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RKMV Shimla to get a new complex, 5 crore announced

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While attending the 35th Annual Prize Distribution Function of RKMV here today, the Chief Minister announced announced Rs. five crore for the construction of new complex of Arts and Administrative Block of Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya (RKMV), Shimla

Shimal-Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh announced Rs. five crore for the construction of new complex of Arts and Administrative Block of Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya (RKMV), Shimla. Foundation stone of this block was laid by Shri Virbhadra Singh during previous tenure on 9th August, 2007 but the previous Government had diverted the funds allocated for the block elsewhere and work on this project was stalled.

While presiding over the 35th Annual Prize Distribution Function of RKMV here today, the Chief Minister said that this college had rich legacy and had produced some of the best students who had contributed in different spheres of life. Congratulating the meritorious students who had secured top ranks in academics besides sports and various co-curricular activities, he said that their achievements would inspire other students to excel themselves in various fields. He congratulated the Principal and staff members of the college for getting best out of their students.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that the State Government was contemplating to establish a Skill Development Corporation with an initial investment of Rs. 500 crore, which would help in checking unemployment on a large scale and would provide ample employment opportunities to the youth in the industries being set up in the State. He said that a Skill Development Authority would also be constituted in the State and efforts would be made to create at least five lakh job opportunities during the next five years. He said that since press was regarded as the fourth pillar of democracy, the State Government would open University of Journalism and Mass Communication at a suitable place in the State.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that State Government was according utmost priority to the education sector and efforts were being made to provide ‘State of the Art Education’ facilities to the youth of the State near to their homes. He said that the State was spending about Rs. 962 crore on Higher Education during the 12th five years plan and added priority was being given for construction of buildings in government colleges and schools by spending Rs. 74 crore during the current financial year.

Chief Minister said that the State Government was laying special emphasis on education of girl child which has resulted in better female literacy in the State as compared to other parts of the country. He said that at present out of 74217 students studying in government colleges, 45156 were girls, which was more than 60 percent. Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of Higher Education in Himachal was 23.9 percent, while at National level it was 15 percent. Our target was to take it to 35 percent by the year 2020, he said.

Chief Minister said that soon after assuming power, the State Government decided to reopen all those 149 Government Schools which were de-notified during previous Government’s regime. He said that the State Government had also decided to provide free travelling facility to all the students of government schools from home to school and back, in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses from 1st April, 2013.

Chief Minister directed the district administration to identify suitable parking place for RKMV at circular road to facilitate the students and teachers of the college. He said that lady police constable would be deployed in the college campus during college hours to ensure safety and security of the students. He also announced deployment of regular pharmacist and lady health worker in the college.

Chief Minister distributed prizes to various meritorious students excelling in education and other co-curricular activities.

Principal of RKMV Prof. Meera Walia while presenting the Annual Report detailed various activities and demands of the college. She said that Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh had always laid special emphasis on education especially on girl education. She said that it was during his Chief Ministership that Himachal Pradesh became first State in the county to provide free education to girl child upto graduation level including professional courses.

Director Higher Education, Shri Dinkar Burathoki proposed vote of thanks.

Industries and Information & Public Relations Minister, Shri Mukesh Agnihotri, MLA Shri Anirudh Singh, Mayor MC Shimla Shri Sanjay Chauhan, President, Himachal Pradesh Sports, Cultural and Environment Association Shri Vikramaditya Singh, Vice Chancellor, H.P. University Dr. A.D.N. Bajpayee, Member Executive Council, H.P. University Shri Harish Janartha, Councillors, MC Shimla Smt. Archna Dhawan and Shri Inderjeet Singh and senior officers of the State Government were present on the occasion among others.

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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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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.

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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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