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In wake of possible drought-like situation in Himachal Govt. claims it’s prepared to deal with it




State gears up to tackle drought like situation, Departments directed for proper maintenance of drinking water schemes

SHIMLA- While the capital city is already struggling due to water-shortage, a forecast of possible drought threatens the State of water-scarcity. Himachal Pradesh Government has expressed possibility of drought like situation in the State due long dry spell this season. All the line departments have been directed to take appropriate measures to check water shortage in all towns and villages of the state. In a high level meeting, Himachal Pradesh took stock of all drinking water schemes and sewerage treatment plants of the State. Due to Long dry spell the chances of contamination of water resources getting is higher.

While the government claims preparedness to deal with it, the administration has forgot to request public to not waste water and save every drop that can be saved. The water-supply pipes are still leaking and tanks (both private and official) are overflowing

Presently 9393 water supply schemes and 34605 hand pumps are catering to the drinking water requirement of the people. The I&PH Department had deployed 29000 employees to ensure water supply to each household. About 49 sewerage treatment plants are functional in different parts of the State, the official statistics claimed.

According to data provided by the Secretary, I&PH, Anuradha Thakur, The Centre Government had granted Rs. 25 crore for 172 drinking water supply schemes. Out these 128 have been completed with an expenditure of Rs. 21 crore. Rest of the schemes are pending as the Centre did not release the funds. However, the State Government have approved Rs. 25 crores separately to complete these schemes, claimed the government in its official statement.

Chief Engineer, I&PH Mandi Zone claimed that all water supply schemes are functioning smoothly and the water samples are tested on regular basis at the district level laboratories set up at Mandi and Kullu. He denied that the cases of jaundice reported in the district were not caused by water pollution. It was the outsiders who were reported as cases of jaundice .


The Chief Engineer, Dharamshala Zone claimed that 978 water supply schemes are functional in Kangra and Chamba districts. So far, no reports of drought like situation from any part has been received. He further claimed that 75 percent water tanks are now protected with locks and 65 per cent tanks have fencing in these districts.


Chief Engineer, Hamirpur Zone claimed that 889 water supply schemes are catering to the water requirement of Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts. In areas facing water scarcity 10363 hand pumps has already been installed and 52 more hand pumps are being installed. He said 7220 samples have been sent to different laboratories for testing. He further claimed that the the work of locking 60 percent water tanks and fencing of 33 percent water tanks has been completed. A provision has also been prepared to provide adequate water to NIT, Hamirpur, he informed.


In Shimla district there are 1000 water storage tanks out of which 618 are now protected by locks and 378 tanks have fencing. The district has five district level and nine sub divisional level functional laboratories.

Solan and Sirmaur

As per official statistics, the locking of all 2864 water tanks functioning in Solan and Sirmaur districts had been done and fencing would be completed by the end of December, 2016. Two sewerage treatment plants at Paonta and Solan are also functioning smoothly, claimed the official statement.

Directions were also passed for preparation of proposal for Dubling and Lippa to Jangi water supply schemes at the earliest. The official statement disclosed that the tender-process has been completed for rupees three crore Spilo Irrigation scheme.

The entire process of meeting was executed through video conferencing in which all the Chief Engineers and Superintending Engineers provided information from their region.

The government will not tolerate any lapse when it comes to quality of water through regular testing, claimed the government. It was also directed that administration should ensure that no sewerage connection is given from the main line.

Special direction were passed to ensure locking and fencing of all water storage tanks to ensure their safety, claimed the Chief Secretary.

Although, the the meeting did not include any measure to aware people of possible shortage of water and to motivate them to conserve water in every possible manner, Himachal Watcher urges people to understand the need of time and to not waste any water. It will be highly appreciated if people could learn reusing water.

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Campus Watch

Bahra University and Siemens to run engineering course jointly




SHIMLA- Solan based privately owned Bahra University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with industrial giant Siemens Industry Software India Private Limited (SISW). The tie up will enable University to set up Siemens Certified Professional Learning Center at its campus.

Suman Bose, Managing Director & CEO for Siemens and Dr. SK Bansal, Vice-Chancellor Bahra University signed the MoU at University campus.

Elaborating on the benefits of the MoU Dr. Bansal said the University will start a new batch of 4-year integrated B.Tech, Mechanical with specialization in Design and Development program at their campus.

Dr. Bansal said the above course will be driven to produce industry ready engineers around broad specializations in industry 4.0 and Smart Factory, design and development, manufacturing and computer aided analysis. He said

Students successfully completing the course per stipulated guidelines will be awarded B.Tech Mechanical degree through the University and Certificate of Merit for the opted specialization in Design and Development through Siemens Industry Software India Private Limited,

Suman Bose assured to provide assistance to arrange for internship for students of University and also promised to assist in arranging industry projects for the students and endeavor to conduct conference and seminars in the University.

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Creative Corner

Himachal’s award winning filmmaker Ajay Saklani shares his journey with Himachal Watcher




SHIMLA- It is often said, every great dream begins with a dreamer. One must always remember that one has within self the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Keeping in mind the same talented Ajay Saklani hailing from a remote village Sihan, district Mandi of Himachal Pradesh, made the state proud not at national but even at international level by bagging two international awards during screening of his film Saanjh – a Himachali feature film at THE BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL (held in California, USA) where it was chosen as the Best Feature Film among 750 other entries from around the globe was and “Award of merit” at Accolade Global Film Competition.


Ajay hails from a very humble background and showed people that one should be the flame and not the moth as having passed out from a government school his dream to achieve recognition not just for self but even for state and country.

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Sharing his journey to fame he with Himachal Watcher’s Community Member, Ritanjali Hastir, Ajay said,

My father was in army and he dreamt about me too following his footsteps. However, I was more inclined towards filmmaking that led me to taste the magic of theatre world.

As they say follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams so without any knowledge and guidance on filmmaking, Ajay shifted to Delhi in 2005.


There he joined RGB 4:3 Productions and learned the basics of filmmaking from Surender Sagar. He started his career as an editor and worked with some more production houses and few TV channels like Shakti TV, MH One Music, PTC Punjabi, Day & Night News to name.

His first documentary ‘Dyalee – a fading glory’ in 2006 in my village which helped him learn filmmaking basics. His second documentary ‘Upaasmar – The Taste of Hunger’ in 2011 was shot in the tribal areas of Maharashtra raising the issue of Malnutrition deaths in India and finally in 2014 after coming back to Himachal his own production company Silent Hills Studio in Hamirpur came into existence.

“With ‘Saanjh’ production I wanted to make a technical sound film that can compete with other films in the cinema halls. I hope that my work can inspire other filmmakers too and together we can promote Himachali cinema by providing with the quality work in future,” he shared.

“I feel that it was a film that fell in Art as well as Entertainment genre that made it touch hearts at the international level. As normally if we talk about Himachali Cinema, there is no such Cinema as of today in Himachal. Only a few films were produced till now and because of poor technical and creative work, those films could not make it to cinema halls or any film festivals around the country or world”, he expresses.

“Many people outside the state felt embarrassed considering the sad quality of music videos which fail to ravish visual or hearing senses; as they are also judged with the same rod. Recently some singers have given a ray of hope as they came forward with different music and quality videos. Many other singers from the state but they are all focused on Hindi and Punjabi music”, Ajay added as he contemplated on the situations one has to face considering the previous track records.


He further feels, “Cinema on the other hand is still untouched. As in 2011 Sanjeev Rattan’s ‘Dil Ch Vaseya Koi’ even won the National Award but due to the technical issues, the film failed to make it to cinema halls.Some filmmakers are coming up with great ideas for short films but again they are also focused on Hindi language. I believe until all these people don’t start making Pahari(Himachali)language films, there is no support for any kind of cinematic development in Himachal. Recently Siddarth Chauhan made a mark with his latest work and I feel happy that his next project is in Himachali language. It seems like a beginning of a new era for Himachali Cinema that has been neglected from a long time.”

“There is a great potential in Himachal and I receive a lots of calls everyday where people want to enter into acting or filmmaking and looking for guidance. But to their eagerness alone won’t do wonders we do need government support as well like in other states. The only exciting announcement is the financial support upto 10 lakh for filmmakers but only for short films and documentaries which again needs running from pillar to post and I can say is a herculean task. Exempting new cinema halls from tax for first three years is not taking filmmakers anywhere but support for film production in the state is better option which will also help in generating more and more tourism revenue.”

“Talking about my experience while making ‘Saanjh’ was a very difficult journey. Finding a producer or financier for a film in Himachali dialect was most difficult part. On the other hand our Himachal government doesn’t provide any kind of support for filmmaking in the state but expect a lot for the youth. Making people believe in me our project wasn’t easy,” shared Ajay as he keeps his view on talent promotion.

“As per his message he says My upbringing gave me deep insight into our culture and after coming back I realized a drastic change people in my village were trying to talk to in Hindi and the kids were being taught the Hindi and English words and were given punishment for talking in their own language. All our festivals were in disappearing stage and people had surrendered their traditions in the name of development. Actors feel ashamed to work in a Himachali film so very few actors turned out for auditions and they are happy to become part of crowd when a director from Mumbai.”

“I feel that as we don’t have a recognized language and we don’t have our own script to preserve the sounds of our language so there seems no way for the development of literature in our state. But yes, Cinema and Music can help in development of language & culture and it can take forward our traditional heritage. So this is very much important for us to have our own cinema and quality music. In all these years I learned the cinema, music and literature play a significant role in the development of language and culture and so we need to come forward and give Himachal its due respect,” he concludes.

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Himachal now ahead of Kerala in quality education in Govt schools: ASE Report 2016




SHIMLA- Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-2016 in its 11th Annual Report released in New Delhi confirmed that Himachal Pradesh now stood ahead of Kerala in the field of quality education in schools. The survey indicated that government schools of the state were leading and doing better than other states in terms of learning outcomes.

State Project Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan,Ghanshyam Chand said that ASER was the largest annual household survey of the children in India that focused on status of schooling and basic learning. ASER visited almost 15,630 government schools in rural India. In Himachal Pradesh 283 schools were visited during the survey. As many as 15 organizations participated in ASER-2016 across the state.

The report ASER-2016 found enrolment rate of students in the age group 6 to 14 in Himachal Pradesh to be 99.8 per cent. The State secured first rank in achieving learning outcomes in basic reading and mathematics across the country.

In language category the achievement level of government schools of Himachal Pradesh was 65.3 per cent as compared to the national level of 41.6 per cent. In mathematics the achievement level of the state was 47.4 per cent as compared to the national level of 21.1 per cent. The government schools have performed better than private schools throughout the state in mathematics.

In learning of English language, significant improvement was observed in the State. At national level the achievement status is 15.3 per cent whereas it is 44 per cent in case of Himachal Pradesh. In English the State stands at 5th position.

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