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New Zealand’s high apple yield tempts Himachal

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Himachal to collaborate with New Zealand for the supply of expertise and technology to boost the Horticulture and agriculture sectors in Himachal

New Zealand would be extending co-operation to Himachal Pradesh in strengthening the horticulture and agriculture sectors by providing expertise and technology transfers. This follows a meeting of Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal with visiting high level official and business delegation headed by Minister of Primary Industries of New Zealand, Shri David Carter, at his official residence, here today.

Chief Minister welcomed the proposal of the New Zealand Government to collaborate with the State in technology transfer in the field of horticulture and agriculture sectors. He said that horticulture was the major cash crop in the state and was contributing significantly towards state gross domestic product while agriculture had been the traditional avocation in the State as over 90 percent of the population was directly or indirectly dependant for their livelihood over agriculture. He said mutual collaboration between the two countries would be beneficial to the state in the field of horticulture and agriculture sectors. He said that the State had only 4 to 9 MT per hectare of apple yield as compared to over 25 MT per hectare yield in New Zealand. He said that the State would import quality and early variety root-stock of apple from New Zealand for multiplication in different laboratories in the State for further distribution amongst the horticulturists.

Prof. Dhumal said that most of the horticulture and agricultural activities in the state were based upon rain fed irrigation compared to cent percent irrigation facilities in New Zealand. He said that the apple season in the State starts from July end and concludes by October end every year while in New Zealand the season starts in April and ends by June. He said that possibilities could also be explored to meet the demand of fresh apple during off season in the State. He said that the State was keen to take benefit of the expertise in creating irrigation infrastructural facilities to the fruit growers and farmers so that dependence upon rains was minimized. He said that creating cold chain to preserve the fruit and vegetables grown in the state could also be beneficial with mutual cooperation between Himachal Pradesh and New Zealand. He said that since apple crop was highly perishable commodity having limited shelf life and with the facilities of cold chain, the shelf life of the fruit and vegetables could be prolonged to fetch remunerative prices by marketing the same at appropriate time.

Prof. Dhumal said that fruit processing industry was another field where New Zealand could lend its support to the state so that instead of marketing the produce to distant markets the same were processed to produce value based products for marketing. He said that it would go a long way in generating employment and self employment to the growers within the State.

He said that Himachal Pradesh was popularly known as ‘Apple State of India’ and was poised to emerge as ‘Fruit Bowl of India’. He also apprised the delegation of the industrial friendly environment in the State and benefits available to the entrepreneurs. He underlined the need to work out further details at appropriate level to finalize the proposals and invited New Zealand delegation to make more frequent visits to the State to explore other sectors.

Shri Davit Carter, Minister of Primary Industries, New Zealand, apprised the Chief Minister of the possibilities of mutual cooperation between New Zealand and Himachal Pradesh in both sectors. He said that Himachal Pradesh had vast potential to increase apple yield by planting high yielding varieties and replacement of old root stock where New Zealand could lend its support. He said that similarly technology transfer in agriculture sector could be another sector where New Zealand could provide its expertise. He said that New Zealand would explore more sectors where mutual cooperation could be strengthened. He introduced the business delegation to the Chief Minister who individually showed their interests in investing in Himachal Pradesh.

New Zealand delegation consisted of Smt. Heather Carter wife of Shri David Carter, Minister of Primary Industries, Smt. Shari Mannan, Private Secretary, Shri Cris Carson, Director International Policy, Smt. Jan Henderson, High Commissioner of New Zealand, Shri Kanwaljeet Singh Bakshi, MP from New Zealand, Shri Richard White, Trade Comissioner, Shri Gareth Pidgeon, Second Secretary, Ms. Mridu Vats, Policy Advisor. Business Delegation consisted of Shri James McVitty, Fonterra, Shri Jogn Monaghan, Fontera, Shri Ross Verry, ANZ Bank, Shri Sunil Kaushal, India-NZ Business Council/ANZ Bank, Shri Sameer Handa and Shri Swantantra Gagneja, Patton Refrigeration, Shri Jon Calder and Tony Begbie, NZ Fieldays, Shri Tim Ritche, NZ Meat Industry Association, Shri Nadine Tunley and Shri Alan Pollard, Pipfruit New Zealand, Shri Grand Sinclair, Mr. Apple NZ Limited and Shri Mike Simpson, Waimea Nurseries. Shri R.S.Gupta, Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister and Dr. Gurdev Singh, Director of Horticulture were also present on the occasion

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Kasauli Shootout: IPS Mohit Chawla with 4 other officials suspended, 9 others charge-sheeted

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Solan: The Himachal Pradesh Government has today suspended five officials including the then Superintendent of Police, Solan, with immediate effect as a disciplinary action against them for displaying negligent, unprofessional, and unconcerned attitude while discharging their duties in Kasauli firing incident. The suspensions came on the recommendation of inquiry report submitted by Divisional Commissioner, Shimla.

Along with Mohit Chawla, Ramesh Sharma, the then SDPO Parwanoo, Jagpal Singh, Naib Tehsildar, Kasauli,  Madan Singh SHO Dharampur and Dalip Singh SHO Kasauli were also suspended. 

An action is being initiated against Mohit Chawala IPS under all India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.

The Government is also initiating disciplinary action against nine more officials under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 and action will be taken accordingly. These include HC Nagender PP Sairy, HHC Hem Raj PS Darlaghat, Constable Sanjeev PS Dharampur, Constable Sunil PS Dharmpur, L.C. Champa PS Dharampur, LC Usha PS Dharampur, LC Sharda, PS Dharampur, Constable Ishwar PL Solan and Constable Narinder PL Solan.

On May 1, 208, a guest house owner in Kasauli area of Solan district had shot dead an Assistant Planner of the State Town and Country Planning Department, Shail Bala, and injured a worker of the HP PWD, who later died at the hospital. 

The victims were part of the team that had reached the Naryani Guest House to conduct demolition of the illegally constructed building as directed by the Supreme  Court of India on April 17, 2018.

The accused Vijay Singh had fled the spot despite the presence of heavy and armed police officials. He was later arrested on a tip-off from the family

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HP Cabinet Decisions May 2018: Govt to fill up 333 posts in HP NHM, relax conditions for full pension, launch 2 schemes

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting, held on today on May 24, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, decided to give its approval to relax the condition prospectively for grant of full pension on completion of 33 years of qualifying service to all class-III and class-IV government employees who seek voluntary/premature retirement by modifying the notification issued by Finance Department on November 11, 2014.

Earlier, the State Government vide notification referred above has inserted a provision that the Government employees seeking voluntary/premature retirement in their own interest and have rendered minimum service of 20 years but less than 33 years shall be entitled to pro-rata pension against 33 years. Meaning thereby, such government employees shall be entitled to get a full pension only on completion of 33 years of qualifying service.

It also gave nod to the draft notification of ‘Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojana- 2018.  The scheme, the Government claimed, would promote self-employment opportunities in the State and provide livelihood to local youth by encouraging local entrepreneurship.

 It also decided to launch ‘Himachal Grihni Suvidha Yojna’ for women empowerment and environmental conservation in the State. Under this scheme, the State Government would provide security for LPG connections and Gas Stove to remaining households which were not covered under ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme being run by the Central Government.

Jobs in Various HP Government Departments

The Government would fill up 333 posts of different categories on contract basis in National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh.  Other than this, it was decided to fill up following posts in various departments:

  • 38 posts of teaching staff to man some of the educational institutions
  • 15 vacant posts of staff nurses in Kamla Nehru Mother and Child State Hospital, Shimla
  • 10 posts of drivers in Agriculture Department on a daily wage basis
  • 7 posts of Welfare Organizers in Sainik Welfare Department on a contract basis
  • 6 posts of Manual Assistant in Weight and Measure Organization of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
  • 7 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Scheduled Caste, Other Backwards Classes, Minorities and Specially Abled Empowerment Department through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur on a contract basis
  • 4 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis through direct recruitment in Electrical Inspectorate of MPP and Power Department
  • 5 posts of various categories in Panchayati Raj Department to man the Camp Office at Thunag in Home Constituency of the Chief Minister
  • One post pharmacist each and one post class-IV employee each in Primary Health Centres at Buhar, Marotan, Gahgori, Guru Ka Lahaur, Malyawar and Rishikesh in Bilaspur district and PHC Chakmoh in Hamirpur district

Regarding Education/Schools 

The annual scholarship under ‘Dr. Ambedkar Medhavi Chhatravriti Yojna’ has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12000. It also increased the number of students eligible for this scholarship in Class XI and XII from 2000 to 2500.

The Government has decided to fill up posts to match the need of some school, which were upgraded in the meeting. These institutes include Government Middle School, Jhudowal in Una district that was upgraded to Government High School and Government Middle Schools Piplagaloo, Naun, Janjhar and Burahta in Mandi district which were also upgraded to Government High Schools. It also decided to upgrade Government High School Tarour in Mandi district to Government Senior Secondary School, Government High Schools, Churdi and Sasan in Una district to Senior Secondary Schools.

Regarding HP Panchayati Raj Institutions

The Cabinet gave its approval to increase the honorarium of the following office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State:

  • For Chairman Zila Parishad from Rs. 8000 to Rs. 11000
  • For Vice Chairman of Zila Parishad from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7500
  • For Member Zila Parishad from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
  • For Chairman Panchayat Samiti from 5,000 to Rs. 6500
  • For Vice Chairman, Panchayat Samiti from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
  • For Member Panchayat Samiti from 3000 to Rs. 4000,
  • For Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000
  • For Up Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 2200 to Rs. 2500

Similarly, meeting allowance of member Gram Panchayat has been enhanced to Rs. 240 per meeting from existing Rs. 225 with maximum two meetings in a month.

Regarding Anganwari Workers/Helpers

The Government has enhanced State share of the honorarium of anganwari workers from Rs. 1450 to Rs. 1750, anganwari helpers from Rs. 600 to Rs.900 and mini anganwari workers from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1050 per month.

With this enhancement, now the anganwari workers will get an honorarium of Rs. 4750, anganwari helpers will get Rs. 2400 and mini anganwari workers will receive an honorarium of Rs. 3300 per month.

Related to Power

The Cabinet while reviewing the departmental working of MPP and Power Department decided to make electricity complaint system more effective, especially the installation of new connections. It also stressed to bring distribution losses on zero basis. It also stressed to form quick action team at the divisional level.

It also emphasized the need for making arrangements of Solar cookers in Mid Day meal programme and anganwari centres.

It stressed the need to solve the problem of low voltage and inventory system should be adopted so that there is no shortage.

The Cabinet also decided to open Health Sub Centre at Gram Panchayat Tharu and upgrade Primary Health Centre Baroh to Community Health Centre in Kangra district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts to manage these health institutes.

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HP Govt’s Jan Manch programme for on spot grievance redressal to be launched on 26 May

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Shimla: Amid Himachal Pradesh Government’s miserable state of public grievance redressal services, the State Government informed here today that in order to bring more efficiency in administration and ensuring good governance, the Government will be organizing ‘ Jan Manch ‘ programmes across the state.

This programme will be launched from Peterhoff in Shimla at 11 am on May 26, 2018, in the State Level Function.

Jan Manch programmes will be organised in remote areas of every district where Ministers will be present along with officers of all departments. They will hear the problems of people and try to resolve issues on the spot, informed the Spokesman.

He said that the main objective of this programme is to bridge the gap between people and government and to redress the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

He said it will reduce the labour and efforts of people of remote areas who travel long distances to reach district and state headquarters for getting various services.

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