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Due to HP Govt.’s poor action plan for distribution, 33,011 quintal seeds reached farmers after sowing seasons was over: CAG

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CAG report said delays in distribution of seeds were attributable to non-preparation of annual action plans (AAPs) for procurement of inputs and delay in preparation of AAPs for distribution resulted in late sowing of crops which would have adversely affected the production and productivity of crops.

SHIMLA- Raising a question mark on the functioning of the agriculture department in Himachal Pradesh, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has found that 33,011 quintal of seeds reached farmers when the sowing seasons (for both wheat and maize) were over during the 2010-15 period.

In its report, CAG has said that the authorities distributed 28,909.63 quintals of wheat seed and 4,101.47 quintal of maize seed costing Rs 9.39 crore among farmers in the test-checked districts with a delay ranging between one and 135 days.

Similarly, in seven (out of eight) test-checked blocks, 10,671.35 quintals of seeds (8,709.46 quintals wheat) and (1,961.89 quintals maize) costing Rs 2.99 crore were distributed among farmers during the 2010-15 period after a delay ranging between one and 135 days.

CAG report said delays in distribution of seeds were attributable to non-preparation of annual action plans (AAPs) for procurement of inputs and delay in preparation of AAPs for distribution resulted in late sowing of crops which would have adversely affected the production and productivity of crops.

The office manual of the state government requires the directorate to prepare AAP for departmental programmes and schemes in advance in January every year with periodical break-up of targets in respect of each activity including procurement and distribution of agriculture inputs.

The CAG noticed that the AAP for the year 2014-15 was not at all prepared and plans for 2010-11 to 2013-14 were finalized after a delay of four to five months. However, the planning for procurement of the agriculture inputs was not included in the AAPs. As a result, there was a delay in distribution of seeds among farmers.

It added that director in October last year said nearly 80% area of the districts is rain-fed and sometimes deficient rainfall resulted in delay.

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HIPA launches Online registration portal for trainees and to map digital literacy of officials handling online services

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HIPA Online Registration Portal for trainees

Shimla: On the 12th Civil Services Day, Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) today launched an online registration portal for registration and nomination of trainees.

The NIC has developed this portal for the Department of Training as the technical agency for facilitating the trainees.

HIPA has also developed an online registration platform for trainees to map digital literacy of the officials, who are handling the online services notified by the Department of Administration Reforms.

Other than this, an e-Newsletter named ‘Fairlawn Updates’ and the new issue of HIPA Journal were also released along with the compendium on RTI Act, 2005, and H.P. Public Services Guarantee Act – an initiative taken by the Department of Administration Reforms.

The digital services are expected to help departments to reduce footfall and deliver better services with transparency.

The Chief Minister, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the initiatives and also released the report on District Governance Indices, Department of Administrative Reforms.

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The report on H.P. District Governance Index 2017 has examined ten broad themes of governance, 26 focus subjects, and 82 specific variables to arrive at the findings, informed the Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Dr Purnima Chauhan.  

It will help in assessing the quality of governance in the districts through examination of the available data in about 50 aspects of governance and will be aggregated into a single scoring and ranking instrument, she further added.

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Himachal needs ropeways, sky buses, monorails as State has insufficient land: Govind Singh

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Shimla: Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur today participated in the meeting of Group of Ministers (Transport) held in Guwahati.

He presented the case of Himachal Pradesh on issues like taking preventive measures to check road accidents in hilly states, road safety, unification of taxes, provision of national permits for buses and uniformity in vehicle registration and driving license.

He said that despite tough topographical conditions, the state has been improving citizen services by use of modern technologies and special steps are being taken to minimize the road accidents.

 He said that considering the special conditions and insufficiency of land, there is need to develop alternative modes of transport like ropeways, sky buses etc. in Himachal.

 A Sub-Group was constituted under the chairmanship of Transport Minister of Assam Chander Mohan Patwari.

The Sub-Group would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers in a stipulated time, which is not mentioned.

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Kangra: Miraculous escape for a family of 4 including 2 children

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Kangra: A storm yesterday hit some parts of Himachal Pradesh. However, in Kangra district’s Jwali constituency, it led to a horrid encounter which could have given a family of four including two children a gruesome death.

A couple with their two children was travelling in their Santro car when strong winds felled a Eucalyptus tree on the Jwali-Jasur road and fell on the moving car. As the car was in motion, the tree broke through the windshield to pierce through the car.  

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The bewildering picture above describes the intensity of the impact.

However, in what can be said a miraculous event, only the husband, who was driving the car, sustained non-lethal injuries on the head while his wife and children were completely safe.

The injured was relieved from the Civil Hospital, Jwali, after receiving minor treatment.

The picture makes everyone wonder how it happened, and how all passengers survived it.

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