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Himachal bags second ‘national award’ in agriculture sector, first prize for Hamirpur for Soil Health Card Scheme implementation

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SHIMLA- After winning National level ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for increase in total foodgrains production for the year 2014-15, Himachal Pradesh Government has bagged another National Award in Agriculture sector for 2015-16. Hamirpur District of Himachal Pradesh has been selected for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the excellence in implementing Soil Health Card Scheme.

Hamirpur bagged first prize in implementation of Soil Health Card Scheme among the Hill and North Eastern States. Only two districts in the country viz Hamirpur in HP and Balrampur in Chattisgarh qualified for an award in Soil Health Card Scheme. The award will be given by the Prime Minister in New Delhi on Civil Service Day i.e. 21st April, 2016 in a National-level Function at Vigyan Bhavan.

The award will be received by Deputy Commissioner Hamirpur and Deputy Director Agriculture, District Hamirpur. A cash amount of Rs. 10 lakh will be given to the Award winning District.

Himachal was recently awarded the National level ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for increase in total foodgrains production for the year 2014-15 in Category II States. The award was presented by the Prime Minister at a National-level Function at PUSA, New Delhi on 19th March 2016 and carried a cash award of Rs. 1 crore.

The Soil Health Card Scheme was launched on 19th February 2015 with the objective to issue soil health cards to all farmers of the country in three years based on standardised sampling procedures and analysis so as to provide a basis to address nutrient deficiencies in fertilization practices. Expected outcome of the programme was to promote integrated nutrient management through balanced and judicious use of plant nutrients and reduce the consumption of chemical fertilizers.

Considering the importance of soil health, HP Agriculture Department took up the implementation of this programme in a focused manner. The target of 69635 samples which were to be collected under the Scheme in three years have already been lifted by HP in the first year (2015-16) itself. Thus, HP has already achieved hundred percent lifting of samples in the very first year. Analysis of samples is being done simultaneously and 1,60,000 Soil Health cards have been distributed.

The distribution of Soil Health Cards to the farmers was started on 5th December 2015 which is observed as International Soil Day. It is proposed to distribute the Soil Health Cards to all the 76,140 farmers of the District by 30th June, 2016.

Agriculture department had organized farmers camps to generate awareness about the Scheme. The State has a network of 11 laboratories and 7 mobile testing vans to analyse the samples.Government of India has identified four Schemes as priority Programmes viz Swachch Bharat, Gramin Swachch Vidyalaya, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and Soil Health Card.

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions

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HP Cabinet decision on curfew

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.

A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.   

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota. 

It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.

The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.  

It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.

The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.

Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.

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Una Murder Case: Body of 22-Year-Old Girl Exhumed, Enraged Villagers Create Ruckus

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Una-The alleged murder of a 22-year-old girl in Jadla Kohri village under the Gagret sub-division of Una district created a stir on Wednesday as the police exhumed her body from near a temple complex.

According to the allegations, a man who was identified as one of the ‘pujaris of the temple, has admitted killing the girl. He reportedly admitted hitting her on the head with an iron rod and later burying the body.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amb, has confirmed the report.

Una murder case

According to the initial information, the girl was missing since April 3, 2021, and a complaint regarding the same was filed at the local police station in Gagret the next day.

The police zeroed in on the said accused based on call details and reached the temple today. A large number of villagers also followed the police. When the police exhumed the body based on the location identified by the accused, angry villagers turned violent and demanded handing over the accused to them. A minor clash between police and villagers was also reported. Villagers vandalized the temple premises.

Amid this tense atmosphere, police somehow protected the accused from the enraged mob and managed to get him out safely.

The body of the girl was sent for post-mortem, the Superintendent of Police, Una, Arjit Sen, confirmed.

Though not officially confirmed, some local media reports suggested that the deceased and the accused were known to each other. The girl had recently got engaged to another man.

 Further details are awaited.

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