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Shimla MC distributed 21.94 MLD water today as per schedule, public is relieved, officials tell CM

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Shimla: While the public is still complaining about non-adherence to the schedule issued by the State Government on Monday regarding the supply of water to residents, Jai Ram Thakur was told by his senior officers that MC Shimla received 21.94 MLD water today which was distributed according to the schedule released yesterday. They said it has provided great relief to the people.

The Government claimed that water supply was provided to Kasumpati, Panthaghati, Chhota Shimla, Vikasnagar, Patyog, Kangna Dhar, New Shimla, Khalini and other peripheral areas of these regions.

However, the series of protests gained gravity today and people complained that they were not receiving a response from numbers provided by the SMC yesterday.

However, the officers further told the CM that 2 MLD water was taken from Ghandal drinking water supply scheme for providing water to Totu and surrounding wards. They added that Ghandal project which was operated for 17 hours earlier was know being operated for 22 hours so that additional water supply could be ensured to Shimla city.

They said 31 big tankers have been pressed into service out of which 23 tankers ensured water supply to 53 areas by providing 2.70 lakh litre water.

It was informed that 3 MLD additional water has been received by closing Gumma and Giri river irrigation projects and 25 MLD water is expected for Wednesday which would be supplied to the residents.

Jairam Thakur hold meeting to review water supply in shimla

CM Jairam Thakur holds a meeting to review water supply to Shimla town

Water would be supplied to Bharari, Ruldu Bhatta, Kaithu, Annadale, Summer hill, Totu, Manjhiyat, Kachhi Ghati, Tutikandi, Kanlog, Nabha and Fagli on May 30. Water would be supplied to Sanjauli, Sangti, Injan Ghar through tankers on Wednesday.

Chief Minister said that State Government was serious about providing water supply to the residents of Shimla and efforts were being made for the same.

He directed the officers of IPH department to established borewells at Sadhupul, Giri and Sunni so that water could be supplied through tankers from these areas to the city. He also directed to provide sufficient water to hospitals, educational institutions and public toilets beside plugging the leakages.

Shri Mahender Singh Thakur, IPH Minister informed that work on installing handpumps at various places in Shimla city has been started.

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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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