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Anurag Thakur should stop inaugurating PMGSY projects for the sake of taking credit: Virbhadra

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SHIMLA- The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh yesterday performed Bhoomi Pujan of Rs. 10.27 crore Nagnoli-Ispur road. Interestingly, Anurag Thakur, sitting member of Parliament and BCCI President, had also performed ‘Bhoomi-Poojan’ (Inaugural Ceremony) for the aforesaid road prior to the CM claiming it as a developmental step from the Centre government.

The CM slammed Anurag Thakur and said that instead of taking credit for Centrally sponsored schemes under obligations, the BCCI President should work for strengthening State-Centre relations.

“It is pertinent to mention that sitting Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur from the region also performed the Bhoomi Pujan of the said road from Panjawar to Bathri just to take credit though the road required strengthening from Nagnoli to Ispur”, said the CM.

Under Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna, (PMGSY) or any other Central scheme, it is obligatory for Union government to provide State’s share for development. Besides, over and above the land belongs to the State and it was the right of the State government to either lay foundation stone or inaugurate the centrally sponsored projects. The Central government can claim ownership of land in Union Territories. It is the duty of the Union government to ensure progress of the states equally, he said.

CM advised Anurag Thakur that instead of concentrating on inaugurations and taking credit of the States share, he should rather fight for and take up the matter for release of funds for the Swan River Channelisation, which is withheld by Union Government since long.

“If Anurag Thakur is a true benefactor of the people of the area, as Member of Parliament, he should take up the pending works and grants which were hanging at different levels in union ministries,” said the CM.

The Chief Minister appraised the recommendation of Lodha Committee which was tightening its noose around the office bearers of the State Cricket Associations holding office of profit and the administrative body of ever rich Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI).

Washing Machine Distribution under Welfare Scheme for Women

Chief Minister gave these statements at a function held at Khad village in Haroli constituency of Una district. He also launched the State level Welfare Scheme for women registered with Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board at a function. Washing machines were distributed to the women under the scheme with assurance of distribution of washing machines all over the State in phased manner.

As per official statement, 1100 washing machines will be distributed to the women registered under the Board. The CM was also urged to enhance the token amount for marriage of two issues of the families registered under the Construction Welfare board from Rs. 25 thousand to Rs. 51 thousand in near future. In case of natural and accidental death, it was urged that the sum is enhanced from Rs. 50 thousand and Rs. one lakh to Rs. 2 lakh each respectively.

Under the scheme, it was requested to the CM to spend around Rs. 100 crore under the scheme till march to benefit the working class under the Board.

On Demonetization

The CM also spoke over the decision of demonetisation taken by Centre on the name of curbing black money. He welcomed the decision, but pointed out that Rs. 2000 notes should have been made considering compatibility with ATMs. The Union Government should have worked on all ifs and buts before introducing the currency besides other technicalities which are now posing huge inconvenience to common masses.

Land Ceiling for Purchase of Tractors Abolished

The CM announced abolition of land ceiling for purchase of tractor for agricultural purpose, which was 20 Kanal earlier along with one time waiving off the pending arrears and taxes of tractor owners. The Chief Minister also announced depositing one time tax to be paid by tractor owners for purchasing tractors for agricultural purpose.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated Rs. 9.00 crore 3 storey building hospital building besides Modern Rural Health Research Centre within the campus of civil hospital at Haroli completed with an outlay of Rs. 1.60 crore. He also announced Helipad and PHC at Beetan in Haroli. He also laid foundation stone of Government Degree College at Khad to cost Rs. 12.25 crore.

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Fresh Snowfall in Shimla, Lahaual-Spiti, Kullu, Met Predicts More Rain/Snow till March 12

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Shimla-Shimla district’s Sidhpur area today morning received a fresh spell of snow, causing a drop in temperature. Other parts of the district were receiving rain since yesterday night. Earlier on Saturday, Lahaul-Spiti and higher hills of Kullu district had also received a spell of snowfall. The National Highway 305 was closed for traffic except for 4×4 vehicles.

Several other regions of the state reported intermittent rains.

The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department has predicted rain with thunderstorms in plains from 7th March to 12th March except on 8th and 9th March.

For Middle and Higher hills, the met has predicted rain/snow from 7th to 12th March. A yellow alert has been issued for 7th March in plains with a prediction of rain and thunderstorm, while an orange alert was issued for middle and higher hills with a prediction of heavy rain/snow at most places.

Similarly, a yellow alert has been issued for plains and middle hills for 10th and 11th March with a prediction of Thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places.

Himachal Pradesh Weather Prediction for march 2021

Plains or lower hills, which had begun to experience heat ahead of the change of season, have received a respite. Moreover, a rain deficient state is in dire need of a good spell of rain to ensure the survival of crops.

As defined by the Met department, low hills/plains cover Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Parts of District of Kangra (Nurpur, Jwala and Dehra), Solan (Nalagarh, Baddi, Arki and Kunihar), and Sirmaur (Nahan and Ponta Sahib.

Middle hills cover Shimla, mandi, Kullu, some parts of Chamba (Sihunta, Chowari and Chamba), and most parts of Solan and Sirmaur district.

Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Upper parts of Kullu and Mandi falls in the higher hills.

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HP Budget 2021-22 Highlights: No New Taxes Proposed, Target to Fill up 30,000 Functional Posts, Hikes in Various Honorariums

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government presented a budget of Rs. 50,192 crores for the year 2021-22. No new taxes are proposed in the budget estimates for 2021-22.

During the year, the total revenue receipts are estimated to be of the order of Rs 37,027.94. On the Capital Account, the total receipts will be Rs 13,121.57 crore, comprising of Rs 41.06 crore on account of the recoveries of loans, public debt of Rs 11,730.51 crore and Rs 1,350.00 crore from the deposits, advances, remittances and provident fund etc. Thus, the total receipts during the year will be Rs 50,149.51 crore.

On the expenditure side, the revenue expenditure will be Rs 38,490.88 crore. Expenditure on Capital Account will be Rs 6,013.37 crore. The expenditure on loans (advances) and Inter-state settlement of public debt (repayments) will be Rs 353.87 crore and Rs 5,333.51 crore respectively. Thus, total expenditure will be Rs 50,191.63 crore.

In the budget estimates for 2021-22, the receipt and expenditure are estimated at Rs 50,149.51 crore and ₹50191.63 crore respectively. The Revenue Deficit in 2021-22 is likely to be Rs 1462.94 crore and the Fiscal Deficit is expected to be Rs 7,789.12 crore.

The Government said that State’s economy is estimated to contract only by minus 6.2 percent which is 1.5 percentage points less than the estimated contraction of GDP at national level during
2020-21. The Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) is expected to be Rs.1,56,522 crore during 2020-21 as per the Advance Estimates. The per capita income of State is estimated to be Rs.1,83,286 which is more than the estimated national per capita income for 2020-21 by Rs. 56,318.

HP Budget 2021-22 Highlights

  1. The Government has kept a target of filling up 30,000 functional posts in 2021-22.
  2. The Government will fill 4,000 (four thousand) posts of different categories in Health Department
  3. 4,000 posts of different category teachers in Education Department
  4. 8,000 posts of Multi Task Part Time Workers in Education Department
  5. 5,000 posts of Multi Task Part Time Workers in PWD 
  6. 5,000 posts of Para Fitters, Pump Operators & Multi Task Part Time Workers in Jal Shakti Department

In addition to this, functional posts of Police Personnel, Technical Posts in State Electricity Board, Drivers & Conductors in HRTC, Junior Engineers, Assistant Engineers, Officials in Revenue Department, Doctors & Officials in Animal Husbandry, staff for Urban Local Bodies, Technical Assistants and gram Rojgar Sahayaks in Panchayats, JOA (IT), Teachers & Instructors in Technical Education Department and class-IV employees, etc. will also be filled up. 

Class-IV employees are eligible to be promoted to the ministerial posts through two channels namely Limited Direct Recruitment and promotion, on turn. I announce that henceforth, they will also be eligible for promotion to the post of Junior Office Assistant (IT).

The government has proposed

  1. An outlay of Rs. 8,024 crores on Education during 2021-22
  2. Rs. 543 crore for Horticulture Sector in 2021-22
  3. Outlay of Rs. 3,016 crore for health services
  4. Outlay of Rs. 377 crore for Transport Corporation
  5. Outlay of Rs.4,502 crore for the PWD in 2021-22
  6. Outlay of Rs.25 crore for development of Ropeways during 2021-22
  7. Outlay of Rs.1,016 crore for civil aviation during 2021-22

Announcements were made to

  1. To enhance the maximum limit of remuneration of all categories of teachers under SMC by Rs. 500 per month.
  2. Raise remuneration of IT teachers deployed on outsourced basis in different schools.
  3. Provide hygiene kits to the Mid Day Meal workers in 2021-22.
  4. The honorarium of Mid Day Meal Workers and Water Carriers will be enhanced by Rs.300 per month.
  5. Increase in the stipend of PG students, Junior Residents, Senior Residents, DM/M.ch students by Rs.5,000 per month.
  6. Increase ASHA worker honorarium by Rs.750 per month
  7. Increase in the honorarium of part time workers engaged in Revenue Department by Rs.300 per month.
  8. Increase monthly honorarium of Nambardars by Rs.300
  9. Increase in the honorarium of Water Guards, Para Fitters and Pump Operators by Rs.300 per month.
  10. Increase in the minimum daily wage from Rs.275 to Rs. 300 per day
  11. Increase in the honorarium being given to Aanganwari Workers by Rs.500 per month, to Mini Aanganwari Workers by Rs.300 per month and to Aanganwari Helpers by Rs.300 per month.

Other Announcements

  1. Reservation for women in direct recruitment for the posts of Constables and Sub-Inspectors in the Police Department will be increased up to 25 percent in a phased manner
  2. PET scan machine will be installed in IGMC, Shimla during 2021- 22
  3. CT Scan and MRI machines will be provided in the Medical College Tanda
  4. Hamirpur and Nahan Medical Colleges will be provided MRI machine with an outlay of Rs.70 crore
  5. Super Speciality Hospital, Chamiyana, Shimla being built with a total cost of Rs.278 crore will be made functional during 2021-22. In addition, the new OPD Block and Trauma Centre being constructed with a cost of Rs.103 crore and Rs.25 crore respectively at IGMC Shimla will also be made functional in 2021-22.
  6. Rs.772 crore will be spent for infrastructure improvement in the State Medical Colleges located at Shimla, Tanda, Nahan, Hamirpur, Chamba and Nerchowk and also in the Dental College at Shimla. This expenditure has risen by 28 percent from Rs. 554 crore.
  7. From 2021-22 all HIMCARE beneficiaries of above 70 years of age and all orphan children living in the Bal Ashrams of the State will be covered under the scheme without having to make any contribution
  8. New eligible families will also be provided gas connection under the scheme and free cylinder refill will continue to be given. Government will spend Rs.20 crore on this scheme in the next year.
  9. To create market niche for organic produce, it is proposed to register and certify farmers engaged in this practice and their produce will be branded with a budget of Rs.20 crore in 2021-22.
  10. Creation of a “Research and Development Fund” for the Agriculture and Horticulture Universities of the State. This fund will be established with an initial corpus of Rs.5 crore.
  11. In 2021-22, 4,000 hectare of additional land is proposed to be brought under the HIMCAD Scheme at a cost of Rs.83 crore, which is double of the earlier budget provision.

Under the Rs.1,000 crore World Bank-funded Horticulture Development Project, following initiatives will be taken in 2021-22, besides other activities:-

  1. Five lakh root stocks will be imported.
  2. 8 thousand hectares command area will be provided minor irrigation facilities through 200 Water Users Associations.
  3. A Gene Repository would be established in Dr. Y.S. Parmar University, Nauni.
  4. The work of CA stores and Pack Houses at JarolTikker, Rohru, Oddi, Patlikuhl and Tutupani will be completed.
  5. An Apple Juice Concentrate Plant will be established in the plant at Parala, Shimla

Other Announcements

  • Increase in milk procurement price by Rs. 2 for dairy farmers. During 2021-22 an outlay of Rs. 28 crore is proposed for MILKFED
  • Rs. 248 crore will be provided to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in 2021-22 as per the recommendations of 5th State Finance Commission. In addition Rs. 409 crore provided by the Central Government will be spent for rural development programmes through these institutions.
  • SHGs willing to take a loan up to Rs.5,00,000 to increase their activities and develop their entrepreneurship will be provided interest subvention on same rates for additional amount of Rs.2,00,000. Rs.10 crore will be spent annually on this subsidy
  • Launching a new scheme “HIM IRA Rasoi (Canteen)” on pilot basis under which SHGs will run canteens in Technical Education Institutions and government offices to provide additional livelihood opportunities for Self Help Groups. The successful model of “She-Haat” started in Sirmour District will be replicated in other districts as well with the participation of Women Self Help Groups
  • It is proposed to construct 100 Community Sanitary Complexes in Gram Panchayats. 16 Plastic Waste Management Plants and 12 Goverdhan projects will be established under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen)’. Solid and Liquid Waste Management activities will be started in 2,400 villages.
  • New plantation on 12,000 hectare land was targeted in 2020-21. Target and new plantation will be done on 14,000 hectare land in 2021-22
  • Water storage facilities will be created to tap perennial streams by building check dams to increase moisture content in forest areas. Each such dam/pond would be able to retain 8 to 10 lakh litres of water.
  • 300 dams/ Forest Conservation and Forest Based Livelihoods 85 reservoirs will be constructed in the next 2 years on which Rs.100 crore would be spent.
  • Double the diet money of the participants from Rs.50 to Rs.100 at Block level, from Rs. 60 to Rs.120 at Zonal and District level and from Rs. 75 to Rs.150 at the State level.
  • Purchase 200 new buses including Electric buses to replace old buses in 2021-22.
  • Grant of one crore rupees each to the newly notified Municipal Corporations of Solan, Palampur and Mandi to strengthen the basic infrastructure
  • Grant of Rs. 20 lakh each for the newly notified Nagar Panchayats during 2021-22 will be provided.
  • Following works worth Rs.94 crore in Shimla to be completed through Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam in the coming year:
  • Sewage Treatment Plants at Lal Pani, Malyana and Dhali being upgraded at a cost of about Rs.63 crore.
  • New Sewage Treatment Plant being constructed with a cost of Rs.13 crore in Ashwini Khad.
  •  Sewer Network and Sewage Treatment Plant for residents of Tutu area with a cost of Rs.12 crore.
  •  Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant with a capacity of 2.5 Kilolitre per day at Lal Pan
  • The construction work of Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Plant will be started with a total cost of Rs.10 crore.
  • In addition, 7000 LED lights worth Rs.25 crore will be installed in Dharamshala in 2021-22.
  • Under Shimla Smart City Project many important works will be completed in 2021-22. These works 94 include construction of smart path between Sanjauli and IGMC; construction of multi storey parking near IGMC; widening of the Circular Road and construction of pedestrian paths along side; stabilization of the Ridge; construction of foot over bridges and escalators at various places; installation of smart meters and construction of smart school in Krishna Nagar etc. Rs.258 crore will be spent to speedup execution of these works.
  • The State Government has received in- principle approval to execute a project worth Rs.800 crore for Disaster Risk Reduction with the assistance of the French Development Agency.
  • 3 lakh new connections will be provided during 2021-22 under Jal Jeevan Mission of the Government of India. In 2020-21 all households have been provided connections in Kinnaur, Lahaul & Spiti and Una districts. In 2021-22, three more districts namely Solan, Hamirpur and Bilaspur will be fully covered under the scheme.
  • The State Government will spend Rs. 604 crore as energy charges in 2021-22 for running drinking water and irrigation schemes.
  • Solar power based drinking water supply scheme will be constructed in Paonta Sahib on experimental basis in 2021-22. At least 10 more such schemes will be identified which are power guzzlers and have scope for solar energy driven pumping of water. Solar Plants will be installed at such locations to reduce energy charges.
  • Sewage Schemes and STPs are being constructed in important areas of the State namely Parwanoo, Kala Amb, Nalagarh, Baddi 97 and at some places on Beas river in Kullu and Mandi Districts. Rs. 364 crore will be spent on these. An outlay of Rs. 200 crore is proposed for these schemes in 2021-22.
  • Enhance the present limit of project 99 cost from Rs.60 lakh to Rs.1 crore under “Mukhayamantri Swablamban Yojana”.  In addition, the grant limit on eligible plant and machinery is proposed to be enhanced from Rs.40 lakh to Rs.60 lakhs. In 2021-22, an expenditure of Rs.100 crore is expected under the Scheme.
  • The State Government has decided in November, 2020 to give one time relaxation to all the power producers to construct pending hydroelectric projects at an early date.
  • During the 2021-22, projects of around 755 MW capacity are likely to be commissioned, which include Bajoli Holi (180 MW), Parvati-II (400 MW), Tidong-I (150 MW) and Lambadug (25 MW).
  • All Electro-mechanical Meters will be replaced with Electronic Meters in 2021-22.
  • It is proposed to distribute off-grid solar power plants of 250 W capacity each to 1500 BPL families during 2021- 22 in the far flung areas of Pangi valley and Lahaul & Spiti.
  • Set up roof top solar energy plants in all health and education institutions in a phased manner which will be connected with the grid. Target of 2 MW is fixed for the year 2021-22 under this scheme.
  • The youth of the state can now register themselves online for Skill Development Allowance and Industrial Skill Labour and Employment 106 Development Allowance Scheme 2018. Counselling programme for these beneficiaries will also be started. State Government will spend Rs.100 crore for these allowances. 167. Employment to 7,000 people will be provided in private sector through ‘Rojgar Melas’ and ‘Campus Interviews’.
  • Government has prepared a shelf of 27 roads with the cost of Rs.641 crore and posed it for funding under Central Road Fund.
  • An amount of Rs. 75 crore to be spent in 2021-22 under ‘Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna’
  • An amount of Rs.50 crore shall be spent on W-metal beam crash barriers to increase road safety.
  • Aim to have total road length of 40,000 kilometres by 2022. Similarly, the length of black-top roads will be increased from 30,244 kilometres to 34,000 kilometres by 2022.
  • Aim to have total road length of 40,000 kilometres by 2022. Similarly, the length of black-top roads will be increased from 30,244 kilometres to 34,000 kilometres by 2022.

Following targets for PWD Department in 2021-22:

  1. Metalling and Tarring : 2,000 Kilometres
  2. Construction of Motorable Roads : 1,000 Kilometres  
  3. Cross Drainage : on 945 Kilometre roads
  4. Bridges to be constructed : 80
  5. Villages to be connected with roads : 90
  6. Road up-gradation : 800 Kilometres
  7.  Periodic Renewal : 2,200 Kilometres

More Announcements 

  • Continue implementation of ‘Mukhya Mantri Yuva Khel Protsahan Yojana’ during 2021-22 also and propose an expenditure of Rs.10.22 crore on its implementation.
  • In 2021-22, the construction work of indoor stadia in Sundernagar and Solan; Hockey Astroturf at Majra will be started with a cost of Rs.14.50 crore
  • Provide post birth grant of Rs.21,000 in the shape of fixed deposit at the time of birth by rationalizing and unifying the Women and Child Development, Welfare of the Weaker Sections/ Social Security Pension 114 two schemes.
  • The young girls belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes of BPL families will be provided a grant of Rs.31,000 at the time to their marriage. An expenditure of Rs.50 crore is proposed for this.
  • A new scheme ‘Swaran Jayanti Naari Sambal Yojana’ from 2021-22 with an objective to expand social security net for elderly women of Himachal Pradesh. All the eligible elderly women in the age group of 65-69 years, irrespective of any income criteria, will be provided social security pension of Rs.1,000 per month. This 115 will benefit about 60,000 elderly women and an amount of Rs.55 crore is proposed to be spent on it.
  • Approximately, 6.60 lakh persons will be covered under different social security pension schemes with the implementation of these announcements
  • 757 new CCTV Cameras will be installed and existing 651 CCTV Cameras will be upgraded in all the Police Stations. All district control rooms will be modernized and will be linked to each other and State Headquarters. Police Department will work on the Intelligent Traffic Management System with an propose an outlay of Rs.9 crore to meet these objectives.
  • Proposal to increase the allocation to Rs.100 crore to clear the pendency of medical reimbursement claims of retired Government servants
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HP Economic Survey 2020-21: Himachal Reports 6.2% Negative Growth, Estimated 3.6% Drop in Per Capita Income, 81.33% Contraction in Tourism Sector

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Economic Survey 2020-21 was presented at the State Vidhan Sabha today. According to the Survey, as per first advance estimates, Himachal’s GSDP for fiscal 2020-21 is estimated to contract by 6.2 per cent. Per Capita Income at current prices is estimated to drop by 3.7 per cent to 1,83,286 for the fiscal year 2020-21.

 The Gross State Domestic State Product at current prices (Nominal GSDP), is estimated to be Rs.1,62,816 crore in 2019-20 as against Rs. 1,49,442 crore in 2018-19 showing a growth rate of 8.9 percent during the year.

The cause for this contraction was cited to be the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The share of agriculture and allied sectors a key sector has declined from 15.89 per cent in 2015-16 to 13.62 per cent in 2020-21. The share of agriculture and allied sectors in the total GVA of the State has been declining on account of relatively higher growth performance of non-agricultural sectors due to structural changes taking place in the economy and is in line with national and international trends.

Tourism sector in Himachal saw a contraction of 81.33 per cent in foreign and domestic tourist arrivals in 2020. Trade, Hotel and Restaurant sector showed a contraction of 9.2 per cent during 2020-21 as against a growth of 4.6 per cent in 2019-20. Transport by other means, namely, road transport (mechanised and non-mechanised), water transport, air transport and services incidental to transport, too showed a negative growth of 28 per cent during 2020-21 as against 5.6 per cent growth during 2018-19.

According to the Survey, Himachal Pradesh’s economy suffered serious effects on approximately all of its sectors, ranging from acute to minor. The economy received two reinforcing shocks on both demand and supply. The largest shocks are witnessed in transport, mining and quarrying, forestry and, logging and construction. Tourism plays an important role in revenue generation and livelihood of people of the State; this was hit the worst due to COVID-19 lockdown. 

Trends in the Industrial Sector

The manufacturing sector showed a contraction of 14.2 per cent during 2020-21 as against a positive growth rate of 0.3 per cent in 2019-20. The Mining and Quarrying sector showed a negative growth of 18.4 per cent during 2020-21 as against 4.3 per cent growth in 2018-19. As per the estimates for 2019-20 at constant (2011-12) prices, the GVA of this secondary sector is estimated at 53,498 crore against 53,456 crores in 2018-19.

Mining & Quarrying Sector GSVA decreased from 0.64 per cent in the year 2016-17 to 0.25 per cent in 2020-21. The construction sector, contracted by 11.5 per cent in 2020-21 as against 3.1 per cent growth in 2019-20.

There are more than 28,000 enterprises in the State. Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) comprising 99 per cent industrial sector. 93 per cent of the total employment generation of the industrial sector is from MSME sector.

 

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