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Rs 1464 crore Financial Restructuring Plan of HPSEB Ltd. Approved : CM

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Rs 1464 crore Financial Restructuring Plan of HPSEB Ltd. Approved CM

Rs 1464 crore Financial Restructuring Plan of HPSEB Ltd. Approved CM

The Government has approved Rs 1464 crore Financial Restructuring Plan of the Board and it was committed to provide 24 hours subsidized power to the people of the State as well as to every household in the remotest corner of the State, stated Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while speaking on the occasion of the 24th General Conference of Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited Powers Engineers Association at Sundernagar in district Mandi today.

He said that subsidized domestic energy to consumers amounting to Rs 388 crore was being provided to the people of the State, adding that the Government has decided that the power producers would not be required to take no objection certificate from the Irrigation and Public Health Department, PWD, Revenue and Fisheries for setting up hydro projects in the State. He said that this was being done to promote the entrepreneurs to invest in Hydel sector in the State. He said that to promote the private participation in hydel generation sector, five new projects were given to HPSEB Ltd for further allotment to private bidders and the techno-economic clearance for three such projects have been accorded by the Government.

The power engineers should come forward to accept new challenges and continue to work with devotion and dedication so as to contribute in making Himachal a pioneer state in the field of power distribution and production, he asserted. “I want to see HPSEB emerging as a strong and economically vibrant power utility to deliver better service to the people of the State and I assure that my Government would always be there to meet out the genuine demands of the board” said the Chief Minister. He said that Himachal Pradesh had been blessed with 27,432 MW hydel potential and was able to harness 8432 MW of hydro potential in the State and was targeting to exploit 2000 MW of power potential in this fiscal.

Virbhadra Singh said that HPSEB Ltd. have completed targets under ‘Rajeev Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna’ and ‘Restricted Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme’. He said that the 10 MW Ghanvi-II in Shimla district has started generating power and 100 MW Uhl project in Joginder in district Mandi was in the final stage of execution. Both the projects were being commissioned by HPSEB ltd.

The Chief Minister said that the Board is also executing capital expenditure works amounting to Rs 440 crore per annum for improving voltage supplies and to manage increasing load in rural and industrial areas. “I am happy to learn that losses of the Board has been brought down to 14.5% and I hope that the Board will initiate measures to reduce it further to improve the Boards income and functioning” said the Chief Minister.

Virbhadra Singh said that for evacuation of power, the Government was considering to set up 220 KV electricity sub-station at Mandhala in Baddi and 132 KV sub-station at Gaura in district Solan has been recently energized, which would not only improve the reliability of electricity supply in Solan area but would also help in lifting adequate water supply for the people of the town.

Chief Minister said that the Government has allocated the Government share of equity power in Nathpa Jhakri to HPSEB to meet the necessary requirement of the Board and to increase its income. He said that the State Government was committed to take all possible measures to improve the financial health of HPSEB limited. He also advised the Board to take corrective steps to curb the unnecessary expenditure and try to fill functional posts as per the requirement in the fields and professional posts. The pattern of field staff has to be changed and it must be ensured that sufficient numbers of employees are deployed all over the State. He advised them to explore more resources of income generation.

He announced for restoration of one post of Chief Engineer (system Planning).

Chief Minister said that the State was not getting its due share from BBMB which was a major power producer in the State distributing power supply to other States. Many people mainly Bhakra oustees were not rehabilitated till date and were offered land in Rajasthan, Haryana and elsewhere”, he said. The BBMB was withholding the share of the State despite the State has won the case pertaining to its share in the Supreme Court. It is a right-full claim that Himachal Pradesh be a part of BBMB share and we will not accept the step-motherly treatment, he asserted.

He said that engineers were the backbone of the Board and the Government has taken numerous decisions to benefit its employees, During last more than 20 months of its regime as many as 24 Assistant Engineers (electrical) have been appointed besides around 25 more such engineers were being appointed soon.

The Chief Minister directed the Board to fill all the functional posts in the board in a phased manner so that the efficiency of the Board could be enhanced. He said that the Government was also providing timely promotion to the employees of the Board and had also created fresh avenues of promotion to them. He said that about 895 posts of different categories have been created in the Board.

He also released the souvenir on the occasion.

MPP & Power Minister, Sujan Singh Pathania while speaking on the occasion said that the rapid development in power sector has taken place and initially in the year 1971 where there were only 3279 electrified villages, today the State has achieved cent percent electrification target which was a stupendous achievement. He said that a vast network of transmission and distribution lines had been laid in the

State. Initially, it was 8800 kilometers in 1972, and now the length of these lines was 92,869 kilometers. Besides, the energy consumption has also undergone a tremendous growth which stands as one thousand and seventy two units as of date. He said that the Government was allowing preferential allotment of up to 5 MW projects to the bonafide residents of Himachal Pradesh.

Sohan Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Er Ram Parkash General Secretary of the Association welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion and detailed various demands of the Association.

Health and Revenue Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Excise and Taxation Minister Parkash Chaudhary, District Congress President Puran Chand, Deputy Commissioner Mandi Sandeep Kadam, Superintending of Police Mohit Chawla, Managing Director HPSEB Ltd Er. P.C. Negi, Director Finance and Administration Akshay Sood, President of the Association Er Rajesh and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

CM Visits Engineering College site at Sundernagar

Later, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh visited the construction site of Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College at Sundernagar.

He directed the authorities to ensure proper architecture of the College building. He also directed them to make adequate provision of playground and other basic infrastructure in the College campus.

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HP Cabinet Decisions June 2019: Free Cylinder Refill, Rehabilitation Support Scheme For Minor Rape Victims, Filling Up Over 60 Posts

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HP Cabinet Decisions

A meeting of Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held today on June 9, 2019.

The Cabinet gave its nod to start a scheme for rehabilitation support to minor victims of rape, child abuse. Under this scheme, intensive counselling up to six months would be provided to minor as well as to their family members through professional counsellors. In addition to it, financial assistance of Rs. 7500 per month would also be given to the minor victim till the age of 21 years as a livelihood support measure.

The beneficiaries of ‘Ujjawala Grihini Suvidha Yojna’ that was launched in the State by the merger of Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna would be given one additional free refill cylinder.

Prathmik Sahyak Adhyapaks will be given Rs. 27,000 consolidated per month.

The marriage grant under the Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna has been enhanced from existing Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 51,000 to the destitute girls/women or their parents/guardians for marriage including inmates of Nari Sewa Sadan/Nari Niketan.

The annual income limit of family through Mahila Vikas Nigam for availing loan facility up to Rs. 1,50,000 by women has been increased from existing Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 for starting their self-employment ventures.

Further, the honorarium of office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions has been enhanced from 1 April 2019.

As per the decision, now Chairperson of Zila Parishad would get an honorarium of Rs. 12,000 per month instead of Rs. 11,000

  • Vice Chairperson Rs. 8,000 instead of 7500
  • Member, Zila Parishad Rs. 5,000 in place of Rs. 4500
  • Chairperson, Panchayat Samiti Rs. 7000 per month instead of Rs.6500
  • Vice Chairperson Rs. 5,000 instead of Rs. 4500
  • Member of Panchayat Samiti Rs. 4500 in place of Rs. 4000
  • Pradhan Gram Panchayat Rs. 4500 in place of Rs. 4000
  • Up-Pradhan Rs. 3000 in place of Rs. 2500
  • Members of the Gram Panchayat Rs. 250 instead of Rs. 240 per meeting with a maximum of two meetings in a month

The honorarium of part-time workers engaged in Patwar Circles of the State has been increased from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 3500 per month. This decision will benefit 1528 workers. The vacant posts of Part-time workers would also be filled.

The government would also distribute school bags to the students of classes 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th in the State for the year 2018-19 under Atal School Vardi Yojna. Uniforms to the school students from 1st to 12th standard during the current session under Atal Vardi Yojna would also be provided.

The government would provide scholarships amounting to Rs. 10,000 each every year under Mukhya Mantri Bal Uddhar Yojana to 10 boys and 10 girls of child care institutions registered and funded under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. These scholarships would be given to those securing top two positions in the merit list (separate for boys and girls) of children of child care institutions in annual examinations of 8th,9th, 10th, 10+1 and 10+2 standards.

In order to encourage institutional delivery, the Cabinet decided to enhance the incentive amount to women belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and BPL families to Rs. 1100.

The additional honorarium of ASHA workers has been increased from Rs. 1250 to Rs. 1500 per month. This would benefit 7964 ASHA workers of the State.

The government would continue the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of mango fruit with an enhancement of 50 paise per kg on all varieties of mango during the year 2019 to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers.

The Cabinet agreed to start tele-medicine facility in civil hospital Bharmour in district Chamba through M/s Apollo hospitals so as to provide specialized health care facilities to the people of the area.

Posts and Recruitments in HP Govt

The Cabinet decided to:

  • Create and fill up three posts each of Professors and Lecturers in Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College, Paprola in Kangra district for strengthening this college
  • Establish the Court of Additional District and Session Judge at Sarkaghat in Mandi district and Court of Civil Judge at Jhanduta in Bilaspur district along-with creation of 27 posts of different categories
  • Fill up seven posts of Assistant Professors of different departments in Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla on a regular basis by direct recruitment through State Public Service Commission
  • Fill up 11 posts of Junior Office Assistant on contract basis in Ayurveda Department
  • Fill up five posts of Statistical Assistant in Scheduled Castes Sub Plan Wing of Social Justice and Empowerment Department through direct recruitment on contract basis
  • Fill up five posts of Assistant Controller, Weight and Measures wing in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis
  • Create and fill up four posts of different categories in newly upgraded Shaheed Tilak Raj Government High School, Dhewa in Kangra district for providing better educational facilities
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India to Surpass China as Most Populous Country by 2027, Debate Erupts Over Need of Population Control Law

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Population Control Law in India needed

The world’s population continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace than at any time since 1950, owing to reduced levels of fertility. From an estimated 7.7 billion people worldwide in 2019, the global population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100, says a reported “World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights” released by the Department of Economics and Social Affairs, United Nations.

Current projections indicate that India will surpass China as the world’s most populous country around 2027, the report says.

India is expected to add nearly 273 million people between 2019 and 2050, while the population of Nigeria is projected to grow by 200 million. Together, these two countries could account for 23 per cent of the global population increase to 2050.

India's Population Growth Projections

The hashtag #Population Control Law was trending on Twitter as the findings of the reports were published by media. The people were of the view that India needs to take immediate measures to control population explosion, which would put huge pressure on already exhausting resources of the country. The one-child policy was being suggested by several people as one possible measure that could be introduced by forming a new law.

As per the findings published in the report, disparate population growth rates among the world’s largest countries will re-order their ranking by population size. China, with 1.43 billion people in 2019, and India, with 1.37 billion, have long been the two most populous countries of the world, comprising 19 and 18 per cent, respectively, of the global total in 2019. They are followed by the United States of America, with 329 million in 2019, and Indonesia, with 271 million.

After this re-ordering between 2019 and 2050, the ranking of the five largest countries is projected to be preserved through the end of the century, when India could remain the world’s most populous country with nearly 1.5 billion inhabitants, followed by China with just under 1.1 billion, Nigeria with 733 million, the United States with 434 million, and Pakistan with 403 million inhabitants.

In 2019, around 40 per cent of the world’s population lives in intermediate-fertility countries, where women have on average between 2.1 and four births over a lifetime. Average lifetime fertility of 2.1 live births per woman is roughly the level required for populations with low mortality to have a growth rate of zero in the long run. Intermediate-fertility countries are found in many regions, with the largest being India

Between 2019 and 2050, 55 countries or areas are expected to see their populations decrease by at least one per cent. In the largest of these, China, the population is projected to shrink by 31.4 million, or 2.2 per cent.

More than half of the projected increase in the global population up to 2050 will be concentrated in just nine countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the United States of America.

Another major finding of the report said that in 2018, for the first time in history, persons aged 65 years or over worldwide outnumbered children under age five. Projections indicate that by 2050 there will be more than twice as many persons above 65 as children under five. By 2050, the number of persons aged 65 years or over globally will also surpass the number of adolescents and youth aged 15 to 24 years.

This continued rapid population growth presents challenges for sustainable development. The 47 least developed countries are among the world’s fastest-growing – many are projected to double in population between 2019 and 2050 – putting pressure on already strained resources and challenging policies that aim to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure that no one is left behind. For many countries or areas, including some Small Island Developing States, the challenges to achieving sustainable development are compounded by their vulnerability to climate change, climate variability and sea-level rise, the report said.

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Himachal Lost 408 Human Lives, 207 Animals in Winter Season Alongwith Extensive Horticultural, Agricultural Damages

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winter season loss in himachal pradesh 2019

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh suffered major loss and damage in the winter season due to heavy snowfall, avalanches, landslides, hailstorms, and heavy rains. Between January 1 to March 31, 2019. The state lost as many as 408 human lives and 207 animal lives. Similarly, 1346 houses, 9516 water supply schemes were damaged, 30,921 electricity lines were disrupted, 10,260 LT electrical poles were damaged. Besides, 13,733-kilometre roads length and 377-hectare horticulture crop area was affected during the period.

Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal, who chaired a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) on Friday, released this information. The Team was on the three-day visit to the State to assess the damages and losses occurred during winter season-2019 in the State.

Based on this assessment, the State has submitted a memorandum of loss and damages to the government of India amounting to Rs. 374.21 crore.

The State suffered damage to the horticulture and agriculture sector to the tune of 0.54 crore, animal husbandry Rs. 0.19 crore, fishery 0.015 crores, housing Rs. 10.46 crore, community assets Rs. 2.50 crore, forest Rs. 6.78 crore, Public works department Rs. 242.27 crore, IPH Rs. 43.97 crore and Power Rs. 51.17 crore. Besides Rs. 16.32 crore have been distributed as ex-gratia for human lives lost during the calamities in the winter season, informed Director-cum-Special Secretary, HP Disaster Management Authority D.C Rana.

The IMCT team headed by Joint Secretary, KB Singh from Freedom Fighters Rehabilitation department assessed the damages at various places in Shimla, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts.

The other members if the IMCT were Director (Horticulture) Dr. M.N. Singh, Director (Expenditure) S.C. Meena, Deputy Director (Ministry of Rural Development), Deputy Director from Rural Development SS Modi, Director, Central Water Commission OP Gupta, Deputy Director, Power OP Suman, Regional Officer, Road Transport and Highways Vipnesh Sharma.

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