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Dhumal ensures uninterrupted power during winters without any power cuts

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State Government claims to have made arrangements with the neighboring states of supplying them power during Summer and take back equal amount of the same during Winter months when domestic demand increases due to heating and other power consuming requirements of the people.

Although, Shimla is facing long power cuts from the past few days, but the respected Chief Minister stated that the State has made adequate arrangements to meet the additional power needs during winters. Even otherwise, the strategy, which Mr. Dhumal has mentioned, isn’t a new addition. Anyway, go through the official statement released by the Government today.

Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, said that the State Government had made adequate arrangements to meet the additional demand of power during winter months to supply consumer uninterrupted power without any power cuts. This was disclosed by the Chief Minister in an internal review to take stock of the power position in the State during ensuing winter season, here today.

Chief Minister said that the State usually faces power deficit during winter months when water level in the river recedes drastically resulting into reduced power generation by all the hydro power projects all over the State. He said that during summer months when the rivers overflow due to snow melting on higher reaches and rains etc. and power requirement also reduces to minimum while the other states face power shortage as demand for the same increases substantially. He said that the State was expecting good rain and snow fall during ensuring winter season which would ensure more surplus power during summer months. He said that the State Government had made arrangements with the neighboring states of supplying them power during Summer and take back equal amount of the same during Winter months when domestic demand increases due to heating and other power consuming requirements of the people. He said that the State Government through HP State Electricity Board Limited had supplied 244 Million Units (MUs) of power to Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh during the summer months of April to October, 2012 and the same was being transmitted back to Himachal Pradesh by respective States to meet the increased demand during the months from November, 2012 to March, 2013.

Prof. Dhumal said that HPSEBL had been authorized to tie up with the neighbouring States of Puinjab, Haryana and Delhi for procurement of 455MUs of power under forward banking arrangement with a view to ensure surplus power during winter months and in anticipation of increasing demand. He said that although the State had sufficient power to meet its domestic demand but as a precautionary arrangement additional power supply was also being ensured so that there were no power cuts and demand based supply of the same was ensured for domestic and commercial activities. He said that presently the State had power availability of 252 Lakh Units as against the demand of 242 Lakh Units. He said that there was still 10 Lakh Units as surplus power available for distribution which was sufficient to meet the anticipated demand in the state during coming months.

Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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MIS for processing grade mangoes approved, would open 34 fruit collection centres: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has given approval for implementation of the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for Mango procurement of processing grade mangoes in the State during the year 2018.

Under the scheme, 250 metric tonne fruit of seedling, 200 metric tonnes of grafted and 50 metric tonnes of unripe Achari varieties of mangoes will be procured at the rate of Rs. 6.00 per kg Rs. 7.00 per kg. and Rs. 6.00 per kg. respectively.

A Spokesman of the State Government today said that procurement would be done through HPMC and HIMFED in crates and these agencies would be allowed handling charges at Rs. 1.30 per kg. Like the previous year, average sale returns from the fruits have been assessed as Rs. 2000, Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000 per metric tonnes for fruits of seedling, grafted and unripe Achari mango varieties respectively.

He said that 34 fruit collection centres will be opened under the scheme for which HPMC and HIMFED would coordinate on the basis of procurement data for the last three to five years.

These centres would be opened by the procurement agencies in case of need and would be manned and operative by HPMC and HIMFED with their own staff.

Under the scheme, 2.5% extra fruit (by weight) will be procured from those farmers/orchardists who possess horticulture cards and who own ten bighas or less land under mango cultivation. As such, no fruit would be procured from the contractors.

He said that this scheme would be implemented in the State with immediate effect till August 15, 2018.

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Industrial units seeking expansion will have to employ 80% Himachalis: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government today said it has made amendments in the provisions of Rules regarding grant of incentives, concession, and facilities to the industrial units of the state.

As per the new notification of the State government, all existing industrial units (as on April 1, 2018) set up in the state which seek to undertake expansion will have to employ at least 80 percent bonafide Himachalis, informed a spokesperson of the Industries department.

The hiring could be undertaken on regular/contractual/Sub-contractual/daily basis or any other mode of employment including the persons hired through a contractor or through outsourcing agencies against the additional manpower which may be generated as a result of the substantial expansion, it was informed.

This condition would also apply to the new units to be established in the State after 1 April 2018.

Only those industries, which undertake substantial expansion, have to abide by this Rule. Hence, the existing industries, which are not going to undertake substantial expansion, are not bound by the amended/notified provision of this Rule.

He said there is no shortage of trained technical manpower in the State now, therefore, the condition of 80 percent employment of Himachalis has been incorporated in the Rules.

There are around 250 ITIs, 30 Polytechnics Institutes and around 40 Engineering Colleges and Universities in the State and thousands of technically qualified persons are completing their courses and coming out from these institutes in search of jobs.

New trades as per the demand of the industries are also being included in the courses of ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering Colleges, the spokesperson said.

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Rs. 423 crore HP Mushroom Development project will help in women empowerment: Govt

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Shimla:
The Indian Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has approved Rs. 1131.87 crore projects for Himachal Pradesh.

These include Rs. 708.87 crore for Water Conservation Project for the Department of Irrigation and Public Health and Rs. 423 crore Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project for the Department of Horticulture.

As per the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, an Rs. 423 crore integrated mushroom development project would help to double the income of farmers and provide employment and self-employment opportunities to youth.

The government also expects the project would boost mushroom cultivation in the State. All varieties of mushroom would be cultivated under the project besides importing technical knowledge for cultivating mushroom, which would give a fillip in increasing the income of the farmers, said the government.

The Chief Minister said that this project would also provide an opportunity to the growers of the state to diversify their farming pattern and go for viable and profitable farming avocation.

The mushroom cultivation would also help in women empowerment as more and more women would be motivated to go for mushroom cultivation for increasing their income, thereby making them self-dependent since mushroom cultivation is an indoor activity.

He said the demand for mushrooms is increasing within the state as well as outside the state including export, and it offers better prospects for enterprising growers to take up cultivation on large scale. He announced that modern infrastructure will be developed under the proposed project for controlled cultivation of mushroom round the year.

Further, it was informed that the first phase of the Rs. 4751.24 crore water conservation project worth Rs 708.87 crore will include construction of check dams, ponds, Kuhl’s and other water harvesting structures.

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