Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today dedicated the newly renovated premises of the Himachal Pradesh State Co-operative Bank at Sunni in Shimla district. He also inaugurated new branch of the State Cooperative Bank at Jalog online from Sunni branch, which is 219th branch of the bank in the State.
With the opening of the bank branch at Sunni, which is fitted with hi-tech and ultra modern facilities, the long pending demand of the people of the area has been fulfilled. The Chief Minister congratulated Chairman of the Bank Shri Harsh Mahajan for taking initiative for opening maximum branches of the bank in rural areas and making record profit.
Shri Mahajan informed that the bank has received permission from the Reserve Bank of India to open 22 new branches and two extension counters and all the branches, barring few, would be opened in far flung and rural areas of the state with ultra modern facilities.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the branch of Rural Development Bank and laid foundation stone of Nagar panchayat building at Sunni to cost Rs. 70 lakh. He also inaugurated newly constructed building of Police Station completed with an outlay of Rs. 71.63 lakh and type-IV quarters of civil hospital. He inaugurated newly constructed of Science block of Government Senior Secondary School at Sunni completed at a cost of Rs. 88 lakh and Rs 1.83 crore respectively.
Shri Virbhadra Singh distributed wheel chairs and stretchers at Civil Hospital and track suits donated by State Bank of India to all children of Bal Ashram, Sunni. He dedicated two coolers and two water purifiers donated by SBI to Government Senior Secondary School, Sunni.
While addressing on the occasion, the Chief Minister announced for upgradation and refurbishment of the school stadium of GSSS Sunni and directed the co-operative bank to install water cooler in Bal Ashram.
The Chief Minister said that being MLA from the area, his responsibility for the development and welfare of the people increases evermore. He also listed the development taken place in Shimla rural assembly segment during last four years.
He also listened to the public grievances and directed the concerned authorities for their early disposal.
Later, he inspected the Bal Ashram and directed for necessary repair works and bringing further improvements in the Ashram. He announced to construct a 50 bedded hostel for the children of the Ashram.
Chairperson, Zila Parishad Dharmila Harnot, Chairman, APMC Mahendar Staan, Chairman, ITI Dharampal Khand, BCC President, Shimla Rural Chandershekhar Sharma, Secretaries, HPCC Kusum Verma and Pradeep Verma, DC Rohan Thakur were also present on the occasion amongst senior officers of the district.
Special secretaries of HAS cadre to get attached vehicle
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh announced enhancement of special pay to Rs. 3000 of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Officers and an attached vehicle to the special secretaries of the HAS cadre. He was presiding over the annual convention of HAS officers on Saturday evening in Shimla.
The Chief Minister said he had been working in close association with HAS officers and feel that they have stood the test of time. He exhorted the officers to deliver services in effective and efficient manner.
“In the field you are the face of the government, so, I expect all of you to work in such a way that the image of the government always remains the best”, he said.
He said that State Government had always tried to provide best of the service conditions and congenial working environment and taken several steps to redress the grievances of the officers.
The Chief Minister also assured to look into other demands of the HAS officers sympathetically.
Earlier, President of the Association Shri Manmohan Sharma welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion along with other dignitaries.
General Secretary Shri Ram Kumar Gautam also placed several demands of the Associations.
Chairman, State Co-operative Bank Shri Harsh Mahajan, Chief Secretary Shri VC. Pharka, Additional Chief Secretary Shri Tarun Shridhar were also present on the occasion amongst other officers of the association.
The State government will consider to provide reservation to the differently-abled children in the government as well as in private sector as per their abilities, stated Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the State level World Disability Day here today.
He said that it was the responsibility of the government to ensure better future to specially abled children. However, the society and Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) should also come forward to extend helping hand and ensure their rehabilitation, recreation, social security besides tertiary and technical education and skill development so that they might be able to create opportunity of self- employment for them.
He assured that the State government would fully support the NGO’s working dedicatedly in service of such persons and ensure their well being and education and make them capable of being self employable.
The Chief Minister said that more institutions and schools for specially abled children would be opened in the State and the government would ensure that trained teachers be posted in such schools.
“I want that persons with disability may enjoy equal opportunities for growth and development and access the facilities to lead productive, safe and dignified life”, said Shri Virbhadra Singh.
He said that none of the specially abled children should be bereft of education and training.
The Chief Minister honoured the children who took part in various cultural activities and appreciated the hoteliers for providing employment to specially abled children. He also lauded the efforts of Rotary Club, the State Red Cross Society and the NGO’s who have come forward to extend helping hand to such children.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil detailed about the welfare schemes being implemented for children with disabilities. He said that at present 26076 persons in state were visually impaired, 34978 deaf and dumb, 32550 persons not able to walk properly, 8986 mentally retarded and 52726 suffering with other disabilities. He said that those having disability upto 40 percent or more than this were being issued disability certificates by the department so that they could utilize the facilities being provided by the government.
Earlier Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Smt. Anuradha Thakur said that the department was providing free of cost vocational training in selected ITI’s to the physically disabled persons. She said that all the temple trusts under control of the government had been asked to identify and recruit atleast 3 per cent of such people. As many as 48 special boys and girls had being recruited in hospitality sector in various hotels in Shimla and Kullu districts and in next phase visually impaired, orthopedically and mentally retarded persons would be placed in jobs suitable to them.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Nand Lal, Chairperson Commission for Protection of Child Rights Smt. Kiran Dhanta, General Secretary Child Welfare Board Smt. Raj Kumari Soni, Vice President HPCC Shri Kehar Singh Khachi, Director Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Sandeep Bhatnagar were also present on the occasion amongst others.
A deputation of Forensic officers calling on Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh at Shimla on 2 Dec 2016.
Announces one crore for Muscular Dystrophy Centre at Solan
Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has emerged as a major centre of research and innovative techniques in both agriculture and horticulture sectors and was contributing in added income of the farmers by introducing new technology. However, there should be a critical evaluation of research and extension activities and priority should be given to identify gaps in research and development, said Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh while presiding over 32nd foundation day of the University.
He said that it was necessary to learn new techniques in research and extension from other countries as America, Sweden, New-zealand and few countries of Europe, which were known for its agro-economy. A plan was required for practising the renewal techniques of the orchards and the replacement of new plants with the old ones, he said adding that the scientists should after achieving training in renewal technique disseminate the technology to farmers so that the productivity of fruits and vegetables could be enhanced.
The marketing concept needed to be digital, said the Chief Minister adding that all the marketing yards would be made online in the State at the earliest and the government would also promote opening of cold stores both in public-private sectors. He said that Government of India had also selected few sites in the State for setting up cold stores for fruits and vegetables.
The Chief Minister said that the farmers can learn new techniques from online concept, the latest rates of the market and the right time to sell their produce. He said that more practical demonstrations and more seminars were required to be conducted where deliberations and research could be discussed with the farmers and new technology introduced and taken to the farms.
He said that the government was considering to increase the water intake capacity for the University and the Irrigation and Public Health department would be directed to take necessary measures for lifting water to facilitate the university and so as to overcome the problem.
He said that this was the first of its type university dealing both in horticulture and forestry and every possible assistance would be provided to the it.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said earlier annually 85000 tress were marked for packaging of apples in State and was the time when he imposed complete ban on felling trees. Though this was a difficult measure, but the corrugated boxes for packing at last were accepted by the people. He said the decision for ban on axing trees was opposed by many like saw mills, which were set up in jungles were also ordered to be removed from there to protect axing of around one lakh trees annually. Though along with the passage of time, and support from few people, government was able to save the forests and today green cover had increased in the State.
The solar fencing as designed by the university for keeping wild animals and monkeys away from farms was highly appreciable, he said, adding that for the very reason, the efforts in this direction would go a long way in protecting the fruits and crops from wild animals and monkeys.
He said that one can kill the monkeys at places where they were declared vermin. The government in the budget had announced for solar or electric fencing of the fields where the concentration of wild animals and monkeys was high. However, the current effect would be not too much, but reasonable enough to scare the wild animals. He also expressed his concern over vanishing of House sparrows (Gorraiya) and said that they could only be seen in few places as the Rays from mobile towers was responsible for it. We should protect the animals, but if some wild animal or monkeys poses problems of sorts or destroy the fields, it becomes the duty of the government as well as the people to find out ways to get rid of them.
We ourselves were responsible for migration of animals from jungles towards town and cities, he said adding that more temperate fruit trees should be planted in jungles so that the animals could find a safe home to stay and food for themselves.
He said over the years, horticulture had become one of the potential enterprises in accelerating the growth of farming sector and the role of Horticulture and Forestry on food and nutritional security, poverty alleviation, employment generation and conservation of the environment was becoming increasingly important by the day. However, we need a perfect marketing strategy, a well planned strategy to market the produce, he said.
The Chief Minister said that with the changing scenario in agriculture and horticulture sectors the demand for organic products had increased. We should encourage the farmers to adopt organic farming on large scale, he said.
He also released an e-magazine and calendar and honoured the scientists and the progressive farmers on the occasion.
He also dedicated Rs 1.71 crore parking and a terrace garden and Rs. 2.40 crore hostel building for girls in the University campus. The Chief Minister also inaugurated an exhibition set up on the occasion and offered floral tributes to late Dr. YS. Parmar.
Irrigation and Public Health Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes appreciated the untiring efforts of the University in research and extension activities but till a lot was required to be done to increase the productivity as compared to Europe and America.
Forest Minister, Shri Thakur Singh Bharmauri exhorted for finding solution to Lantana, the obnoxious weed in different parts of the State and said that seventy percent of reservation had been done by the government for students of Himachal to seek admission in this University. He also urged for making Himachal Green and Clean.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil thanked the Chief Minister for a sum of rupees one crore for muscular dystrophy centre, Solan.
Vice Chancellor of the University Dr. H.C. Sharma briefed about the activities and the research work and the extension activities undertaken by the university.
Earlier, he dedicated an ambulance donated by State Bank of India to Indian Association of Muscular Dystrophy (IAMD) to its Centre at Solan where Chairperson of IAMD, Ms. Sanjana Goel and Member of the Association Smt. Uma Baldi along with other members welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries. DGM, SBI, Shri PK. Mishra handed over the keys of the vehicle to Ms. Sanjana Goel.
The Chief Minister also gave his message on the occasion and announced a grant of rupees one crore for the centre and all possible help to the centre.
The Ministers remembered the first Chief Minister late Dr. YS. Parmar and said that the University was a dream project and farsightedness of Dr. Parmar for well being of farmers and horticulturalists. They also urged for enhancement of grant to university.
District President, Congress Committee, Shri Rahul Thakur, Member, State Pollution Control Board, Shri Arvind Gupta, Member BoD, HPTDC Shri Surinder Sethi, Chairman APMC, Solan, Shri Ramesh Thakur, Former Vice-Chancellors, Shri Vijay Thakur and Shri Tej Pratap Singh were also present on the occasion amongst others.
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