Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated and laid foundation stones worth about Rs. 64 crore of developmental projects for Manali, Banjar and Kullu Assembly constituencies of Kullu district virtually from Kullu today.
Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated 10.37 meter span RCC T-Beam bridge (double lane) over Sajala Nallah on Bhuntar Sainik Chowk Mohal Kullu Ramshilla Nagar Manali left bank road constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.20 crore, Rs. 1.56 crore 10.37 meter span RCC T-Beam bridge (double lane) over Prini Nallah on Bhuntar Sainik Chowk Mohal Kullu Ramashilla Nagar Manali left bank, Rs. 2.28 crore 20 meter span RCC T-beam bridge (double lane) over Kais Nallah on Bhuntar Sainik Chowk Mohal Kullu Ramshilla Nagar Manali left bank, Rs. 1.66 crore additional accommodation of Science Laboratory in Government Senior Secondary School at Kais in tehsil and district Kullu and Rs. 1.14 crore parking at Gulaba barrier in tehsil Manali.
Chief Minister also laid foundation stones of Rs.1.81 crore improvement and MT on Bastori to Nathan road under NABARD in Manali area, Rs. 4.98 crore Loran to village Sarli road (formation cutting, retaining wall, cross drainage work, unlined drain and wire crates for dumping) under NABARD, Rs. 3.37 crore Bhatgran More to Kharihar road under NABARD, Rs. 17.58 crore 80 meter span double lane bridge including approaches over river Beas at Raison in tehsil and district Kullu, Rs. 5.36 crore Langani to Chhuara road in Banjar area, Rs. 10.09 crore road from Naglari Nallah to village Nahin and Ghat in Gram Panchayat Nohanda Banjar in district Kullu, Rs. 5.28 crore M/T and upgradation of Bradha-Shangchan road, Rs. 4.75 crore road Balu-Ra-Ghera to Tipri upto Shauth road, Rs. 54 lakh pedestrian path bridge at Sarwari under AMRUT Scheme and Rs. 2.12 crore bridge over Jagrai Nallah.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that all the fifteen developmental projects, which was inaugurated and foundation stones were laid today by him would ensure better facilities to the people of the State as well as the tourists visiting the district. He said that the corona pandemic has forced us to dedicate these projects worth Rs. 64 crore in a simple manner with about 20 people in a Hall, otherwise this event would have been celebrated in a befitting manner. He said that all the projects worth Rs. 56 crore foundation stones of which were laid by him today must be completed within the stipulated time period. He said that the State Government had also decided to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Statehood in a befitting manner, but the corona pandemic has forced us to discontinue this event. He thanked the artists of Kullu and the district administration for singing the Swarnim Himachal Geet, highlighting the developmental progress of the State.
Jai Ram Thakur also said that the State Government has made unprecedented progress in all spheres during last three and a half years. He said that almost all the panchayats have been connected by the roads and efforts were on to provide better connectivity to the remote areas of the State. He said that the State Government would gradually unlock the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19. He said that at the same time the State Government would also ensure that the people adopt Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. He said that the State Government has also ensured that the better facilities were provided to treatment of Covid-19 patients in the State.
Chief Minister said the State Government has strengthened the health infrastructure in the State to effectively fight the pandemic. He said that at present there were 49 Dedicated Covid Hospitals/Dedicated Covid Health Centres in the State with a bed capacity of more than 3800 beds. He said that State had around 500 ventilators from PM CARES and about 200 multi branded ventilators received in aid from various countries which were being distributed to the field. He said that 434 ventilators had been made functional in various institutions across the State.
Jai Ram Thakur said that total oxygen production installed capacity was around 123.21MT of oxygen per day and current consumption of the State was around 19.21 MT of oxygen as on 20th June, 2021. He said that PSA plants had been made functional in government medical colleges of the State besides Zonal Hospital Dharamsala and DDU Shimla. He said that two PSA plants of 1000 LPM were being set up at MCH Zonal Hospital Mandi and Civil Hospital Palampur.
Chief Minister also released ‘Swarnim Himachal Geet’ a song sung by several famous artists of Kullu district which is based on Swarnim Himachal theme.
Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that the people of the Kullu district in general and of Manali Vidhan Sabha area in particular would remain grateful for the benevolence of the Chief Minister. He also thanked the Chief Minister for effectively handling the Covid-19 situation in the State. He said that Rs. 17.58 crore 80 meter span double lane bridge including approaches over river Beas at Raison in tehsil and district Kullu would go a long way in smooth flow of traffic on the Kullu-Manali-Keylong National Highway. He said that developmental projects worth Rs. 36 crore were today dedicated for the people of Manali Vidhan Sabha area today.
Former MP Maheshwar Singh while welcoming the Chief Minister thanked him for dedicating developmental projects worth crores of rupees in Kullu area.
MLA Anni Kishori Lal Sagar, MLA Banjar Surinder Shourie, State BJP Vice President Dhaneshwari Thakur, Vice Chairman HPMC Ram Singh, District BJP President Bhim Sain, Additional Chief Secretaries Ram Subhag Singh and J.C. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Kullu Richa Verma, SP Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion among others.
The State Cabinet in meeting held here today under the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the State. It was decided that inter- state buses including volvos would be started with 50 percent capacity in the State from 1 July, 2021 and the e-pass would be discontinued from 1st July. The government offices would start working with hundred per cent capacity from 1st July.
It has also been decided that all the shops would remain open from 9 AM to 8 PM while restaurants would be allowed to open till 10 PM. Social gatherings/attendance etc. would be allowed up to 50 percent of the total indoor capacity with maximum 50 persons, whereas maximum 100 persons would be allowed in the outdoor gatherings.
The Cabinet approved the formula for calculation of 12th class theory marks on the basis of 10 per cent weightage to 10th class, 15 percent weightage to 11th class results and 55 percent weightage to 1st, 2nd terms and pre-board examinations and 5 percent weightage to English subject results and 15 percent weightage to internal assessment. The results of class 12th would be declared by 3rd week of July, 2021.
The Cabinet also approved to grant one month vacation in schools from 26th June to 25th July in summer closing areas. Kullu district will have vacation for 23 days from 23rd July to 14th August, 2021. Besides this, Lahaul-Spiti district will have one month vacation from 1st July to 31st July. Teachers in the winter closing areas would start attending the schools from 1st July, 2021. However, online studies for students would continue.
The Cabinet also directed Education and Health Departments to plan in such a way that maximum number of teaching and non-teaching staff of educational institutions is immunized by the end of this month.
The Cabinet approved to establish new Police Station of State Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau at Baddi in district Solan along-with creation and filling up of 14 posts of various categories.
The Cabinet gave its approval to open new Division of Jal Shakti Department at Baddi under Doon Vidhan Sabha area of Solan district besides new Jal Shakti Section at Sai.
It was decided to enhance the stipend of PG students (MD/MS and DNB), Junior Residents, Tutor specialists and DM/M.ch students of the government medical colleges and dental colleges of the State by Rs. 5000 per month.
The decision was also taken to double the diet allowance of the sportspersons of the education department as per the budget announcement of the Chief Minister. As per the decision, the diet money at the block level has been enhanced from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100, at the zonal and district level from Rs. 60 to Rs. 120 and at the State level from Rs. 75 to Rs. Rs.150 per day per student.
The Cabinet gave its nod to upgrade Government Middle Schools, Mankot, Kuther, Kega, Ghatta, Sarog to Government High Schools and Government High Schools, Banjwar, Singadhar and Dhadu to Government Senior Secondary Schools in Chamba districts along-with creation and filling up requisite posts of different categories.
It also gave its consent to enhance the honorarium of part time water carriers of the Education department by Rs. 300 per month from 1st April, 2021. The decision would benefit 1252 part time water carriers of the department.
The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to fill up 1602 posts of different categories in various health institutions of the State up to 30th June, 2021 on outsource basis to tackle the second wave Covid-19 in the State and further it was decided to gave extension to these employees up to 30th September, 2021 keeping in view the possibility of 3rd wave of the pandemic.
It also decided to extend the lease/tender period of modification in working of the Govind Sagar reservoir for a minimum period from one to four years.
The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Assistant District Attorney in Prosecution department on contract basis through direct recruitment.
The Cabinet gave its nod to create and fill up 30 posts of different categories in newly opened Sub Jail at Kalpa in Kinnaur district.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was presented a cheque of rupees one lakh by Bureau Chief of Divya Himachal Mast Ram Dalel on behalf of the Divya Himachal Group towards the Chief Minister's Covid Fund, here today.
The Chief Minister thanked for this philanthropic act and said that such type of contribution go a long way in helping the needy in the hour of distress.
Special Correspondent, Divya Himachal Shakeel Quraishi was also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched Covid-19 Immune Vaccination Campaign for the State from Town Hall, here today.
While interacting with the members of electronic media on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that till date as many as 27.45 lakh doses of vaccine had been administered in the State and adequate doses were available in the State. Under this special vaccination campaign, about one lakh doses would be administered to people between the age group of 18-44 years per day. He said that about three lakh people of this age group would be administered vaccine during this three day special campaign. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing free vaccination to the people for the age group of 18-44 years as well.
Jai Ram Thakur said that under this special campaign, cent percent population would be covered with atleast first dose through on spot sessions in the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur and Pangi region of district Chamba. He said that hard area of Dodra-Kwar region in district Shimla would also be covered with at least first dose by 25 June, 2021 by modality of daily sessions, including Sundays and holidays, if required through on spot sessions.
The Chief Minister said that the government has also decided to relax the condition of registration for vaccination in the rural areas but the process would remain in force for the urban areas. This would facilitate on spot registration of the people for vaccination in rural areas.
Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal, Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Satya Kaundal, Deputy Mayor Shalender Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Aditya Negi, Sp Mohit Chawla, Commissioner MC Shimla Ashish Kohli and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.
Yoga not only keeps human physically and mentally fit but also go a long way in maintaining balance between body and soul. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the virtual celebration of International Yoga Day-2021 organized by the Ayush Vibhag Himachal Pradesh at Peterhof here today.
Chief Minister said that International Day of Yoga-2021, was being observed with the theme 'Yoga for well-being', was much relevant in the prevalent times of corona pandemic. He said that Covid-19 pandemic was not just a physical crisis but also left lasting impacts on mental health. It has left many people in psychological suffering, depression, anxiety and to deal with the pandemic-necessitated restrictions. He said that Yoga can help people dealing with such crises, the United Nations explained on its website since the message of the practice is to promote both physical and mental health.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the idea for an UN-mandated International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Prime Minister Modi called Yoga an "invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition" and called for the "harmony between man and nature" through Yoga and this initiative was backed by as many as 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UN Resolution of such nature, he added.
Chief Minister said that the State Government was committed to promote Yoga in the State. He said that with the active cooperation of Art of Living, Yog Bharati, Vivekanand Yog Kendra etc., the State Ayush Department has launched a new programme 'Ayush Ghar Dwar' from 14th May this year to virtually help the corona patients and other people for doing yoga and pranayam.
Jai Ram Thakur thanked Founder of Art of Living Shri Shri Ravi Shankar for sparing his valuable time by joining virtually to motivate the people by his enlightening thoughts.
Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that during the present era of cut short competition and various stress, Yoga has emerged as best measure for relaxation of body and mind. He said that as many as 1327 groups were constituted under the Ayush Ghar Dwar programme through which over 53000 people were motivated to practice Yoga and pranayam.
Founder of Art of Living Shri Shri Ravi Shankar appreciated the steps taken by the State Government in promoting Yoga in the State. He said that Yoga not only helps in making the strong and healthy society but also in promoting goodwill among the masses. He said that Himachal Pradesh was an abode of god and goddess and steps must be taken to make Himachal Pradesh a prosperous and healthy State. The State Government had also done exceptionally well in vaccination campaign. He also thanked the doctors and other paramedical staff and frontline workers for working with dedication during the corona pandemic.
Principal Secretary Ayush Onkar Chand Sharma presented vote of thanks.
Governor Bandaru Dattatraya joined the event virtually whereas Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Member of Parliament and State BJP President Suresh Kashyap, Oragnizing Secretary Pawan Rana, Vice Chairman State Handicraft and Handloom Corporation Sanjeev Katwal, Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Satya Kaundal, Deputy Mayor Shalender Chauhan, DGP Sanjay Kundu, Chairman cum Managing Director SJVNL Nand Lal Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Aditya Negi, Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon, Superintendent of Police Mohit Chawla and other senior officers were also present with the Chief Minister at Peterhof.
A presentation was made here today before Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur regarding proposed alignment on Shimla bypass four-laning project from Kaithlighat to Dhalli section and construction of highway tunnel parallel to the Dhalli tunnel under the Shimla Smart City Mission.
The Chief Minister was apprised that five tunnels were required to be constructed on the Kaithlighat to Dhalli section. The present proposal of twin tunnels/viaducts from Bhattakufar to Dhalli would completely bypass the urban area and bare minimum forest area/structures would be impacted during the construction of this four lane project.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the present proposal of this four-lane bypass must have negligible disturbance on the lives of the residents of the area. He expressed hope that separate twin tunnel proposed to connect the Sanjauli bypass and connectivity with the city roads would ensure better connectivity to the people of Shimla town.
He also felt the need for improvement of Dhalli junction and Dhalli bypass. He suggested that since the construction of tunnels involves huge muck generation, efforts must be made for creating facilities like stadium etc. on these dumping sites for best utilization of the land. He directed the officers of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to ensure time bound completion of this project so that benefits could be derived in time.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Dhalli tunnel was over 175 years old and had outlived its design life. This tunnel has become a bottleneck as it connects upper Shimla area, Mandi, Kullu as well as Kinnuar districts. He said that the government has decided to construct a parallel two lane tunnel along this tunnel to ensure smooth plying of vehicles at an estimated cost of Rs. 55 crore and would be completed by the month of August next year.
The Chief Minister directed the officers to take into confidence all the stakeholders particularly the owners of the houses situated above the proposed tunnel. He said that meetings should be held with them assuring them that the project would cause no damage to their properties.
Principal Secretary, PWD Subhashish Panda assured the Chief Minister that all efforts would be made to ensure time bound completion of these projects.
Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretary J.C. Sharma, Special Secretary Arindam Chaudhary, Regional Officer, NHAI G.S Sangha and other senior officers attended the meeting.
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