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Two lakh accounts opened under PMJDY in the State

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Chief Secretary P. Mitra complimented the banks for opening 1,92,500 accounts within a week under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY) in the State. He said that bankers should aim to open bank account of all left out households both in urban and rural areas of the State before the end of October this year.

P. Mitra, while presiding over H.P. State level Bankers Committee (SLBC) meeting here today, said that Himachal Pradesh was well placed in banking sector as economy and education of the people was quite good as compared to other States. He said that in Himachal Pradesh there was 3757 per branch population against national average of above 13000 having high proportion of 89 percent of households availing banking services.

Chief Secretary said that still there was a need of greater participation by financial sector to increase usage of basic banking services through technology enabled services, innovation of products and services.

P. Mitra said that the credit growth during the first quarter of current fiscal was 20.15 percent as compared to deposit growth of 12.23 percent which has helped in improved Credit Deposit (CD) ratio. He said that the national parameters set by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for financing to priority sector, agriculture sector, weaker section and women were achieved by the banks except Differential Rate of Interest (DRI). He said that banks should open branches in unbanked areas as out of 16 branches opened during the first quarter only 6 branches were opened in unbanked areas.

He said that all the sponsoring agencies and departments should sponsor 150% to 200% loan proposals under different government sponsored programmes and schemes to the banks as the performance was not upto the mark in this area. He said that banks should provide liberal funding in the rural areas as there was vast scope of development in agriculture and allied activities in the State.

Principal Secretary, Finance Dr. kant Baldi said that State Government would provide all assistance to achieve the allocated targets of the banks. He said that State Government would also coordinate in improving recovery performance of the banks and a Joint Sub Committee of Government officers and bankers could be formed, if needed.

Chairman and Managing Director, UCO Bank Arun Kaul said that the outreach of banking services in the State was one of the best in the country and under the new PMJDY scheme, banks were identifying the left out households to achieve the cent percent target. He said that the total deposits of the banks in the State have recorded year over year growth of 12.23 percent to Rs. 65877.48 crore from Rs. 58698.36 crore during the previous year. He said that total advances of the banks have recorded growth of 20.15 percent to Rs. 29899.17 crore from Rs. 24884.41 crore during the previous year.

Kaul said that CD ratio in the State was 65.96 percent as of June, 2014 and it has registered growth of 1.23 percent over the previous year. He said that Banks in the State have network of 1827 branches with more than 80 percent branches located in rural areas out of which 149 branches had been opened previous year. He said that there were 1497 ATMs operational in the State. He sought the help of State Government to improve the recovery performance of banks which was recorded 71.33 percent upto June last.

General Manager, UCO Bank and Convenor, SLBC V.K. vastva while welcoming the Chief Guest highlighted the performances of various banks during first quarter.

Principal Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment P.C. Dhiman, Special Secretary Finance Amandeep Garg, Director, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj R. Selvam, Regional Director, RBI I.S. Negi, Chief General Manager NABARD K.P. Chand, senior executives from banks and senior officers of the State Government participated in the meeting.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s statue on Shimla Ridge or Mall, memorial in Manali, renaming Kold Dam and 2 schemes on HP Govt’s list

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Shimla: After Mahatma Gandhi, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the first Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Yashwant Singh Parmar, and freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai, now the ruling government of Bhartiya Janata Party has decided to erect a statue of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on either the historic Shimla Ridge Maidan or the Mall.

Three of the aforementioned statues are of the prominent leaders of the Indian National Congress. This would be the first statute of a leader of Bhartiya Janata Party to be installed beside the INC leaders.

The Cabinet also decided to construct a memorial at Manali in memory of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The government would also send a proposal to the Union Government to rename Kol Dam project after his name.

The Cabinet has also passed a resolution to request Union Government to name Rohtang Tunnel in the name of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The government will also re-name the Mukhya Mantri Adarsh Vidya Kendra Scheme launched by the State Government as Atal Adarsh Vidya Kendra and Mukhya Mantri Aashirwad Scheme as Atal Aashirwad Scheme.

Such decisions have their own psycho-social impacts on the common populace in the long-term and the INC has used them quite effectively.

The Cabinet has cited following reasons behind passing condolence resolution:

  • The government said these decisions are the parts of a condolence resolution on the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • He had special benevolence for Himachal Pradesh and its people and had sanctioned various mega projects for the State which people of the State have not dreamt of. He considered Himachal as his second home and has home and has a house at Prini in Kullu district, the Cabinet said.
  • He gave the idea to construct Rohtang tunnel connecting Lahaul valley with rest of the world in 1998 and the project was announced on June 3, 2000.
  • He gave a special package for industrial development for Himachal Pradesh in 2003.
  • He gave the nod to Pokhran Nuclear test making India a nuclear power.
  • One of the largest education programs ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ was launched during his Prime Ministership.
  • He gave the nation the Golden Quadrilateral National Highway Project – the lifeline of trade in India.
  • He started ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna’ (PMGSY) aimed at linking five lakh villages of India to cities including those in Himachal.
  • His policies paved way for a very robust economic growth, with special emphasis on SEZs, giving telecom spectrum to private players for quality service to customers etc.
  • He had laid the foundation stones of Kol Dam and Parvati Hydro Electric Projects in the State besides Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park at Harth near Solan.

 

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HP Govt mulls over regular medical checkups in schools for early diagnosis of drug addiction

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Shimla: Considering the rapidly increasing evil nuisance drug/substance abuse in the youths of Himachal Pradesh, the state government is mulling over introducing a mechanism for regular medical checkups of the school students for early diagnose of signs and symptoms of drug addiction.

It was informed at the Regional Conference of Chief Ministers of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and Administrator of Chandigarh Union Territory held today.

As the States shared their borders with each other, they agreed that it is essential to constitute a joint task force to check cross-border drug peddling.

Other proposals included the formation of a long-term strategy to engage youth in constructive activities and to encourage parents to keep an eye on the behaviour of their teenage children. Abnormal behaviour often results from the circumstances created by addiction.

The entry of synthetic drugs is tightening its grip on the youth including the teenagers at schools.

A large number of crimes could be attributed to substance addictions. Addicts are trying to obtain money to purchase substances/drugs, but when a purchase goes wrong, they need more money, it gives rise to violence and crime. Eradication of drug mafia would also affect the rate of crimes.

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, through video conferencing, said that about 1000 arrests had been made in the State against drug peddlers. However, no time period was mentioned.

Further, it was decided that a Common Secretariat would be established in Panchkula in Haryana to check this social vice and all the neighbouring States would appoint a Nodal Officers for effective coordination, it was informed. Uttar Pradesh would also be requested to be part of this campaign and the Chief Ministers of these northern State would meet after every six months in a year and the Secretary-level meeting would be at least four times in a year.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi and ADGP Anurag were present at Shimla and Additional Chief Secretary, Home B.K. Aggarwal and Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu were present at Chandigarh on the occasion.

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Govt declares 7-days State Mourning, 2-days public holiday in Himachal

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Shimla:The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Ministers, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the Governor Acharya Devvrat, and several leaders of the Bhartiya Janata Party and oppositions mourned the sad demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (93).

He passed away today in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi after a long illness.

The State Government has declared seven days State Mourning. The national flag would remain to fly at half mast.

The State Government has also declared public holidays for 17th and 18th August 2018.

He was born in Gwalior on December 25, 1924, and joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1939. was one of the founding members of the BJP.

He Vajpayee was thrice elected the prime minister between 1996 and 1999 and was the only non-Congress prime minister to complete the full term of five years, from 1999 to 2004.

He was also conferred prestigious Bharat Ratan award too.

Nation has today lost a great leader and a noble soul. This loss cannot be compensated. Himachal Pradesh had been a special place for Atal Ji and he always considered it as his own home as he used to come and stay at Prini in Kullu District frequently

, in their condolence message, the Ministers said.

He was a statesman and a visionary leader, whose demise is a great loss to the nation. He said that Shri Vajpayee always considered Himachal Pradesh as his second home and has a house at Prini in Kullu district, 

Chief Minister Jai Ram said in his condolence message.

The Chief Minister also shared an old picture taken with Shri Vajpayee.

Chief Minister said that the idea to construct Rohtang tunnel connecting landlocked hinterland Lahaul valley with rest of the world was conceived in 1998 by Shri Vajpayee and the project was announced by him on June 3, 2000. He said that this project was nearing completion and would be the biggest gift of Shri Vajpayee to the State.

He said that it was National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee that Himachal Pradesh got a special package for industrial development in 2003. He said that this resulted in an industrial investment of thousands of crores of Rupees and employment opportunities to lakhs of the youth of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said one of the largest educational programs in the world, ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ was launched during his Prime Ministership. The program was a product of strong willpower of this statesman, he added.

Chief Minister said that it was during the tenure of Shri Vajpayee that the Golden Quadrilateral, the lifeline of trade in India came into being. In addition, ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna’ (PMGSY) aimed at linking the 5 lakh villages of India to cities by all-weather roads, which in particular proved a boon to the hilly states like Himachal Pradesh, he added.

Shri Vajpayee was the great son of India in a real sense, who, with his simplicity and humility, ruled the hearts of millions of people. He always believed in value-based politics and always adhered to it. He said that Shri Vajpayee would always be remembered and respected by the people of the country for his simplicity, humanity and benevolence,

the Governor said in his message of condolence.

Further, leaders of the opposition are also paying their respects and praying to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul.

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