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HP PWD automation, incentives, and third-party inspection squad to check quality & progress, claims CM

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The contractors would be allowed to use the crushers to crush the mucked extracted on the site of work for captive use on the awarded work

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department is infamous for, perhaps, the poorest quality jobs and a deep slumber. The department has been facing allegations of nexus with private contractors.

The department’s alleged roles have been reported in several fatal road accidents including the most tragic of all –Nurpur accident in which 24 children and four others were killed as their school-bus fell down into a gorge from a black spot that also lacked any type of safety measures like parapet or crash barriers.

As per the Magisterial probe, a part of the road had caved which was not repaired on time. However, no action was taken against any official.

Also Read:Findings of magisterial probe into Nurpur Tragedy exposes HPPWD

So far, no changes in the attitude and work culture of the department reported in the regime of new government.

However, today, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur gave another assurance to check quality and progress of projects. He claimed that government would ensure quality in construction of roads, bridges and other government buildings in the State by evolving a mechanism for third party inspection.

It would be done by establishing an independent quality check squad in the Chief Minister Office, he claimed.

Automation of Public Works Department would be taken so that maximum use of information technology could be ensured for monitoring progress in ongoing projects,

he claimed.

Further, he claimed that the government would take serious note of any delay in completion of projects or compromising quality and would not hesitate in taking action against the erring contractors or executing agencies.

The government was also contemplating to start a scheme to provide incentives to the executing agencies completing the projects ahead of the stipulated time period in order to bring competitiveness amongst the contractors and to check cost escalation in the projects

, he said.

The government has also decided that except cement, the material approved would be arranged by the contractors. If the contractor would require any material, the same would be issued on proportionate market rates to be derived on the basis of agreement rates. No input tax credits etc. would be given to the contractors on the said material issued from the store, he said.

Contractors allowed to use muck for construction

The government has authorized the contractors to use the extracted muck material for construction purpose as per the satisfaction of the Engineer-in-charge.

The contractors would be allowed to use the crushers to crush the mucked extracted on the site of work for captive use on the awarded work,

he said.

These statements came during a meeting regarding implementation of GST and its impact on the Public Works Department on the works contract.

Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Manisha Nanda, Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary, Industries R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation J.C. Sharma, Engineer in Chief, PWD R.P. Verma, contractors and senior officers of PWD Department were also present in the meeting.

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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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UHF Nauni, SJVN joins hands to train 800 farmers/orchardist to start own enterprises

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UHF Nauni and SJVNL training farmers in Himachal

Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Foundation have come together to provide training and improve the expertise of Himachal farmers, informed Suchet Attri, the Public Relations Officer, UHF.

The objective of the agreement is to motivate the farmers to start their own enterprise by using modern agriculture and horticulture technologies, said the PRO.

The two organisations have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for one year for Rs 55 lakh under which UHF will be organizing 32 trainings at its main campus and different stations,

said Suchet Attri.

The varsity said under the agreement, it will be organizing trainings of one-week duration for farmers from different districts of the state. Over 800 farmers and orchardists will be trained under this initiative in one year.

The SJVN Foundation will bear the total cost of these trainings. This is the second instance that the UHF’s Directorate of Extension Education has signed this MoU,

Suchet Attri.

The participants will be trained on the various aspects of agriculture and horticulture including the modern technologies used in these fields. This year, the trainees will also get a chance to visit the farms of progressive farmers so that they can acquire firsthand experience and get motivated to start their own ventures, the PRO informed.

The MoU was signed between Avdesh Prasad, SJVN AGM and Dr Vijay Singh Thakur, UHF’s Director of Extension Education. Dr Mai Chand, Joint Director (Training), Dr Anil Sood, Extension Coordinator and Dheeraj Gupta from SJVN were present on the occasion.

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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Shimla: With the assistance of the Delhi Police, the district police has arrested a Nigerian national Kra Basile for alleged involvement in drug peddling to Shimla.

A team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla (City), Dinesh Sharma, also recovered 25 grams of Chitta (heroin) from his possession during questioning.

During the course of interrogation the said Nigerian National was trying to conceal something. On being suspicious of narcotics/ contraband, a search of the above person was conducted in the presence of DSP City. During the search, 25.46 gram Chitta (heroin) has been recovered from the possession of Nigerian National,

said the FIR registered at the Police Station, Dhalli, under Sections 21,29 of the ND&PS Act.

Related Story: Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta

As per the Sharma, the said accused is believed to be involved in supply to several parts of the district for some time. His name had appeared during the questioning from some local youth allegedly arrested with Chitta during past week, he said.

Following this lead, the police put his number on tracking, and a trap was laid to nab him by posing as a decoy customer.

It is expected that his interrogation would lead to more revelations and arrests of others linked with this network.

Also Read: Story of Shimla youth who started with smoking charas at 17, ended up in jail at 22 as drug peddler

The DSP Sharma and other staff members were cheering considering it a breakthrough amid heavy pressure from the public due to an alarming rise in involvment of youth in drug/substance abuse.

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