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Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh conferred the “Lifetime Achievement Awards” to five Veteran Litterateurs at a prestigious function held at Bachat Bhawan organized by ‘Himalaya Sahitya and Sanskriti Manch Himachal Pradesh’ here today.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Satyen Sharma, Dr. Molu Ram Thakur,Sunder Lohia, Ram Dayal Neeraj and Smt. Saroj Vashisth for their outstanding and long lasting creative contribution to literature.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh announced that the State Government would re-open all the ‘Writers Home’ which were closed during the regime of previous BJP Government.

Chief Minister said that Congress Government had set up Writers Home in all districts but previous Government overlooked this scheme and all the writers home were closed one by one. He said that Sanskriti Sadan at Dharamshala was set up at a cost of Rs. 60 lakhs which had now been given to Central University for its camp office. Adding that the government has decided to hand over this building for writers after the construction of university building was complete.

Virbhadra Singh said that the Government would provide free traveling facility to the State Awardees and Academy Awardees in Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses besides purchasing books worth Rs. 20,000 written by Himachali writers. He said that these announcements were made by him during the Academy Award Ceremony held at Hotel Holiday Home in 2007.

Chief Minister said that previous Government was insensitive towards writers who were contributing a lot in the field of literature and had not

presented any Academy and State awards to them during last five years. He said that previous BJP Government during its tenure manipulated several awards from agencies. The Government would fix the accountability of officers who failed to present State Awards and Academy Awards instituted by Language and Culture Department, he added.

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Virbhadra Singh congratulated the Lifetime Achievement Award winners and said that the State Government was committed to preserve and promote art and culture of the state and would also seek the cooperation of writers, artists, and cultural artists. He lauded the efforts of Himalaya Sahitya and Sanskriti Manch to honour the veteran writers in reorganization of their literary contribution for the society.

S.R. Harnote, Chairman, Himalaya Sahitya and Sanskriti Manch Himachal Pradesh welcomed the Chief Minister and apprised him about the activities of the Manch. He also put forth the various demands of the writers.

Rajender Rajan, Editor, Iravati magazine, conducted the proceedings and presented the vote of thanks.

Mrs. Meriyola Ofredi, Retd. Associate Professor (Hindi Department) of Venice University, Italy said that India was her second home as she had given more than 50 years to promote the Hindi language in the Italy. She felt elevated to be among the veteran and renowned writers.

Manish Garg, Secretary, Language, Art and Culture, Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commisioner, Abhishek Dular, Superintendent of Police, Dr. Devender Kumar Gupta, Director, Language, Art and Culture, Om Parkash Balmiki, Shriniwas Shrikant, Tej Ram Sharma, Shriniwas Joshi, Keshav Narayan, writers and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
Source:Department of Information & Public Relations

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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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