Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur attended the Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog at New Delhi today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the meeting. Detailed discussions were held on achieving self sufficiency in agricultural production and crop diversification, implementation of national education policy and urban bodies administration.
Chief Minister said that the state government is implementing Rs. 1010 crore Himachal Pradesh Crop Diversification Scheme in all the districts and added that budget provision has been made for promoting mushroom farming especially Shitake and Dhingree varieties. He further said that 31,584 orchardists of the state were covered under state sponsored schemes whereas 4.15 lakh orchardists were benefitted under centrally sponsored schemes during the last four and half years. He informed that that in order to double the income of farmers, 3590 gram panchayats have been covered under "Prakritik Kheti Khushal Kisan Yojna" and added that farmers had saved about 9.75 crores by switching over to natural manure instead of chemical fertilizers. He said that 10 points of sale were set up across the state besides Delhi and Chandigarh for selling natural farming produce. He added that efforts were afoot to increase production of pulses, oilseeds and other agriculture produce to achieve self-sufficiency with the help of advanced technology.
Jai Ram Thakur urged the Prime Minister to allocate 5 TV channels to Himachal Pradesh out of total 200 channels under recently announced Swayam Prabha which will telecast high quality educational programmes. He apprised that the gross enrollment ratio of primary, middle and high schools in the state is hundred percent whereas it is 85.6 percent in case of senior secondary schools. He further added that the ratio goes upto 98.8 percent if technical institutions are added to the senior secondary level. He said that girl children of the state were being provided education and free residential facility besides skill education in 14 Kasturba Gandhi Girls Schools. He said that the education database is being digitized in the state and capacity building of teachers is being done for preparing high quality study material in digital mode.
Chief Minister said that students in the state have easy access to higher education institutions and infrastructure has been strengthened. Sardar Patel University in district Mandi has been made functional from April, 2022. He said that the average of State’s gross enrollment ratio in higher education is 40.8 percent against the national average of 27.1 percent. He said that the amount of scholarships under various categories and merit scholarships of girls and boys has also been increased. He further apprised that the state government has launched Medha Protsahan Yojna for meritorious students aspiring for competitive services besides Swaran Jayanti Super-100 Yojna. State government is also considering to start Mukhya Mantri Shodh Parotsahan Yojna from the current academic session in universities to facilitate research scholars. He said that efforts were being made to impart employment oriented education and placement cells have been set up. He further informed that Drone policy has been framed by the government and students were being imparted Drone training to enable the application of modern technology in the state.
Chief Minister said that the state government is committed to strengthening the administration of urban bodies by filling necessary posts and improving efficiency in delivering speedy and effective services to the people with the help of the latest technology. He said that GIS Mapping will be used for assessing and collection of property tax and added that single member municipal committee services regulatory committee will be constituted to settle user fees and setting benchmarks for other MC services.
Chief Secretary R. D. Dhiman accompanied the Chief Minister.
Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar called on President of India Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan,New Delhi today.
It was a courtesy call.
CM presides over Pragtisheel Himachal: Sathapna Ke 75 Varsh’ program at Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Ghumarwin in Ghumarwin Vidhan Sabha area of Bilaspur district on the occasion of ‘Pragtisheel Himachal: Sathapna Ke 75 Varsh’ function to commemorate 75 years of existence of Himachal Pradesh, said that Himachal Pradesh being a small and hilly State has emerged as a role model for even several big States.
Chief Minister said that on the one hand the Nation was celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Himachal Pradesh on the other hand was also celebrating 75 years of its existence. He said that these 75 years have been witness to an eventful developmental journey of the State. He said that every citizen of this State has made his contribution in this developmental voyage of the State. The contribution of every Chief Minister of the State has also remained immense in making this State one of the most developed States of the country, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the literacy rate at the formation of the State was 4.8 percent whereas today the literacy rate of the State has crossed the mark of 83 percent. He said that schemes such as HIMCARE, Sahara Yojna, Grihini Suvidha Yojna, Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojna, Shagun Yojna etc. have provided a helping hand to every household in need. He said that social security pension has been enhanced considerably and the age limit for availing old age pension without income criteria has been lowered first from 80 years to 70 years and now further reduced to 60 years. He said that an amount of Rs 1300 crore was being spent on providing social security pension to the needy. Still the Congress leaders were baselessly accusing the State Government for ignoring the weaker sections, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has laid special emphasis on women empowerment and their upliftment. He said that the State Government was providing 50 percent concession to women on fare in HRTC buses from the month of July this year and free power upto 125 units per month to domestic electric consumers. He said that the State Government was also providing free water in rural areas of the State. He said that this was not going well with the Congress leaders and they were accusing the State Government for making the people of the State habitual of freebies. He urged the people of the State to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that the double engine Governments at the Centre and the State goes on uninterruptedly.
Referring to the development of Bilaspur district, the Chief Minister said that the district has made immense contributions in the development of the State, be it by providing its fertile land for construction of Bhakra Project and serving the Nation at the time of war. He said that Param Vir Chakra winner Sanjay Kumar hails from this district. He said that the National BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda also belongs to Bilaspur district.
Referring to the contribution of National BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Chief Minister said that it was due to the vision of the National BJP President that the State today has one AIIMS, Medical Colleges at Mandi, Bilaspur, Chamba, Sirmour and Hamirpur. He said that the present State Government despite the corona pandemic ensured that the pace of development goes at a steady pace. He said that adequate support provided by the Centre and the strong political will of the State Government proved a golden era in the development history of the State. He said that enhancement of Rs 50 on daily wages of the daily wagers was a record in itself. Honorarium of ASHA workers, Anganwari workers and other para workers was enhanced considerably by the present State Government, he added.
A theme song on 75 years of existence of Himachal Pradesh and a documentary highlighting 75 years of glorious history of Himachal Pradesh produced by the Information and Public Relations Department were also screened on the occasion.
Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Rajinder Garg, while welcoming the Chief Minister in his home constituency, said that the State in general and Bilaspur district in particular has made tremendous progress under the able leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He said that Ghumarwin Vidhan Sabha area has witnessed spectacular progress in all spheres of development during the tenure of the present State Government. He said that achievements of the State in the field of education, providing drinking water, health, horticulture and allied sectors have been appreciated by one and all. He also detailed a few developmental projects being implemented in his constituency during the last over four and a half years.
MLA Jhandutta Jeet Ram Katwal, MLA Sadar Subhash Thakur, Vice Chairman State Disaster Management Authority Randhir Sharma, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal, State Coordinator Kaushal Vikas Nigam Naveen Sharma, Chairperson Zila Parishad Muskan, District BJP President Swatantra Sankhyan, Chairman HP Board of School Education Suresh Soni, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Pankaj Rai were present on the occasion among others.
CM presides over Pragtisheel Himachal: Sathapna Ke 75 Varsh program at Jhandutta in Bilaspur
The State during the last 75 years has not only grown by size in terms of area and population, but has also achieved quite a few distinctions in different fields. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Jhandutta in Bilaspur district on the occasion of ‘Pragtisheel Himachal: Sathapna Ke 75 Varsh’ celebrations to commemorate 75 years of existence of Himachal Pradesh.
The Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh besides being a small and hilly State has emerged as a role model for even several big States. He said that since its inception in 1948, Himachal Pradesh created new milestones in almost every sphere of development. He said that credit for this goes to the dedication and hard work of people of this State working in different fields.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State, once a picture of poverty and hardships, has today emerged as one of the most progressive States of the country. He said that former Prime Minister late Atal Behari Vajpayee started Rs 60,000 crore PMGSY, which proved a boon to ensure rural connectivity to almost every village in the State. He said that although the State has made tremendous progress in all spheres, but a lot more could have to be done. He said that it was unfortunate that a few leaders gave more importance to getting power instead of development of the State.
Referring to the contribution of National BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda for the State, the Chief Minister said that it was due to the vision of the National BJP President that State today has one AIIMS, Medical Colleges at Mandi, Bilaspur, Chamba, Sirmour and Hamirpur. He said that the present State Government despite the corona pandemic ensured that the pace of development goes at a steady pace. He said that adequate support provided by the Centre and the strong political will of the State Government proved a golden era in the development history of the State. He said that enhancement of Rs 50 on daily wages of the daily wagers was a record in itself. Honorarium of ASHA workers, Anganwari workers and other para workers was enhanced considerably by the present State Government, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has special love and affection towards the State and its people. He said that during the last four and a half years, the Prime Minister has visited the State seven times. He said that these visits of the Prime Minister were not going well with the Congress leaders and they were fearing that these visits of the Prime Minister would drown their dreams of coming to power in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.
The Chief Minister said that schemes such as HIMCARE, Sahara Yojna, Shagun Yojna, Grihini Suvidha Yojna, Mukhya Mantri Swabalamban Yojna have provided much needed relief to lakhs of people of the State. He said that now the opposition leaders were saying that they would discontinue these schemes once they come to power.
The Chief Minister also flagged off a fire tender vehicle for Jhandutta constituency on this occasion.
MLA Jhandutta Jeet Ram Katwal, while welcoming the Chief Minister in his constituency, said that the State as well as Bilaspur district has made tremendous progress during these 75 years. He said that the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has ensured that Himachal Pradesh forges ahead on the path of progress and prosperity. He also detailed a few developmental projects being implemented in his constituency during the last four and a half years. He said that the benevolence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda and Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur also ensured that the State in general and Jhandutta Vidhan Sabha area and Bilaspur district in particular forges ahead on the path of progress and prosperity.
MLA Sadar Subhash Thakur, District BJP President Swatantra Sankhyan, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal, State Coordinator Kaushal Vikas Nigam Naveen Sharma, Chairperson Zila Parishad Muskan, Chairman HP Board of School Education Suresh Soni, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Pankaj Rai were present on the occasion among others.
CM presides over ‘Pragtisheel Himachal: Sathapna Ke 75 Varsh’ function at Ridge in Shimla
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the people on the occasion of ‘Pragtisheel Himachal : Sathapna Ke 75 Varsh’ (Progressive Himachal:75 Years of Formation) celebrations to commemorate 75 years of existence of Himachal Pradesh at the Ridge here today said that Himachal Pradesh had made rapid progress during these years.
Chief Minister said that the State of Himachal Pradesh was formed after merger of 30 odd princely hilly States on 15th April, 1948 and since then the State has created new milestones in every spheres of development. He said that the glorious and eventful developmental journey of the State saw many ups and downs, but the hardworking and honest people ensured that the State forges ahead on the path of progress and prosperity. He said that to sensitize the people of the State about this eventful journey, the State Government has decided to hold 75 events in all the 68 constituencies of the State.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State over these years has grown both in size and stature and credit of this goes to the hardworking people and able leadership provided by the successive governments. He said that there were only 228 kms roads in the State whereas today the State has a road length of over 39,500 kms. Similarly, there were only 301 educational and 88 health institutions in the State, whereas today the State has 16,124 educational and 4320 Health institutions, he added.
Chief Minister said that founder and first Chief Minister of State Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar, whose birth anniversary falls today, laid a sound foundation for further development of the State. He said that Dr. Parmar laid special thrust on construction of roads and former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee started Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to ensure road connectivity in the rural areas. He said that about 50 per cent of the roads constructed in the State have been constructed under the PMGSY. He said that the State has emerged as the first State in the country in effective implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission. He said that the State today has a few best National level institutions such as AIIMS, IIM, IIT, Central University, PGI Satellite Centre etc.
Jai Ram Thakur said that double engine Governments at the Centre and the State were vital for ensuring that the pace of development goes uninterrupted. He said that the special benevolence and love the Prime Minister shares with the people of the State, has ensured that the pace of development does not get affected for want of funds. He said that the Centre provided special assistance of Rs 800 crore to the State besides restoring 90:10 ratio for funding of various Central projects. He urged the people to strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister to keep the pace of development goes uninterrupted.
Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the State has made unparalleled progress in different spheres during these 75 years. He said that the progress made by the State in the field of education, health and horticulture has made Himachal Pradesh a role model for developed States of the country. He said that from a few electrified houses in 1948, today Himachal Pradesh is a power surplus State, with cent per cent electrification.
A theme song on 75 years of existence of Himachal Pradesh and a documentary based on 75 years of glorious history of Himachal Pradesh produced by the Information and Public Relations Department were also screened on the occasion.
Chairman HIMFED Ganesh Dutt, Vice Chairman Handicraft and Handloom Corporation Sanjeev Katwal, Chairman Kailash Federation Ravi Mehta, Chairman APMC Naresh Sharma, Chairperson Saksham Gudiya Board Roopa Sharma, Shimla Mandal BJP President Rajesh Sharda, Principal Secretaries Bharat Khera and Subhasish Panda, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Aditya Negi, Superintendent of Police Dr. Monika, Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon were present on the occasion among others.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal flagged off the Jeevandhara-Shravan vehicle from the HP Secretariat complex today. This vehicle will ensure early detection and screening of hearing problems of people across the State.
Health Minister said that this vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art equipments like audio meter, oto acoustic emission etc. Two technicians, a data entry operator and a driver have also been made available in this vehicle.
He said that this vehicle would be sent to various health blocks and hospitals of the state where patients suffering from hearing problems would be examined and referred to suitable institutions for hearing aid operation and treatment through the equipment installed in this vehicle. He said that various hi-tech equipments setup in this vehicle would also help in implantation of hearing machine in the elderly and installation of cochlear implants in children.
The Health and Family Welfare Minister said that under Mukhya Mantri Nirog Yojana, there is a provision for annual examination of ears of all people above 18 years of age. He said that the State Government is committed to provide better health services to the people of the State near their doorstep and several ambitious steps have been taken in this direction.
On this occasion Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Subhasish Panda welcomed the Health Minister.
Vice Chairman of State Planning Board Ramesh Chand Dhawala, Mission Director NHM Hem Raj Bairwa, Director of Health and Family Welfare Department Dr. Anita Mahajan, State Program Officer Dr. Gopal Chauhan and other senior officers were present on the occasion.
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