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Himachal seeks liberal central assistance for developing water resources

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Himachal seeks liberal central assistance for developing water resources

Himachal seeks liberal central assistance for developing water resources

Seer Khad would be channelized in a phased manner to protect big area of Districts of Mandi, Hamirpur and Bilaspur from flash floods during monsoon season

Himachal Pradesh Government today sought assistance of union Government to provide liberal financial support for development of water resources infrastructure in the state. While speaking in 6th meeting of National Water Resources Council at New Delhi today Chief Minister, Shri Virbhadra Singh said that state government had launched World Bank funded 59.48 crore Hydrology Project-II, to develop a robust, comprehensive and reliable hydrological data base in the State. Observation stations were being established to monitor surface water, ground water and meteorological parameters. He said that the observed data would be stored in easy accessible computerized data bank for dissemination to various stake holders for effective planning in water resources sector and bring-in cost effectiveness in water related investment in the State.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that 2.31 lakh hectares land had been identified as flood prone in the state, out of which 21575 hectare land had been covered under various flood protection measures.

Seer Khad would be channelized in a phased manner to protect big area of Districts of Mandi, Hamirpur and Bilaspur from flash floods during monsoon season and 3rd phase of Swan River channelization would be undertaken to cover area between Santokhgarh bridge upto Punjab border and Gagret bridge. He said that project proposal had been prepared for channelization of Chhonch Khad in Indora tehsil of Kangra district and the area from Palchan to Aut on River Beas in Kullu district. Chief Minister said that out of total 5.83 lakh hectare of cultivable area in the state 3.35 lakh hectare area can be covered under Assured Irrigation facilities and added that so far an area of 2.53 lakh hectare had been covered under various irrigation schemes. He said that efforts were being made to execute new medium/minor irrigation projects to cover entire cultivable area under irrigation facilities and sprinkler irrigation was being encouraged to make best use of available water resources in the state.

The State government has formulated its own “State Water Policy” to provide adequate and safe drinking water to all citizens and assured irrigation to maximum feasible cultivated area through public participation narrated he. He said that keeping in view the impact of global warming, a new pattern to design/execute new water supply schemes had been formulated under which bigger water resources were being tapped to cover maximum possible population. He said that 28073 hand pumps had been installed in water scarcity areas of the State and urban water supply schemes were being augmented keeping in view the increasing population of urban areas in the state. The Government had also set up Ground Water Authority to regulate, manage and develop ground water resources in the state and construction of water harvesting structures had been made mandatory for all Government buildings, institutional buildings, schools, hotels and industrial units to conserve rain water to further utilize it for various purposes such as gardening, cleaning etc. He said that as per 2011 census, 89.5 % families were using tap water in the state in comparison to 84.1 % people in previous census, adding that 83.9% of tap water was being made available from treated sources in the state as against 32% at National Level.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that Government would accord priority to provide safe drinking water and irrigation facilities to the farmers and added that all census villages had been provided safe drinking water in the state. As per 2003 survey there were 53201 habitations in the state out of which 42476 habitations have been covered up to march 2012 and the remaining 10725 habitations would be covered during the current financial year. He said that State Government was providing 70 litres drinking water per person per day in rural areas.

Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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Himachal: 69 New COVID-19 Cases Including 27 from Solan, 10 from Shimla

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Shimla-The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday crossed the 2700 mark with the appearance of 69 new cases. These cases include two policeman, army personals, migrant labourers and some other locals.The number of active cases has now risen to 1115.

According to the State Health Department, Solan reported the highest 27 cases. Majority of these include workers in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) area and contacts of COVID-19 positive persons. Most of these 27 persons weren’t quarantined, which is a matter of concern.

The capital Shimla reported 10 cases, of which five were said to be migrant labourers in Rampur. Shimla city reported three cases including an employee of the General Post Office, Shimla. What’s worrying about this case is the fact that the sample of this woman was taken in flu OPD after she visited the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla. The woman has been mobile and used public transport too. Her travel history is yet to be traced. The CMO, Shimla, Surekha Chopra confirmed the report. There was no report regarding the sealing of the GPO or other places the woman had visited. But her residence at crowded Sanjauli locality was sealed. Two other cases were reported from Kasumpti and Bharari areas. Details regarding the remaining two were awaited. The COVID-19 case tally of Shimla has now reached 178 with two deaths.

Remaining cases were reported from Kangra (8), Chamba (4), Hamirpur (6), Mandi (11), Sirmaur (1), and Bilaspur (2).

So far, Solan has reported the highest 690 confirmed cases, followed by Kangra (476), Sirmaur (346), Hamirpur (313), Una (217), Shimla (178), Mandi (183), Bilaspur (101), Kinnaur (45), Kullu (37), and Lahaul-Spit (4).

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin August 2, 2020 (9PM)

 New cases in Shimla

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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HP Cabinet Minister Portfolios Re-shuffle – Reward to Loyalists, Warning to Dissenting Voices Within Party

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Shimla: The portfolios of Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Ministers were re-shuffled extensively along with the induction of three new Ministers – Rakesh Pathania, Sukh Ram, and Rajinder Garg. Newly inducted Ministers in the HP Cabinet had taken the oath of office and secrecy in a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan on July 30, 2020. 

Sukh Ram Chaudhary, MLA from Paonta Sahib Assembly constituency, Rakesh Pathania from Nurpur, and Rajinder Garg of Ghumarwin constituency took oath as Cabinet Minister.

While the shuffle is being justified by claiming that it was a punishment for not performing well, this opportunity has also been used to discourage dissent within the party and reward loyalists. Earlier governments have also re-shuffled portfolios during their reign, but not upto the extent it has been done this time.

Also Read: HP Cabinet’s Three Newly Inducted Ministers Take Oath

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur was heard warning ministers earlier regarding the possible changes, but the possible resentment did not allow it. However, the opportunity to fill up all positions in the Cabinet has also been used to re-shuffle portfolios of other ministers as well.

The Ministries of  Education, Forest, Health & Family Welfare, and Transport are some of the most important portfolios which have been shuffled. Further, the Chief Minister has decided to retain other important portfolios and all others that are not allocated to anyone.

HP Cabinet Minister Portfolios After Re-shuffle

Name

Ministry 

Departments 

Jairam Thakur Chief Minister Finance, General Administration, Home, Planning, Personnel, Public Works Department, Tourism, Excise & Taxation, All other departments not alloted to any other minister.
Mahender Singh Thakur Jal Shakti Minister Jal Shakti, Revenue, Horticulture, Sainik Welfare
Suresh Bhardwaj Urban Development Minister Urban Development, Town &Country Planning, Housing, Parliamentary Affairs, law & Legal Remembrance, Co-operation
Sarveen Chaudhary Social Justice & Empowerment   Social Justice & empowerment
Ram Lal markanda Technical Education Minister Technical Education, Vocational & Industrial Training, Tribal Development, Information Technology, Redressal ofPulbic Grievances
Virender kanwar Rural Development & panchayati Raj Minister Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries
Biram Singh Industries Minister Industries, Transport, Labour & Employment
Govind Singh Thakur Education Minister Higher Education, Elementary Education, Language, Art & Culture
Rajiv Saizal Health & Family Welfare Minister Health & Family Welfare, Ayurveda
Sukh Ram MPP & Power Minister MPP & Power, Non-Conventional Energy Sources
Rakesh Pathania Forest Minister Forest, Youth Services & Sports
Rajinder Garg Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Printing & Stationary

 

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