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Himachal emerging as India’s Natural Glass House, producing 16.54 lakh metric ton vegetables in 77000 hectares



HP Off Season Vegetable production

Currently, the vegetable growers are fetching a net return of Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 100,000 per hectare from off-season vegetables

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Government claims the diversification of crops has transformed the rural economy and economic growth of the state as the farming community is adopting new cropping pattern that has boosted the off-season vegetables in the state.

Himachal has already earned a name “the fruit bowl of the country” and now, the state is fast emerging as a ‘Natural Glass House’ of the country in the production of vegetables.

The agriculture sector provides direct employment to about 62 percent of the main working force and makes about 10 percent of the total state domestic product in the state.

The vegetable crops are grown in Himachal ranging from the Shiwalik foot hills to High Alpine Zone up to 4000 meters above sea level.

The area under vegetable crops has increased to 77000 hectares with a production of about 16.54 lakh metric ton as compared to only 5.80 lakh metric ton during 2000-01, said the government.

Returns of off-season vegetable cultivation are higher as compared to traditional cereal crops. The farming community shifted its focus from just cereal crops and are growing off-season vegetables like tomato, capsicum, green peas, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, and cucumber.

As per the official report, the traditional crops only provide a net return of Rs. 8000 to Rs. 10,000 per hectare to farmers. However, currently, the vegetable growers are fetching h net return of Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 100,000 per hectare from off-season vegetables.

The report further said 3050 poly houses covering an area of 5.50 lakh square meter have been set up under ‘Dr. Y.S. Parmar Kisan Swarojgar Yojana’.

About 40 thousand farmers have come forward for adopting organic farming in the state.

A Rs. 321 crore ‘Crop Diversification Promotion Project ‘ has provided irrigation facility for additional 935 hectares. About 1300 hectare command area has also been brought under irrigation under ‘Rajiv Gandhi Micro-Irrigation Scheme’.

The government attributed this growth to the initiatives of the Agriculture Department.

The farmers are provided subsidized materials and high yielding hybrids of vegetables. The micro irrigation system and organic farming were promoted, it said.

The government said it is making efforts to bring more area under irrigation facility as mostly the farmers are dependent on rain harvesting, said the government.

A ‘Centre of Excellence’ for vegetable nursery production has also been established at Jubberhati in Shimla district and two more such centers are being set–up at Solan and Mandi districts.

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Rohit Kumar Saval joins as CM Jairam’s media adviser



Rohit Kumar Saval

Shimla: Rohit Kumar Saval, who has an extensive experience in media, today joined as Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, at Shimla. Later he called on the Chief Minister and discussed issues related to media in the State.

Chief Minister said that Rohit Kumar Saval has been working for a long time with media and has a rich experience of working at State and National level. He said the role of media is very important in the dissemination of programs and policies of the state government.

His appointment as an advisor will strengthen media liaison as well as promote professionalism in the government system, he said.

Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Trilok Jamwal, OSD to Chief Minister, Mahender Kumar Dharmani, Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Manisha Nanda, Director, Information and Public Relations, Anupam Kashyap, were also present on the occasion.

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HP E-Vidhan wing gifts Galaxy Note 8, laptop, printer to all MLAs, ministers



HP E-vidhan wing gifts mlas

The government said that these gifts were given to the MLAs and ministers by the E-Vidhan wing of the HP Vidhan Sabha and will be used for official work.

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government on March 16, 2018, gifted electronic devices including a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which currently costs between 68,000 to 70,000 INR, a laptop, and a printer to all the elected members of the 13th Assembly including the council of ministers.

The average cost per MLA is estimated to be above one lakh INR. The total cost touches almost 1 crore INR. The Information and Technology Minister, Ram Lal Markanda, personally visited the Speaker Rajiv Bindal to deliver the gifts.

The news has attracted criticism from several groups, especially on social media and regional online news portals. The Bhartiya Janata Party has been opening scathing attacks on the previous Congress government over a debt of 46,000 crores INR.

Also, the state government did not take timely cognizance of the media reports about a 16-year-old poverty-stricken girl of Solan district who required lakhs of rupees to undergo a kidney transplant after she lost both of her own kidneys.

In the list of priorities, the gifts did come above the announcement of relief money to the girl.

Therefore, the reason for the criticism was quite apparent.  

It is being speculated that some of the MLAs have even sold or handed their copies of devices to subordinate staff or family members as they already had high-end smartphones.

However, the government said that these gifts were given to the MLAs and ministers by the E-Vidhan wing of the HP Vidhan Sabha and will be used for official work  during the current government tenure.

The Speaker said, the MLAs and Ministers will be given training regarding the operation of these electronic devices.

The effect of this step will be visible directly or indirectly in coming days. The government’s explanation that these electronics were gifted as part of the E-Vidhan program will be visible if all the recipient make themselves available to the public online.

Currently, the State government’s official websites are either not user-friendly or are in tatters and hardly contains latest data or information.  As we had mentioned earlier, the official website of the State government has still not updated the name of the Chief Minister.

The average response rate to e-mails is critically low for the government departments and the offices of the ministers.

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16-year-old Solan girl suffering complete kidney failure might live as HP Govt comes to rescue: Reports



Solan girl kidney failure case

Shimla: Deepika, a 16-year-old girl of Darlaghat region of Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district, who was about to die after both of her kidneys failed, has finally seen a ray of hope. The mother, who is a widow, was helplessly watching her daughter dying on the hospital bed.    

A resident of Kashlog panchayat in Solan, Deepika is admitted at the PGI, Chandigarh. The hospital had asked the parents to arrange a donor along with depositing Rs. 19 lakh for the kidney transplant.

Before approaching the PGI, she remained admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.  

The mother, Sukhdai, came ahead as a donor. Despite having a donor, the widowed mother found herself unable to arrange this gigantic amount required for the transplant.

The call for help first appear on social media and made rounds of Facebook and WhatsApp before reaching the Hindi dailies. A couple of social organizations did extend monetary support, which proved to be insufficient.

Himachal Watcher also contacted the girl’s mother and talked to her about the status of monetary assistance from the government.

With the help of the local journalists, she was filing the required documents to complete the formality to get the monetary help from HP Chief Minister’s fund, she told Himachal Watcher today.

As per sources, a delegation of local journalists had also met the Chief Minister and apprised him of the situation.

HW had also written to the Chief Minister, the State Health Minister, Vipin Singh Parmar, and the Union Health Minister Jai Prakash Nadda seeking their attention to the dying girl.

It is pertinent to mention that the government was facing outrage on social media over the delay in taking cognizance of this critical issue related to life and death of a school-going girl. It was an opportunity for the new government to show commitment to its “Beti Bachao, Beti Padha’ campaign, and it should not lose it.  

Moreover, a couple of days ago, all the elected members of the State Legislative Assembly were given new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a laptop, and a printer. The estimated price of the Galaxy Note 8 is between Rs. 68,000 to 70,000. 

The questions were being raised as to why the government spent over one lakh on each MLA while a girl dies of poverty.

So finally, as per sources,  the Chief Minister has immediately directed the hospital to prepare for the transplant process along with submitting the estimated cost of it.

Now, Deepika may soon get on her feet and join back her school.

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