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Union Minister launches Innovation and Voice portal at Shimla

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Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said all possible help would be extended to Himachal Pradesh in health sector and there would be no paucity of funds to the state under the National Health Mission (NHM).

Nadda was speaking after inaugurating three day long national summit on ‘Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems’ here today which is has been organized Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh.

He asked the state to send proposals under various schemes of NHM and the union government would provide full support for funding of these projects. He informed the union government had sanctioned to release Rs.102 crore to the state under NHM.

Nadda along-with Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur launched ‘Innovation Portal’ under NHM and ‘Voice Portal’ based on health services. Under the voice portal any person would be able to get any information pertaining to health issues by dialing toll free number 1800-180-1104. The facility would be available in Hindi and English along-with other regional languages.

They also released booklet based on Rogi Kalyan Samities, mobile medical units free medicine and treatment services besides a coffee table book.

The Union Minister said the immunization programme had been launched in the country for prevention of various diseases which had turned out to be the biggest campaign in the world adding that previous governments had also played important role in making this campaign a big success. Now, the target had been fixed to increase the immunization programme from 65 to 90 percent under Inderdhanush Mission.

He said health sector was vital part of Swaach Bharat Abhiyan and the union government had taken initiative for assessment of sanitation in health institutes and hospitals under ‘Kayakalp’ programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Kaul Singh Thakur said the state government was endeavouring to provide best health services to the people of the state. It was due to the efforts of the state government that today Himachal Pradesh had best health parameters as compared to other states of the country.

He said tele-medicine services had been started in Lahaul-Spiti district of the state so as to provide best health care services in the tribal areas. He added these services would soon be started in 25 more health institutes of the state.

He said dialysis units had been made functional in Dharamashala and Mandi hospitals and soon Solan hospital too would get this facility.

Kaul Singh said the state government had opened 11 new civil hospitals, 11 community health centres, 39 primary health centers and six sub-health center’s during last two and a half years. Efforts were being made to strengthen the health infrastructure in the state and posts of doctors, paramedics and other staff were being filled up on priority. He informed 595 posts of medical officers, 58 specialist doctors, 378 nurses, 112 pharmacists, 97 operation theatre assistants and 19 posts of paramedical staff had been filled up during this period and approval had been granted to fill up 100 more posts each of doctors and nurses and 200 posts of paramedical staff.

He urged the union government to maintain the special category status for Himachal Pradesh and providing liberal financial assistance.

Director, MHM C.K Mishra, Joint Secretary (Planning) Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary (RCH) Dr, Rakesh Kumar also expressed their views on the occasion.

The Mission Director of NHM for Himachal Pradesh Dr. H.R Sharma welcomed the participants while Executive Director (NHSRC) Dr. Sanjeev Kumar presented vote of thanks.

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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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