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  • CM inaugurates "Indira’s Himachal-Towards New Frontiers" photo exhibition in Shimla
  • Rs. 153 crore released to clear all liabilities under Market Intervention Scheme : CM
  • Special emphasis on strengthening rural economy, says CM Sukhu during HPMilkfed review meeting
  • Government to Establish First-of-its-Kind 'Centre of Excellence for Divyangjan Education' in Kandag
  • H.P. Cabinet Decisions
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  • H.P. Cabinet Decisions

     The State Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu gave approval to give one time relaxation for one year in upper age limit to the candidates appearing for the recruitment of 1226 posts of Constable in the Police department.  Now, general candidates between the age of 18 to 26 years, SC/ST, OBC, Gorkhas, distinguished sportspersons, between 18 to 28 years and Home Guards between the age of 20 to 29 years will be eligible for constable recruitment.

    The cabinet also decided to create and fill up more than 6630 posts in various government departments including engaging 6297 Early Childhood Care and Education Tutors in the education department to provide better education to tiny tots. 

    It decided to create and fill up 200 posts of Medical Officers in Health and Family Welfare department. In addition to this, the Cabinet also gave its nod to fill up 22 posts of Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in various medical colleges in the State, which include three posts of Professor and two posts of Associate Professors in Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar Government Medical College, Nahan, two posts of Professor and one post of Associate Professor in Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Ner Chowk, Mandi, four posts of Professor and five posts each of Associate and Assistant Professors in Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba to provide specialized health services to the people nearer to their homes.

    It was also decided to create and fill up 8 posts of Casualty Medical Officer in Tanda Medical College and five posts of Assistant Professor in Chamba Medical College along-with requisite supporting staff including staff nurse, operation theatre assistant, technicians, multi task workers etc. in order to make Trauma Centres functional in both these medical colleges.

    The Cabinet decided to create and fill up 84 posts of various categories in the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Tribunal. 

    The Cabinet gave its consent to fill up 13 posts of different categories for newly constituted Four Lane Planning Areas in the State in the department of Town and Country Planning for better regulations. 

    It accorded approval to fill up four posts of Youth Organizers in the department of Youth Services and Sports Department. 

    It was decided to bring the direct recruitment of Group C posts under State Government and State Public Sector Undertakings, Boards, Corporations, Local Bodies under the ambit of H.P. Rajya Chayan Aayog. 

     The Cabinet gave its nod to open Superintendent of Police Office and Superintending Engineer Public Works Department at Dehra in Kangra district but due to enforcement of Model Code of Conduct these two offices would be notified later on. It also accorded sanction to open the Electrical Division at Haroli in Una district.

    The Cabinet also formed a Cabinet Sub-Committee under the chairmanship of Industries Minister Harshwardhan Chauhan with Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anirudh Singh, Public Works Minister Vikramaditya Singh and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Dharmani as Members to suggest guidelines for streamlining the operations of Home Stays and boost tourism in the State.

    It also approved to form a Cabinet Sub-Committee to recommend on resource mobilization under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri with Agriculture Minister Chander Kumar, Industries Minister Harshwardhan Chauhan and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Dharmani as its members.

     The Cabinet also reviewed the situation of forest fires, drought, water scarcity and monsoon advancement in the State.




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  • Special emphasis on strengthening rural economy, says CM Sukhu during HPMilkfed review meeting

    Speed-up registration of milk production co-operatives and ensure quality milk production, directs Chief Minister

    Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu today here chaired the review meeting of the Himachal Pradesh State Co-operative Milk Producer's Federation Limited (HPMilkfed). He directed the officers to ensure timely completion of construction of Dhagwar milk plant. The Chief Minister added that the state government was committed for welfare of the rural areas and its people by strengthening the rural economy of the state. "The activities related to milk production and processed items would play a pivotal role in this regard. The government was giving special preference and was whole-heartedly committed to provide all-out support to all the stake-holders of the rural economy," stated Sh. Sukhu.

    The Chief Minister further directed to increase the capacity of milk plants in Kullu, Nahan, Hamirpur and Una to 20,000 liters per plant, besides speeding up the registration of the milk production co-operatives and aiding the farmers in the registration process. He also asked to pay special attention on capacity building of farmers and on quality of milk production. Sh. Sukhu also directed to rationalize the milk marketing process and its transportation.

    He said that the trademark of HPMilkfed "HIM" has been registered by the Government of India. The Chief Minister said that at present there are 1,148 village dairy co-operatives in the state having 47,905 members, including 19,388 women members. Similarly, there are 11 milk plants and 116 bulk milk coolers installed in the state. As a result of various initiatives by the HPMilkfed, the quality standards of milk collection have improved.

    Agriculture Minister Prof. Chander Kumar said that registration of societies is absolutely necessary to strengthen milk related economy in the state and this would empower the farmers as well. He emphasized on paying special attention on the quality production in order to strengthen the HPMilkfed.

    Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena, Secretary to the Chief Minister, Rakesh Kanwar, Managing Director HPMilkfed Dr. Vikas Sood, Director Animal Husbandry Department Dr. Pradeep Sharma, Senior Manager Preeti Arya and other senior officers were present in the meeting.



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  • Rs. 153 crore released to clear all liabilities under Market Intervention Scheme : CM

    Government exploring ropeway installation to Hatu temple: CM

    CM Sukhu offers prayers at Hatu Mata temple

    Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu stated that for the first time in the history of Himachal Pradesh, the state government has cleared all the liabilities of apple growers under the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS). He said that Rs. 153 crore have been released to clear the liabilities, including a hefty burden of Rs. 90 crore left by the previous government.

    The Chief Minister stated this during his visit to Narkanda under Theog Assembly Constituency of Shimla district today. During his visit, he also met local residents and listened to their grievances, while assuring that the concerns would be addressed on priority basis.

    Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that the previous government had halted subsidies on apple pesticides, fertilizers and other products important for carrying out agriculture and horticulture works. "My government reinstated the subsidy immediately, ensuring both reach and availability of quality products to farmers," he said. "The state government has made a historic increase of Rs. 1.50 per kg in the support price of culled apples, raising the support price to Rs. 12 per kg. Last year, the government ensured the sale and purchase of apple was mandatorily done on per kilogram basis. This year, in yet another historical step in favour of horticulturists, the universal carton system has been implemented," he added.

    Sh. Sukhu said that the state government was exploring a possibility of installing a ropeway from Narkanda to Hatu Temple and also plans to widen the Hatu Mandir road. He added that there was immense potential for development of tourism in the Upper Shimla region and the Government was making every possible effort to promote tourism activities. "Our Government has allocated Rs. 5 crore for setting an ice skating rink at Narkanda. A multipurpose sports hall will also be constructed here. Efforts are also underway to upgrade the Dhalli to Narkanda road to a four-lane highway, with provision of tunnels to improve accessibility for the commuters," remarked the Chief Minister. He said that a discussion will be held shortly with the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari regarding the implementation of this project.

    Sh. Sukhu said that Rs. 4500 have been transferred to the bank accounts of 173 beneficiary women in the Narkanda area as a three-month pension under the Indira Gandhi Pyari Behna Sukh-Samman Nidhi scheme. He added the amount includes arrear for the last two months as promised, with remaining applications under review. A total of Rs. 1.15 crore has been disbursed recently to 2,569 women in Shimla district at the rate of Rs. 4500 each, under the scheme.

    He further stated that during the last year's monsoon-led disaster, the state government worked tirelessly to provide adequate relief to the affected people. Adequate funds were also provided to panchayats for the immediate restoration of damaged roads. Furthermore, the state government also facilitated the transportation of apples to markets, saving farmers from significant losses, he added.

    Earlier, Sh. Sukhu paid obeisance and offered prayers at Hatu Mata Mandir for peace and prosperity of the people of the state. He also planted a sapling at Narkanda circuit house.

    Accompanying him were his wife Kamlesh Thakur, MLA Kuldeep Rathore, Vice-Chairman of HP Forest Development Corporation Kehar Singh Khachi, Chairman of HP Co-operative Bank Devender Shyam, Former MLA Rakesh Singha, Additional Chief Secretary Onkar Chand Sharma, DC Shimla Anupam Kashyap and other dignitaries.



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  • CM inaugurates "Indira’s Himachal-Towards New Frontiers" photo exhibition in Shimla

    Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu inaugurated photo exhibition titled "Indira’s Himachal-Towards New Frontiers" at Padam Complex on the historic ridge in Shimla. He said that this exhibition was organized to pay tribute to the pivotal role of Indira Gandhi in the developmental journey of country and her love for Himachal Pradesh.

    Chief Minister said that the exhibition depicts Smt. Indira Gandhi's contribution towards nation building after post-independence era.  He said that this exhibition brings new and fresh aspects of her courageous life, her struggles, her lasting legacy and her close relationship with the people and State of Himachal Pradesh. He said that Indira Gandhi was the first Prime Minister who sacrificed her life while serving the Nation.

    The photographs in the exhibition are mostly from the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust (IGMT) archives, New Delhi.

    He further said that Indira Gandhi’s spiritual bond with Himachal Pradesh was profound. Her wish to retire in the hills of Mashobra and her son Rajiv Gandhi's fulfillment of scattering her ashes over the Himalayas highlight her deep-rooted love for Himachal

    The narrative captures her life journey through images to her emerging social and political role in the political arena until 1966, when she became India's first woman Prime Minister. Subsequent sections focus on her life as Prime Minister over three terms, 1966-71, 1971-77 and 1980-84, along with her interim years as Opposition leader from 1977-80.

    The Chief Minister stated that Indira Gandhi’s profound connection with Himachal Pradesh and her visionary efforts in transforming it were noteworthy. He said that under her leadership Himachal Pradesh became the 18th state of India, officially attaining statehood on January 25, 1971, a significant historic milestone.  It shows the bonding and love of Indira Gandhi for Himachal Pradesh as she endured her presence on the historic ridge to mark the celebration of Statehood Say despite Heavy Snowfall.

    Shri Sukhu said that her development initiatives significantly enhanced the state’s power capacity and boosted agricultural productivity, ensuring food security and strengthening socio-economic development of the farmers. In addition to infrastructure, Indira Gandhi prioritized education and healthcare, leading to the establishment of prestigious institutions in the State which have grown into pillars of excellence as of now stated the Chief Minister.

    Chief Minister also praised Eka Archiving Services for displaying the exhibition featuring a remarkable collection of photographs, vividly showcases Indira Gandhi's unwavering commitment to the progress and prosperity of Himachal. It solidifies her enduring legacy as the "Daughter of the Himalayas.

    Political Advisor to Chief Minister Sunil  Sharma, Vice Chairman, State Forest Development Corporation Kehar Singh Khachi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sanjay Awasthy, MLA Harish Janartha, Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Surender  Chauhan, Deputy Mayor Uma Kaushal ,  OSD to Chief Minister Ritesh  Kapret, Deputy Commissioner  Shimla Anupam Kashyap and other senior officers were present on the occasion.



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  • Government to explore possibilities to conduct SCA elections in HPU: CM

      Inaugurates Maitree programme of HPU Alumni

    Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu inaugurated a two-day 'Maitree' programme of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Alumni (Decadal Chapter of 90s) here today. He also inaugurated the International Chapter of 'Maitree'. The Chief Minister also recalled his University days which helped him building edifice of his political career.

     He assured that the State Government would explore the possibilities of conducting Students Central Association (SCA) elections in HPU and the discussions were being held with the University authorities in this regard.

    The government was working to make Himachal a self-reliant state and numerous steps were being taken to improve the quality of education in all the government-run institutions. The government has initiated English medium in government schools starting from class one. Apart from this, Rajiv Gandhi Day Boarding Schools were coming up in all 68 assembly constituencies of the state in a phased manner which would provide the state-of-the-art facilities to the students. He said that the Government mulls to bring innovative changes in the higher education sector based on modern teaching technologies so that every student could derive maximum benefit out of it. He also urged the students be noble and responsible citizens of the country and always be good to others.

    Keeping in mind to make Himachal Pradesh economically stable, the Government has adopted zero-tolerance towards corruption. When we came to power the economic condition of the State was in complete mess because of the huge debt burden inherited from the previous government and we had to take some tough decisions to bring back the derailed economy on track by generating income from the existing resources.  We have set a target to make Himachal Pradesh the most prosperous state by the year 2032", he remarked.

    The Chief Minister also detailed about the Mukhya Mantri Sukh Aashray, stating that 4000 orphan children have been adopted as 'Children of the State' and the entire responsibility of their education has being taken by the State Government. A Center of Excellence would be constructed in Tikri of Kandaghat area in District Solan to provide education to about 300 Divyangjans, he remarked.

    He also announced to provide rupees two crore to the alumni Association for construction their building.

    He also released three books - 'Juni' by senior journalist Sanjeev Sharma, 'Main Aur Meri HP University' and 'Yadein Buransh Ki'. He also gave away free lifetime membership certificates of HPU alumni to four specially-abled students.

    MLA Satpal Singh Satti, recalling university days said that though they had different ideologies but Sh. Sukhu was his good friend and both of them learnt the political traits from this prestigious institution. As of today, about 25 student leaders of the university were the members of the present Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He added that many people including Union Minister JP Nadda and former Union Minister Anand Sharma earned fame by achieving great heights in their respective fields.

    Earlier, President of Alumni Association Prof. Chandramohan Parshira welcomed the Chief Minister and said that the association would adopt Neri of Shimla district for its overall development.

    Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sunder Singh Thakur, MLA Kewal Singh Pathania, DC Anupam Kashyap and former students of HPU from India and abroad were present at the occasion.


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  • Government firm to complete Rs. 1923 crore Bulk Drug Park at the earliest: CM

           Directs to expedite the tender process

    Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu presided over a high level meeting here today to review the progress of the establishment of Bulk Drug Park in the Haroli assembly segment of Una district. He said that the State Government would act as a strategic partner in the project and additional funds would be provided apart from the aid of the Government of India to ensure its timely completion.

    He said that this project would be spanning in 570 hectares of land with an estimated cost of Rs. 1923 crore.  It was also decided in the meeting that the State Government would cover the operational cost of the project for the first 10 years.

    He said that Bulk Drug Park would feature a common effluent treatment plant with 5 MLD capacity, a solid waste management plant, a stormwater drain network, a common solvent storage, recovery and distillation facility, stream generation plant, an advanced laboratory testing centre, an emergency response centre, hazardous operations audit centre and a centre of excellence. Besides this, infrastructure such as pathways, canteen, fire station and administrative block would be constructed and site development works would also be carried out. He directed the industries department to expedite the tender process and address any bottlenecks to bring this project on the ground and complete all the codal formalities in a time-bound manner.  

    The Chief Minister said that Government contemplates to complete Bulk Drug Park at the earliest as it was one of the most important projects for the state. He said that this Bulk Drug Park would be instrumental in generating revenue and creating significant job opportunities for the youth.

    Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister Harshwardhan Chauhan, Education Minister Rohit Thakur also contributed with their valuable suggestions to enhance the viability of the project and industry friendliness.

    MLA Dharampur Chander Shekhar, Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena, Principal Secretaries R.D. Nazeem, Devesh Kumar, OSD to Chief Minister Gopal Sharma, Secretary to Chief Minister Rakesh Kanwar, Advisor Infrastructure Anil Kapil, Director Industries Rakesh Prajapati and Additional Director Tilak Raj Sharma were also present on the occasion amongst others.



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