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HP Economic Survey 2017-18:  State recorded 6.3% growth rate, 1, 58,462 per capita income

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HP Economic Survey 2017-18

Shimla: The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today presented the Economic Survey 2017-18 of Himachal Pradesh in the Vidhan Sabha. The HP Economic and Statistics Department has prepared this document.

The Growth rate of the Pradesh for the current financial year 2017-18 has been estimated at 6.3%. Per Capita Income is estimated at `1, 58,462, he said. 

The GSDP of State at current prices in 2016-17 increased to `1,24,236 crore from `1,13,355 crore in 2015-16 and as per advance estimates it is likely to be about `1,35,914 crore in 2017-18.

The growth rate of the state for the last three years is below the national growth rate, he informed. 

He informed that the Swachh Bharat Mission is being implemented in all the 12 districts of the State. Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme total 156.54 lakh man-days have been generated and employment has been provided to 4,32,005 households, he further added.

 List of HP Economic Survey 2017-18 highlights

  • 2,144 Bank branches are functioning in the State as on 30.09.2017
  • The Credit Deposit Ratio of Pradesh is 44.60
  • The average population per branch in the State comes to 3,202 against the National level of 11,000 
  • The total revenue of `4,613.15 crores have been mobilised upto December, 2017  
  • During December 2016 to December 2017, the All India Wholesale Price Index shows an inflation rate of 3.6%.
  • The Consumer Price Index for Himachal Pradesh increased by 5.3% in December 2017
  • There are 18,38,036 ration card holders which are being provided with essential commodities through 4,922 fair price shops
  • There are 152 Gas agencies, 386 Petrol pumps and 25 wholesale kerosene oil dealers working in the state
  • The Agriculture sector in the State generates about 10% of the total Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP)
  • 43 percent of Kisan credit cards have been disbursed to farmers by banks.
  • During the year 2016-17, the anticipated foodgrain production is 17.45 lakh MT against the achieved production of 16.34 lakh MT during the year 2015-16, thus registered an increase of 6.8 percent.  For 2017-18 the target is 16.45 lakh MT
  • Fruit production was 5.00 lakh tonne in 2017-18 (up to Dec., 2017) against 6.12 lakh tonne in 2016-17. Apple constitutes about 85% of total fruit production. During 2017-18 (up to Dec., 2017) 4.28 lakh tonne of apple were produced against 4.68 lakh tonne in 2016-17
  • Under Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) 36 blocks for Apple, 41 blocks for Mango, 15 blocks for Kinnow, 13 blocks for Plum  and 5 blocks of peach have been covered
  • During the year 2016-17, One State Level Hospital, One Zonal Hospital, 397 Veterinary Hospitals, 1,772 Veterinary Dispensaries, 30 Central Veterinary Dispensaries 9 Polyclinics and 6 Veterinary check posts provide veterinary aid in the State     
  • 60 percent subsidy on good quality Rams are being provided to the sheep breeders
  • `1.00 has been increased in milk procurement rates w.e.f. 1.04.2017 which will benefit 42,350 families 
  • About 6,098 fishermen in the Pradesh depend directly on  fisheries for their livelihood
  • 35,668  hand pumps have been installed up to March 2017.
  • There are 622 medium and large scale industries and about 45,597 small-scale industries presently working in the State
  • The minimum wages for the unskilled category of workers have been increased to ` 210 per day from ` 200.   
  • There are 8,34,714 applicants registered  in the State employment exchanges as on 31.12.2017
  • Out of the total assessed hydel potential of 27,436 MW, only 10,519 MW has been harnessed up to Dec. 2017 by various agencies, which is 38.34% of the total potential
  • The total road length was 37,158 kms. in the State as on 31.12.2017 and 10,241 villages were connected with roads
  • HRTC has a fleet strength of 3,254 buses plying on 2,693 routes covering a distance of 6.14 lakh Km per day
  • There are 63 operational helipads in the State
  • 196.02 lakh tourist visited Himachal Pradesh during the year 2017 which is 2.9 times of its population
  • During the year 10,751 Primary Schools, 2,103 Middle Schools, 922 High Schools, 1,836 Senior Secondary Schools and 137 Degree Colleges were functioning in the State
  • The State Government is providing free textbooks to the students belonging to S.C., S.T., O.B.C. & B.P.L. families.  
  • Free education is being provided to girl students in the State up to University level including vocational and professional courses
  • To improve the quality of education every possible step has been made under Sarv Sishka Abhiyan
  • To remove the gap in male-female literacy, girls hostel have been set up in the Educationally Backward Blocks
  • Netbooks/laptops were provided to 10,260 meritorious students of 10th and 12th class
  • The intake capacity of students in Technical Education at Degree level is 4,070 B-Pharmacy 858 Diploma level 7,837 and ITI’s/ITC’s 47,784
  • Medical and Family Welfare Services are provided through a network of 85 Civil Hospitals, 91 Community Health Centres, 577 Primary Health Centres and 16 ESI and 2,085 Sub Centres etc. besides other Private Institutions
  • Ayurvedic treatment is provided through 2 Regional Hospitals, 31 Hospitals and 1,175 Ayurvedic health centres, 3 Unani health centres and 14 Homeopathic health centres during 2017-18
  • Under NRHM 95 health institutions are identified to provide 24 hours emergency services
  • Under Social Security Schemes, the old age pension is given `700 per month to all the persons of 60 years or above but below 80 years, having individual annual income below `35,000 and the persons above 80 years pension is given `1,250 per month without any income criteria
  • Under Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna the marriage grant of `40,000 has been given to the guardians of the destitute girls and 691 beneficiaries were covered
  • Under Beti Hai Anmol Scheme 16,908 girls have been benefited
  • Under National Rural Livelihood Mission assistance to 3,280 women, SHGs will be provided
  • Under Lal Bahadur Shastri Kamgar Avam Shahari Ajivika Yojna an amount of `1.50 crore has been provided
  • Under National Urban Livelihood Mission 260 self-help groups have been formed and 160 beneficiaries were provided skill training
  • Under Rajiv Awas Yojna 846 Dwelling units will be constructed in the State
  • On the basis of 2017 projected population, Aadhar card number of 75.73 lakh residents have been generated.
  • For better and timely work, the State has implemented Service Guarantee Act. 183 services in 25 departments have been covered
  • Public Service Delivery helpline has been set up for the people of the State
  • Additional interim relief of 8 percent has been provided to government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016
  • Under Smart City Mission, Municipal Corporation Shimla has also been approved by Government of India
  • All persons above the age of 70 years and above will be provided old age pension.

 

 

 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions

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HP Cabinet decision on curfew

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.

A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.   

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota. 

It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.

The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.  

It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.

The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.

Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.

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Una Murder Case: Body of 22-Year-Old Girl Exhumed, Enraged Villagers Create Ruckus

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una girl murder case

Una-The alleged murder of a 22-year-old girl in Jadla Kohri village under the Gagret sub-division of Una district created a stir on Wednesday as the police exhumed her body from near a temple complex.

According to the allegations, a man who was identified as one of the ‘pujaris of the temple, has admitted killing the girl. He reportedly admitted hitting her on the head with an iron rod and later burying the body.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amb, has confirmed the report.

Una murder case

According to the initial information, the girl was missing since April 3, 2021, and a complaint regarding the same was filed at the local police station in Gagret the next day.

The police zeroed in on the said accused based on call details and reached the temple today. A large number of villagers also followed the police. When the police exhumed the body based on the location identified by the accused, angry villagers turned violent and demanded handing over the accused to them. A minor clash between police and villagers was also reported. Villagers vandalized the temple premises.

Amid this tense atmosphere, police somehow protected the accused from the enraged mob and managed to get him out safely.

The body of the girl was sent for post-mortem, the Superintendent of Police, Una, Arjit Sen, confirmed.

Though not officially confirmed, some local media reports suggested that the deceased and the accused were known to each other. The girl had recently got engaged to another man.

 Further details are awaited.

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