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CM directs for physical audit of water harvesting structures

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CM directs for physical audit of water harvesting structures

CM directs for physical audit of water harvesting structures

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that proper physical audit of the water harvesting structures, check dams, canals, water tanks and other similar works being undertaken by various departments would be done, and the departments would have to maintain full record of the structures and the works undertaken.

He was presiding over the third meeting of Himachal Pradesh Water Management Board here, today.

He said water would be the scarce commodity in coming times and every drop of water should be saved . He stressed upon the durability of the tanks and said that different departments were constructing the water harvesting structures which leads to overlapping of works and inefficient use of resources.

He said it had been observed that many water harvesting structures were lying ideal with little or no water in them and the departments should not consider the construction of structures as their achievements but it had to be ensured that they were long lasting and benefiting the population for irrigational and other purposes.

He said that many rivers and rivulets of the State were usually in spate during monsoons and remain dry or with little water during winters and summers. It was during the monsoons that the water should be stored and conserved along the bank of the rivulets and nullahas for meeting the requirements in summers.

The Chief Minister said that sensing the economic benefits of such schemes, the people would be themselves responsible for maintaining the same and undertaking minor repairs works.

“I want end results and benefits to be accrued to the people and durable assets to be created” said the Chief Minister. There should also be proper de-silting of the water tanks to enhance their storage capacity after every monsoon season, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the aim of the Government was to provide better drinking water and irrigational facilities to the people and besides that every check dam structure should be numbered and complete in all respects so that we could identify them through numbers.

He said that roof top rainwater harvesting structures should be made compulsory in rural areas and field of activities of various departments be demarcated for effective implementation of water resources development, conservation initiatives and watershed development followed by physical inspections.

He suggested that it should be mandatory to construct field channels from the main canal for irrigating the land. It had been observed that major projects like Shah-Nehar had been completed but the feeding channels connecting fields had not been constructed, thus depriving people of irrigational facilities.

“Every project to be constructed in future must have feed canals and there should be signage’s containing full particulars of the scheme with name of the engineers involved, construction cost, year of starting and completion” he said.

Citing example of Kinnaur district where numerous water tanks and harvesting structures had been constructed the Chief Minister said that focus must be on providing re-used and pure treated water to the people for irrigational and domestic purpose on the analogy of developed countries.

He said that our traditional water bodies needs to be preserved and every new project or new scheme should begin with taking into consideration all aspects. There were number of schemes of Government of India and they should be implemented with sense of responsibility and accountability and not merely for achieving the targets and numbers.He suggested that more hand-pumps should be installed in water scarcity areas and proper survey of the underground water availability should be done before installing the same.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes, Chief Secretary P. Mitra, senior officers and non- official members were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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Include Yoga as Compulsory Subject in Himachal’s Schools, Demands HPYSA

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Yoga as Compulsory Subject in Himachal Schools

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Yogasana Sports Association (HPYSA), Chairman, Prof. GD Sharma, has urged the State Government to include Yoga as a compulsory subject at the school level and to teach it in colleges as well. While addressing a press conference very recently, he said that Yoga has been recognized as a sport by the government of India and sports quota in jobs will now apply to Yoga players.

GD Sharma said the inclusion of Yoga at schools and college would open new avenues for the youth as a career. He said that HPYSA has launched a statewide drive to connect youth in the Hill state with Yoga. It’s all set to organize the first online State level Yogasana Contest in March and winners, thereof, will participate in the national championship to be held from March 24 to 26.

HPYSA is affiliated with the National Yogasana Sports Association, a body recognized by the central ministry of youth affairs and sports, he added.

Sharma, a former professor of HP University, has been instrumental in promoting Yoga across the globe when he was posted in Indonesia by the government of India with a diplomat status from 1992 to 1997 

He said HPYSA will make all efforts to create job opportunities for youth through Yoga.

About Recognition of Yogasana as a Competitive Sport.

On December 17, 2020, the Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had announced the formal recognition of Yogasana as a competitive sport.

The Government of India had said that Yogasana is an integral and important component of Yoga, which is psycho-physical in nature and popular across the globe for its efficacy in fitness and general wellness.

It had further added , “Yogasana becoming a sport will also ensure new technologies and new strategies being inducted into the disciplines, to benefit our athletes and officials towards building fruitful and fulfilling careers in this field”.

The government had also said that it was planning to include Yogasana as a Sport discipline in Khelo India and in the University Games and we will also pitch it at the National Games and in Olympics.

The AYUSH ministry had said that the sports discipline of Yogasana is likely to have 51 medals in 4 events & 7 categories. The proposed events for both men and women include Traditional Yogasana, Artistic Yogasana (Single), Artistic Yogasana (Pair), Rhythmic Yogasana (Pair), Free Flow/Group Yogasana, Individual All Round – Championship and Team Championship.

According to the AYUSH, following steps or activities will form part of the road map and the future development of Yogasana Sport:

  1. A pilot Yogasana Competition named as “National Individual Yogasana Sports Championship (Virtual Mode) to be held in early 2021.
  2. Launching of an Annual Calendar of competitions, events and programs of Yogasana sport.
  3. Development of Automated Scoring System for the Yogasana Championship.
  4. Courses for Coaches, Referees, Judges and Directors of competitions.
  5. Coaching camps for players.
  6. Launch of a League of Yogasana, to ensure a career and social status for performers, experts and practitioners, to create Sports Stars among Yogasana athletes.
  7. To introduce Yogasana as a Sport discipline in National Games, Khelo India and international sports events.
  8. Steps to create job opportunities for Yogasana athletes.

 

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Himachal Pradesh: Today Last Chance for First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine for Left-Out Health Care Workers

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Himachal Pradesh last date for first dose of covid-19 vaccine

Shimla-Mission Director National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh, Dr. Nipun Jindal yesterday informed that 25th February 2021 will be the last date of the mop-up round for the vaccination of Health Care Workers (HCWs).

All the Chief Medical Officers were directed to prepare the list of all such Health Care Workers who are registered on CoWIN portal but have not been vaccinated for the first dose till date. Districts have been directed to create sessions for all such left out beneficiaries as per the requirement to ensure maximum coverage of Health Care Workers.

All the CMOs were further directed to analyse and review their block-wise coverage to assess the left-out beneficiaries and to further direct their Block Medical Officers to arrange sessions in all the blocks. It was also reiterated to utilize all available channels of communication to reach out to the left-out beneficiaries.

Dr. Nipun Jindal further informed that this will be the last chance for all HCWs to get the first dose of the COVID vaccine. He appealed to all registered but not vaccinated health care workers for reporting to their nearest session site on 25th February for getting vaccinated irrespective of receiving SMS for the session scheduling. Such beneficiaries will be scheduled on-site.

He further informed that till now more than 78 percent of registered Health Care Workers have been vaccinated in the State. So far only 0.5 percent AEFI cases have been reported, of which only one needed hospitalization.

He further appealed to the beneficiaries to ignore any rumours and come forward to get themselves vaccinated as the vaccine is completely safe.

Dr. Jindal also informed that Himachal Pradesh is the leading state in the country in 2nd dose coverage of Health Care Workers, achieving more than 91 percent of the expected target.

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HP Govt Notifies New Paragliding, River Rafting Sites, Plans Floating Restaurant at Tattapani

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HP Govt notified new adventure sports sites in himachal pradesh

Shimla-New sites for adventure sports activities in Himachal Pradesh has been notified by the State Government, informed Director Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yunus Khan, yesterday.

On 23 February the State Government had announced that it was planning to open a floating restaurant at Tattapani in Mandi district. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had also inaugurated water sports activities at Tattapani from Shimla.

Additional sites for paragliding and river rafting has been notified. Now tourists visiting the state could experience paragliding at new sites in the districts of Kullu, Kangra, Mandi, Chamba, and Shimla.

New notified paragliding sites in Himachal Pradesh include:

  1. Pandhara to Gadsa and Khargan to Nangabag in district Kullu
  2. Tang Narwana to Khirku  in Kangra district
  3. Darouta to Lahra (Khajjiar) and Lahra to Darol and Raina to Nainikhad Jarei in Chamba district
  4. Prashar and Spenidhar in Mandi district
  5. Tikkar, Junga  to Chauri/Junga in Shimla district

New site for river rafting on river Beas from Nadaun to Dehra Bridge has also been notified. 

Other than the notified river rafting sites, already existing sites in Himachal includes

  1. Shamshi to Jehri and Babeli to Pirdi in Kullu district,
  2. Luhri to Tattapani in Shimla district,
  3. Darch to Jispa and Kaza Bridge to Tabo in Lahaul-Spiti. 

He said that for the safety of paragliding pilots and tourists, the Department of Tourism in collaboration with Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (ABVIMAS), Manali, has taken the initiative to provide training courses to paragliding pilots, which includes SIV course, a safety training course for Tandem paragliding pilots.

Director said that in the last two years an expenditure of approximately rupees two crore has been incurred on imparting training courses to 749 persons, which includes basic mountaineering course, paragliding course, basic, intermediate and advance skiing course including SIV course for providing training to locals from these newly identified areas.

In addition to these new notified sites, there are many other notified sites in Himachal Pradesh for paragliding for adventure enthusiasts. These sites include

  1. Bir-Billing, Chohla Indru Nag near Dharamshala in Kangra district,
  2. Solang Nalah, Marhi, Talaiti-Talogi, Majach-Shanag in Kullu district
  3. Mauja Rehad to Karganoo in Solan district
  4. Ser Jagaas in Sirmaur district.

State Government had already also notified H.P. Miscellaneous Adventure Activities ‘Amendment’ Rules. The government also said that it would start new water sports activities like a speed boat, water skiing, jet skiing, ski-boarding, water scooter, cruise etc. in various water bodies.

In the Karsog area, the Government had said, popular tourist destinations such as Mahunag Temple, Kamaksha Temple etc. would be developed from a religious tourism point of view. 

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