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HP Govt employees, pensioners to get Rs. 700 crores IR benefit

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HP Govt announcement on 48th statehood day

Now a person can avail helicopter and aeroplane services at a rate of Rs. 2500 per seat for one hour, he said.

Shimla: While presiding over 48th  Statehood day celebration function held at Anni in  Kullu district today, the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur announced 8 percent interim relief to the employees of the Himachal Pradesh Government at a rate of Rs. 8 percent. 

The IR benefit will be given from January 1, 2016, which will cost the government about Rs.700 crore. The newly formed Bharatiya Janata Party has already announced three percent Dearness Allowance (DA) for which it would require about Rs. 500 crores.

Earlier, the Chief Minister hoisted the National Flag and took the salute from a march past by contingents of Police, Home-guards, NCC cadets and school Children.

Deputy Superintendent of Police from Naina Devi, Shri Anil Sharma led the Parade.

Kullu district administration cheque to CRF

Deputy Commissioner of Kullu, Yunus Khan, presented a cheque of Rs. 10 lacs for the Chief Minister Relief Fund on behalf of the district administration.

The cultural troupes of different districts and school children gave a colourful cultural presentation besides tableaux highlighting achievements of various departments of the district, particularly that of Forest,  District Rural Development Agency, Language Art and Culture, Agriculture department, Health, Horticulture, Skill development etc.

HP Govt’s other announcements on Statehood Day included:

  • Upgradation of 50 bedded Civil Hospital Anni to 100 bed along with the creation of staff
  • Construction of 40 kilometres stretch Sarahan-Bathad via Bashleo Pass as a major district road that would connect 26 Gram Panchayats of Nirmand Block to district headquarter Kullu
  • Submit Project report of Rs.1410 crore tunnel to be constructed under the Jalori Pass to the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, GoI within six months.

Helicopter/Aeroplane service for just Rs. 2,500

Further, the State Govt. said now people can avail benefits of the UDAN – Ministry of Civil Aviation’s regional air connectivity scheme that will connect 25 unreserved airports and 31 unreserved helipads.

The step will boost tourism sector, the Chief Minister said. 

Under the scheme, the helicopter services will be provided at cheaper rates to the people from various destinations. The services will be provided from Kasauli to Shimla, Manali to Kullu, Mandi to Dharamshala, Kullu and Shimla, Nathpa Jhakri, to Rampur, Rampur to Nathpa-Jhakri and Shimla and Shimla to Kasauli, Mandi and Rampur.

Now a person can avail helicopter and aeroplane services at a rate of Rs. 2500 per seat for one hour. As of now 19 states are covered under the scheme, he said. 

The State Government will initiate Road Maintenance Policy to bring qualitative improvement in roads.  The Government of India has sanctioned in principle 69 National Highways for the State, he said.

My Government is committed for Zero tolerance towards corruption and I exhort the people to join hands to eradicate corruption entirely, besides we won’t tolerate any type of mafia, whether it be Forest Mafia, Drug Mafia or Mining Mafia

said the Chief Minister. 

He blamed the previous government of extravagant expenditure and ill financial management that left the State is a debt of Rs. 46,500 crore.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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