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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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As major achievement, Nauni varsity scientists bag International project on oilseed research

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Nauni varsity scientists bags international project

Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, was in news last week after Jagriti Thakur, a research scholar at the varsity, won US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award for the year 2018.

This week, in a major achievement, the scientists of Department of Plant Pathology at the UHF, have bagged an International collaborative project on developing cutting-edge technology for inducing biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability.

The University will work with nine leading research organisations of the country besides seven renowned research institutes of United Kingdom in the project. The three-year project has a total budget outlay of more than Rs 7.27 crore as Indian component, which will be distributed to the 10 Indian institutes, which are part of the project. Each Indian institute will work on a different aspect of the project with a researcher working on the same area in the UK.

The project has been sanctioned under the prestigious NEWTON BHABHA Fund UK- India Pulses and Oilseed Research Initiative (PORI). The fund has been created by BBSRC of the Government of the United Kingdom and the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI.

BBSRC which is a part of UK Research and Innovation, a body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations and government for promoting research and innovation is also making upto £3.5 million available to support the UK components of this research.

Dr HR Gautam, Professor and Head of Department of Plant Pathology informed that Dr Anil Handa, Professor of Plant Pathology will be the Principal Investigator and coordinator of this project while Dr Rajnish Sharma working in the Department of Biotechnology will act as the Co-Investigator.

He added that this achievement is one of the cherished moments in 55 years history of the department. Dr JN Sharma, UHF Director of Research, said that the University is making continuous efforts to get projects from various funding agencies and engage in collaborative work to strengthen the research capabilities and infrastructure.

India is one of the major producers and consumers of oilseeds crops in the world. The university scientists will work on ‘Genomics-led improvement of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability’ by utilizing state-of-art advanced molecular approaches like CRISPER/Cas9 for mapping the genes conferring resistance to turnip mosaic virus (TuMV).

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The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology

The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology is an internationally acclaimed laboratory and has facilities for conducting molecular level research for determining the genetic diversity of TuMV in Northern India and developing a panel of Indian TuMV isolates for evaluating European and Indian sources of resistance.

Besides Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, the University of Delhi, South Campus; NIPGR, New Delhi; NBPGR, New Delhi; NRCPB, New Delhi; IARI, New Delhi; PAU, Ludhiana; CAZRI, Jodhpur; DRMR, Bharatpur and IIT Kharagpur will be a part of the project. The University of York, University of Hertfordshire, University of Warwick, University of Essex, Earlham Institute and Rothamsted Research will be the investigators from the United Kingdom.

While congratulating the scientists, UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma said that the project will go a long way in using the latest techniques in biotechnology for disease management to increase the productivity of oilseed crops. This project will also help train our students in using molecular markers for crop improvement.

Through this collaborative project, efforts are being made to encourage multi-institutional collaborations between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high-quality research aimed at increasing crop productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses and oilseeds grown for food or feed in India. Pulses and oilseeds are important crops in India.

Pulses are relatively under-used crops in the UK but are a major source of dietary protein in India. Oilseeds are grown in both countries and are a valuable source of oil for a variety of uses, as well as animal feed. This collaborative project aims to develop exploit genomic and bioinformatic resources to aid the development of improved varieties for sustainable crop production.

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MoU to construct Naina Devi-Anandpur Sahib ropeway signed

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Shimla: A Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) to build ropeway between Shri Naina Devi and Shri Anandpur Sahib was signed by Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, Himachal Pradesh and Secretary Tourism Punjab Vikas Pratap Singh, in Chandigarh today.

The MOU in the presence of Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his Punjab counterpart Captain Amrinder Singh.

This ropeway will be constructed by Shri Naina Devi and Sri Anandpur Sahib Ji Ropeway Company Pvt Ltd with an estimated cost of Rs. 210 crores. The ropeway would cover a distance of 3.5 km.

A 10-member Board of Directors would be formed, and each government would nominate five members. The Chairman of the Board of Directors would be nominated by the Punjab government and the Managing Director would be appointed by the Himachal government. Both the governments will deposit 50 Lakhs each as an initial investment.

Chief Minister said that the lower terminal of this project would be at Rampur near Shri Anandpur Sahib, the Intermediate station will be at Toba in Himachal and the upper terminal point would be at Shri Naina Devi. The tourism departments of both the states would work as nodal agencies for this work.

The Tourism and Local Bodies Ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu said that inking of MoU by both the Chief Ministers on the auspicious birthday of Sheed-e- Azam Bhagat Singh is a big gift to the mankind.

In 2012-13, the efforts were made to build this ropeway and 14 acres of land was also acquired for this but due to some circumstances, the work could not be completed.

Naina Devi is one of the 52 famous Shakti Peethas of the country and is one of the most prominent religious places for not only the peoples of the country but the entire world. Likewise, Shri Anandpur Sahib is also a prominent international the religious place.

This project would boost the tourism sector in both the states alongwith strengthening the bond between two states besides facilitating the devotees visiting these two religious places.

It was informed that 80 percent pilgrims come to Shri Naina Devi from Punjab and during last one year, 20 Lakh devotees paid their obeisance in this Shakti Peeth.

The Chief Minister informed that for the construction of this impending ropeway, the matter had been taken up with his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh on February 26, 2018.

The Chief Minister of Punjab said that with the construction of this ropeway the pilgrims of Punjab would get rid of the difficulty in reaching Shri Naina Devi.

He said that people of both the states would like to see this project completed at earliest and three year’s time frame has been fixed for its completion.

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Himachal suffers Rs. 1479 crore losses in 4 days alone, Centre releases Rs. 122 crore for rehabilitation

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Monsoon losses in Himachal pradesh in 2018

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has suffered losses of about Rs. 1479 crore and during the last four days alone. Five choppers of Indian Air Force had been pressed into service to evacuate the stranded tourists and local people.

Chief Minister, who chaired a review meeting today, informed that the Centre Government has released Rs. 122 crore as the first instalment for the State for undertaking immediate rehabilitation measures.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur during meeting held today

Over one thousand people have been rescued from Lahaul valley out of these 147 have been airlifted and remaining have been evacuated by road.

He said the road would be cleared upto Baralacha by this evening. All the rescued people were being taken for medical examinations. Efforts were being made to restore communication network in Lahaul valley.

He directed the officers to ensure adequate availability of essential commodities in the valley. He said that a team of BSNL would visit Sisu today for the restoration of communication in the area. The Government has assured all possible help to the BSNL in restoration work.

Out of 18 towers of BSNL in the valley, seven were working properly.

It was informed in the meeting that 18000-litre petrol and 27000-litre diesel was made available. LPG and other food items were also in sufficient quantity. It was informed in the meeting that water Supply to Manali has been restored and Lahaul valley was also almost restored.

Till the electricity supply was restored in the valley, efforts would be made to provide solar lamps and lights to the people, it was informed. Small transformers would be airlifted from Kullu to replace damaged transformers.

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