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Himachal’s start-ups to get subsidies, low interest loans under ‘Start Up’ scheme

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SHIMLA- The Himachal Pradesh Government has formulated the ‘Chief Minister’s Start up/Innovation Projects/New Industries Scheme’ to provide support to the ‘Startup ‘and ‘ Innovation projects’ in the State besides providing skills to the youth and potential investors to develop entrepreneurship.

The scheme envisages various incentives for startups so as to enable the entrepreneurs to succeed in their ventures. The scheme also makes provisions of creation of incubation centres in the host institutions in the State in order to build capacities, develop networking, establishing necessary infrastructure and generate Awareness. The information was provided by Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri

Marketing assistance of maximum of Rs 10 lakh would also be provided to the innovation project to launch its products in the market said by the minister. He said that in addition, the cost of filing and processing of patent application would be reimbursed to the incubated Startup Company subject to a limit of Rs 2 lakh per Indian patent awarded or actual cost incurred, whichever is less. For awarded foreign patents on a single subject matter, upto Rs 10 lakh or actual cost incurred, whichever is less would be reimbursed, he added.

Benefits Offered to Start-ups/Entrepreneurs in the State

Agnihotri claimed that financial assistance upto Rs 30 lakh for a period of three years would be provided to the selected institutions for setting up of the Incubator and other facilities.

In case government owned building is leased to an Incubator, no lease rent would be levied for a period of three years.

In case, where private premises are taken on lease,rent basis, a rent reimbursement at the rate of Rs 5 per square feet per month or 25 per cent of actual rent paid , whichever is less would be reimbursed for a period of three years.

The Startups, new industries,Innovation Projects would be eligible for grant on the cost of preparation of feasibility study/project at the rate of 75 per cent of the cost subject to maximum of Rs 1,00,000.

New startups in micro sector with an investment up to Rs 25 lakh employing at least five persons and proposing to take loan from scheduled nationalized banks or state cooperative banks would be provided interest subvention @5 per cent up to a loan of Rs 25 lakh for three years.

All the new Startup,new Industries,Innovation Projects Units to be set up in the State, would be charged stamp duty @3 per cent only on conveyance deed and lease deed from the date of notification by the Revenue Department. H

The new Startups,Industries,Innovation Projects engaged in processing of primary agriculture,horticulture or herbal produce would be exempted from payment of VAT,CST for a period of three years or till they reach a turnover of Rs. 2 crore per year, whichever is earlier.

All new industries setup in the category ”C” areas of the State would be exempted from payment of State taxes, excluding levies in the shape of cess, fees, royalties etc. for a period of seven years, he added.

Minister also said that Rs 25,000 would be provided to the Innovation Projects as sustenance allowance for one year whose project is recommended by the Host Institution and approved by the Empowerment Committee.

The Incubation Centre would provide support to the Startups and Innovation Projects by providing mentoring services, access to their labs etc. on free of cost basis.

Annual HP Entrepreneurship Awards

Minister Agnihotri said that purchase preference would be given by the State Government and Public Sector Undertaking for the products manufactured by Startups in micro and small scale categories. He said that the State Government would also institute annual Entrepreneurship Awards and three successful entrepreneurs would be awarded each year with citation and cash award.

Procedure for Application

All the innovation enterprises would be required to submit only self-certified documents online or manually and the concerned department would issue provisional registration within 15 days from submission of documents.

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Himachal: 12 COVID-19 Deaths in a Day, 68 in Past 19 Days

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Shimla-The COVID-19 fatality rate in Himachal Pradesh is spiralling up. On September 18, the state reported a record 12 deaths in a single day. The deceased aged between 42 to 95 years and most had other pre-existing medical conditions. A total of 432 new confirmed cases took the COVID-19 case tally for the state to 11622 till the last official update from the Health Department (9 PM).

The situation is alarming as 5367 of the total cases and 68 fatalities were reported during the past 19 days of September month. So far, the highest 24 deaths have been reported from Kangra district, followed by Solan (21) and Shimla (20). (View the table below for statistics from other districts).

Available data of fatalities suggests that elderly persons and patients of Diabetes Mellitus, Cancer and Chronic Kidney Disease are highly vulnerable. Take a look at the medical conditions and symptoms of the 12 patients who succumbed to the infection yesterday:

Himachal Pradesh Daily COVID-19 deaths

 So far, Solan district has reported the highest 2566 cases, followed by Kangra (1759), Siramur (1482), Mandi (1228), and Una (1057). The tally for Shimla is witnessing a steep rise as the number has reached 826, of which 730 cases were reported during the past 19 days.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 18, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 data till september 18, 2020

These numbers are official statistics and the original number could be much higher as it is not possible for the government to trace all cases due to community spread. The government itself admitted that people with mild symptoms are not getting tested or reporting it and isolating themselves. These people are fueling community spread, the government said. 

Regarding the fatalities, the health officials say that people are coming to hospitals very late only when their symptoms worsen. They have urged people to not ignore the appearance of symptoms and get tested or inform the authorities.

Meanwhile, lifting all restrictions on inter-state movement of people including tourists would add fuel to the situation. Tourists have begun to visit the state and the attitude of the public is becoming more casual, following the lead of the state government.

As usual, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur continues to maintain that the state government is prepared to deal with community spread. Moreover, with this surge in cases and fatalities, the blame is being shifted on the people alone. 

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Schools in Himachal to Open With 50% Staff  for Students of 9th to 12th Classes

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Shimla: After lifting all restriction on entry into Himachal Pradesh in the previous Cabinet meeting, today the state government also gave nod to re-open schools from September 21, 2020. The decision was taken in a meeting of HP Cabinet held on September 18, 2020, in Shimla. 

Only those educational institutions would be opened which are outside containment zones. Schools would be opened as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was informed.

Also Read: Himachal: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

Only fifty per cent teaching and non-teaching staff would attend students from 9th to 12th standard, provided the students are willing to take guidance from the teachers, the government informed. The students would be able to visit their teachers for guidance, but it won’t be mandatory to come to schools.

Also, written consent of the parents or guardians of the students has been made mandatory.

It is speculated that there are bleak chances of opening primary schools this year as the community spread is in its initial phase and would be wreaking havoc in upcoming months. Himachal Pradesh has reported over 400 cases with 12 deaths today only.  

It would mean a huge loss in terms of education. There are several other obstacles and issues which make online classes for students of primary classes a difficult and less efficient mode of education. Imparting education amid the COVID-19 pandemic has become a challenging task for the state government.

Further, the Cabinet gave its approval to start BSc (Hons.) in Forestry in Government College for Forestry and Horticulture, Thunag in Mandi district from the academic session 2020-21.

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Himachal: Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 395 New Cases in a Day

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Shimla-On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh reported 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Seven fresh casualties were reported, taking the COVID-19 death tally in the state to 96. According to the official Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 17, 2020 (9 PM), the total for the state has risen to 11190, of which 4145 are active cases and 6919 had recovered.  

Seven fatalities also included a 14-year-old male from Shimla. He was a patient of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Remaining six aged between 50-82 years.  As per the Health Department’s official Bulletin, all seven patients had pre-existing medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, severe Sepsis, severe ARDS, Hypertension etc.  

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities on September 17 (till 9 PM)

covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh on september 17, 2020-

Among Thursday’s cases, Sirmaur reported the highest 82 cases, followed by Kangra (76), Mandi (70), Solan (49), Una (38), Shimla (30), Lahaul-Spiti (15), Kullu (13), Bilaspur (12), Chamba (7), and Hamirpur (3).

Further, Solan has reported the highest number of cases (2525), and Kangra district has reported the highest number of casualties (20), followed by Solan (18), and Shimla (17).

For more statistics from all districts, view the table given below:

Himachal Pradesh-september 17, 2020, covid-19 update

Several media persons complained that the Health Officials have even stopped taking their calls and release required information. The Chief Minister, in today’s Vidhan Sabha session, compared fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh (0.8%) with the national rate (1.64%) and states having larger population like Punjab (2.8%). He claimed the state government was comfortable with the situation and rising number of cases. He said five make-shift COVID-19 hospitals, which are yet to be established, would take care of the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today patted his own back by releasing an e-book “Sewa Hi Sangathan” brought out by the State BJP.

In this book, BJP has claimed that various initiatives and steps were taken by the party to effectively tacking the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister also termed the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as a success and went on to say that it has stabilized rural economy of the country and the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending the decision to lift all restrictions on inter-state movement of people, including tourists, amid a community spread, he termed it a necessary step to revive the state economy. In a way, the government has made it clear that the people would have to learn to live with COVID-19.

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