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HP Cabinet Meeting: Max relief to Bhakra Dam oustees, jobs, schemes and other decisions

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HP Cabinet Decisions july 2018

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government, in its Cabinet meeting held on July 24, 2018, has decided to redress the long pending demand of Bhakra Dam oustees. The cabinet said it has decided to give maximum relief to the oustees and their families and has approved necessary amendments in the policy.

 The Cabinet decided to convene monsoon session of H.P. Vidhan Sabha from  August 23 to  August 31, 2018, at Shimla. 

Rent a Cab and Motor Cycle Schemes

It also approved Rent a Cab Scheme, 1989 and Rent a Motor Cycle Scheme, 1997 under which Rs. 40,000 per annum will be charged for renting a cab and Rs. 20,000 for renting a motorcycle.  Under this scheme licence will be issued to the interested parties having a fleet of 50 motor vehicles under Rent a Cab Scheme and a minimum of five motorcycles under Rent a Motor Cycle Scheme.  

Dugar Hydro Electric Project allotted to NPHC

It decided to allot Dugar Hydro Electric Project with a capacity of 449 MW in favour of NPHC limited on BOOT basis for a period of 70 years after completion of which the project will revert to Government of Himachal Pradesh with specified generation capacity, free of cost and free from all encumbrances.

HP Govt Jobs/Vacancies

The Cabinet approved filling up:

  • 218 posts of Pharmacists batch-wise in Health and Family Welfare Department on a contract basis to cope with the shortage of staff in the health institutions  
  • 45 posts of Class-IV employees and three posts of Driver on daily wage basis in Cooperation Department
  • 8 posts of Lab attendant in Chaudhary Sarvan Kumar Agriculture University Palampur on a contract basis
  • 12 vacant posts of computer operators and one post of IT Programmer on contract basis in Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and Empowerment of Specially Abled Department through HP Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur
  • 10 vacant posts of drivers in the Agriculture Department on a daily wage basis.
  • 6 posts of different categories in the Planning Department

Further, approval was given to enhance the financial assistance in case of medical emergency to accreditated journalists and retired accreditated journalists under Himachal Pradesh Patrakar Kalyan Yojna from existing Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2.50 lakh.  The Cabinet also decided to abolish the annual family income criteria of Rs. 1.80 lakh per annum to avail the benefit of this scheme.

It also gave its approval for policy guidelines for extraction and utilization of un-economical salvage timber lots not acceptable to Himachal Pradesh State Forest Development Corporation Ltd.  Due to un-utilization of salvage trees, the State exchequer was suffering huge revenue losses and in order to utilize the un-economical salvage timber lots these policy guidelines have been approved by the Cabinet, which will not only prevent illegal removal of the trees but also provide timber and fuelwood required by various departments for execution of different developmental activities.

As per the guidelines, only salvage trees are allowed under TD rights for use in the construction of new residential house or cowshed and for their maintenance.

The Cabinet gave its approval for policy for collection and removal of pine needles from forest land so that these may be used and utilized for setting up of small-scale industries based on pine needles. This will reduce forest fire hazards and encourage industries to use pine needles as fuel. The State Government will provide investment subsidy of 50 percent of the capital cost for establishing such industries.

It accorded its consent to start Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna for providing assistance of Rs. 1.30 lakh to the BPL houseless family for construction of a house in rural areas of the State.

Mukhya Mantri Yuva Aajeevika Yojana

The Cabinet gave its approval to start Mukhya Mantri Yuva Aajeevika Yojana, 2018 to promote self-employment to local youth in the age group of 18 to 40 years by encouraging local entrepreneurship

Under the Scheme 25 percent investment, subsidy for the male applicant and 30 percent for female applicant upto maximum investment of Rs. 30 lakh would be provided. The interest subvention for the first year will be 8 percent and for subsequent years it will be reduced to two percent.

The Cabinet gave its approval to produce vaccination certificate during the admission in the first standard in all government/ private schools to monitor vaccination programs.

The Cabinet gave its approval to allow Bahra University, Vaknaghat, district Solan to start Bachelor of Physiotherapy course as per recommendations by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, H.P. 

Cabinet decided that Kargil Day will be celebrated all over the State in DC,s, SDM and BDO offices. The officers should hold meetings in which Ex-Serviceman should be specially invited, visits should be made to War memorial and Shaheed Samaraks and oath should be administered.

Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission

The Cabinet decided to implement Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission in the State. Nearly five lakh selected families of the State would be provided health insurance cover of rupees five lakh per annum. At present 175 hospitals have been registered for providing free treatment to these families.

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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).

UHF Nauni Lab

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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