Announces upgradation of various schools
Addressing ‘Dhanyavad Rally’ organised by local MLA, Shri Sanjay Rattan , the people of Jawalaji together with teaching and non teaching staff of Jawalaji degree college, for taking over the college by the Government, at Jawalaji in district Kangra today, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh directed all the MLAs, not only to take approval of their development works from the Chief Minister, but should also follow the file at different stages. He said that only that MLA was successful and was believed to be hardworking and caring for his people, who follow their file at different stages of processing and makes it a point, that the work gets done.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that it was due to the repeated requests of the local MLA, the temple trust and the people of Jawalaji, that the government agreed to take over the college. He said that it was agreed upon by the Cabinet on 27th of this month.
He said that the government believes in equal and overall development of all areas of the State without discriminating between regions.
Announcements made by Chief Minister at Jawalaji
Earlier, Chief Minister also paid obeisance at Jawalamukhi Temple.
MLA, Shri Sanjay Rattan, welcomed and thanked the Chief Minister for undertaking the degree college, Jawalaji, which was earlier run by the temple trust. He said that it was a long pending issue and the opposition never even tried to think about this. He said the populace of Jawalaji and the staff of the college was highly indebted to the Chief Minister for this. Shri Sanjay Rattan said that the former MLA, who was also a Minister from the area also kept misguiding the people and didn't
succeeded in getting the college transferred to Government sector. He credited the development of the constituency to Shri Virbhadra Singh. He said that the decision of taking over the college had saved a huge sum of Rs 75 lakh per annum and presented a cheque of one crore towards CM Relief Fund.
He urged for opening a degree college at Mahjeen, IPH division at Jawalaji, science classes in degree college Khundian, to start science streams in GSSS, Pidi and Gagruhi besides other demands.
Chairman, State Education Board, Shri Balbir Tegta, Chairman, KCCB, Shri Jagdish Sapheiya, Vice- Chairman, Employees Welfare Board, Shri Surinder Mankotia, Ex-MLA, Shri Surinder Kaku, Member Zila Parishad Ms. Ritu Prashar, President, Freedom Fighter Welfare Board, Shri Pandit Susheel Rattan, chairperson Municipal Council, Ms. Bhawana Sood, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Ritesh Chauhan, were also present on the occasion amongst others.
Announces to appoint Music teachers in all GSSS, phase-wise.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh launched ‘Kangre Di Munni’, an initiative of district administration and a step towards ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padao’ from the Campus of Government Senior Secondary Schools (Girls), Jawalamukhi in district Kangra today.
Lauding the efforts of the district administration, the Chief Minister said that such an initiative would help save girl child and would go a long way in improving the girl sex ratio. He said that those violating the Pre-Natal Diagnostic (PNDT) Act, would be punished and a strict monitoring would be done of the private clinics. He said that even the parents who were found to be involved in sex determination and resorting to abortion would be held liable for harsh punishment. Though the sex ratio in the State was quite good, yet there were few districts as Una, Hamirpur and Kangra, where the sex ratio was low. He said that an awareness campaigns needs to launched all over the state, as the girl child also have equal right to live and they should be well taught and brought up.
He said that only those societies prosper, who respect the women and work for their empowerment.
The Chief Minister launched a logo, a caller tune, a Facebook page and a special brochure on the girl child on the occasion. He also celebrated the birthday of girl child who were born in the month of May and present on the occasion by slicing the cake and congratulating them.
He announced to start Sanskrit classes and appointment of music teacher in the school adding that the music teachers would be appointed in all Senior Secondary Schools of the State in a phased manner.
MLA, Shri Sanjay Rattan also welcomed the Chief Minister on the occasion and urged for starting music classes in the school.
Deputy Commissioner, Shri Ritesh Chauhan, while briefing about the campaign said that after going through the figures of census 2011, it was a cause of worry to learn that the sex ratio of girl child between 0 to 6 was declining fast, as it was 876/1000 in the district.
He said the district administration had involved Aanganwari Kendras and Mahila Mandals to make scheme a success. A new initiative had also been taken to celebrate the birth of new born girl child by organizing traditional Kangri Feast (Dham) named ‘Muniya Di Dham’.
‘Muniya Di Dham’, was first organised by Deputy Commissioner at his residence.
Shri Ritesh Chauhan said that a donor , Shri Ashok Singla, a devotee of Jawala Mata had agreed to assist in organising Dham, by way of preparation of 10 kilogram of sweet rice on the marriage of every girl child in Jawalamukhi. Apart from this all the Block Development Officers (BDOs), DRDA staff, ADM, SDMs, had adopted a girl child each and taken up the responsibility of their studies and well-being. Besides, Punjab National Bank (PNB) had also adopted 10 number of girl child and would cater to the needs of their education in the district.
He said that tracker devices would also be set up in hospitals and private clinics to keep a watch over those involved in heinous crime and suitable action would be taken against the guilty.
Upgradation of PHC, Kasba Kotla to CHC
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today who was addressing a well attended public meeting at Pragpur in Jaswan Pragpur assembly constituency of district Kangra, announced 25 hand-pumps for the area under IPH sub-Division Sunhet, and as per need or in the hamlets facing acute water shortage.
He announced to augment drinking water supply scheme (DWSS) for Pragpur village to overcome shortage of drinking water in the area, besides upgradation of Government High School Kloha to Government Senior Secondary School. He also announced augmentation of water supply scheme for Garli and Bhadoli-Jadid villages and directed the IPH department to conduct a survey and to report that whether the scheme could be augmented or there was a need for a new scheme.
Earlier, on way to Pragpur he announced upgradation of Primary Health Centre, Kasba Kotla to Community Health Centre, up-gradation of Government High School Tyamal to Government Senior Secondary School. He directed to construct a boundary wall, a toilet block and a kitchen for Ambedkar Bhawan in Nehran Pukhar and directed the PWD department to prepare the estimate for the same.
He said that during the election year many people come to try their luck without an agenda and they adopt shortcuts to come in power and the easiest way they find was by dividing people on the basis of caste, region and religion. We should be aware of such divisive forces, he said, adding that we should respect all religions alike as every person had a right to follow his or her own religion.
The Chief Minister said that Pragpur had been declared a heritage village and had a well enriched history and this legacy had to be carried forward. The government was committed to provide every basic facility to the people of the area. He said that he was happy to learn that the women candidates had outnumbered men in the recently Panchayat elections and hoped that they will work better than their male counterparts.
He said that the promises made by NDA government had fallen flat and their graph was fast declining. He quipped that when we talk of development, the Opposition always criticise the same blaming that development had been shown back door in the regime of Congress government without realising that with each and every passing day the state was progressing and not treading backwards. No one can point a finger that Himachal was not developed, it was from the very first day of the formation of the State, it started treading on path of development and today was the model hill state amongst others states in various sectors including Health, Education and Roads. The real credit of this unprecedented development goes to the hardworking people of the State and also to the leadership provided by successive Congress Governments at the Centre and the State.
Earlier, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of Baba Kanshi Ram Government Degree College building at Dadasiba to cost around rupees eight crore, and presently a sum of Rs 4.75 crore had been sanctioned for the same. He laid foundation stone of Administrative Block and inaugurated Science Block of Government Degree College Dhaliara to be constructed at a cost of Rs 10 lakhs and Rs 4.70 crore respectively. He also laid foundation stone of Government Degree College at Rakkar for which initial provision of Rs 5 crore has been kept.
The Chief Minister inaugurated Rs. 94 lakh LWSS to village Subhashpur and Tiamal in Dadasiba in tehsil Jaswan to benefit estimated population of 3600 by the year 2024.
Later, he inaugurated Forest Rest House Chamukha constructed at a cost of Rs 21 lakhs and inaugurated residences of Health Department of PHC Pirsaluhi constructed at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. He opened newly upgraded PHCs Rakkar, and Pirsaluhi , which were made CHCs.
Vice- Chairman, Employees Welfare Board, Shri Surinder Mankotia thanked the Chief Minister for number of announcements he made in Public meeting Jandaur and dedicating projects worth crores during last three years. While listing the developments of the area, he also urged for declaring Pragpur a Tehsil besides Separate Water supply scheme for Garli and 25 hand-pumps for Bahdoli-Jadid besides drinking water supply scheme for Pragpur etc.
BCC President, Jaswan Pragpur, Shri Pradeep Kumar, Pradhan Pragpur, Shri Suresh Sharma, Youth Congress President, Pragpur, Shri Manoj Sharma, and others welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Neeraj Bharti, MLA Shri Sanjay Rattan, ex-MLAs Shri Nikhil Rajour and Shri Yog Raj, Chairman, State Education Board Shri Balbir Tegta, Chairman, KCCB Shri Jagdish Sapahiya, Vice-Chairman, State Disaster Management Authority Shri Rajender Rana, Member Zila Parishad Ms. Ritu Prashar, President, Freedom Fighter Welfare Board Pandit Susheel Rattan, Deputy Commissioner Shri Ritesh Chauhan, SP Shri Sanjeev Gandhi, Chief Architect Shri NK Negi, Chief Engineer, PWD Shri S.K. Ganju, Chief Engineer IPH, Shri Anil Bahri, were also present on the occasion amongst others.
Newly elected executive of Shimla Press Club led by its President Shri Dhananjya Sharma called on Industries and Information & Public Relations Minister Shri Mukesh Agnihotri here today.
The delegation apprised the Minister regarding various initiatives planned by the Shimla Press Club in times to come. They also discussed with the Minister issues for the betterment of the journalistic fraternity.
Shri Agnihotri assured the delegation of all possible help from government side so that cordial relations could be maintained between government and media.
Additional Chief Secretary Shri V.C. Pharka was also present on the occasion.
President Shimla Press Club Shri Dhananjya Sharma presented a bouquet to the Minister. He also invited Shri Mukesh Agnihotri to Shimla Press Club. Shri Agnihotri is life member of Shimla Press Club.
Members of Governing Council Ms. Pratibha Kanwar, Shri Yadvinder, Shri Ujwal Sharma, Shri Devender Heta, Shri Raman Sharma, Shri Bhupender Singh and Shri Vikas Sharma, senior journalists Dr. Shashi Bhushan, Shri Sandeep Upadhayay, Shri Him Karan Manta and Shri Munish Sharma were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh who was addressing a public meeting at Jandaur, near Sansarpur Terrace in Jaswan Pragpur constituency in district Kangra today said it was unfortunate that a sitting MLA, who was supposed to work for welfare of the people and undertake development works of the area, was opposing setting up of a college at Jandaur and had sought stay from the court in this regard. He should have learnt a lesson from the local Pradhan, Ms. Shrestha Devi, who had donated land for the College whereas the sitting MLA of Jaswan-Pragpur was playing petty politics for reasons well known to him and which were against public interest.
“One thing which was seen for the first time was that a representative of the people, whom they has voted to power, created hinderances for setting up a college and the people who create hinderance can never be true benefactor of the people”, said Shri Virbhadra Singh. The MLAs come to Chief Minister, urging for carrying out development works in their constituencies, but this was the first MLA who opposed the setting up of college, he said.
The Chief Minister said that Rs 15 crore was to be sanctioned for construction of college at Jandaur, which would have benefited the children, however sooner or later, the area will get a college, he added.
Till the time, the college building gets constructed, the classes would be started elsewhere, he added.
He said that the State BJP leaders can never think big and never want to leave their cheap propaganda and practises. But, the development was a continuous process and will ever remain so and certainly a day will come when there would be a college here.
He exhorted the people never to vote for a candidate, who create obstacles in development works. He said that the government was committed to develop the area, adding that Himachal was a fast progressing state and as of now, the Panchayats had also been empowered to get constructed small paths and roads in their panchayats. Today, more than 15534 schools and 110 colleges were functioning in the state.
To strengthen the health services in the State, three medical colleges were being opened in Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan for which a provision of Rs 189 crore each had been made, besides AIIMS, like institute was coming up at Bilaspur and in addition to this the decks had been cleared for taking over Employees State Insurance Corporation, (ESIC) Medical college and hospital at Ner Chowk in Mandi district.
Announcements by Chief Minister
• Announced Tehsil Welfare Office at Dadasiba.
• New Bridge to be constructed on Kotla rivulet from PHC Kasba Kotla to GSSS Kotla Behar.
• Separate water supply scheme to Ghamroor Barnali and Bohala villages
• 25 Hand-pumps for Dadasiba area
• Irrigation scheme for Jaswan Pragpur area to irrigate 3500 hectares of land by lifting water from Pong Dam
• Road from Kasba Kotla tehsil office to Berry Vis Lakharda- Kanpur
• Bridge to connect Jandaur and Gummi and Jandaur-Gummi Link Road to be named after Kargil Martyr Ramesh Chand
• Science and Commerce classes to be started in GSSS Jambal
• One excavator cum loader (JCB) and a sum of rupees one crore for maintenance
• A post of Radiographer in PHC Kasba Kotla
• Upgradation of Government High School Rodi-Kodi to GSSS
Earlier, Chief Minister was accorded a warm welcome on reaching Talwara.
Chairman, State Employees Welfare Board, Shri Surinder Mankotia, welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister and other distinguished guests present on the occasion. He also listed the developments of the area and thanked the Chief Minister for initiating various steps for development of Jaswan-Pragpur. He lambasted the sitting MLA from Jaswan Pragpur who played politics in name of education and took stay from the court halting the process of foundation stone of the college at Jandaur, which was to be laid today by the Chief Minister. This step of sitting MLA deprived the students of quality and higher education and was misguiding people of the area that the Chief Minister’s tour had been cancelled.
He also thanked the local Pradhan for donating land for the construction of the college. He urged the Chief Minister for upgradation of road from Dhaliara to Sansarpur Terrace. He also lashed out at NDA government which failed to control the rising prices of essential commodities including petrol and diesel. He also demanded Upgradation of Primary Health Centre PHC at Kasba Kotla, Tehsil Welfare Office at Dadasiba, and repair and maintenance of few roads of the area, besides 25 handpumps for Dadasiba area.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Shri Neeraj Bharti, MLA, Shri Sanjay Rattan, Chairman, State Education Board, Shri Balbir Tegta, Vice-Chairman, State Disaster Management Authority, Shri Rajinder Rana, President Congress Organisational District Dehra, Shri Nardev Kanwar, BCC President, Jaswan Pragpur, Shri Pradeep Kumar, local Pradhan Ms. Shresta Devi, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Ritesh Chauhan, SP, Shri Sanjeev Gandhi were also present on the occasion amongst others.
The Cabinet in its meeting held here today approved to regularize the deviations made by the building owners in the Town and Country Planning areas and other local bodies on ‘as is where is’ basis provided 30 percent open space is available as per the requirement of set-backs, through an ‘Ordinance’.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh presided over the meeting.
The applicants will have to apply within 45 days from the date of promulgation of the Ordinance. Such buildings as constructed on Municipal land or by way of encroachment on government land shall not be regularized. All such unauthorized structures shall be subjected to stringent scrutiny of structural audit. The unauthorized buildings which do not qualify for regularization under the Ordinance shall face disconnection of electricity and water services. Unauthorized constructions in green areas taking place after the notification of the green belts will not be regularized.
This amendment of HP TCP Act, 1977 is the last resort to regularize unauthorized constructions. Department has been strictly directed not to allow any illegal construction in future.
The basic rate for deviation on set-backs upto 35 percent for residential buildings (where permission has been taken but deviation has been made on set-backs) would be Rs. 800 per square meter for ground floor level and Rs. 400 per square meter for each subsequent floor level. The rate for the unauthorized building is Rs 400 per square meters for ground level coverage in rural areas or outside MC area and Rs. 200 per square meter for each subsequent floor. The rate would multiply two times for deviations on set-backs measuring above 35 percent and upto 70%.
The foresaid compounding rate would be doubled for commercial unauthorized structures.
The number of unauthorized storeys in Municipal areas would be retained at Rs 1500 per Square metre upto 100 Square metre of the unauthorized area. This rate will be Rs. 1000 per square metre for deviations in Rural areas. Deviations beyond 100 Sq. Meter in unauthorized storeys would be compounded at double the foresaid rate.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to enhance the honorarium of Part Time Workers in education department from Rs.1700 to Rs. 1900 from 1st April, 2016.
The Cabinet approved for framing a policy for grant of ownership rights to lease holders who were given land on lease in pre-independence period in Dalhousie Municipal Council area of Chamba district.
The Cabinet decided to create a new Inspection Wing in the Education Department to be headed by Joint Director (Inspection). One post of Deputy Director School Education in Directorate of Higher Education was approved to be upgraded to
Joint Director. Apart from this 12 posts of Deputy Director (Inspection), 20 Principal (Inspection) and 20 Block Primary Education Officer (Inspection) would be created.
It also decided to implement the Market Intervention Scheme for procurement of processing grade mango during the year 2016. Under the scheme 300 MT fruits of seedling and 200 MT of grafted varieties of mangos will be procured @ Rs. 5.50 per kilogram and Rs. 6.50 per kilogram respectively. The procurement will be done by HPMC and HIMFED through 34 fruit collection centers. Both agencies will be allowed handling charges of Ra. 1.30 per kilogram.
Under the Scheme 2.5 % extra fruit (by weight) will be procured from the farmers/orchardists keeping in view the transportation losses during procurement and handling operations. The Scheme would be implemented from 1st July to 15th August, 2016.
Approval was given by the Cabinet to incorporate few amendments in Hydro Power Policy of the State. In case of bonafide Himachalis, to whom projects upto 2 MW capacity are allotted, the Government may consider the request of promoters to sell/transfer 49% equity shares to Non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects and full disinvestment after two years of commissioning. It also approved that in case of bonafide Himachalis to whom projects above 2 MW to 5 MW capacity are allotted, the Government may consider the request of promoters to sell/transfer 51% equity shares to Non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects and full disinvestment after two years of commissioning.
It approved to grant land on lease basis in favour of M/s Jai Prakash Power Ventures Ltd. for construction/ establishment of Karchham-Wangtoo HEP in Kinnaur district.
The Cabinet decided to extend the validity of letter of intent of Jangi Thopan (480MW) and Thopan Powari HEP (960MW). It also decided to allot Tandi (104 MW) and Rashil (130 MW) HEPs.
The Cabinet gave approval to allot 24 Hydel Projects above 2 MW to 5 MW capacity to the qualified applicants, as per the recommendation of HIMURJA.
It approved to create new Patwar Circle at Dumehar in Shimla district and Madh Gram Panchayat Latran Tehsil Padhar and Gram Panchayat Kalhani in Tehsil Thunag of Mandi district.
The Cabinet also decided to create a new Irrigation & Public Health Division at Fatehpur district Kangra and to open a new I&PH Section at Darang under IPH Sub-Divison, Dheera.
It also approved to open new HPPWD Sub Division at Jhatingri under PWD Division No. 1 Mandi.
EDUCATION SECTOR :
· It decided to start M.Sc (Chemistry) classes in Govt. College Nalagarh in Solan district.
· The Cabinet approved taking over the privately managed Jawalaji Degree College as per announcement of the Chief Minister. It also decided to filling and create various as many as 33 posts of teaching and non-teaching staff.
· It was also decided to start Commerce classes in all the Government Colleges.
· Ex-post factor sanction was granted to start Science stream in 50 Senior Secondary School and Commerce stream in 53 schools.
· Cabinet gave approval for opening of new Government ITI at Maina in Renukaji Assembly constituency of Sirmour district.
· It gave its approval for introduction of Driver-cum-Mechanic (LMV) trade in Govt. ITI for women Bharari in Bilaspur district.
· It also gave approval for introduction of Turner and Food Production General trades in govt. Model ITI Nalagarh in Solan district.
· It approved to fill up the vacant posts of Water Carriers as per the present policy, through authorized selection committee in education department.
· Cabinet gave its nod to open new Sub-Jail at Rampur in Shimla district along-with creation of 13 posts of different categories.
· It approved to open Sub-Tehsil at Bhawarna in Kangra district.
· It gave its nod for extension of limits of Bilaspur planning area keeping in view the proposal for establishment of AIIMS at Kothipura.
· It gave approval for revision of Ghumarwin Planning Area and Bhota Planning Area.
· It decided to remain the Palhori Panchayat of Paonta Block of Sirmour district in the category of Backward Panchayats.
· It decided to give Government land on lease on rupee one per year for 50 years to Food Corporation of India (FCI) for construction of Godown/Store at Kangni in Mandi district.
· Approval was given to set up Fire Post in Anni of Kullu district along-with with requisite staff and vehicles.
· It approved to open new Veterinary Hospital alongwith required staff at Kutada in Rohru Tehsil of Shimla district as per the announcement of the Chief Minister.
· It approved inclusion of ‘Transgender’ for the benefit of Social Security Pension.
· Cabinet approved of Vocational Skill Development Courses by the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology, Baddi on pilot basis. This would help the vulnerable sections of the society.
· It approved to construct additional accommodation of HPPWD Rest House Khera under PWD Division Palampur.
Decision was taken to give two advance increments to Police Inspectors who are Awardee of Police Medal. It was also decided to transfer land of Agriculture Department at Kheri Farm in district Sirmour to Home Department to establishing 6th IRBn.
ACTS & RULESs
· The Cabinet gave its approval for relaxation of distance parameters as notified in the Himachal Pradesh Minor Minerals (Concession) and Minerals (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transportation and Storage) Rules, 2015 for grant of mining lease.
· It also gave approval for relaxation of distance parameters as notified in the Himachal Pradesh Minor Minerals (Concession) and Minerals (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transportation and Storage) Rules, 2015 for grant of mining lease.
· It gave approval for amendment in the constitution of the Himachal Pradesh Govansh Samvardhan Board.
The Cabinet also passed a resolution appreciating the exemplary services of Chief Secretary Shri P. Mitra who is to retire on 31st of this month. The Chief Minister said that Shri Mitra was a source of inspiration for other officers and had rendered valuable services and contributed in development of the State. The Cabinet wished Shri Mitra a long and healthy life ahead.
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