Allocates Rs. 60 crore for procurement of essential machinery: CM
Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu flagged off 15 Tippers of Public Works Department from Chaura Maidan Shimla today. One tipper will be provided to B&R Division Shimla, one to Bhabhanagar, two each to Rampur, Kalpa, Rohru, Jubbal and Kotkhai Divisions and three to Nirmand division.
During an interaction with media, the Chief Minister said that Rs. 60 crore has been allocated to the Public Works Department for the procurement of essential machineries such as tippers, JCBs, and Poclain etc. He said that this initiative of the Government would go a long way in enhancing the efficiency in the State besides meeting the shortage of machinery. To bolster the capabilities of the department, recently 82 tippers have already been procured, with plans to purchase 107 JCBs, he added. The State Government was phasing out vehicles with over 15 years of service, demonstrating the commitment to modernizing infrastructure and improving disaster response, especially during snowfall and other emergencies, remarked the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister said that the state government was accelerating development projects being executed through the PWD reiterating that the government has streamlined the tender process by reducing it from 51 to 30 days. This is part of the 'Vyavastha Parivartan' initiative in the PWD to expedite projects and ensure maximum benefits for the people, said Sh. Sukhu. Besides, the priority was accorded for using innovative techniques for construction of quality roads in the State, he said.
Public Works Minister Vikramaditya Singh, Chief Engineer PWD Surender Pal Jagota, Deputy Commissioner Anupam Kashyap and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
Demanded the legitimate share of the state in BBMB
The small States should not be suppressed and ignored but they should be provided with their legitimate rights said Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu in a program titled 'Manch', hosted by a private news channel here today.
He said that despite the Supreme Court's decision, Himachal was being deprived of its share in Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) which was pending since last many years even after the State has urged the Governments of Punjab and Haryana to release the same. He said that request was also made to fund the power component in Kishau Hydroelectric Project on the basis of 90:10 ratio between the union and the state government or to provide interest free loan facility for 50 years in all the power components.
He said that the present state government was organizing Revenue Lok Adalats across the state to dispose of the pending revenue cases on priority basis, which is yielding positive results. Along with this, 'Sarkar Gaon Ke Dwar' program has been started, to resolve the grievances of the people at their door step.
The previous BJP government pushed Himachal Pradesh into the quagmire of debt but the state government during its 14-month regime, has initiated various measures to improve the economy. As the budget reflects the face of the government, we are committed towards the welfare of every section of the society together making several provisions in the budget to encourage the green industry in the state. The state government is promoting e-vehicles with a subsidy component to support self employment to the local youth. Six green corridors are being built in Himachal Pradesh and provisions were also being made for setting up e-charging stations to facilitate the commuters.
The Chief Minister also counted the other innovative schemes being implemented as Rajiv Gandhi Self-Employment Start Up Scheme worth Rs 680 crore, the Sukh Ashray Scheme along with its benefits and the other achievements of the government.
The State Government has increased the compensation manifold in its special relief package by changing the norms during the worst natural calamity that wreaked havoc during the last monsoons to give relief to the disaster affected from its limited resources. He also raised the issue of special package to the state which was given a deaf ear by the union government.
Miss Earth India 2022, Vanshika Parmar, a native of Dhaneta of Nadaun Sub Division in Hamirpur, called on Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu here today. She was crowned Miss Earth India at the age 19 at an event organised in The Philippines in November, 2022.
The Chief Minister said that Vanshika was a source of inspiration for other girls and said that Himachali girls were excelling in various fields at the International level becoming idols for others. The Chief Minister asked her to work for women empowerment and collaborate with the State Government for the welfare of single girl child.
Vanshika also remained the tourism ambassador of Ghana for the year of 2023 and has worked for the state of Philippines to promote eco tourism. Father of Vanshika Parmar, Group Captain Susheel Kumar Parmar and mother Ritu Parmar also accompanied her.
Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has directed to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Special Secretary (Health) to look into the grievances and demands of the medical officers of the State. The Committee will be comprised of Director Health and Family Welfare, Director, Medical Education and representatives of Medical Officers Association. He said that this committee would also study the various aspects of promotions of the doctors and recommend guidelines for the betterment of medical officers.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government was considering all their genuine demands sympathetically, but the financial condition of the State is precarious. Due to the efforts of the State Government, the economy of the State is coming back on the track gradually. My Government will surely provide the financial benefits of the government employees in due course, he assured. The Chief Minister urged the doctors to cooperate with the State Government and assist in improving the economy of the State.
Chief Minister said that we are focusing to strengthen the health infrastructure in the State to provide specialized health services to the people at their door steps. The Government is setting up Adarsh Swasthya Sansthans in all 68 Assembly constituencies of the State, with six specialist doctors in each. We have deputed specialists in 50 such institutions as of today. To meet out the shortage of doctors and para medical staff in health institutions, the State Government is recruiting new medical officers and supporting staff. Furthermore, plans are underway to improve working conditions in health institutions and introduce fixed 8 hours shift for medical personnel.
He said that overseas exposure visits would also be conducted for the doctors on the latest techniques and skills in health care sector. He directed the Health Department to digitize the data of medical officers to streamline their functioning.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. (Col) Dhani Ram Shandil, Secretary Health M. Sudha Devi, Special Secretaries, Health Neeraj Kumar and Dr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Director Health Services Dr. Gopal Berry and representatives of Medical Officers Association were also present in the meeting.
New schemes for farmers in the upcoming budget to increase their income
Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, in the first of its kind interaction meet, with the milk producers of the state at Hotel Peterhoff in Shimla said that the government was encouraging agriculture as an industry to make the farmers self-reliant. Since agriculture and milk production plays a pivotal role in promoting rural economy, the state government is coming up with innovative schemes in the upcoming budget to increase the income of farmers which were likely to yield positive results in the next two years, said the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister said that there is a direct relationship between agriculture and milk production it becomes necessary to go for natural and organic farming in a big way, thereby linking the traditional farming techniques with modern technologies. "We intend to bring revolutionary change in agriculture sector with special focus on promoting animal husbandry" he said adding that an increase of six rupees in milk purchase price is an indication of our future course of action to strengthen the diary sector for assuring fixed income to the farmers. He said that the fundamental changes were being made in the policies and rules to ensure that money goes directly to the farmers. The government will also consider giving tax concession to the milk producers, he assured.
He said that the milk quality in Himalayan region was far better and efforts were afoot for its marketing which will add to the income of farmers and making agriculture as an employment oriented industry besides taking measures to prevent them from exploitation while selling their produce in the open market. These efforts will help in strengthening the rural economy, he said. To strengthen the milk-based economy of the state, 'Him Ganga Yojana' has been started with a budget provision of Rs 500 crore.
To cost Rs 226 crore, the milk processing plant with a capacity of 1 lakh 50 thousand liters per day will be established at Dhagwar in Kangra district, which can be enhanced upto 3 lakh liters per day. The process of land transfer for setting up the plant has been completed. The unutilized land of the farmers will be used for setting up solar plants to strengthen the rural economy under the second phase of Rajiv Gandhi Self-Employment Startup Scheme, he said.
The Chief Minister also held extensive discussions with the farmers in an open dialogue session and assured to incorporate the suggestions received from the farmers and other stakeholders in its policy document.
The Chief Minister also visited the exhibition set up by MILKFED and interacted with the farmers.
Secretary Animal Husbandry, Rakesh Kanwar welcomed the Chief Minister and detailed about the initiatives being taken to bolster diary sector.
Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister (Media) Naresh Chauhan, Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister Ram Subhag Singh, former Chairman MILKFED Chet Ram Thakur, Director IPR, Rajeev Kumar, Director Animal Husbandry Dr. Pradeep Sharma and other dignitaries were also present.
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