SHIMLA-15 July, 2019-While addressing Him Kaushal Utsav organized by the Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam here today on the occasion of World Youth Skill Day, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the endeavour of the state government was to ensure Skill upgradation of the youth of the state, so that they become ‘Job Providers’ instead of ‘Job Seekers’.

Chief Minister said that rising unemployment among youth was one of the major problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike. He said that it calls for an integrated approach to development which recognises that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the role of technical and vocational education and training was vital in tackling this problem. He said that greater stress has to be laid on technical and vocational skills development, specifically regarding to provide affordable quality technical and vocational education and training. This can equip youth with the skills required to access the world of work, including skills for self-employment opportunities, he added.

Chief Minister said that ‘Skilled India’ was the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he has envisioned a ‘Developed India’ with ‘Skilled India’. He said that it was under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that an independent Kaushal Vikas and Entrepreneurship Ministry was established in 2014. This has ensured that more and more programmes for Skill upgradation were being implemented in the state, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that with the changing world, the concept of education has also increased. He said that education today means Skilling youth to empower them to lead a better life, both economically as well as socially. He said that youth should not go after white-collar jobs in government sector, as there were vast opportunities available in private sector.

He said that the state government was planning a Global Investors Meet during on 7th and 8th of November this year. He said that several big industrial houses have shown interest to invest in the state. He said that this would ensure vast employment opportunities to the youth of the state. He said that in our country only 5 per cent of the working population was formally trained as compared to 75 per cent in Germany, 80 per cent in Japan and 96 per cent in South Korea. He said that thus we require to skill our youth to meet the demands of industries.

Chief Minister said that since about 90 percent of the population of the state live in rural areas, therefore greater stress needed to be laid on Skill upgradation of the youth.

Jai Ram Thakur also launched a Mobile based App to facilitate the youth of the state. He also released a mobilization booklet on the occasion. He felicitated the skilling partners and students on the occasion.

Chief Minister also visited the stalls exhibiting products prepared by various agencies and envisaged keen interest in the products displayed.

Industries and Technical Education Minister Bikram Singh said that the youth of the state were known for their hard work and sincere nature, thus industries were keen to employ them in their units. He said that the state government was committed to make youth of the state fully skilled so that they get adequate opportunities of employment and self employment. He also thanked the Chief Minister for launching several new schemes for skilling the youth.

State Coordinator HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam Naveen Sharma said that the state government under the able leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has ensured empowerment of youth by providing them ample employment and self employment opportunities.

Additional Chief Secretary Industries Manoj Kumar welcomed the Chief Minister and detailed various activities initiated by the state government for skilling the youth of the state. He said that in order to ensure empowerment of the youth it was vital to skill them.

Director IT and MD Kaushal Vikas Nigam Rohan Chand Thakur said that the main objective of HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam was to empower the youth through their Skill upgradation. He said that the Nigam was also ensuring that the skilled youth get placement or start his or her own self employment ventures, for which all possible assistance was being provided to them.

Social Sector Specialist ADB Fook Yen Chong, North Head Bird Group Maj. Daksh Nakra, CEO Focal Skill Development Pvt. Ltd. Praveen Bansal, Vice President HR Radisson Hotels Vijiya Dutta, HR Head Big Bazar Chandigarh Vijay Dingra and Vice President HR Microtek Pradeep Sarpal shared their experiences on the occasion. They also appreciated the efforts of the state government for skilling the youth of the state.

Flexi MoU were signed with HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam and Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology, National Institute of Electronic and Information Technology. MoUs were also signed with six other companies for imparting training to the youth of the State. About 600 students from various schools participated in the event.

Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Kusum Sedrate, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Member UGC Nagesh Thakur, Director Higher Education Dr Amarjit Sharma were present on the occasion among others.

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The state level co-ordination committee (SLCC) meeting on non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) for the state of Himachal Pradesh was held here today under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Anil Khachi. The meeting was convened by Regional Director of Reserve Bank of India for Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Rachna Dixit.

Anil Khachi emphasized on strengthening the network of the Banking Correspondence (BCs) and enhancing their services of in rural areas of the state. He said that the services of BCs should also be taken to making bank transactions through micro ATMs. He also stressed to make all efforts for making the state free from financial crimes.

He said that more workshops/trainings should be conducted in the state to make people aware about the financial crimes.

It was informed in the meeting that the RBI has so far conducted 15 awareness programmes in nine districts of the state during this year besides, five training workshops in Shimla, Kullu and Mandi districts. The SEBI also conducted 148 awareness programmes during this time.

Regional Director Rachna Dixit detailed about the supervisor actions taken by the RBI, Chandigarh against NBFCs and initiatives taken by the RBI.

Principal Secretary Law Yaswant Singh Chogal, A.D.G (CID) Ashok Tiwari, I.G (Crime and CID) Gyaneshwar Singh, General Manager RBI K.C Anand and Dr. D.P Panda and other senior officers of RBI, SEBI and various departments of the state government were present in the meeting.

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e-constituency system will help in redressing public grievances effectively: Dr. Bindal

Speaker, HP Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajeev Bindal today held a meeting with the Chief Secretary and other senior officers of the state government to make them aware about the e-constituency management and e-committee systems developed by the state Vidhan Sabha.

He said that e-constituency management system has been implemented in 18 Assembly segments of the state and office heads at the district and sub-division level have been provided user ID and passwords so that they can redress the public grievances with the help of the MLAs.

The speaker said that the MLAs would be connected with e-Vidhan mobile and web dashboard under this software to enable them to monitor the correspondence and action taken on various developmental works in their respective areas.

Dr. Bindal said that the e-committee system has been developed to make paperless correspondence between various committees of the Vidhan Sabha and government departments. The status of pending cases, previous record, reports and suggestions can be viewed online through this software.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary B.K Agarwal said that this initiative by the state Vidhan Sabha would go a long way in ensuring public welfare. It would help in maintaining better co-ordination between the public representatives and officers of the state government.

Additional Chief Secretaries Anil Khachi, Nisha Singh, Sanjay Gupta and R.D Dhiman, Principal Secretaries and head of various departments attended the meeting.

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CM stresses for rain water harvesting to increase ground water level

People of the state and the country needed to be sensitized regarding water conservation as water was the most precious natural gift which should be used judiciously. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the water awareness workshop and appreciation Awards 2019 function organized by daily newspaper Himachal Dastak, here today.

Jai Ram Thakur thanked Himachal Dastak for appreciating the efforts of the state government to tackle water crisis in Shimla town. He said that the Shimla water crisis during last year was unexpected and the state government made all-out efforts to cope with this problem and even the Prime Minister showed his concern over this crisis.

He said that it was then government that decided that it would leave no stone unturned to ensure that this crisis does not occur again. Various steps were taken and the result was that there was no crisis during this summer as Shimla town was today getting over 53 ml/d water daily as compared to 18 ml/d water during last summer, he said.

Jai Ram Thakur said that 9ml/d water was going waste daily in Shimla town due to leakage from water lines. He said that the government decided to lift water from Chaba to Gumma and adequate funds were provided for this. He said that the project was completed in a record time of 140 days and Shimla was today getting adequate water. He said that Rs. 90 crore have been provided for Giri water supply scheme. Rs. 986 crore World Bank project for water supply of Shimla town would go a long way in solving the water problem of the town for next 50 years.

Chief Minister said that everyone must come forward to ensure rain water harvesting to save rain water from going unused. He said that this would help in increasing ground water level and provide adequate drinking water to the people besides ensuring availability of water for future generations.

He also presented Appreciation Awards to the officers, employees and organisations for their commendable efforts in Water Conservation.

He conferred these awards to engineers of IPH Varinder Thakur, Dinesh, Ranjit, Manoj and Ajay Gularia for ensuing completion of Chaba to Gumma Scheme before stipulated time. He also conferred these awards to Junior Engineers and 11 key men and fitters of Shimla for working relentlessly for checking water leakage and ‘Jal Shakti Samuh’ for reporting the water leakage to Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Limited.

Chief Minister also honoured 8 Jal Sakhi Samuhs of Shimla town for doing commendable work in reporting the leakages and other wastage of water.

He honoured Mayor Kusum Sedrate, Engineer-in-Chief, IPH Navin Puri, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Amit Kashyap, MD Shimla Jal Parbandhan Nigam Ltd for their contribution in helping overcome water crisis of Shimla town.

A documentary on ‘Effective Management of Water for Shimla Town’ produced by Information and Public Relations Department in collaboration with the Shimla Jal Parbandhan Nigam Limited was also screened on the occasion.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh Thakur said that the state government has ensured that the people of the capital do not have to face water crisis this summer season which they had faced during the summer months of last year. He said that effective steps were taken to check water leakage and provide additional water to the town from other sources. He said that the union government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formed Ministry of Jal Shakti by merging of two ministries of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. He thanked the CM for providing adequate funds for water supply schemes for Shimla town as well as other parts of the state.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the Shimla town was not only a world famous tourist destination and capital of the state, but also ever expanding hill town of the country. He said that Shimla town was developed by British as their holiday station and later as summer capital of British India to save themselves from hot summers. He said that the water supply was also designed and developed by them to cater to the need of about 35000 populations. Now the population of the Shimla town has increased ten fold. He said that, therefore, it become an arduous task to ensure adequate water supply to the ever increasing population of the town and credit of ensuring adequate supply to Shimla town goes to the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Chairman Himachal Dastak Daily K.D. Shreedhar said that the duty of the newspaper was to make the masses aware regarding events around us and not just criticizing the government. It is also the duty of the media to give due space to positive and success stories, he added. He said that Himachal Dastak was striving to highlight some positive and commendable initiatives taken by the government and organisations.

Editor Himachal Dastak Hament Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary-cum Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, former Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Sanjay Chauhan, representatives from tourism industry of Shimla town were present on the occasion among others.