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‘Himachal Mahila Award’ will honor 5 extraordinary women every year

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State government will annually honour the five women with ‘Himachal Mahila Award’ for their outstanding contributions in various fields, Virbhadra Singh today announced at a State level function on International Women’s Day

Shimla– State government will annually honour the five women with ‘Himachal Mahila Award’ for their outstanding contributions in the fields of education, health, empowerment, sports, culture and social services sectors. This was announced by Chief Minister, Shri Virbhadra Singh at a State level function on International Women’s Day, organized here, today.

Chief Minister said that celebrating this day was a special occasion to remember the outstanding achievements and contributions made by women towards the society. Hence, a decision has been taken by the State Government to honour the excelling themselves in various fields women which would also inspire others.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that State government would establish ‘mahila ashrams’ in every district in order to provide shelter for the destitute women. Efforts would be made to open more Anganwari Centres throughout the State to facilitate the women and children. The state government was committed to fulfil all the promises made by the Congress party, especially for women in the election manifesto. He said that female literacy rate of the State was 76.60 percent and sex ratio was 974 per thousand male, which were much higher than the National average.

He said that today women were excelling in all the fields like education, sports, science and politics etc and had made their presence felt. Their economic and social conditions had improved and they were more aware of their rights and were contributing significantly in development of the society and the nation. However, it was a matter of great concern that still they were not enjoying full freedom and protection.

Expressing his concern over the recent incidents of crime against women, the Chief Minister said that such incidents were shameful and effective steps were being taken at National level and by the state governments to impose check on such incidents he sought, cooperation of the society to put an end to crime against women. He said that state government was sensitive towards women folk and sincere efforts were being made to ensure their social and economical welfare.

Chief Minister also inaugurated the exhibition put up by various departments, banks and self-help groups on the occasion. He also honoured Arjun Awardee Smt. Suman Rawat, Joint Director, Youth Services and Sports and Kumari Priyanka Negi, International Kabaddi player who had won three Gold Medals at International level. He also presented State Awards to 17 Anganwari Workers for their exemplary services under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) for the year 2011-12.

Irrigation & Public Health Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes said that women represented half of the population of the country and they were contributing in every sphere. She said that they had been given equal rights by the constitution but it was unfortunate that still they were not able to enjoy them. She said that the day was organized to aware women talk about their rights, freedom and well being.

Smt. Stokes said that Congress governments had always accorded priority for welfare of women and various schemes and programmes were being implemented to benefit them. She said that former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi pioneered the women welfare and UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi too was giving special attention on women issues.

Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Shri Dhani Ram Shandil said that International Women Day was celebrated throughout the world to highlight rights of the women and issues related to them as the women had made significant contribution in the development of State and the Nation. He said that Smt. Kinkri Devi of Sirmour had raised the environment issues and Smt. Ghambri Devi of Bilaspsur had made significant contribution in promoting Pahari folk music. He said that State Government had initiated many schemes for the welfare of women. Free education upto Graduation level, Mukhaya Mantri Kanya Daan Yojna, Kishori Shakti Yojna, Balika Surkesha Yojna, Mother Teresa Matri Sambal Yojna, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna and Mahila Uthan Yojna were some of schemes being implemented for welfare of women.

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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes

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Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     

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CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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Will tar 1100 km roads, construct 600 km new motorable roads, 750 km cross drainage, 35 bridges in 2018: HP Govt

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HP PWD target for 2018

Shimla: During review meeting of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department held today, the Government informed that it has set up a target of construction of 600 km new motorable roads, providing cross drainage facilities on 750 km road length, metalling and tarring of 1100 km roads, construction of 35 bridges and providing road connectivity to 40 villages during the current financial year.

The Government said all the formalities regarding the allocation of road and bridge projects would be completed within a stipulated period to facilitate work- allocation within 51 days to concerned executing agencies.  

The e-tendering is expected to speed up the process of allocation of projects.

It has been felt that delay in Forest clearances was one of the major bottlenecks for starting of different road and bridge projects. Therefore, the Government would take up the matter with the Union Government to expedite forest clearances for these projects,

said the Chief Minister, who was presiding over the meeting.

It was informed that the target has been fixed to execute 414 works with a total length of 2400 km, under PMGSY with an outlay of Rs 600 crore during the current financial year.

On completion, 150 habitations would be connected with roads. Similarly, the target has been fixed to complete 209 works under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)-NABARD, which include 77 works in Shimla zone, 20 in Mandi Zone, 70 in Kangra zone and 4 in Hamirpur Zone, it was informed.

HPPWD review meeting 2018

During HPPWD review meeting 2018

It was informed that that out of 90 black spots identified in the State, 58 had been rectified and work on remaining black spots was in progress.

The State Government has allocated Rs. 200 crore for maintenance and repair of roads in the State besides Rs. 50 crore additionality for providing drainage facilities on the roads, claimed the Government.

Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda said that 34394 officers and officials were working in the Public Works Department and “were doing their best” to ensure best road connectivity to the people of the State.  

The State today has total 35638 km of roads providing road connectivity to the remotest part of the State, informed the Engineer-in-Chief R.P Verma.

Opposed to the work-culture of the HP PWD, the Chief Minister, who holds Department, is claiming that regular monitoring and inspection of roads and bridges constructed particularly under NABARD, Central Road Fund etc. will be ensured.

 He said that for this, standard quality parameters should be laid down and responsibility of the defaulters must be fixed and strict action taken against the person, which rarely happens.

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