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Shimla MC’s decision of 20% wage hike unconstitutional, outside Mayor’s jurisdiction : Congress

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Shimla Sanitation Worker wage hike decision

The decision on the wage hike was pending before the MC house due to the lack of the quorum, which was incomplete  due to absentee councilors of the Bhartiya Janata Party

Shimla: The District Congress Committee of Shimla has termed the decision taken by the Shimla Municipal Corporation to make 20 percent hike in the monthly wages of the sanitation workers as unconstitutional. The Congress asked as to how the Mayor, Kusum Sadret, made the announcement when the matter of wage hike is outside her jurisdiction.

As per the rules, such decision can only be taken at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Shimla, Heritage, Environment and Beautification (SHEB) Society. The decision on the wage hike was pending before the MC house due to the lack of the quorum, which was incomplete  due to absentee councilors of the Bhartiya Janata Party, said the Congress.

The Mayor doesn’t have knowledge about the rules and she is forcing illegal decisions on the MC, remarked the Congress.

The party claimed that to end the strike of SHEB workers, its councilors had agreed upon the decision to make 20 percent hike at the previous AGM meeting.  Congress said its councilors were desperate to end the strike considering the poor state of sanitation services in the city.

The Mayor, however, did not approve of it at the previous AGM meeting. She displayed stubbornness  and approved only 10 percent hike this year and another 10 percent in April 2018, said Congress. 

The Congress asked as to why she did not agreed to make 20 percent hike in the meeting when Congress councilors were ready. The workers would have called off their strike that very day. Instead, she let the city turn into a heap of garbage, said Congress.

Suddenly, the Mayor makes the announcement regarding the hike in wages without holding mandatory AGM meeting. The Mayor is not authorized to take such decisions. The Committee asked under which rule and power the Mayor has taken this decision.

The Congress alleged the Mayor of roasting political cookies by taking such unconstitutional decisions and forcing them upon the Corporation. 

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

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Employment to himachalis in industries

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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UHF Nauni, SJVN joins hands to train 800 farmers/orchardist to start own enterprises

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UHF Nauni and SJVNL training farmers in Himachal

Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Foundation have come together to provide training and improve the expertise of Himachal farmers, informed Suchet Attri, the Public Relations Officer, UHF.

The objective of the agreement is to motivate the farmers to start their own enterprise by using modern agriculture and horticulture technologies, said the PRO.

The two organisations have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for one year for Rs 55 lakh under which UHF will be organizing 32 trainings at its main campus and different stations,

said Suchet Attri.

The varsity said under the agreement, it will be organizing trainings of one-week duration for farmers from different districts of the state. Over 800 farmers and orchardists will be trained under this initiative in one year.

The SJVN Foundation will bear the total cost of these trainings. This is the second instance that the UHF’s Directorate of Extension Education has signed this MoU,

Suchet Attri.

The participants will be trained on the various aspects of agriculture and horticulture including the modern technologies used in these fields. This year, the trainees will also get a chance to visit the farms of progressive farmers so that they can acquire firsthand experience and get motivated to start their own ventures, the PRO informed.

The MoU was signed between Avdesh Prasad, SJVN AGM and Dr Vijay Singh Thakur, UHF’s Director of Extension Education. Dr Mai Chand, Joint Director (Training), Dr Anil Sood, Extension Coordinator and Dheeraj Gupta from SJVN were present on the occasion.

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