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CM dedicates projects worth more than 50 crores in Haroli constituency

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CM dedicates projects worth more than 50 crores in Haroli constituency

CM dedicates projects worth more than 50 crores in Haroli constituency

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Bathu in Haroli assembly segment of Una district today said that though many big industrial houses were coming up in the State but main-stay of the economy of the people comes from agriculture and similar allied sectors. As much of the population of the State was residing in villages, the people were more dependent upon cultivating crops said he adding that many were now in the business of producing off-season vegetables and fruits which yields them good profits. He said that the agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, which were the backbone of the economy of the hill people needs to be strengthened more.

Referring to Haroli assembly segment, the Chief Minister said that it has witnessed massive development due to hard-work of its MLA. “It is not like the development was being carried out in Haroli alone but the Government was equally concerned about all the regions of the State”, he said adding our State should be cited elsewhere as a new model of development in the country.

He said that much more is required to be done in the field of development and the participation and co-operation of the people is must. It is wrong to say that the State Government was giving added attention to the Haroli as being claimed by the opposition, he said adding that the Government was endeavouring to equally develop all regions of the State irrespective of region and religion.

“We don’t create divide amongst the people on the issues of development” he added and cautioned few bent upon to carve up the differences and misguide the people.

He said that development in Una was due to successive congress policies in their regimes. More projects were coming up in the State and the Government had taken up the major Swan River project and will finish the work successfully in a time bound manner. He said that all 73 tributaries of the Swan were also being channelized. “In India, Swan was only such a project where not only the main river but also the tributaries of the main river were also being channelized”, he said.

Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated Rs. 27 crore, 132 KV Sub-Station at Bathu which will improve the low voltage problem of the area and also the transmission and distribution losses would be reduced to the minimum. Not only this, the industrial belts of Tahliwal and Santoshgarh, Gurplah, Gondpur, Pubowal, Kuthar, Dulehar, Laleri and in the periphery would be benefited from this. Besides, as many as 25360 domestic, commercial and agricultural consumers of the area will also reap its benefits, added he.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 33 KV Electricity Sub-Centre at Bathu to be constructed at a cost of Eight crore which will benefit Eight Panchayats of the area with a population of around 8600. He directed the authorities to complete the work of the substation within a year.

He also performed the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of improvement and strengthening of Rs 17.50 crore Bankhandi-Jhalera Road, from Punjab border at Santoshgarh to Una.

The Chief Minister announced the office of Sub Divisional Police Officer at Haroli and said that the matter for setting up Electrical division at Haroli would be taken care of after consulting the concerned Minister. The Chief Minister also agreed in-principle for opening tourism Hotel at Una. He announced setting up of Primary Health Centre at Palakwah and up-gradation of Ispur Ayurveda Hospital’s bed capacity from 10 to 20. He also announced to open an Auditorium at Haroli.

Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister while thanking the Chief Minister for dedicating the works worth more than 50 crores in the Haroli constituency and also thanked the MPP and Agriculture Minister for gracing the occasion and for 133 KV and 33 KV sub stations at Bathu in Haroli.

Taking a jibe over the statements of the opposition the Minister said that the BJP had started criticizing the Chief Ministers tour of the area and at last have started analyzing and realizing that development worth crores was taking place in Haroli. He said that it was wrong on the part of the opposition to air the rumours and terming the developments works as “Nautanki’(Drama). Referring to the opposition, he said that why not they took over the charge of the development of the Una district during their tenure? He said that Rs 15.15 crore Ajoli- Laluwal road was under construction and also the 922.48 crore Swan Channelisation project was underway.

Besides, IIIT, number of bridges, Health and Education Institutes in the area were enough to make the opposition realize that equal development was being ensured in all constituencies of the district. He said that Industry worth Rs. 300 crore in Amb in Una district was also coming up soon.

He placed the local demands of the area and listed the development activities in Una district.

Sujan Singh Pathania, MPP and Agriculture Minister, Kuldeep Kumar, Chairman, HP State Finance Commission also spoke on the occasion.

Sh Rakesh Kalia, Secretary, All India Congress Committee, while welcoming the Chief Minister thanked him for undertaking Daulatpur College in Government sector and also appreciated the efforts of Industries Minister for making his constituency a Model of development.

Dr. Simi Agnihotri honoured the Chief Minister and other distinguished guests present on the occasion.

Virendar Dharmani, Member, Board of Directors, HPTDC and District Congress Committee president also spoke on the occasion. Block Congress President Haroli, Ranjeet Singh Rana and Suman Thakur Zila Parishad member also spoke on the occasion and thanked the Chief Minister for dedicating the development works in the area.

Earlier, Smt Surekha Rana, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Bathu and President District Mahila Congress thanked the Chief Minister for dedicating 132 KV electric Sub Station and said that the low voltage problem of the area would be solved and also placed the local demands of the area on the occasion.

Subhash Manglet, Chairman HP State Agriculture Marketing Board, Hardeep Singh Bawa, Chairman, Building Works and Other Construction Welfare Board, Jagdish Chand Saphiya, Chairman, Kangra Central Co-operative Bank, Onkar Sharma, Ex-Vice-chairman HP Agro Packaging Board, Chairman, District Marketing Committee, Shiv Kumar Saini Senior officers of the district, Pradhans, Up-Pradhans, Members of Panchayat Samiti were present on the occasion amongst others

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MIS for processing grade mangoes approved, would open 34 fruit collection centres: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has given approval for implementation of the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for Mango procurement of processing grade mangoes in the State during the year 2018.

Under the scheme, 250 metric tonne fruit of seedling, 200 metric tonnes of grafted and 50 metric tonnes of unripe Achari varieties of mangoes will be procured at the rate of Rs. 6.00 per kg Rs. 7.00 per kg. and Rs. 6.00 per kg. respectively.

A Spokesman of the State Government today said that procurement would be done through HPMC and HIMFED in crates and these agencies would be allowed handling charges at Rs. 1.30 per kg. Like the previous year, average sale returns from the fruits have been assessed as Rs. 2000, Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000 per metric tonnes for fruits of seedling, grafted and unripe Achari mango varieties respectively.

He said that 34 fruit collection centres will be opened under the scheme for which HPMC and HIMFED would coordinate on the basis of procurement data for the last three to five years.

These centres would be opened by the procurement agencies in case of need and would be manned and operative by HPMC and HIMFED with their own staff.

Under the scheme, 2.5% extra fruit (by weight) will be procured from those farmers/orchardists who possess horticulture cards and who own ten bighas or less land under mango cultivation. As such, no fruit would be procured from the contractors.

He said that this scheme would be implemented in the State with immediate effect till August 15, 2018.

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Industrial units seeking expansion will have to employ 80% Himachalis: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government today said it has made amendments in the provisions of Rules regarding grant of incentives, concession, and facilities to the industrial units of the state.

As per the new notification of the State government, all existing industrial units (as on April 1, 2018) set up in the state which seek to undertake expansion will have to employ at least 80 percent bonafide Himachalis, informed a spokesperson of the Industries department.

The hiring could be undertaken on regular/contractual/Sub-contractual/daily basis or any other mode of employment including the persons hired through a contractor or through outsourcing agencies against the additional manpower which may be generated as a result of the substantial expansion, it was informed.

This condition would also apply to the new units to be established in the State after 1 April 2018.

Only those industries, which undertake substantial expansion, have to abide by this Rule. Hence, the existing industries, which are not going to undertake substantial expansion, are not bound by the amended/notified provision of this Rule.

He said there is no shortage of trained technical manpower in the State now, therefore, the condition of 80 percent employment of Himachalis has been incorporated in the Rules.

There are around 250 ITIs, 30 Polytechnics Institutes and around 40 Engineering Colleges and Universities in the State and thousands of technically qualified persons are completing their courses and coming out from these institutes in search of jobs.

New trades as per the demand of the industries are also being included in the courses of ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering Colleges, the spokesperson said.

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Rs. 423 crore HP Mushroom Development project will help in women empowerment: Govt

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Shimla:
The Indian Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has approved Rs. 1131.87 crore projects for Himachal Pradesh.

These include Rs. 708.87 crore for Water Conservation Project for the Department of Irrigation and Public Health and Rs. 423 crore Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project for the Department of Horticulture.

As per the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, an Rs. 423 crore integrated mushroom development project would help to double the income of farmers and provide employment and self-employment opportunities to youth.

The government also expects the project would boost mushroom cultivation in the State. All varieties of mushroom would be cultivated under the project besides importing technical knowledge for cultivating mushroom, which would give a fillip in increasing the income of the farmers, said the government.

The Chief Minister said that this project would also provide an opportunity to the growers of the state to diversify their farming pattern and go for viable and profitable farming avocation.

The mushroom cultivation would also help in women empowerment as more and more women would be motivated to go for mushroom cultivation for increasing their income, thereby making them self-dependent since mushroom cultivation is an indoor activity.

He said the demand for mushrooms is increasing within the state as well as outside the state including export, and it offers better prospects for enterprising growers to take up cultivation on large scale. He announced that modern infrastructure will be developed under the proposed project for controlled cultivation of mushroom round the year.

Further, it was informed that the first phase of the Rs. 4751.24 crore water conservation project worth Rs 708.87 crore will include construction of check dams, ponds, Kuhl’s and other water harvesting structures.

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