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Fresh consolidated guidelines for opening new Fair Price Shops (FPS)

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The Cabinet in its meeting held here today approved fresh consolidated guidelines for opening new Fair Price Shops (FPS) wherein first preference of allotment would be given to Ekal Naris, Widows raising children on their own, Mahila Mandals, Co-operatives of women or other collectives of women and physically handicapped persons.
Chief Minster Virbhadra Singh presided over the meeting.

The second priority for allotment of fair price shops would be to Ex-servicemen/unemployed education person with no family members in regular employment followed by Gram Panchayats and cooperative societies as third and fourth option respectively. The FPS is generally to be opened for a population of 1500 or above and in Tribal, remote and inaccessible/sub cadre areas of the State, the norms can be relaxed up to a population of 1000 or above or 150 ration-card holders.

For efficient operation of Targeted Public Distribution Scheme and to make availability of sufficient warehousing facilities for food grains in the State, the cabinet agreed upon for transfer of land belonging to Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department to HP State Civil Supplies Corporation for construction of Godwons on token lease money of one rupee.

The Cabinet approved that 50% promotional avenues for appointment in HAS will henceforth comprise of 25% from Tehsildars and 25% from other categories based on inter-se seniority, out of which 17% will be from the BDOs cadre. It was also decided that appropriate training in revenue matters be ensured for all feeder categories on appointment in HAS.

The Cabinet approved the proposal of not allowing any Technical and Vocational educational Institutions to make admissions in any course in violations of the prescribed norms of Central and State Regulating bodies from the session 2014-15, failing which the regulating body will take action as per the regulations to ensure maintenance of academic standards which is a prerequisite for respectable placements of the students.

The Cabinet in its meeting held here today decided to enhance the honorarium of tailoring teachers from Rs. 1600 to Rs. 2000 per month thereby fulfilling the commitment the Chief Minister made in his budget speech.

The cabinet gave its consent for up-gradation of Kupvi Sub-Tehsil to Tehsil and opening of Sub-tehsils at Deha in Chopal and Haripur Dhar in district Sirmaur.

The Cabinet approved for starting three new trades in Government ITI at Shahpur in district Kangra from academic session 2014-15 which includes that of a Plumber, Mechanic (Refrigeration and Air Conditioner) and Digital Photographer. It was also decided to start one new course in each of Government Polytechnics at Rohru, Chamba and Kangra.

It also approved for inviting global bids for Jangi-Thopan-Powari (960MW) HEP. The Cabinet approved the extension in Commercial Operation Date (COD) of small Hydroelectric projects upto 5 MW capacity. Besides, the Cabinet cancelled the Baggi Nallah Small Hydel Electric Project (SHEP) and Ghayagi project falling in district Mandi and Kullu respectively. Apart from this, nod was given to restore the cancellation of Joiner II (3MW) SHEP in district Chamba.

The Cabinet allowed relaxation in the norms for the construction of Jakhu ropeway which includes 6 Nos Habitable floors besides the height of the building etc. under HP Municipal Act 94. The Cabinet also approved for the construction of multilevel parking at Tutikandi. The 11 storey building will have parking facility on its 8 floors besides two floors will be used for office and one for restaurant.

Consent was given to fill 12 posts of Lady Village Development Coordinators (LVDCs) on contract basis and also allowed the department of rural development to obtain the services of 15 Data Entry Operators on out-source basis.
The Cabinet agreed upon to issue NOC to open B.Sc. (Nursing) training institute of Shankutla Memorial Charitable Trust Chamba with annual intake of 40 students.

Cabinet also gave its nod for making Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College Kangra at Nagrota-Bagwan as a constituent college of the Himachal Pradesh Technical University, Hamirpur so as to avail grant-in-aid on the analogy of Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Engineering College, Pragatinagar.

It also agreed for inviting applications for allotment of SHEPs upto 5 MW capacity on the basis of identified and self-identified projects.

It approved to amend the rules for grant-in aid to non-Government colleges.
It also gave its nod to fill posts of District Treasury Officer through direct recruitment through the Public Service Commission. It also approved to fill up 30 posts of Junior Engineer in PWD Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.

The Cabinet approved for transferring the PWD Divisions of Sarkaghat and Dharampur, which are under the administrative control 8th PWD circle Hamirpur, under 1St PWD Circle Mandi. Besides, the Cabinet approved creation of additional Division for NH-305 i.e. Sainj-Jalori-Banjar-Aut road. The Cabinet agreed to set up Special Land Acquisition Unit (SLAU) at Pandoh in Mandi for four laning Ner Chowk-Kullu-Manali road.

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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.

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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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