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BJP accused of ineligible entries in BPL list, Govt to review it next month



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Himachal state govt assured to review the list of BPL (below poverty line) families next month, after the allegations that the previous BJP government included certain ineligible persons in BPL list using political influence and muscle power.

Shimla-The list of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families would be revised and updated at meetings of Gram Sabha in all 3,243 Panchayats of the state, the Himachal Pradesh Assembly was informed today. The government will send its representatives to supervise the process for inclusion of all left-out poor families in a transparent manner, state Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Anil Sharma said during Question Hour.

Replying to a question of Maheshwar Singh (HLP), Sharma said the government will consider all suggestions of the MLAs to ensure that ineligible families, wrongly included in the list, are deleted and those meeting the criteria are included and given the benefits of government schemes for the poor. The Gram Sabhas would be asked to adopt most transparent mechanism, leaving no room for any ineligible persons to take advantage and provide opportunity to left out eligible people to file an appeal get their names included, he said.

The assurance came in the wake of allegations made by Jagjivan Pal (Congress) that the previous BJP government included certain ineligible persons in BPL list using political influence and muscle power. In his intervention, Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal admitted that despite state government’s best efforts to clean up and updates the list, several irregularities have been reported in the BPL list.

“One way to update the list and include eligible left out families is to invite written recommendations for consideration and scrutiny in the Gram Sabhas,” he suggested.

Former Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Jairam Thakur said the list was updated but it is also a fact that some poor people did not raise their voices in the Gram Sabhas to file objections against influential people and were excluded from BPL list.
Moreover, the government has fixed the number of BPL families at 2.85 lakh, leaving no scope for inclusion of more people, he said.

Sharma said, “In 2008 and 2011, when the BPL lists were updated, there was deletion of 15,669 families and 31,209 families which were wrongly included in the list”.

“All suggestions given by the MLAs in the House will be considered to make the process absolutely transparent,” he said. PTI

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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



Employment to himachalis in industries

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



Mushroom cultivation in himachal pradesh

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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