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Himachal first State in South East Asia to launch Electronic Health Card Scheme: Govt

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Chemotherapy facility now available in IGMC Shimla and is free for BPL families, foundation stone of the special ward block of the IGMC, Shimla laid, amount for critical care cardiothoracic surgeries, Genito Urinary services, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology enhanced

Shimla – Himachal Pradesh Health Department today launched six new health schemes including the Electronic Health Card Scheme. Under this scheme, free insulin will be provided to diabetic patients below 18 years of age under universal immunization program.

The Health Minister claimed Himachal has become the first state in South East Asia to launch electronic health cards. Few lakh people, not covered under any scheme, were now brought under the ambit of Universal Health Scheme, he said.

Other schemes include the HP Universal Health Protection Scheme, a health bulletin brochure, a scheme for free treatment of Hemophilic patients, screening scheme for patients of non-communicable disease and introduction to ‘Measles Rubella (MR) campaign.

The electronic card titled “The Health Card HP” is available for download on the Google Play Store. 

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of the special ward block of the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, online from Hotel Holiday Home.

I am always of the opinion that whatever is to be done should be qualitative time-bound and be done on priority

, said Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also honored Dr. J.K. Mokta for his research and contribution in formulating a scheme for free insulin for diabetic patients below 18 years of age.

The Minister said that initially dialysis facility for diabetic patients was started in Zonal hospitals (ZHs) of four districts. This facility would be extended to all the ZH’s in the state in a phase wise manner, he said.

The government is trying to provide 300 different type of lifesaving medicines to free of cost in all Community, Primary and health sub centres, he said.

The Government targets to bring the infant mortality rate down to 25/1000 per year which now was 28/1000 per year.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health Shri Prabodh Saxena informed that the Chemotherapy facility was now available in IGMC Shimla and is free for Below Poverty Line families.

He said free insulin for type-1diabetic patients below 18 years of age and free treatment to hemophilic patients was also being launched.

The amount for critical care cardiothoracic surgeries, Genito Urinary services, Neurosurgery, Radiation oncology was enhanced from 30 thousand to Rs 1.75 lakh. This amount for the cancer patients is Rs. 2.25 lakh, which was far more than what was mentioned in the guidelines under universal health coverage scheme, said the Health Minister.

In the present tenure, claimed the Chief Minister, four new medical colleges were sanctioned for the state. The Dr. YS Parmar Medical College at Nahan and Jawahar Lal Nehru College at Chamba have started functioning and many students from all India medical quotas beside Non-Resident Indians have taken admission in these medical colleges.

The ESIC Medical College at Ner-Chowk in district Mandi has also become functional, said the Chief Minister

The construction work of medical college building at Hamirpur could not be taken up because the forest clearance was still awaited.

Besides these developments, many Ayurveda health institutions have been opened in far flung and rural belts of the state, he said.

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MIS for processing grade mangoes approved, would open 34 fruit collection centres: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has given approval for implementation of the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for Mango procurement of processing grade mangoes in the State during the year 2018.

Under the scheme, 250 metric tonne fruit of seedling, 200 metric tonnes of grafted and 50 metric tonnes of unripe Achari varieties of mangoes will be procured at the rate of Rs. 6.00 per kg Rs. 7.00 per kg. and Rs. 6.00 per kg. respectively.

A Spokesman of the State Government today said that procurement would be done through HPMC and HIMFED in crates and these agencies would be allowed handling charges at Rs. 1.30 per kg. Like the previous year, average sale returns from the fruits have been assessed as Rs. 2000, Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000 per metric tonnes for fruits of seedling, grafted and unripe Achari mango varieties respectively.

He said that 34 fruit collection centres will be opened under the scheme for which HPMC and HIMFED would coordinate on the basis of procurement data for the last three to five years.

These centres would be opened by the procurement agencies in case of need and would be manned and operative by HPMC and HIMFED with their own staff.

Under the scheme, 2.5% extra fruit (by weight) will be procured from those farmers/orchardists who possess horticulture cards and who own ten bighas or less land under mango cultivation. As such, no fruit would be procured from the contractors.

He said that this scheme would be implemented in the State with immediate effect till August 15, 2018.

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Industrial units seeking expansion will have to employ 80% Himachalis: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government today said it has made amendments in the provisions of Rules regarding grant of incentives, concession, and facilities to the industrial units of the state.

As per the new notification of the State government, all existing industrial units (as on April 1, 2018) set up in the state which seek to undertake expansion will have to employ at least 80 percent bonafide Himachalis, informed a spokesperson of the Industries department.

The hiring could be undertaken on regular/contractual/Sub-contractual/daily basis or any other mode of employment including the persons hired through a contractor or through outsourcing agencies against the additional manpower which may be generated as a result of the substantial expansion, it was informed.

This condition would also apply to the new units to be established in the State after 1 April 2018.

Only those industries, which undertake substantial expansion, have to abide by this Rule. Hence, the existing industries, which are not going to undertake substantial expansion, are not bound by the amended/notified provision of this Rule.

He said there is no shortage of trained technical manpower in the State now, therefore, the condition of 80 percent employment of Himachalis has been incorporated in the Rules.

There are around 250 ITIs, 30 Polytechnics Institutes and around 40 Engineering Colleges and Universities in the State and thousands of technically qualified persons are completing their courses and coming out from these institutes in search of jobs.

New trades as per the demand of the industries are also being included in the courses of ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering Colleges, the spokesperson said.

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Rs. 423 crore HP Mushroom Development project will help in women empowerment: Govt

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Shimla:
The Indian Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has approved Rs. 1131.87 crore projects for Himachal Pradesh.

These include Rs. 708.87 crore for Water Conservation Project for the Department of Irrigation and Public Health and Rs. 423 crore Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project for the Department of Horticulture.

As per the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, an Rs. 423 crore integrated mushroom development project would help to double the income of farmers and provide employment and self-employment opportunities to youth.

The government also expects the project would boost mushroom cultivation in the State. All varieties of mushroom would be cultivated under the project besides importing technical knowledge for cultivating mushroom, which would give a fillip in increasing the income of the farmers, said the government.

The Chief Minister said that this project would also provide an opportunity to the growers of the state to diversify their farming pattern and go for viable and profitable farming avocation.

The mushroom cultivation would also help in women empowerment as more and more women would be motivated to go for mushroom cultivation for increasing their income, thereby making them self-dependent since mushroom cultivation is an indoor activity.

He said the demand for mushrooms is increasing within the state as well as outside the state including export, and it offers better prospects for enterprising growers to take up cultivation on large scale. He announced that modern infrastructure will be developed under the proposed project for controlled cultivation of mushroom round the year.

Further, it was informed that the first phase of the Rs. 4751.24 crore water conservation project worth Rs 708.87 crore will include construction of check dams, ponds, Kuhl’s and other water harvesting structures.

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