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HP Cabinet Decisions 2018: 20 ULBs given power to approve building plans, recognition for Himachali filmmakers   

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HP Cabinet Meeting March 2018

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in a meeting held on March 5 gave approval to the supplementary grant demands for the year 2017-18.

The Executive officers or Panchayat secretaries of the 20 Nagar Panchayats, which are governed by the sub-rules of Urban development department till date, will be given powers equal to the Director Town and Country Planning department (TCP), decided the Cabinet.

The people of these urban local bodies (ULBs) will now be able to obtain all the approvals and clearances through a single window system instead of applying to (TCP). 

These urban local bodies include Nagar Panchayats Sunni, Kotkhai, Jubbal, Arki, Rajgarh, Shri Naina Devi Ji, Daulatpur, Santoshgarh, Tahliwal, Kangra, Nurpur, Nagrota, Dehra, Jwalamukhi, Jawali, Chowari, Sarkaghat, Riwalsar, Karsog and Banjar.

The Cabinet also discussed the issue pertaining to provide recognition to Himachali regional language films and consider a possible solution for Himachali filmmakers who make their films in regional language and dialects, so that they could be recognized for awards at the National level.

The Cabinet approved setting up of Rs. 748.30 lakh Regional-cum-Facilitation Centre (RFC) of National Medicinal Plants Board under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, at Jogindernagar in district Mandi along-with requisite staff for running the Centre.

The Centre will get an annual grant of Rs. 149.60 lakh. It would provide inputs for the conservation, cultivation, technology up-gradation, sale of medicinal plants, training and research, development of region-specific quality planting material etc.

List of HP Cabinet’s Other Decisions 

The cabinet gave approvals to :

  • To upgrade Community Health Centre Bhawarna in district Kangra to 50 bed Civil Hospital along-with creation of 20 posts of various categories in the hospital
  • To upgrade Primary Health Centre Balichowki in Mandi district to Community Health Centre
  • To open Sub Treasury office at Shahpur in district Kangra along-with creation of five posts of various categories in Accounts and Lotteries Department
  • Approval to open fire post at Patli Kuhl in Kullu district

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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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