Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today launched the QR coded digital Ration card, a step further to check fake ration cards in the state. The new ration cards, in the size of PAN card, would be made available, within a week to people.
Transport, Food and Civil Supply Minister Shri GS Bali and Industries Minister Shri Mukesh Agnihotri and Excise and Taxation Minister Shri Prakash Chaudhary were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister said that the new system will help in controlling bogus ration cards besides it would check the pilferage of ration. The digital card will be linked with AADHAR and operated through swipe machines. As many as 2000 Point of Sale (POS) machines, compatible with the card had been procured for civil supplies fair price shops.
There were 16 lakh ration cards which would be distributed to consumers within a week said Food and Civil Supply Minister Shri G.S.Bali.
He said automation of PDS had begun in the State with digitalization of ration cards and installation of POS machines in fair price shops, under the ePDS project. The cost of automation/computerization shall be borne by the Centre and the State Govt of 50:50 basis, he said.
Principal Secretary, F&CS Shri Tarun Kapoor and Managing Director, Food and Civil Supply Ms. M Sudha Devi were also present on the occasion amongst others.
Transport and Food and Civil Supply (F &CS) Minister Shri G.S.Bali today presented a cheque of Rs. 51 lakh towards the Chief Minister Relief Fund here today. He handed over the cheque on behalf of F&SC to Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh in his chamber at Vidhan Sabha.
The Chief Minister while thanking the Minister appreciated the noble gesture and said that it would go a long way in helping the needy and the poor. He also thanked the HP State Food and Civil Supplies Corporation for the same.
Principal Secretary, F&CS Shri Tarun Kapoor, Managing Director, Food and Civil Supply Ms. M Sudha Devi were also present on the occasion amongst others.
In a major initiative aimed at promoting energy efficiency in the State, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh here today launched distribution of LED tube lights and Energy Efficient Fans under ‘Unnat Jeevan by affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’ (UJALA) scheme which is an extension of old domestic efficient lightning programme.
He said that ‘UJALA’ was an integral part of energy conservation initiative of the State Government and had been very successfully adopted by the people of the state. The innovative energy business model would result in large-scale replication of energy efficiency measures across the State.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of Public Sector Units (PSUs) of Ministry of Power, Government of India will implement this programme across the state in a phased manner in collaboration with State Government and HPSEBL.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that energy efficiency was a key thrust area of the State Government and emphasis had been laid on scaling up its implementation. The launch of this initiative follows our commitment of such programme during 2015-16 budget for distribution of LED bulbs. Aproximately 74 lakh bulbs to 12 lakh consumers had been distributed which resulted into energy saving of approximately 150 MU per annum, reflecting the success of the programme, he said. He expressed hope that this new initiative also will achieve the success as similar to that of the LED bulb distribution programme.
MPP and Power Minister Shri Sujan Singh Pathania said that energy efficient LED tube light would be distributed in a phased manner. The cost per tube light would be Rs. 230/- along-with three years free replacement warrantee. The BEE 5 star 50 watt fan to replace conventional 75 watt ceiling fan will cost Rs. 1150/- along-with two years free replacement warranty thus saving 33% electricity.
He said that the programme was being launched for the State from Shimla from today itself and would be implemented in all the districts in a phased manner.
Chief Secretary Shri V. C. Pharka, Additional Chief Secretary (Power)-cum-Chairman HPSEB Ltd. Shri Tarun Shridhar, M.D. HPSEB Ltd. Er. P.C. Negi, Director (Operation) Er. R. K. Sharma, Executive Director (Personnel) HPSEBL Smt. Kumad Singh and representatives of EESL were also present on the occasion amongst others.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh honoured Kathak fame Ms. Ila Pandey and writer Shri Sudarshan Vashisth with ‘Shikhar Samman Award- 2016 in a function organized here today by Himachal Pradesh Art, Language and Culture Academy (HPALCA). Besides a citation, a sum of rupees one lakh was also given as award money. Ms. Ila Pandey contributed her prize money towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Shri Virbhadra Singh, who presided over the function, said that culture and customs were not all about monuments and figures but about the lives of the people adding that culture was a visualization of human creation. He said that the we need to honour those who had kept their culture alive.
He said the contribution of the poets, artists and writers in conservation of the tradition of culture and custom could not be ignored. Indirectly they were the one, who help literate the coming generations. He said that our traditions and customs were the way of life adding that the culture should not be understood in terms of facts and data but in terms of stories and narratives of lives, history, nature and geography.
The Chief Minister said the state government had taken a decision to appoint music teachers in all schools and colleges. Music was part and parcel of our culture and needs to be promoted. We will ensure that the educational institutions of the government had full paraphernalia with all musical instruments.
He said that we have to strengthen our divine culture, the language and different folk of the State, which was the biggest responsibility of the Academy as of today.
The Chief Minister also released a book of Prof. M.C.Saxena titled ‘Aakash Bel’.
He announced ‘Nishpadan Kala Samman (Performing Art) to Shri Jawala Prasad Sharma and for promotion Visual Art to Dr. Prof. Him Chatterji for the year 2016.
Vice-Chairman, Language, Art and Culture Academy Shri Prem Sharma said that history reflects the evolution of the society and the culture. It was the historians, poets and writers who were the mirror of the society and reveal the true facet of it.
Earlier, Director, Language, Art and Culture Smt. Shashi Thakur welcomed the Chief Minister and addressed the on the occasion. Secretary, of the Academy, Shri Ashok Hans also focused his welcome address on the achievements of the Academy.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh during question hour at H.P. Vidhan Sabha Shimla on 27 March 2017.
A deputation of H.P. Awardee Teachers Forum led by President Dr. Chandreshwar Sharma called on Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh here today and thanked him for making provision of extension of one year of service for State Awardee teachers and two years extension for National Awardees besides additional increment.
As many as 24 National and State Awardees were present on the occasion.
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