Newly elected executive of Shimla Press Club led by its President Shri Dhananjya Sharma called on Industries and Information & Public Relations Minister Shri Mukesh Agnihotri here today.
The delegation apprised the Minister regarding various initiatives planned by the Shimla Press Club in times to come. They also discussed with the Minister issues for the betterment of the journalistic fraternity.
Shri Agnihotri assured the delegation of all possible help from government side so that cordial relations could be maintained between government and media.
Additional Chief Secretary Shri V.C. Pharka was also present on the occasion.
President Shimla Press Club Shri Dhananjya Sharma presented a bouquet to the Minister. He also invited Shri Mukesh Agnihotri to Shimla Press Club. Shri Agnihotri is life member of Shimla Press Club.
Members of Governing Council Ms. Pratibha Kanwar, Shri Yadvinder, Shri Ujwal Sharma, Shri Devender Heta, Shri Raman Sharma, Shri Bhupender Singh and Shri Vikas Sharma, senior journalists Dr. Shashi Bhushan, Shri Sandeep Upadhayay, Shri Him Karan Manta and Shri Munish Sharma were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh who was addressing a public meeting at Jandaur, near Sansarpur Terrace in Jaswan Pragpur constituency in district Kangra today said it was unfortunate that a sitting MLA, who was supposed to work for welfare of the people and undertake development works of the area, was opposing setting up of a college at Jandaur and had sought stay from the court in this regard. He should have learnt a lesson from the local Pradhan, Ms. Shrestha Devi, who had donated land for the College whereas the sitting MLA of Jaswan-Pragpur was playing petty politics for reasons well known to him and which were against public interest.
“One thing which was seen for the first time was that a representative of the people, whom they has voted to power, created hinderances for setting up a college and the people who create hinderance can never be true benefactor of the people”, said Shri Virbhadra Singh. The MLAs come to Chief Minister, urging for carrying out development works in their constituencies, but this was the first MLA who opposed the setting up of college, he said.
The Chief Minister said that Rs 15 crore was to be sanctioned for construction of college at Jandaur, which would have benefited the children, however sooner or later, the area will get a college, he added.
Till the time, the college building gets constructed, the classes would be started elsewhere, he added.
He said that the State BJP leaders can never think big and never want to leave their cheap propaganda and practises. But, the development was a continuous process and will ever remain so and certainly a day will come when there would be a college here.
He exhorted the people never to vote for a candidate, who create obstacles in development works. He said that the government was committed to develop the area, adding that Himachal was a fast progressing state and as of now, the Panchayats had also been empowered to get constructed small paths and roads in their panchayats. Today, more than 15534 schools and 110 colleges were functioning in the state.
To strengthen the health services in the State, three medical colleges were being opened in Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan for which a provision of Rs 189 crore each had been made, besides AIIMS, like institute was coming up at Bilaspur and in addition to this the decks had been cleared for taking over Employees State Insurance Corporation, (ESIC) Medical college and hospital at Ner Chowk in Mandi district.
Announcements by Chief Minister
• Announced Tehsil Welfare Office at Dadasiba.
• New Bridge to be constructed on Kotla rivulet from PHC Kasba Kotla to GSSS Kotla Behar.
• Separate water supply scheme to Ghamroor Barnali and Bohala villages
• 25 Hand-pumps for Dadasiba area
• Irrigation scheme for Jaswan Pragpur area to irrigate 3500 hectares of land by lifting water from Pong Dam
• Road from Kasba Kotla tehsil office to Berry Vis Lakharda- Kanpur
• Bridge to connect Jandaur and Gummi and Jandaur-Gummi Link Road to be named after Kargil Martyr Ramesh Chand
• Science and Commerce classes to be started in GSSS Jambal
• One excavator cum loader (JCB) and a sum of rupees one crore for maintenance
• A post of Radiographer in PHC Kasba Kotla
• Upgradation of Government High School Rodi-Kodi to GSSS
Earlier, Chief Minister was accorded a warm welcome on reaching Talwara.
Chairman, State Employees Welfare Board, Shri Surinder Mankotia, welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister and other distinguished guests present on the occasion. He also listed the developments of the area and thanked the Chief Minister for initiating various steps for development of Jaswan-Pragpur. He lambasted the sitting MLA from Jaswan Pragpur who played politics in name of education and took stay from the court halting the process of foundation stone of the college at Jandaur, which was to be laid today by the Chief Minister. This step of sitting MLA deprived the students of quality and higher education and was misguiding people of the area that the Chief Minister’s tour had been cancelled.
He also thanked the local Pradhan for donating land for the construction of the college. He urged the Chief Minister for upgradation of road from Dhaliara to Sansarpur Terrace. He also lashed out at NDA government which failed to control the rising prices of essential commodities including petrol and diesel. He also demanded Upgradation of Primary Health Centre PHC at Kasba Kotla, Tehsil Welfare Office at Dadasiba, and repair and maintenance of few roads of the area, besides 25 handpumps for Dadasiba area.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Shri Neeraj Bharti, MLA, Shri Sanjay Rattan, Chairman, State Education Board, Shri Balbir Tegta, Vice-Chairman, State Disaster Management Authority, Shri Rajinder Rana, President Congress Organisational District Dehra, Shri Nardev Kanwar, BCC President, Jaswan Pragpur, Shri Pradeep Kumar, local Pradhan Ms. Shresta Devi, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Ritesh Chauhan, SP, Shri Sanjeev Gandhi were also present on the occasion amongst others.
The Cabinet in its meeting held here today approved to regularize the deviations made by the building owners in the Town and Country Planning areas and other local bodies on ‘as is where is’ basis provided 30 percent open space is available as per the requirement of set-backs, through an ‘Ordinance’.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh presided over the meeting.
The applicants will have to apply within 45 days from the date of promulgation of the Ordinance. Such buildings as constructed on Municipal land or by way of encroachment on government land shall not be regularized. All such unauthorized structures shall be subjected to stringent scrutiny of structural audit. The unauthorized buildings which do not qualify for regularization under the Ordinance shall face disconnection of electricity and water services. Unauthorized constructions in green areas taking place after the notification of the green belts will not be regularized.
This amendment of HP TCP Act, 1977 is the last resort to regularize unauthorized constructions. Department has been strictly directed not to allow any illegal construction in future.
The basic rate for deviation on set-backs upto 35 percent for residential buildings (where permission has been taken but deviation has been made on set-backs) would be Rs. 800 per square meter for ground floor level and Rs. 400 per square meter for each subsequent floor level. The rate for the unauthorized building is Rs 400 per square meters for ground level coverage in rural areas or outside MC area and Rs. 200 per square meter for each subsequent floor. The rate would multiply two times for deviations on set-backs measuring above 35 percent and upto 70%.
The foresaid compounding rate would be doubled for commercial unauthorized structures.
The number of unauthorized storeys in Municipal areas would be retained at Rs 1500 per Square metre upto 100 Square metre of the unauthorized area. This rate will be Rs. 1000 per square metre for deviations in Rural areas. Deviations beyond 100 Sq. Meter in unauthorized storeys would be compounded at double the foresaid rate.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to enhance the honorarium of Part Time Workers in education department from Rs.1700 to Rs. 1900 from 1st April, 2016.
The Cabinet approved for framing a policy for grant of ownership rights to lease holders who were given land on lease in pre-independence period in Dalhousie Municipal Council area of Chamba district.
The Cabinet decided to create a new Inspection Wing in the Education Department to be headed by Joint Director (Inspection). One post of Deputy Director School Education in Directorate of Higher Education was approved to be upgraded to
Joint Director. Apart from this 12 posts of Deputy Director (Inspection), 20 Principal (Inspection) and 20 Block Primary Education Officer (Inspection) would be created.
It also decided to implement the Market Intervention Scheme for procurement of processing grade mango during the year 2016. Under the scheme 300 MT fruits of seedling and 200 MT of grafted varieties of mangos will be procured @ Rs. 5.50 per kilogram and Rs. 6.50 per kilogram respectively. The procurement will be done by HPMC and HIMFED through 34 fruit collection centers. Both agencies will be allowed handling charges of Ra. 1.30 per kilogram.
Under the Scheme 2.5 % extra fruit (by weight) will be procured from the farmers/orchardists keeping in view the transportation losses during procurement and handling operations. The Scheme would be implemented from 1st July to 15th August, 2016.
Approval was given by the Cabinet to incorporate few amendments in Hydro Power Policy of the State. In case of bonafide Himachalis, to whom projects upto 2 MW capacity are allotted, the Government may consider the request of promoters to sell/transfer 49% equity shares to Non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects and full disinvestment after two years of commissioning. It also approved that in case of bonafide Himachalis to whom projects above 2 MW to 5 MW capacity are allotted, the Government may consider the request of promoters to sell/transfer 51% equity shares to Non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects and full disinvestment after two years of commissioning.
It approved to grant land on lease basis in favour of M/s Jai Prakash Power Ventures Ltd. for construction/ establishment of Karchham-Wangtoo HEP in Kinnaur district.
The Cabinet decided to extend the validity of letter of intent of Jangi Thopan (480MW) and Thopan Powari HEP (960MW). It also decided to allot Tandi (104 MW) and Rashil (130 MW) HEPs.
The Cabinet gave approval to allot 24 Hydel Projects above 2 MW to 5 MW capacity to the qualified applicants, as per the recommendation of HIMURJA.
It approved to create new Patwar Circle at Dumehar in Shimla district and Madh Gram Panchayat Latran Tehsil Padhar and Gram Panchayat Kalhani in Tehsil Thunag of Mandi district.
The Cabinet also decided to create a new Irrigation & Public Health Division at Fatehpur district Kangra and to open a new I&PH Section at Darang under IPH Sub-Divison, Dheera.
It also approved to open new HPPWD Sub Division at Jhatingri under PWD Division No. 1 Mandi.
EDUCATION SECTOR :
· It decided to start M.Sc (Chemistry) classes in Govt. College Nalagarh in Solan district.
· The Cabinet approved taking over the privately managed Jawalaji Degree College as per announcement of the Chief Minister. It also decided to filling and create various as many as 33 posts of teaching and non-teaching staff.
· It was also decided to start Commerce classes in all the Government Colleges.
· Ex-post factor sanction was granted to start Science stream in 50 Senior Secondary School and Commerce stream in 53 schools.
· Cabinet gave approval for opening of new Government ITI at Maina in Renukaji Assembly constituency of Sirmour district.
· It gave its approval for introduction of Driver-cum-Mechanic (LMV) trade in Govt. ITI for women Bharari in Bilaspur district.
· It also gave approval for introduction of Turner and Food Production General trades in govt. Model ITI Nalagarh in Solan district.
· It approved to fill up the vacant posts of Water Carriers as per the present policy, through authorized selection committee in education department.
· Cabinet gave its nod to open new Sub-Jail at Rampur in Shimla district along-with creation of 13 posts of different categories.
· It approved to open Sub-Tehsil at Bhawarna in Kangra district.
· It gave its nod for extension of limits of Bilaspur planning area keeping in view the proposal for establishment of AIIMS at Kothipura.
· It gave approval for revision of Ghumarwin Planning Area and Bhota Planning Area.
· It decided to remain the Palhori Panchayat of Paonta Block of Sirmour district in the category of Backward Panchayats.
· It decided to give Government land on lease on rupee one per year for 50 years to Food Corporation of India (FCI) for construction of Godown/Store at Kangni in Mandi district.
· Approval was given to set up Fire Post in Anni of Kullu district along-with with requisite staff and vehicles.
· It approved to open new Veterinary Hospital alongwith required staff at Kutada in Rohru Tehsil of Shimla district as per the announcement of the Chief Minister.
· It approved inclusion of ‘Transgender’ for the benefit of Social Security Pension.
· Cabinet approved of Vocational Skill Development Courses by the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology, Baddi on pilot basis. This would help the vulnerable sections of the society.
· It approved to construct additional accommodation of HPPWD Rest House Khera under PWD Division Palampur.
Decision was taken to give two advance increments to Police Inspectors who are Awardee of Police Medal. It was also decided to transfer land of Agriculture Department at Kheri Farm in district Sirmour to Home Department to establishing 6th IRBn.
ACTS & RULESs
· The Cabinet gave its approval for relaxation of distance parameters as notified in the Himachal Pradesh Minor Minerals (Concession) and Minerals (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transportation and Storage) Rules, 2015 for grant of mining lease.
· It also gave approval for relaxation of distance parameters as notified in the Himachal Pradesh Minor Minerals (Concession) and Minerals (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transportation and Storage) Rules, 2015 for grant of mining lease.
· It gave approval for amendment in the constitution of the Himachal Pradesh Govansh Samvardhan Board.
The Cabinet also passed a resolution appreciating the exemplary services of Chief Secretary Shri P. Mitra who is to retire on 31st of this month. The Chief Minister said that Shri Mitra was a source of inspiration for other officers and had rendered valuable services and contributed in development of the State. The Cabinet wished Shri Mitra a long and healthy life ahead.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today said the State Government would bring an ordinance shortly to regularize unauthorized houses to some limits in the State under retention policy. This would be one time concession and thereafter the rules and regulations would be implemented strictly and no relaxation in rules would be given at any cost.
He stated this while addressing a public meeting at Vikasnagar ward of Shimla Municipal Corporation.
The Chief Minister said the State Government was giving special emphasis on beautification and availability of basic amenities in all towns. He said a lot of unauthorized constructions had come up in various towns of the State including Shimla which were posing threat as the state falls in high risk rate for earthquakes. He said all towns should have been developed in a planned manner, however, effective steps would be taken in future to ensure systematic and planned development of all the townships by strictly implementing the rules and regulations.
Earlier, he laid foundation stone of commercial complex of HIMUDA at Vikasnagar which would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 62 crore. This would be first of its kind shopping complex in the State being constructed by HIMUDA. The complex would have parking facility for around 152 vehicles and three shopping complexes besides one utility block.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that this shopping complex was another big step in development of Shimla town which would cater to the needs of both locals and the tourists. He said the work on construction of this complex would be completed soon.
The Chief Minister also announced for construction of another parking near the complex and a 200 meters long road to ease the traffic on Chhota Shimla to Vikasnagar road.
MLA, Kasumpti constituency Shri Anirudh Singh thanked the Chief Minister for undertaking various developmental projects in Shimla town and suburbs. He also thanked the Chief Minister and Housing Minister for taking up the matter with the government of India for including Dharamshala and Shimla under Smart City Mission.
Councillor Shri Surender Chauhan thanked the Chief Minister for sanctioning various projects for his ward including a dispensary which would benefit over 10,000 people besides a play ground.
Urban Development and Housing Minister Shri Sudhir Sharma, Chairman State Cooperative Bank Shri Harsh Mahajan, Chairman Woolfed Shri Raghuvir Thakur, Vice Chairman HIMUDA Shri Yashwant Chhajta, Vice Chairman HPTDC Shri Harish Janartha, Chairman State Women Commission Smt. Jenab Chandel, General Secretary H.P. Child Welfare Council Smt. Raj Kumari Soni, Councillors of M.C. Shimla, Additional Chief Secretary Smt. Manisha Nanda and other senior officers were present on the occasion.
· 1197 posts of JBT, 1533 TGT and 847 C&V filled
· Installation of bio-metric machines in schools
· Existing schools to be strengthened
· Directorate of Inspection to be set up to evaluate the performance of teachers
“I personally recommend starting monthly or quarterly tests for students, especially in primary schools so that performance of students could be assessed better”, said Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh. “We need to evaluate the performance of every child and pay more attention to the weaker ones, besides evaluating the performance of teachers”.
He stated this in a Conference on Quality Education in Himachal Pradesh for Deputy Directors of both Higher and Elementary Education Departments, District Project Officers and cluster heads including Principals of High Schools and above.
The tests help the teachers in evaluating the performance of each student and the standard of education in schools, said the Chief Minister. “It is the moral duty of the teachers to motivate children who were weak and also personally pay attention to such children with an aim to make them perform well”, he added.
“We are stressing more to strengthen the primary education system which is the base for developing students both academically and individually. The grading system has weakened the basic education set up as the child can’t perform well in higher classes and it becomes too late to learn at a later stage”, he said. The Government has made it mandatory to teach Hindi, Math and English to the students from the very first class so that they could perform better while pursuing higher education.
The Chief Minister said that the Government mulls to install bio-metric machines in schools to bring discipline for quality education. He said that in the first phase as many as 136 schools at sub-tehsil level will have bio-metric machines by July to keep an eye on punctuality and check absenteeism. More such machines would be installed in schools in phased manner, he said.
He said that the Government considers opening specialized colleges on particular subjects such as college of Fine Arts, Music, Sciences etc to give better choice to students in pursuing their career.
“Enough educational institutions had been opened in the State and now we need to strengthen the existing schools, provide them with best infrastructural facilities and fill up the vacancies to provide quality education”, he said.
Shri Virbhadra Singh further said that Directorate of Inspection would be set up in which well qualified teachers would be kept to evaluate the performance of teachers. They would be empowered to take a suitable action and conduct sudden inspection in schools.
He said that the aim of the teachers should not merely be to get their students pass the exams, but it should be to bring them in merit. “If the teachers will dedicate themselves with an aim to get placed their students in merit, I think the education scenario would change much for the better of both the teachers and the students”, he added.
The Chief Minister said that the teachers have greater responsibility and should take their profession as a mission, as they were responsible for shaping the personality of the children and making them good citizens.
He also warned the teachers to concentrate more on their job rather than indulging in politics and added that they should create an atmosphere of studies in the educational institutions. “ I have kept the education portfolio with me as I am more concerned about the children and their studies, as they are the one who can shape the future of a state for better”, said Shri Virbhadra Singh.
Additional Chief Secretary, Shri P.C. Dhiman said that the State Government had taken several steps for strengthening the education set up and was also providing various facilities to the students. There was no fees for the girl students upto University level, providing free uniform to the students of even plus one and plus two schools, he said.
Director Higher Education, Shri Dinkar Burathoki, welcomed the Chief Minister and said that during the last three years 1197 new posts of JBT were filled by direct recruitment and 1533 TGT and 847 C&V were filled. He said that to cope up with the shortage of staff, the rationalization process of JBT teachers in all districts had been almost completed.
Shri Manmohan Sharma, Director Primary Education proposed vote of thanks.
Later the Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of Sanskrit college at Phagli to cost Rs. eight crore.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Shri Neeraj Bharti, welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion.
Chairman, HP State Education Board, Shri Balbir Tegta, Secretary Education, Shri Rakesh Sharma, Project Director, SSA and RMSA Shri Ghanshyam Chand were also present on the occasion amongst others.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh inaugurating the Conference on quality education in Himachal Pradesh at Shimla on 26 May 2016.
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