CM TOUR PROGRAMME 28 JULY 2016
Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) will soon introduce Hotel Management Software for all its units to facilitate better management and monitoring of its activities with in and outside the State.
This was disclosed by Managing Director, HPTDC Shri Dinesh Malhotra while presiding over the performance appraisal meeting of the field officers of the Corporation, here today. He said all the formalities had been fulfilled and tenders had also been called to develop this software which would help in effective monitoring of all properties of the Corporation besides handling the manpower and other activities from the head office.
He said the efforts were on to make all individual properties of the Corporation as profit making by formulating a special strategy after taking into consideration the strength, weakness, opportunities and threats. He said the emphasis was being laid on making every unit profit earning and to up keep all the properties in a proper manner.
Shri Malhotra directed the field officers to bring qualitative changes in the services being offered by them to the guests and introducing unique and exquisite dishes based on particular area, especially for the foreign visitors. He also stressed for giving top priority to the feedback of the guests so that whenever they visit the same place again, they were happy and convinced.
While having a detailed power point presentation with the field officers on each unit of the Corporation, Shri Malhotra reviewed the performance of each hotel and café and said necessary renovation and up-gradation work would be carried out and emphasis would be laid on providing more facilities to the visitors. He directed them to send proposals for brining further improvement in the hotels and cafes as per the requirement for which appropriate funds would be provided at the earliest.
He also directed to work for reducing the deficit and earn profit through individual marketing by starting special packages for different institutions, public sector undertakings and tourists in the concerned areas. He asked them to hold meetings with private hotel players and associations to bring innovative changes in their marketing strategy.
The Managing Director also listened to the suggestions and proposals of the field officers and directed them to work with utmost dedication and honesty to achieve the set targets for which they would be answerable in the future.
General Manager Shri Vijay Sharma and other senior officers of the Corporation were present in the meeting.
Governor Acharya Devvrat said that our country was not deprived of warriors and those nations were great whose youth were always ready to make supreme sacrifices for the country. He was speaking in the programme 'Veer Yodha' organized by Cidar Films at Gaiety Theatre, Shimla last evening to mark the Kargil Vijay Diwas.
Paying homage to the Kargil martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sake of motherland, Acharya Devvrat said that people of the country were proud of the sons of the soil who brought laurels to the nation while fighting and guarding the frontiers on the heights of Kargil. He said that despite all the difficult circumstances, our courageous soldiers gave a befitting reply to the intruders which ensured a decisive victory in Kargil. He added that today, they were the source of inspiration for future generations. He urged the youth to keep up the tradition of nationalism.
Expressing gratitude to soldiers, their kin and wives, he said that we should remember thousands of families that lost their loved ones because of their belief in serving the country and commitment to protect us. He added that we must think of them and give them and their families the honour they deserve.
Acharya Devvrat said that young soldiers from Himachal Pradesh had shown exemplary courage and made supreme sacrifices during Kargil conflict. He said that people of Himachal Pradesh were proud of the sons of the State who made supreme sacrifices during Kargil as well as in other operations that took place in the past to guard the frontiers of the Nation. He said that 52 soldiers, attained martyrdom in the ‘Operation Vijay’ and added that out of four Param Veer Chakras awarded during the ‘Operation Vijay’, two were won by soldiers from Himachal Pradesh, Capt. Vikram Batra and Hav. Sanjay Kumar.
He said that our brave soldiers were capable to guard the frontiers of the Nation and were always ready to fight against any odds. He said that people of the country would always remember the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs.
Earlier, the Governor also released a souvenir 'Veer Yodha' published by Cidar Films. He also honoured 16 brave soldiers from the State.
On the occasion, school children presented a programme based on the theme of patriotism.
Chief Minister Sh. Virbhadra Singh today called on Sh. Prakash Jawadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development. He discussed various important issues relating to imparting quality education and giving special training to Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) with a view to empower them to deal with the challenges of implementing the provisions of Right to Education Act in the State.
Sh. Virbhadra Singh while extending his felicitations to Shri Jawadekar for his up-gradation as Union HRD Minister, said that Himachal Pradesh had done commendable work in the field of education and State Govt. was committed to provide quality education upto grass root level for which the support of HRD Ministry was paramount. He said that there was a need to provide six months special training to already appointed 1259 Primary Assistant Teachers to ensure teaching faculty in the interior locations of the State and urged to provide special permission to give them training.
The Chief Minister also raised the issue of holding examinations at 5th and 8th standard to improve the standard of education in the Country. He also urged the Union Minister to give directions to ensure timely release of funds under SSA, RMSA and RUSA so that pace of development in the field of education could be maintained. He said that Himachal had already excelled in the implementation of compulsory education, SSA and RMSA etc.
He categorically raised the issue of ensuring education to girls particularly in rural areas and apprised the Union Minister that the State Govt. had taken various steps to ensure cent-percent enrollment of girls. He said that there was a need to provide liberal financial assistance to open educational institutions so that quality education could be imparted to them nearer to their homes. He also advocated for opening of more vocational training institutes to ensure employment opportunities to the rural youth of the State.
Sh. Jawadekar assured the Chief Minister that every possible help would be extended to the State.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh extending greetings to President of India Sh. Pranav Mukharjee for successful completion of four years in office in New Delhi on 26 July 2016.
The State is soon going to introduce a comprehensive scheme for the disabled which will include provisions for survey, research, awareness generation, education, vocational and skill training for employment, loan and subsidy for self employment, marriage grant, incentives to best performing individual persons with disabilities (PwDs) and best employer.
This was stated by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil while presiding over a two days workshop on ‘Skilling and Employment Persons with Disabilities’ in the context of CSR organised by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment here today.
He said as an immediate measure to the proposed scheme, the department had already identified 750 children upto five years of age, who after their medical assessment were being provided aids and appliances. A provision of disability relief allowance to 44,378 disabled persons with disability has been made as a social security measure along with issuance of Disability Identity Cards to more than 79000 such persons. The State Government was also providing grant in aid of Rs. 146 lakh to NGOs working towards the upliftment of the disabled. In a special drive, the Government had filled up 1700 backlog posts and efforts were on to fill remaining backlog posts in time bound manner.
Dr. Shandil said the State Government had made provision of scholarship to all disabled students in all Government institutions and disability relief allowance was being given to persons having disabilities of 70 percent and above. For ensuring early childhood care and also life cycle based education for the disabled, the Department had established a special school for the disabled girls at Sundernagar and had been supporting the HP Council for Child Welfare in running two schools for disabled boys at Dhalli in Shimla and Darri near Dharamshala.
The Minister said that with a view to provide skill training to disabled, the Government had established a special ITI at Sundernagar and at least 3% seats had been reserved for them in all other ITIs of the State. The State Government has announced additional budget of rupees five crores alongwith proposed creation of residential institution for the 50 mentally challenged children, new hostel for the 150 visually impaired and hearing impaired girls and boys hostel for the 50 visually impaired and hearing impaired boys in the State.
Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Smt. Anuradha Thakur said that the department was in the process of making an action plan for the medical assessment of all identified disabled during this year by organizing special camps.
Director, Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Sandeep Bhatnagar detailed out the activities of the department and also conducted the proceedings of the meeting.
The representatives of Public Sector Undertakings and Private Sector Enterprises and officers of various departments attended the meeting.
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