Governor Acharya Devvrat said that efforts would be made to make Himachal Pradesh Zero budget Natural farming State in the country and state’s own markets for these products would be developed so that farmers could sell out their produce in these markets and got remunerative price.
The Governor was speaking at National Conference on Alternate Farming System to enhance farmer's income organized by Indian Ecological Society, Himachal Chapter in collaboration with Dr. Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan, at University auditorium, today.
He said that natural farming was healthy and conducive for environment. He added that it was essential to shift from chemical farming to natural as the fertility of the soil declined and many health problems arose due to chemicals used in abundance in agriculture crop, which was a matter of concern. He said that role of scientists was very significant for strengthening agriculture sector and urged them to work with sincerity and dedication as the sector was backbone of the economy.
The Governor said that if the scientists were determined to work on natural farming then nobody could stop the state from becoming organic state of the country like Sikkim. It would also check monopoly of private companies selling chemical fertilizers and pesticides. He said that natural farming was a better option for making the Nation self-reliant in agriculture sector and added that the produce out of natural farming helped not only in healthy living but also enriched the environment.
The Governor said that Padamshree Dr. Subhash Palekar had shown the path of inspiration to farmers of the country and given the concept of zero budget natural farming adopted by more than 40 lakh farmers of the country. He said that such farming technique would go a long way in benefitting the people and those farmers who had already adopted this technique were getting better prices of their produce.
He said that one local cow could be helpful in farming 30 acres of land and added that it would improve the fertility of the soil, producing maximum yield by using minimum water and getting remunerative price of their produce. He said that scientists should work above personal interests and change the scope of their research and focus on natural farming which would help double income of farmers of the country.
Governor also conferred Life Time Achievements Award to Dr. Kartar Singh Verma contributing in the field of Agriculture and Horticulture. Press
Later, the Governor also attended the session.
Padamshree Dr. Subhash Palekar, noted Agriculture scientist congratulated organizers for the conference and said that it was need of the hour that scientists should provide alternative farming to self sustained farmers and double their income. He said that there were challenges before society which included food security, Global warming, migration from villages and moving towards nuclear family. He said that the prevailing trends of agriculture were responsible for global warming and said that all challenges could be solved with zero budget natural farming and scientists will have to give solutions.
He said that green revolution and organic farming was best practice at that time but today, by adopting natural farming could save the society. He said that farmers were not getting remunerative price for their produce though they were using costly chemical fertilizers. Ultimately they were committing suicide and the non agriculturist using the vegetables and food products were also consuming slow poison. He asserted that natural farming was a solution for every challenge.
Dr. H.C.Sharma, Vice Chancellor, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan welcomed the Governor and said that new varieties of crops should be developed which consumed minimum water. He added that we should use organic source of nutrient and only bio pesticides.
He also stressed for high density plantation and urged the farmers and horticulturist to adopt crop diversity and said that it would double the income of farmers and go a long way to achieve target of high yielding and improve soil condition.
Dr. Kartar Singh Verma, Director Research and President of organizing committee welcomed the Governor and detailed about the activities of the event.
Dr. Ashok Dhawan, President, Indian Ecological Society also welcomed the Governor on the occasion and stressed on health of soil and water conservation to improve Agriculture sector.
Dr. Rajeshwar Chandel, Joint Director, Research and organizing secretary of the conference Proposed vote of thanks.
The panchayats representatives and the government functionaries should reach amongst people to make them aware of programmes and policies being implemented for welfare of people. They should disseminate welfare policies and their benefits extended to people during present regime of the congress government.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh stated this while addressing a public meeting at Kumarhatti in Solan district after he dedicated multipurpose hall and play ground at Kumarhatti in GP Chewa on which Rs. 6 crore were spent. Named after the Chief Minister, the complex is constructed under Vikas Mein Jan Sahyog scheme with grant-in-aid from the government.
“The first priority of any government is to cater to the educational needs of the people of the state and I feel proud to see Himachal Pradesh being adjudged as the best big state in higher education”, said Virbhadra. To fulfill the commitment of providing quality education at the very door step to facilitate the girl child the most, the government decided to introduce scholarship of Rs. 5000 annually for girls belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families under Beti Hai Anmol Yojna who are studying in graduate level and equivalent courses, including those of Bachelor Engineering, B.Tech, MBBS, B.ed and LLB, said the Chief Minister.
He said that emoluments of contract employees have been enhanced from 50 per cent to 75 per cent of grade pay and wages of daily wagers have been increased from Rs 150 to Rs 210, besides many other benefits to employees and pensioners. He said that the social welfare pension was enhanced from Rs 450 to Rs 700 benefiting 3.90 thousand widows, aged and disabled.
Indian Institute of Management has started functioning in Dhaulakuan in district Sirmaur, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),at Kamand in Mandi, IIIT in Una.
The state government was providing unemployment allowance to unemployed persons in the State. In order to upgrade the skills of unemployed youth and increase their employability, the Government has implemented Rs 500 crore Skill Development Allowance Scheme.
Besides, the government in order to strengthen the health infrastructure has opened three new medical colleges in the state, besides ESIC college in Mandi. The government has given adequate land paving way for construction of AIIMS at Bilaspur but the delay was on part of Union Health Ministry, he said adding that he hoped that the issue would be resolved soon. I want that more health institutions like health sub centres and Primary Health Centres to be opened in far flung and rural areas of the state, he said. When the people are healthy so does the state progresses, he said.
He also laid foundation stone of new building of Leprosy Hospital Lohanji to be completed with an outlay of Rs.4 crore. The hospital will be a pre fabricated structure and completed very soon.
He also laid foundation stone of BDO Office building Dharampur to cost Rs.3.86 crore and foundation stone of Kangar bridge on Sultanpur Marighat Dilman to be constructed at a cost Rs. 34 lakh.
The Chief Minister dedicated Lift Water Supply Scheme (LWSS) Kiarua Jandori completed at a cost of Rs.1.47 crore, inaugurated 33 KV Sub Station Gandhigram set up by incurring a sum of Rs. 5 crore.
He also announced upgradation of Primary School Dabhog to Middle school.
State Youth Congress President, Vikramaditya Singh also addressed the gathering. He congratulated the panchayat members for the multipurpose complex completed within a year. He said that the government was committed to strengthen sports infrastructure in the state and supporting sportsmen who had brought laurels to the state. International cricketer Sushma Verma and Deepak Thakur from Nalagarh were given appointment in police department as Deputy Superintendent of Police. The state government will ensure placement of other sportspersons who have excelled themselves at National and International level in government sector .
Vice-Chairman, Khadi Board, Ramesh Chauhan, welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister to his home Panchayat, Chewa besides other dignitaries and thanked him for dedicating the multipurpose indoor complex which was constructed under Vikas Mein Jan Sanyog.
Vice-Chairman, State Planning Board, Gangu Ram Musafir, DCC, President, Solan, Rahul Thakur, General Secretary, HPCC Vinod Sultanpuri, Vice-Chairman, Khadi Board, Ramesh Chauhan, Chairman, Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Hardeep Bawa, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Dharampal Chauhan, Member, BoD, HPTDC, Surinder Sethi, Chairman, APMC, Ramesh Thakur, Chairman, Jogindera Bank, Mohan Mehta, Pradhan GP Chewa, Chitrlekha were also present on the occasion amongst others.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today distributed the keys of flats constructed for the slum dwellers involving an expenditure of Rs.15 crore under Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme at Parwanoo in district Solan.
In his message on the occasion, he said that it was necessary to re-habilitate the slum dwellers for their sustainable living. As Parwanoo was a gateway to Himachal, the town should give a clean impression to the visitors. Nowadays, the number of slum dwellers was rising quickly as migrants usually leave their villages to seek better prospects in urban areas. Many end up in overcrowded slums, lacking even basic facilities and with no claim on the land or the property, he added.
He said evictions from slums and the demolition of settlements had risen as Indian cities expand and were spruced up under programmes as Smart Cities Missions, that aims to create centres with living standards. Thus an initiative for creating housing facilities for slum dwellers was a welcome step for fulfilling the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi of Clean Bharat.
The Chief Minister said that a sum of rupees one crore for industrial roads would be transferred soon .
Shri Virbhadra Singh laid foundation stones of 200 kiosks for street vendors on which Rs.6.30 crore would be spent besides two commercial complexes of HIMUDA to be constructed at a cost of Rs.88 crores.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh strictly directed to clear the 'Nautor' cases without delay. He said that since less time was left, the officers should camp in the field and clear the 'Nautor' sanctions within given timeframe and laxity in this regard would be viewed seriously.
The Chief Minister was presiding over the 46th meeting of Tribal Advisory Council here today.
He said that relaxation was provided under Forest Conservation Act for a limited period and the Deputy Commissioners should ensure that the 'Nautors' were allotted without any delay. He said that the State Government had been providing timber on subsidized rates to the people in tribal areas which also includes 80 percent transportation subsidy besides 76.26 percent grant on the actual cost of timber.
The decision was taken to open forest timber depot at Kaumik Gompa in Langcha panchayat.
Taking cognizance of non-operational Rukti power house, the Chief Minister said that a lot had been spent on machinery and equipments besides renovation of the project and directed to make it operational without any delay and reasons.
It was decided to provide bi-monthly electricity bills to people in Kinnaur. Directions were also issued to speed up tarring and mettling of roads leading to famous tourist destinations in Kinnaur district.
Assurance was given to provide extra machinery to PWD in Chenab valley under Udaipur Division.
On demand of the members on behalf of the people of Kaza, thedecision was taken to provide the budget for disaster management to Additional Deputy Commissioner Kaza directly instead of routing it through DC Lahaul-Spiti. Secondly, it was also decided to hand over the charge of Principal ITI Udaipur to SDM Udaipur as presently the charge was with Principal ITI Shamshi in Kullu district.
Decision was also taken to provide radiologist in Regional Hospital Reckong Peo and CHC Kaza.
The Chief Minister said a lot has been done for development of tribal areas, and under plan head a sum of Rs. 1770 crore and under non-plan component a sum of Rs. 2048 crore had been spent. Besides, present fiscal a sum of Rs. 658 lakh has been released for repair of roads and bridges.
On the demand of Forest Minister, decision was taken to ply mini buses on as many as nine routes in Pangi and Bharmour area. It was also informed that around 14 buses had been allotted for Keylong HRTC depot.
It was decided to release adequate funds for channelization of nallahs in Mane village in Kaza affected by frequent landslides. It was informed that geological survey had been completed and as per the recommendations, adequate measures would be taken to avoid loss to life and property.
It was informed in the meeting that the DFO will select site for preparation of master plan for boosting eco tourism in Lahaul valley particularly in Mayad and Tingrit area. Directions were issued to immediately start construction of marketing yards at the place selected in Lahaul.
Discussions were held on refurbishing the Kaza-Gramphoo road besides undertaking work on Yangla bridge in Lahaul. It was revealed that forest clearance from wildlife authority had been received for Mudh-Bhawa road and the case for FCA would be expedited.
Chief Secretary VC Pharka conducted the proceedings.
Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, MLA Lahaul-Spiti Ravi Thakur, members of Tribal Advisory Council were present on the occasion amongst others.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh stressed for strengthening of primary schools and starting pre-nursery classes within primary schools for tiny tots. He was presiding over the 4thGoverning Council meeting of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhayamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) here today.
He said that department of education should identify such primary schools at all district headquarters and at sub divisional levels where pre nursery classes could be started. To begin with it should be launched in few selected schools. He said that assessment of primary education system was need of the hour and the government was mulling to appoint one teacher each for all classes depending upon the strength of the students in such primary schools. This will facilitate better education to the children and the teachers will get ample time to devote to a single class.
The Chief Minister said that primary schools would only be opened in case of need and requirement adding that enough schools had been opened and now there was need to strengthen and rationalize them.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that teaching should not be taken merely as a profession but as a mission. Teachers should devote more time for children studying in primary schools.
Chief Minister lauded PRERNA and PRAYAS schemes for systematic reforms in education to improve quality and learning level of education.
The state government is committed to provide quality education at the door step of every student and has opened as many as 54 colleges during the last almost five years of its regime. The total strength of colleges has reached to 132 which are notified and two more colleges would be notified soon.
A presentation on good practices was given by SDM Nalagarh Ashutosh Garg. He said that as many as 62 students of plus one and plus two of selected 16 government schools of Nalagarh were being given week-end coaching for engineering and medical entrance examinations sponsored by Indag Rubber Ltd. He said that the children selected were those who have minimum resource to pursue expensive coaching.
The Chief Minister also distributed 'Swachtta Award' to 34 schools for maintaining cleanliness in their institutions.
Chairman, H.P. State Education Board Shri Balbir Tegta, Principal Secretary Shri Sanjay Gupta, Director Higher Education, Shri B.L. Binta, State Project Director, SSA and RMSA Shri Ghanshyam, Director Elementary Education Shri Manmohan Sharma were also present on the occasion amongst the members of governing council.
To fulfill the commitment of providing the higher and quality education to the students of the state at their door-steps, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today laid foundation stone of 10 degree colleges, inaugurated ITI at Delath in Rampur, building of Bharat Scouts and guide at Rewalsar in Mandi district and the residential accommodation of Directorate of Higher Education through video-conferencing from the State Secretariat.
The foundation stones of colleges laid today include Government Degree College, Jai Nagar, Darlaghat college in Arki Assembly constituency, Tikkar college in Rohru, Jeori college in Rampur, Multhan college in Baijnath, Dehra college in Kangra district, Haroli and Basdehra colleges in Una district, Renuka Ji college at Dadahu and Ronhat colleges in Sirmaur district.
The Chief Minister congratulated the people of the area who had gathered on the occasion.
Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Shri Vinay Kumar and Shri Nand Lal thanked the Chief Minister for laying foundation stones of degree colleges in their home Assembly segments.
Forest Minister Shri Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Industries Minister Shri Mukesh Agnihotri, Excise and Taxation Minister Shri Prakash Chaudhary, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Rohit Thakur, Principal Secretary, Education Shri Sanjay Gupta, Director Higher Education Shri B.L. Binta were also present on the occasion amongst other senior officers.
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