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PM Modi’s Himachal visit: Virbhadra Govt. ask for 1000 crore compensation grant, More powers to hill states

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SHIMLA- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in district Mandi for inauguration of Central Sector Hydel Projects in Himachal Pradesh. Other than chief minister Governor Acharya Devvrat, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, MPP and Power Minister, Sujan Singh Pathania, Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal were also present during the inauguration.

The Prime Minister arrived at Paddal at 11.10 AM dedicated three projects namely, the Kol Dam (800 MW) hydel project of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Parvati (520 MW) hydel project of National Hydel Power Corporation (NHPC) and Rampur (412 MW) hydro project.

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Himachal Pradesh Government presents memorandum to Prime Minister

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who was present to receive the PM, submitted a detailed memorandum regarding various issues of Himachal Pradesh.

Rs.1000 crore Compensation Grant

HP Govt. requested a compensation grant of at least Rs. 1000 crore per annum to Himachal Pradesh for immensely valuable environmental and ecological services rendered by imposing ban of green felling and preserving the forests in the Hill States.

Speedy Environment Clearance for Hydel Projects

Speedy environmental clearance for construction of hydel projects was also requested. The memorandum said that Himachal fulfills the criteria of having forest area more than 33% of total geographical area, fixed by Environment Ministry, Govt. of India, whereas HP has 66.5% of its area classified as forest.

Therefore, said the memorandum, Ministry of Environment, Forest, GoI should speedily clear all forest diversion cases for Hydel Projects which are pending in the Ministry of Environment& Forest, GoI due to insistence of the Ministry to make available non-forest land to carry out the Compensatory Afforestation which is not available in Himachal Pradesh since Himachal Pradesh already meets the Govt. of India criteria.

Resume Commercial Flights in Shimla Airport

Shimla is one of the very few State Capitals without air connectivity. The Prime Minister was requested to direct the Ministry of Civil Aviation and other concerned organizations to ensure resumption of commercial flights to and from Shimla airport.

Grant More Powers to State Government

The memorandum also requested the centre to grant more powers to the State government to make it easier to divert forest land projects like Roads, Water, Irrigation and Hydel Projects from 1 hectare to 10 hectares.

Include Cannabis Removal and Other Activities under MGNREGS

State government said that cannabis plants grow wildly in the several parts of the State and causes major social hazards. Therefore, the State Govt. has requested to make cannabis’ removal an eligible activity under MGNREGS. Similarly, it was requested to permit tea plantation rejuvenation as a permissible activity under MGNREGS.

Funds for Himalayan Circuit (Swadesh Darshan Scheme)

The State Government has submitted projects worth Rs. 100 crore to the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for release of funds under the Himalayan Circuit of Swadesh Darshan Scheme. The Chief Minister requested the release of funds under the Himalayan Circuit Scheme by Government of India.

Rest of the demands in memorandum given to the PM include reversion of surplus SJVNL land to Himachal for Engineering College at Kotla(Jeori), to include Himachal Pradesh as whole time member in BBMB, to waive off the condition of NOC for Water Supply from BBMB Projects within HP Territory, payment of energy arrear Claims to the State of Himachal Pradesh as per Supreme Court Order, to pay the Central Sector Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme(AIBP) and Flood Management Programme(FMP), to release funds for Central Sector Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme(AIBP) and Flood Management Programme(FMP).

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

HP Police Presidents Colours award ceremony

The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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