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Girls in a Chamba Balika Ashram allege 3 staff members of sexual harassment

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Chamba: Six girls of a Balika Ashram (child protection home for girls) situation in Chilli of Tissa region in Chamba district has alleged three staff members of molesting and sexually harassing them. Three persons, the cook, clerk/accountant, and sweeper were arrested on Tuesday by the police immediately after receiving the complaint.

The reports have again raised huge question over the government’s measures to ensure the safety of children, especially girls in child protection homes. This particular child protection home has reported a case of rape by a staff member earlier too.

The said employees have been booked under Section 354A of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, confirmed Superintendent of Police Virender Tomar.

The girls were shifted to a child shelter in the district headquarters of Chamba and a medical was to be conducted on Wednesday.

As per reports, the Chamba unit of the Child Welfare Committee was on a visit to a legal awareness camp when a girl came ahead and reported sexual harassment by the said staff members. During the counseling, the girl admitted being sexually exploited by the said staff members.

The matter was brought to the attention of the Deputy Commissioner of Chamba, Sudesh Mokhta, who initiated the police action. 

As per the police, initially only one girl had alleged sexual harassment, but later five more girls came ahead during the investigation.

The employees have been suspended, and, if substantial evidences are found, they will be terminated, said the DC.

 Amidst this report, demand for medical examination of every girl has arisen. Only six girls have come ahead, there could more victims who might have remained silent. About 32 girls are living at this home

At the same time, the case highlights the importance of awareness and counseling services at such child protection homes to prevent such cases of sexual harassment. 

Majority of the staff members at this shelter (girls) are males. Considering the fear of such cases, the government should prefer posting female staff at all Balika Ashrams.

Safety of children in these homes was also discussed earlier, at a meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Child Welfare Council held on September 13 at Raj Bhawan.

Some major issues related to all Ashrams and Homes included installation of CCTV cameras, the appointment of a Psychiatrist at the local committee, and special facilities of counseling to the children living in them.

 

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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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