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CM launches free 102 Ambulance Service for Mother and Child

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CM launches free 102 Ambulance Service for Mother and Child

CM launches free 102 Ambulance Service for Mother and Child

Another feather has been added in the cap of State Government’s achievements in Health Sector as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh flagged off 102 Ambulance Services and launched ‘Janani Express-102’ under Mother Child Safety Programme (Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram) from historic Ridge here today.

In the first phase a total number of 45 Ambulances were flagged off to provide free transport/drop back facility to the pregnant women, women after delivery and sick children up to the age of one year in the State, which includes the remotest Dodra-Kwar and other far-flung areas.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that under this Scheme 125 ambulances would be stationed at major delivery health centres including the regional and district hospitals. As of today, the infant mortality rate of the State was 36 as compared to the National average of 42 and similarly the fertility rate in the State is 1.7 as compared to 2.4 at National level.

This is another milestone achieved in the Health Sector after the successful launching of 108 Ambulances and would play a pivotal role in strengthening the health infrastructure, he said, adding that the ambulance would prove beneficial to drop home free the new born child and mother from hospitals.

He said that this free service would promote institutional deliveries which in turn will be go a long way in further reducing the Maternal and Infant Mortality rate in the State.

The Chief Minister said that health indicators of the State was far better from the National health indicators as per the latest survey. He said that under National Rural Health Mission the State Government was successful in getting the finances of Rs. 261 crore from the Centre and he hoped that the Union Government would provide assistance to further strengthen the Health Sector as the Union Minister of Health J. P. Nadda represents the State.

Listing the achievements of the State in Health Sector the Chief Minister said that a provision of Rs. 30 crore has been made for necessary drugs numbering 352 for the poor. He said that Central Research Laboratory costing Rs. six crore was being established in IGMC College and a sum of Rs. five crore was being incurred for Nursing College besides Rs. 56 crore was being spent on constructing new OPD Block in IGMC and a sum of Rs. seven crore was being spent for strengthening a Cardiac Unit of Cath Lab and Rs. 3.5 crore each has been sanctioned for setting up Trauma Centre and Renal Unit in IGMC.

“ I am thankful to the previous Union Government and especially the then Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for sanctioning three Medical Colleges in a single fiscal for the State with adequate budgetary provision of Rs. 190 crore for each College”, said he. There won’t be any constraints of finances for the priority sectors like Health and Education, he added.

Speaking on the occasion Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said that a sum of Rs. 6.15 crore was being spent under 102 Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram in the State. He said that this free 102 Ambulance drop back services would reduce the pressure on 108 Ambulance services which were also performing the same services. He said that 100 bedded Mother Child Hospitals each in Kamla Nehru Hospital and in RPMGC Tanda was being constructed by spending Rs. 20 crore each. He thanked the Chief Minister for strengthening the Health infrastructure and said that as many as 71 Specialist Doctors and 457 Doctors has been appointed besides about 700 Para Medical staff in the State.

The Minister said that Rs. one lakh per month was being spent on 108 Ambulance Services and Rs. 41 thousand per month would be spent on 102 Ambulance Services.

He said that the services would be available through a toll free No.102.

Earlier, Hans Raj Sharma, Mission Director, NRHM welcomed the Chief Minister and other distinguished persons on the occasion.

Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Forest Minister, Chet Ram, Chairman, Milk Federation, Vineet Chaudhary, Additional Chief Secretary, Ms. Nandita Gupta, Special Secretary, Health Services, R.K. Sharma, Director, Health Services, Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, other senior officers of State Government and prominent persons of the town were also present on the occasion.

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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes

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HP irrigation and drinking water schemes

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.

HPPWD review meeting 2018

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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