation stone of link road from Saichu to village Chasak to be completed by incurring an amount of Rs 2.25 crore.

Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of additional accommodation to Government Senior Secondary School, Killar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.21 crore, laid foundation of additional accommodation Karyuni by spending Rs. 99 lakh, laid foundation stone of Revenue Bhawan, Killar to be completed by incurring an amount of Rs 2.77 crore, foundation stone of new building of Civil Hospital Killar to be completed with an outlay of Rs 18.89 crore and of doctors’ residences at Killar to be completed with an amount of Rs 4.61 crore.

Chief Minister said that these developmental projects would prove a boon to the people of Pangi area. He said that he wished to personally visit the area to lay foundation stones of these projects and also take stock of developmental works.

Jai Ram Thakur said that during his last visit to Pangi area, he has inaugurated the College building at Pangi. He said that he had then also announced opening of a separate Government Senior Secondary School for Girls at Killar, upgradation of Government High School Sural to Government Senior Secondary School and opening of Veterinary Dispensary at Udaan Matori.

Chief Minister said that all the genuine demands of the people of the area would be considered sympathetically. He said that adequate funds would be made available for time bound completion of the projects. He directed the officers to expedite work of various projects keeping in view the limited working season.

Agriculture and Tribal Development Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda thanked Chief Minister for envisaging keen interest in development of the tribal areas of the State. He said that it was due to the efforts of the State Government that construction work of Rohtang tunnel was nearing completion and would go a long way in providing all weather connectivity to the landlocked tribal area of Lahaul and Spiti. He said that communication system has been improved in the tribal areas.

MLA Bharmour Jai Lal Kapoor, while thanking the Chief Minister for laying foundation stones of developmental works worth crores of rupees, said that although due to the Corona pandemic Chief Minister could not come personally to the area, but he has ensured that the pace of development does not get delayed due to this pandemic.


CM presides over meeting of Saksham Gudiya Board

The State Government is committed for empowerment of women as they are the integral part of our society and one cannot even imagine welfare of society without their active participation. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over a meeting of Saksham Gudiya Board here today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the main objective and mandate of the Board was to review the implementation of various schemes, policies and programmes of the Government for protection, safety and empowerment of girls and to make recommendation such as acts, rules, policies and schemes related to womenfolk. He said that all the Departments, Boards and Corporations should be requested to provide information regarding schemes launched by them for the betterment of womenfolk so that they could be publicized and women could be motivated to derive benefits of the schemes being launched for their welfare.

Chief Minister said that access to information regarding Gudia Helpline-1515 should also be shared with the Saksham Gudiya Board by the Police Department. He said that the Board was constituted with an objective of ensuring empowerment of girl child and check crime against them. He directed that Non Official Members of the Board should be nominated at the earliest for its better functioning. He said that NGO and social women must be associated with the Board.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal gave valuable suggestions for strengthening the Saksham Gudiya Board so that it can deliver the services more effectively.

Vice Chairperson, Saksham Gudiya Board Roopa Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Nisha Singh, Principal Secretary Finance Prabodh Saxena, Secretary, GAD Devesh Kumar, Director Women and Child Welfare Kritika Kulhari, Special Secretary to Chief Minister D.C. Rana and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.