Astrology was an old Indian science, but it was also a subject of research in the modern era, through which its researcher explains the solutions to solve the problems of the common man, while presently it was also taught as a science in various recognized universities. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on the occasion of the award distribution function of conference organized by the All India Saraswati Jyotish Manch today.
The Chief Minister said that astrology was encouraging Indian culture among people, while it also serves as a field of employment for the youth. He said that individuals practicing this science help in the upliftment of society by awakening the spirit of harmony among people. He said that astrology was a science that starts with birth and continues till the end of life in our culture.
Jai Ram Thakur said that a person suffering from problems would take help of astrology. He called upon astrologers to solve the problems of needy with their knowledge and must not misuse it for their means of prosperity. He said that more research should be done for the development and dissemination of this science so that India will be on the path of becoming a cultural world teacher.
The Chief Minister said that the state government will consider starting astrology course at the university level. On this occasion, the Chief Minister also honoured various astrologers and distributed prizes to the prominent astrologers.
On this occasion, Rajeev Sharma, Chairman of the Manch welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries.
Vikrant Sharma, Ajay Bambi, Pandit Vipin Sharma, R.K. Bhardwaj and other dignitaries were present on this occasion.
The State Government has decided that the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd would Purchase electricity produced by the small power projects upto 25 MW capacity in order to help the power producers of these projects and attract more investment in power sector. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over a seminar on “Speedy Development of Hydro Electric Projects in Himachal Pradesh” organised by Bonafide Himachalis Hydro Power Developers and Himalaya Power Producers Association in collaboration with MNRE, Government of India and MPP & Power Department, NES, Government of Himachal Pradesh here today.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State has identified potential of over 27000 MW which once fully harnessed have the potential to transform the economy of the State. He said that till date only 10547 MW potential stands harnessed. The State Government has set a target to harness about 182 MW potential during the current year by active participation of private and public sectors, for which the Government was providing several incentives to the power producers so that they can construct hydro power projects in the State with ease.
He said that the power producers would be independent to sell the electricity generated by them to other interested buyers. He said that a committee would be constituted under the chairmanship of Power Minister to look into the issues raised by the power producers of the State. He said that efforts would be made to simplify procedures for according clearances for setting up of power projects. He said that the government would sympathetically consider all the genuine demands of the power producers.
The Chief Minister said that State Government has made necessary amendments in the Power Policy so as to make it investors friendly. He said that the State government was according speedy forest clearances for the construction of power projects in the State. This would save the power producers from un-necessary delays in the construction of power projects. He said that during the present tenure of the State Government, some major initiatives have been taken for the welfare of the investors both in power and industrial sectors.
Jai Ram Thakur said that in order to attract more investors in power sector, the State Government has already deferred the royalty at the rate of 12 per cent for the first 12 years for upcoming projects which will immensely benefit the power producers. This would help the power producers to pay the loans and interest on the loan easily during the initial years of the projects. In addition, upfront premium at the rate of Rs 1 lakh per MW is being charged from upcoming projects for safeguarding the interests of the independent power producers.
He said that about 3.34 lakh MW power has been generated in the country which was very less as compared to China where 16.74 lakh MW power has been generated. This shows that still lot more needed to be done in the power sector to fully harness the potential in the country as well as the State.
Chief Minister honoured Sai Engineering Foundation CEO Munish Sharma, P.C. Pant, Tarun Kapoor, Er. S.N. Kapoor, Ajay Kumar Sharma, Keshav Reddy and Harish Guleria on behalf of Power Developers Association for their outstanding contribution in development of power sector.
Bonafide Himachalis Hydro Developers and Himalaya Power Producers Association presented a cheque of Rs. 11 lakh to the Chief Minister towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on the occasion. M
MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma said that power and tourism sector has immense potential both for making the State economically self-sufficient and providing employment opportunities to the youth of the State. The State Government was committed to rejuvenate the power sector for which some initiatives have already been taken by the State government which have been even appreciated by the opposition leaders. He said that the Power Policy has been made investors friendly. He said that greater stress would be laid on power transmission so that independent power producers does not face any hardship in selling the power. He said that all the genuine demands of the Power Producers would be considered sympathetically by the State Government.
Additional Chief Secretary Power Tarun Kapoor while addressing the seminar said that if the State succeeds to harness 5000 MW in next five year in private sector, the State would be able to attract investment of over Rs 50,000 crore. He said that for this it was essential that the construction time of hydro power projects was reduced drastically. He also gave a presentation on hydro power generation in Himachal Pradesh. He said that the State Government would provide all possible help in speedy forest clearances for setting up of hydro power projects in the State.
President Bonafide Himachalis Hydro Power Developers Rajesh Sharma said that the power producers of the State were committed to make Himachal Pradesh a power state of the country for which active cooperation of the Government was solicited. He said that forest clearance for construction of power projects was biggest bottleneck as the process was very tedious and cumbersome and needed to the simplified. He also urged the Chief Minister for early redressal of their different demands.
President Himalaya Power Producers Association Arun Kumar welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion.
Associate Vice President Corporate Affairs (Hydro) JSW Energy Ltd. also gave a detailed presented on Hydro Power in Himachal Pradesh.
Joint Secretary of the Association Ajay Thakur gave a presentation on the occasion.
Director Energy Mansi Sahay Thakur proposed vote of thanks on the occasion.
Mayor Municipal Corporation Shimla Kusum Sedrate, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu and other senior officers were present on the occasion among others.
One cannot even think of a strong and vibrant society without active cooperation and participation of the women in every sphere. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the 'Nari Samman Samaroh' organised by the Divya Himachal Media Group here last evening to honour the women of the State excelling in their respective field.
While lauding the efforts of the Media group in honoring the women, the Chief Minister said that women constitute almost half of the population and they have proven time and again that if opportunity given, they can excel in every field.
Chief Minister said that the State Government was committed for the empowerment of the women and for this several initiatives have been taken during the last seven months. He said that it was a matter of happiness that the society was slowly but steadily coming alive towards the empowerment of the women, by ensuring their participation in decision making process.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was ensuring that the women were empowered from the grassroots level and for this free education was being provided to them at highest level. He said that mindset of the people about girl child needs to be changed only then healthy society can be ensured.
The Chief Minister lauded the role of Divya Himachal for upholding high professional ethics. He said that in the short period of about 21 years Divya Himachal has created a special place in the hearts of the readers of the State.
Jai Ram Thakur honored Radio Jockey Shalini Sharma, Folk singer Varsha Katoch, Truck driver Neelkamal, Yoga Teacher Dr. Garima Thakur, Social Worker Preeti Sood, Dancer Shruti Gupta, HAS Officer Kumud Singh, Weaver Meena Kumari, Taxi Driver Raveena, IPS Officer Monika, Writer Meenakshi Chaudhry, Writer Saroj Parmar and Handball Coach Snehlata for excelling in their respective fields.
Chief Managing Director, Divya Himachal Media Group Bhanu Dhameja welcomed the Chief Minister and also presented him book “Why India Needs Presidential System” written by him.
Editor, Divya Himachal Anil Soni presented vote of thanks.
Wife of the Chief Minister Dr. Sadhna Thakur, Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary Health BK Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretary Onkar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Amit Kashyap, Director Tourism Rakesh Kanwar, Special Secretary to Chief Minister D.C. Rana, Director Information and Public Relations Anupam Kashyap, Director Elementary Education Rohit Jamwal, SP Omapati Jamwal were also present on the occasion. 000
The State government would ensure atleast 80 percent employment opportunities in all the upcoming power, Industries and Tourism Projects in the State to the Himachali youth. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting regarding investment targets in tourism, MPP and Power and Industries here today.
Chief Minister said that the State has immense power potential and if fully exploited it has capacity to transform the economy of the State. He said that the departments should work with specific targets to be achieved in stipulated period. He said that five hydro power projects with a total capacity of 594 MW would be completed within next one year on which work was on war footing, whereas eleven other projects with total capacity of 307 MW would also be completed within years, which were awarded during the last six months.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the Government was also laying stress on optimum exploitation of non conventional energy. He said that HIMURJA would complete construction of 19 mini and small projects with total capacity of 34.20 MW capacity during the next one year.
While reviewing the investment targets achieved in industries department, Chief Minister said that pollution free environment, industrial peace, skilled manpower and uninterrupted power supply makes Himachal Pradesh a favoured destination for investors. He said that in order to attract industrial investment in the State, electricity duty on existing industries has been reduced from 4 percent to 2 percent in small scale industries and from 10 percent to 7 percent in case of medium industries.
It was informed in the meeting that target has been fixed to complete 27 industrial units with an investment of Rs 895.70 crore which would provide employment to about 2600 people. In addition, target has been fixed to allot 350 industrial plots to the entrepreneurs in the State during the next one year and attract an investment of Rs 5000 crore and employment potential of 8000 people.
Jai Ram Thakur said several man made and natural water bodies of the State could be developed as a major tourist attraction. He said that possibilities should be explored to start water sports such as boating and shikaras in Chamera water reservoir. Similarly, Pong Dam could prove a major attraction not only for birds lovers but also the reservoir could be developed a favourite destination for water sports enthusiasts, he added. He said that Pandoh Dam in Mandi district could also be developed from tourism point of view. Likewise, efforts would be made to develop other reservoirs such as Larji and Bhakra dam from tourism point of view, he added.
Chief Minister said that there was immense potential of tourism in form of eco-tourism and adventure tourism. He said that rope ways were another sector which could be an added attraction for the tourists. He said that the Government would special stress on lesser known and unexplored tourist destinations.
It was informed in the meeting that four rope ways would be allocated to the potential entrepreneurs in the State during the next one year, besides work would be completed on Dharmashala-Meclodgang rope within a year.
Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, senior IPS Officer Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretary Industries RD Dhiman, Secretary Finance Akshay Sood, Director Tourism Rakesh Kanwar, Special Secretary to the Chief Minister D.C. Rana were present on the occasion among others.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today released Pahari CD 'Gunj Non Stop' of traditional Himachali folk songs sung by Birbal Sharma and directed by Prabhu Negi.
The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the singer as such songs go a long way in creating awareness of our culture and traditions among the new generation.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has directed the officers to ensure time bound action on the announcements made by the government so that the fruits of development could reach to the beneficiaries well in time. He was addressing the people of Seraj Assembly constituency through video conferencing from the State Secretariat today to take first hand information about the progress of developmental projects announced by the state government.
He asked to submit the action taken report regarding the issues raised by the public representatives and general public during the video conference to the Chief Minister's office at the earliest. He said that the officers should ensure speedy redressal of public grievances and work proactively for early completion of various on-going projects. He said that any laxity in this regard would be viewed seriously and strict action would be taken against the erring officers.
The Chief Minister said that priority of the government was to provide adequate staff in health and educational institutions particularly in remote and far flung areas of the State. He said that providing of basic amenities to the people particularly in rural areas was the main focus and sustained efforts had been made in this regard. He said that Seraj Assembly constituency was one of the neglected segments during the previous Congress Government.
He said that Janjehli in Seraj constituency would be developed as a major tourist destination and road leading to Shikari Mata temple would be maintained properly. He said that forest rest house would be constructed at Dharot to facilitate the tourists. He also assured the people that Kholi-Surah, Devkanda, Riyara, Janer, Shilihi-Baghi-Deol-Jeshla and Shila Bag-Deol roads would be strengthened and maintained properly.
He said that efforts would be made to start similar practice of interacting with people of all Assembly constituencies so that general public could get direct access to the Chief Minister's Office. He said that efforts would be made to start heli taxi service for Janjehli so as to facilitate the tourists. The residents of the area urged the Chief Minister to open fertilizer depot in Seraj assembly constituency besides construction of inspection hut at Bagradhach.
The people of Gram Panchayat Thana urged the Chief Minister to provide proper water supply scheme for the Panchayat. They also urged to construct lift water supply scheme from Dev khud.
The residents of Jaishala panchayat demanded to open primary health centre and community centre at Chuni. The residents of Bagrathach requested for providing adequate Doctors in Civil Hospital Bagrathach and providing ATM facility at Bagradhach.
The people of Seraj assembly constituency thanked the Chief Minister for sparing his valuable time for interacting with them through video conferencing.
Deputy Commissioner Rugved Thakur was connected from Mandi whereas SDM Thunag Surender Mohan and other senior officers of Seraj constituency participated in video conferencing from Thunag.
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