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350 drinking water supply schemes in Himachal affected critically, 1131 mildly hit : HP Govt

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Shimla: The committee formed to supervise water supply to the Shimla town on Wednesday told the Government that MC Shimla received 21.75 MLD water, and claimed it was distributed according to the schedule.

However, except some selected localities, the public still complained that they did not receive water as per the scheduled or received an insignificant amount. The residents could still be seen receiving water through tankers. The residents of the Chakkar locality has today blocked the main road over the non-availability of drinking water. 

It is pertinent to mention that after the eruption of protests in the town and intervention of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh, the Government is now claiming that it is taking various measures including installation of hand-pumps to deal with the water paucity.

Moreover, the High Court has directed the SMC to provide a daily status report regarding the procurement and distribution of water to the people.

The officials claimed the water was supplied to Bharari, Ruldu Bhatta, Kaithu, Annadale, Summer hill, Totu, Manjhiyat, Kachhi Ghati, Boleauganj, Tutikandi, Kanlog, Nabha and Fagli on Wednesday.

About 2.25 lakh litre water was distributed through 27 tankers at 63 points in the city.
Today, as per the SMC’s schedule, water would be supplied to Krishna Nagar, Ram Bazaar, Lower Bazaar, Jakhu, Benmore, Engine Ghar, Sanjauli chowk, Dhalli and Mashobra.

Bhattakufar, Shanti Vihar, Malyana, and Sangti areas would receive a supply tomorrow, it was informed.

There are 9590 drinking water supply schemes in the State out of which 350 were critically affected, 1131 mildly affected. It was informed that 11 places were identified in Shimla city for installing handpumps and work has been started.

It is now that the Irrigation and Public Health Department is seizing illegal boring wells in the vicinity of Shimla. These wells have been bored illegally by water mafia under the nose of the department and were cashing on the water scarcity, which was aggravated by the government’s sluggishness and corruption of the departmental officers.

Gumma Pumping Station to Lift 14 MLD Water for Shimla: IPH Minister

Mahender Singh Thakur, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, on Wednesday claimed that 14 MLD water would be procured from Gumma pumping station per day instead of 11 MLD at present. He visited Gumma and held a meeting with local people and public representative of Gram Panchayats Dewla, Majheewad and Gumma.

He said that local people agreed for releasing water for 15 hours instead of 12 hours for Gumma pumping station. It was decided that a timetable would be followed where water would be made available for Gumma pumping station from 3 PM to 6 AM. The rest 9 hours would be utilized for irrigation purpose through Kuhle
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As a part of this negotiation, the Minister had promised the villagers that all traditional Kuhals of Gumma area would be renovated. He told them that he has already asked the department for preparing the DPR.

Further, the Government claimed that it is now installing tullu pumps in some habitations in Gumma Panchayat besides replacing the old water pipes in the area. He said that check dams and water harvesting tanks would be constructed in various areas along Nauti Khad.

The Minister also inspected the machinery and water storage tanks of Gumma pumping station and directed the officers to take steps regarding repairs wherever necessary.

He said that he was inspecting the situation in the field according to the direction of the Chief Minister and taking necessary action. The minister would possibly visit Giri pumping station on Thursday. He has assured better water supply within next two-three days.

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Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary–cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Secretary IPH Shri Devesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla Amit Kashyap, Director Information & Public Relations Anupam Kashyap, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Shimla Rohit Jamwal and other senior officers were present in the meeting with the Chief Minister.

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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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