Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today visited the Ridge, Shimla the venue of the proposed rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31st of this month to mark the completion of eight years tenure of the present Central Government.
Chief Minister directed the authorities to make foolproof arrangements to make the occasion an historic one.
Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal, Principal Secretary Bharat Khera, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Aditya Negi, Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon and other senior officers were present on the occasion among others.
The state government has accorded top priority for health and social welfare sectors. During the regime of previous government the age limit for availing the benefit of old age pension was 80 years. Present government after assuming the office, in its first cabinet meeting, reduced the age limit to 70 years. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was addressing on the occasion of Tridev Sammelan held at Chambi in Kangra district today. He said the age limit for old age pension has now been curtailed to 60 years.
He said that women of the state had played vital role in empowering the family and society. Even during the peak of COVID pandemic, women showed their endeavor and came forward to make available lacs of hand-made cloth masks to facilitate the masses. He said the government has also fulfilled its announcement made on the occasion of state-level Himachal Day function held at Chamba and now only 50 percent of the bus fare would be charged from women during intra-state travelling in HRTC buses. The state Cabinet has also accorded its nod.
Detailing the benefits of ambitious Ayushman Bharat Yojna, Chief Minister said that financial assistance amounting to over Rs. 154 crore has been given to the beneficiaries of the state. Supplementing the Ayushman Bharat Yojna, the state government launched Mukhya Mantri Himachal Health Care Yojna to cover those families which were not covered under Ayushman Bharat Yojna. Over 2.40 lakh beneficiaries have been benefited by spending Rs. 218 crore, he added.
He said under PM Ujjawala Yojna which was started in the year of 2016, over 1.37 lakh families have been covered, while Mukhya Mantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna has also benefited 3.31 lakh families. Himachal Pradesh has become the first smoke-free state in the country where every household is having LPG connection now. The Cabinet has also approved free domestic water supply in rural areas and two free LPG cylinders to the beneficiaries of Mukhya Mantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna.
The state government has accorded the top priority to health care, Mukhya Mantri Sahara Yojna was also launched in 2019 for critical care patients who needed a helping hand. Under the Sahara Yojna, 17,989 patients with such serious ailments have been provided with financial assistance of Rs. 60.50 crore so far, Chief Minister said.
Earlier, Chief Minister welcomed Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani on her arrival at Kangra airport.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, Forest Minister Rakesh Pathania, MPs Kishan Kapoor and Indu Goswami, MP and State BJP President Suresh Kashyap, Deputy Speaker HP Vidhan Sabha Dr. Hans Raj and MLAs from Kangra and Chamba districts, BJP State Incharge Avinash Rai Khanna, Organizing General Secretary Pawan Rana, State BJP General Secretary Trilok Kapoor were also present on the occasion.
The State Cabinet meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur gave its nod to the Mukhya Mantri Bal Suposhan Yojna. The Scheme would be run through joint efforts of the Centre and State Government, Departments of Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare, Elementary Education and National Health Mission. The scheme envisions significant improvement in nutritional status of mothers and children through multiple intensified interventions converging various stake holders. The state Govt. has done extensive consultations with NITI Aayog to realize this vision through seven Pillar approach (Sapt Stambh) the components of which are: Early detection and treatment of diarrhoea, Intensified monitoring and care of identified high risk group's Special SNP-addition of protein rich food for high-risk children and improved feeding practices, Interventions for anemia in children and adolescent girls, Detection of high-risk pregnancies particularly Hypertension and anemia, treatment and follow up of malnourished children and social behavior change strategies. The scheme has a budget of Rs 65 crores and would be a milestone in curtailing childhood malnutrition by combating illnesses such as diarrhoea, pneumonia andanemia. It shall be focused approach as Jan Andolan mode involving stake holders to plan, implement and monitor health of children, adolescent, pregnant women and lactating mothers. With this scheme Himachal Pradesh shall be able to improve the health parameters of NFHS-5 substantially in a time bound manner.
The Cabinet decided to provide 50 percent concession in fare to women passengers in HRTC ordinary intra State buses. Announcement in this respect was made by the Chief Minister on the occasion of Himachal Day on 15th April, 2022 at Chamba.
The Cabinet gave its approval to provide government guarantee in favour of Himachal Road Transport Corporation for raising term loan of Rs. 160 crore to buy 360 new buses/ other transport vehicles. This would provide better transportation facilities to the commuters.
The Cabinet also decided to provide free domestic water supply facility to the people in the rural areas of the State from 1st May, 2022.
The Cabinet gave its approval to provide two free gas cylinders to the beneficiaries of Mukhya Mantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna in addition to the refill provided at the time of gas connection.
It gave its approval for grant of Child Adoption Leave upto 12 weeks to the regular female employees of the State Government.
The Cabinet decided to enhance the honorarium of part time workers functioning in patwar circles of Revenue Department from existing Rs. 4100 to Rs. 5000 per month.
It also decided to enhance the honorarium of Lambardars in Revenue Department from existing Rs. 2300 to Rs. 3200 per month.
The Cabinet decided to enhance the honorarium of cook cum helper under the Mid Day Meal Scheme by Rs. 900 per month from 1st April, 2022. This decision would benefit over 20650 cook cum helpers working in elementary education department.
It decided to enhance the honorarium of part time water carriers working in Education Department by Rs. 900 per month from 1st April, 2022. This would benefit 581 water carriers.
The Cabinet decided to enhance the honorarium of all categories of teachers appointed under SMC by Rs. 1000 per month from 1st April, 2022. This would benefit 2477 SMC teachers in the State.
It gave its nod to create and fill up 66 posts of Superintendent, Grade-I in Education Department for its smooth functioning.
The Cabinet decided to fill up 177 posts of Operation Theatre Assistant in Health and Family Welfare Department to facilitate the patients.
It decided to fill up 100 posts of Veterinary Officers in Animal Husbandry Department on contract basis through direct recruitment/batchwise basis.
The Cabinet gave its nod to fill up 130 posts of different categories under National Health Mission on contract/outsource basis.
The Cabinet gave its approval to provide two sets of school uniforms to pre-Primary (Nursery) enrolled in the Government Schools under Atal School Vardi Yojna alongwith stitching charges of Rs. 200 per annum.
It gave its nod to grant extension of existing One Time Settlement Scheme of the H.P. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Corporation Ltd. for a period of one year besides waiving of Rs. 2.83 crore as Margin money loan and interest thereof. This would benefit 11133 beneficiaries.
It also decided to create and fill up one post of Medical Officer (psychiatrist) on contract basis besides one post of Safai Karamchari in Nari Sewa Sadan Mashobra in Shimla district.
It gave its approval to make considerable enhancement of salary/honorarium of the employees working in Himachal Pradesh Bal/Balika Asharams, State/ District Child Protection Units and State Adoption Resource Agency/Child Protection Services Programmes run by Himachal Pradesh Child Welfare Council. This would benefit 247 employees working in these institutions.
It gave its nod to create a new patwar circle Dhwal under Sub Tehsil Dehar in Mandi district by carving it from patwar circle Batwara.
The Cabinet also gave its approval for carving out a new patwar circle Tyudi by reorganizing patwar circles Vatuhi and Panoh in Una tehsil of Una district.
It gave its approval for creating a new patwar circle Tandi by bifurcating patwar circle Saroa in Chachiot tehsil of Mandi district.
It also accorded its approval for creating a new patwar circle Kyariyan by carving it out from patwar cirlces Bohana, Dihar and Dhanet in Una district.
The Cabinet gave its approval for providing 0-01-16 hectare of land in Mauja Pathiyar tehsil Nagrota Bagwan in Kangra district in favour of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation on lease basis for 99 years for construction of HRTC workshop.
It gave its approval for creating and filling up of 14 posts of different categories in Meditation Cells in the establishment of State/District Consumer Commissions.
It also gave its nod for starting of science classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Tikkru and Malaal in Dalhousie Vidhan Sabha area of Chamba district alongwith creation and filling up of six posts of different categories.
It also gave its approval for opening new Primary School at Bekar in Gram Panchayat Khawlech in Seraj Vidhan Sabha area of Mandi district.
It also decided to start commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools Kuh Manjwar in Bilaspur district to facilitate the students.
It also decided to start medical classes in government senior secondary School, Sari Molag in Kangra district and Non-medical classes in Government Senior secondary School Jahal in Mandi district alongwith creation of four posts.
The Cabinet gave its approval for opening Government Degree College at Kupvi in Chopal Vidhan Sabha area of Shimla district alongwith creation and filling up of 18 posts of different categories, besides provision of Rs. Five crore for carrying out construction activities.
It also agreed in principle to designate Language Teachers working in Education Department as TGT (Hindi).
It also decided to increase the bed capacity in Regional Hospital Bilaspur from existing 270 to 300 beds to facilitate the patients.
The Cabinet gave its nod for entering into a MoU with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India for implementing the Centrally sponsored schemes components of Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM). This would facilitate in developing Public Health System to meet the needs of future pandemic by integrating essential public health functions and service delivery with objective to strengthen grass root public health institutions in the State.
It also gave its nod to upgrade Veterinary Dispensary Bansha in Kullu district to Veterinary Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of three posts to facilitate the farmers. This would benefit people of about eight panchayats.
The Cabinet gave its nod for conversion of 286 veterinary dispensaries opened under Mukhya Mantri Arogya Pashodhan Yojna to Regular Veterinary Dispensaries apart from converting 286 posts of Gram Panchayat Veterinary Assistants to Veterinary Pharmacists on contract basis.
In order to support the working of cooperative societies especially those comprising of educated youth by providing mentoring support and initial sustainability grant to them , the Cabinet gave its nod to start Yuva Sahkaar Kosh Scheme in the State. Under the Scheme the eligible Farmers Producers Organizations for a viable project from the Yuva Sahkaar Kosh would be eligible for training and community mobilization support of maximum Rs. 25000, FPO management cost of Rs. 2 lakh in the first two years and seed money equal to double of the equity grant of maximum Rs. 15 lakh.
It gave its nod to open new Jal Shakti Division at Sujanpur in Hamirpur district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts to its smooth functioning.
It also decided to create new Jal Shakti Sub Division at Kangoo, Jal Shakti Section at Churar in Jal Shakti Sub Division Sundernagar and a new Jal Shakti Section in Chowki under Jal Shakti Sub Division Nihri in Sundernagar area of Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite staff.
The Cabinet decided to open new Jal Shakti Section at Dodra under Jal Shakti Sub Division Kwar in Rohru Vidhan Sabha area of Shimla district.
It also decided to open a new Jal Shakti Sub Division at Kunihar under Jal Shakti Division Arki in Solan district alongwith creation and filling up of four posts of different categories.
It also gave its consent to open new Jal Shakti Sub Division at Kuthera under Jal Shakati Division Bilaspur alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.
The Cabinet decided to open new Jal Shakti Section Balgar under Jal Shakti Sub Division Sainj in Shimla district alongwith creation and filling up requisite posts.
It also decided to open new Jal Shakti Section at Gattadhar under Jal Shakti Sub Division Haripur Dhar in Sirmaur district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.
The Cabinet gave its nod to open new Division of Jal Shakti at Jaisinghpur in Jaisinghpur Vidhan Sabha area of Kangra district. It also decided to open Jal Shakti Sub Division at Banuri under Jal Shakti Division Palampur in Kangra district.
It also gave its approval to fill up two posts of Lecturers Pharmaceutics and Pharmacognosy on contract basis in Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Science College, Jogindernagar in Mandi district.
It gave its consent to open new ayurvedic health centre at village Jhamach in Banjar Vidhan Sabha area of Kullu district alongwith creation and filling up of three posts of different categories.
The Cabinet gave its consent to provide district level fair status to Shaheed Kalyan Singh Memorial Khel Avam Sanskritik Mela Halah in Shilai tehsil of Sirmaur district.
The Cabinet gave its nod for additional accommodation in HPPWD Rest House Bajaura in tehsil Bhuntar of Kullu district to facilitate the people.
It also decided to open two new sections (Civil and Electrical) of Public Works Department in Super Speciality Block Chamyana in Shimla district.
It also gave its consent to constitute Transport Appellate Tribunal to regulate all aspects of road transport vehicles in the State alongwith creation and filling up of 12 posts of different categories.
The Cabinet gave its approval to start science classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Haripur Khol, Panjahal and Barma Papri and Commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary School, Bikrambag and commerce and mathematics in Government Senior Secondary School, Sainwala in Nahan constituency of Sirmaur district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.
It gave its approval to start science classes in government senior secondary schools Duhak, Drang and Dhati in Kangra district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.
The Cabinet gave its approval for opening Government Degree College at Chattri in Seraj vidhan sabha area of Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of 18 posts of different categories, besides provision of Rs. Five crore for carrying out construction activities.
It decided to open Health Sub Centre at Bihani in Gram Panchayat Jhaler in Mandi district.
The Cabinet decided to upgrade Veterinary Dispensary Dhamandari in Kutlehar Vidhan Sabha area of Una district to Veterinary Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of three posts.
It decided to open Health Sub Centre at Ladwa in Chamba district to facilitate the people of this remote area.
Major departments must plan mega state level event based on welfare schemes: CM
Time bound completion of Chief Minister’s announcements must be ensured and special focus should be laid on completion of those projects which were nearing completion so that these could be completed at the earliest besides avoiding cost escalation of the projects and also ensure that the people of the area derive benefits of the developmental projects. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting held to review the progress in Chief Minister’s announcements here today.
Jai Ram Thakur said that all the announcements made by him till April this year must be implemented by end of June this year so that the people could be benefitted. He said that major departments must plan atleast one mega State level event based on their welfare schemes. He said that proper planning and concept idea must be developed to organize such events. He said that beneficiaries of major schemes related to the concerned department must be invited in these State level functions. He said that 16 such events would be organized throughout the State to acquaint the public about the welfare schemes initiated by the State Government besides felicitating the beneficiaries.
Chief Minister said that all the projects nearing completion must be completed by the end of June this year. He said that for this special campaign must be launched. He said that any laxity in execution of projects and implementing of the announcements would be viewed seriously. He said that special emphasis must be laid on ensuring quality work in developmental projects.
Jai Ram Thakur said that an effective mechanism should be developed to ensure optimum utilization of unspent money. He said that this would not only ensure adequate funds for development but also give boost to the developmental process. He said that although the covid-19 pandemic has affected the pace of development, but still steps must be taken to ensure that all the announcements made by him are achieved well in time. He said that special emphasis must be laid on completion of a few prestigious projects of the State Government. He said that projects like major buildings, bridges etc. must be executed at speedy pace so that the same have impact on masses.
Chief Minister said that the officers must work with missionary zeal to meet the expectations of the Government and the people of the State. He said that the credit of the good work done by the State Government during the last four and a half years also goes to the officers who have worked with commitment and dedication.
Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh assured the Chief Minister that effective steps would be taken to meet the deadline for Chief Minister’s announcements. He directed the officers to put earnest efforts to fulfill the announcements of the Chief Minister at the earliest.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Subhasish Panda detailed out events to be organized by various departments on welfare schemes being implement by them. He said that out of 2123 announcements made by the Chief Minister till 31st December, 2021, as many as 1576 have been implemented and work was in progress to implement the remaining.
Special Secretary to the Chief Minister and Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon welcomed the Chief Minister and other officers present in the meeting and also conducted the proceedings of the meeting.
Additional Chief Secretaries Nisha Singh, Sanjay Gupta, R.D. Dhiman and Prabodh Saxena, Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretaries Onkar Sharma, Bharat Khera, R.D. Nazeem, Dr. Rajneesh and Devesh Kumar, Secretaries, Heads of Departments and other senior officers attended the meeting.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting regarding issues of Hydro Electric Power Projects (Bonafide Himachali Association) at Shimla today, said that the State Government would sympathetically consider the request of the Independent Power Producers to reduce the interest rates of loans taken by them for construction of mini and micro power projects in the State.
Chief Minister said that presently the State Cooperative Bank was providing loan to the power producers at an interest rate of 10.50 percent, which earlier was 13.75 percent. He said that keeping in view the financial constraints being faced by the power producers, he urged the Bank to sympathetically consider their demand to further lower the interest rate of the loan amount.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government loan term be increased from the existing 30 years to 40 years in order to facilitate the independent power producers. He said that the request of the Independent Power Producers before the Bank to consider One Time Settlement (OTS) or outright sale would be also considered sympathetically.
Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary also urged the Chief Minister to reduce rate of interest on the loans provided by the State Cooperative Bank to facilitate the Independent Power Producers of the State. He said that the issue of converting the un-serviced interest into Funded Interest Term Loan (FITL) at a rate of zero percent interest would also be considered sympathetically.
Additional Chief Secretary Power and Industries R.D. Dhiman welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present in the meeting and also conducted the proceedings of the meeting.
Chairman State Cooperative Bank Khushi Ram Balnahta said that the Bank would consider decreasing the rate of interest after evaluating its asset liability position.
Secretary Cooperation Dr. Ajay Sharma, Managing Director H.P. Power Corporation Ltd Harikesh Meena, MD HP State Cooperative Bank Ltd. Sharwan Manta and representatives of IPP were present in the meeting.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today released a book ''Embroidered Narratives of Pahari Embroidery: Design Directory of Traditional Motifs'' written by Dr. Rohini Arora.
While appreciating the efforts of the author, Chief Minister said that the book would go a long way in capacity building of artisans and could be used as reference material to reorient the artisans concerning traditional themes, designs, and motifs.
Author Dr. Rohini Arora said that the book illustrates indigenous motifs of both embroidery styles, i.e. double sided and single - sided embroidery practiced in the same region.
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