Announces filling up of 265 posts of motor mechanics, electricians and other categories in HRTC
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the State level function Naari Ko Naman held at Dharamshala in Kangra district today, launched 50 percent concession on bus fare scheme to women passengers in HRTC buses and announced reducing the minimum fare in HRTC buses from existing Rs. 7 to Rs. 5, filling up of 25 posts of women drivers for Ride With Pride Taxis of HRTC. He also announced filling up of 265 posts of motor mechanics, electricians and other categories in HRTC. He said that the matter of providing additional funds of Rs. 30 crore for HRTC would be taken up with the Finance Department.
Chief Minister said that today was an historic day for the people of the State as the State Government has launched Naari Ko Naman scheme to provide 50 percent concession in the fare of Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses to women passengers. This concession on bus fares to women is not a political move, rather it is a small step towards our resolve to strengthen women power, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that this scheme would prove helpful in making women self-reliant and would give a new impetus to the progress of the women of the State. He said that the State Government would spend about Rs. 60 crore annually on the scheme since as per an estimate as many as 1.25 lakh women, travel in the HRTC buses daily. He said that the scheme would also give momentum to the initiative of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao campaign as girl students of schools and colleges, who commute daily by buses would be immensely benefitted.
Chief Minister said that women constitute fifty percent of our total population and one cannot even imagine development without active participation and overall development of the women. He said that with this objective in mind, the present State Government decided to provide 50 percent concession of bus fare in HRTC buses. He said that it was unfortunate that a young opposition MLA immediately after this historic decision went live on social media and alleged that the present State Government was making the people of the State habitual of freebees. The people of the State would give befitting reply to these leaders in the coming elections, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that it was during his tenure as Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister that 50 percent reservation was provided to women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies in 2010 with an aim to ensure participation of women in the process of development. He said that over 58 percent seats were won by the women in those elections and today this percentage has gone upto 60. He said that Mukhya Mantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna was started in the State to cover the left-out beneficiaries of Ujjawala Yojna. He said that 3.32 lakh gas connections were provided to women free of cost in the State under this scheme. He said that Mukhya Mantri Shagun Yojana was started for daughters of BPL families, under which financial assistance of Rs. 31,000 were being provided during the marriage of daughters of BPL families. Over Rs. 17 crore have been provided under this scheme to benefit 5308 daughters of the State, he added.
Chief Minister said that the State Government was sensitive to provide a fear-free environment in the State to women of the State and started the Gudiya Helpline to provide security to women. He said that under Beti Hai Anmol Yojna, Rs. 21,000 were being deposited in the name of two daughters of BPL family. He said that an additional amount of Rs. 25,000 Revolving Fund has been provided to all the women self-help groups associated with the village organization. The Government has started Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojna to make women empowered and self-reliant and subsidy upto 35 percent was being provided to them to start their own self-employment venture, he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister provided concessional tickets and flowers to the women commuters and flagged off the HRTC buses from bus stand Dharamshala.
CM also honoured women HRTC Driver Seema Thakur and also provided employment letters to two beneficiaries on compassionate ground on the occasion.
Chief Minister also interacted with women commuters of Mandi, Sirmour, Una, Chamba, Hamirpur, Shimla, Lahaul Spiti, Solan, Bilaspur, Kinnaur and Kullu districts virtually on the occasion.
Industries and Transport Minister Bikram Singh said that the State Government was trying to provide maximum electrical buses. He said that over 3500 youth were provided employment in the Transport Department itself during the last four and a half years. He urged the women to effectively disseminate the policies and programmes of the State Government so that BJP could again form Government in the State for continued pace of development.
State President BJP Mahila Morcha Rashim Dhar Sood thanked the Chief Minister for taking this historic decision to provide 50 percent concession of fare in HRTC buses to half of the population of the State. She also detailed several welfare schemes launched by the State Government for empowerment of women in the State.
Principal Secretary Transport R.D. Nazeem, while welcoming the Chief Minister said that this was a proud moment for the HRTC to provide 50 percent concession on fare to the women in State Transport buses. He said that HRTC has been known throughout the country for providing an effective, safe and comfortable journey to the commuters in and outside the State.
Managing Director Transport Sandeep Kumar presented a vote of thanks.
Speaker State Vidhan Sabha Vipin Singh Parmar, MLAs Vishal Neharia, Arjun Singh, Ravinder Dhiman, Arun Mehra, Hoshiyar Singh and Reeta Dhiman, Chairman Woolfed Trilok Kapoor, Deputy Commissioner Kangra Dr. Nipun Jindal, were present with the Chief Minister at Dharamshala, whereas, Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur, Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, Tribal Development Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur, Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal, Power Minister Sukhram Chaudhary, Forests Minister Rakesh Pathania, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Rajinder Garg, Chief Whip Vikram Jaryal, MLAs and other leaders joined the event virtually from different district headquarters.
A delegation of Himachal Pradesh Jal Shakti Vibhag Engineers Association called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at Oak Over, Shimla today and presented a cheque of Rs.11 lakh to him on behalf of the Association towards Chief Minister Relief Fund.
The Chief Minister thanked the association for this noble gesture.
Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur, Secretary Jal Shakti Department Vikas Labru, Engineer-in-Chief Sanjeev Kaul and Dharmendra Gill, President of Association Dr. S.K. Sharma, General Secretary Deepak Garg, Vice President Vivek Hajri, L.R. Sharma and Ravi Kant, other office bearers and members of the association were also present on this occasion.
Inaugurates two blocks of Sardar Patel University of Rs. 16.18 crore
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur formally dedicated the second University of Himachal Pradesh at Mandi today by inaugurating two blocks of the University constructed by spending an amount of Rs. 16.18 crore. Over 141 government and private colleges of Mandi, Kangra, Chamba, Lahaul Spiti and Kullu districts have been included under this State University named Sardar Patel University, Mandi.
While addressing the inaugural ceremony at the auditorium of Dev Sadan Mandi, Chief Minister announced that College and University teachers would be provided revised UGC scales and notification in this respect would be issued within a month. He said that this day would go down in the annals of the State as a golden moment that second Government State University has come into existence in the State after 52 years with an aim to enable the youth of the State to get higher education nearer to their area. He said that after the formation of Himachal Pradesh, the first State University was established in Shimla on 22 July 1970.
While urging the faculty and students of University to work diligently and with missionary zeal for the bright future of this institution, Chief Minister said that this University has been named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India as a mark as of respect to his contribution in building a united India by integrating the princely states. He said that a statue of Sardar Patel would be installed in the campus.
Jai Ram Thakur said that students coming from far flung areas of the State would be benefited by the establishment of a new University in Mandi since Mandi was situated in the middle of Himachal, students of five districts would now need not have to travel to Shimla for college-university related work. He said that having two universities would also increase PG seats and students would be able to take admission easily for higher education and the burden of Himachal Pradesh University Shimla would also be reduced.
While nostalgically remembering his college days, the Chief Minister said that Vallabh Government College, Mandi during the year 1986-87 had over 4000 students and even today it was biggest College of the State with over 6000 students. He said that whatever he has learnt during his college days, was helping him today to overcome different hurdles in life. He said that Rs. 27 crore has been spent on construction of Vallabh campus and it would be completed by September this year. He said that it was a proud moment for him that a former student of this College has today dedicated the second University of the State to the people of the State. He said that appropriate land would be identified for setting up the campus of this University and till then classes would start from the existing campus from July this year.
Chief Minister said that although a small State, Himachal Pradesh has shown a way for several big States of the country in the field of education. He said that now the State Government was focusing on the quality of education. He said that students of Government schools had performed exceptionally well in the Board results.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the first phase of Shiv Dham was nearing completion and once completed this would become an added attraction for the tourists. He said that the Medical University at Mandi has also been established at Ner Chowk. He said that Greenfield Airport of Mandi would be taken in hand soon, which would be the biggest project for the district. He said that the company would be established soon with the Airport Authority of India and the process of land acquisition would be started soon. Municipal Corporation for Mandi was also the gift of the present State Government to the people of Mandi town, he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected work ongoing in the University campus. He directed the officers of executing agencies to ensure time-bound and quality construction of this ambitious project.
He also unveiled the inaugural plate and logo of Sardar Patel University, Mandi on the occasion.
Chief Minister was also felicitated by his batchmates of 1987 batch of Vallabh Degree College Mandi on the occasion.
Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur thanked the Chief Minister on behalf of the people of the State in general and Mandi in particular to set up a State University at Mandi. He said that the four and a half year tenure of the present State Government headed by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has ensured development of every section of the society and every area of the State. He said that not even a single case of corruption has been reported in the State during this period, which vindicates the policy of zero tolerance of the State Government towards corruption.
Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that the State Government has accorded top priority to provide quality education to the student and Rs. 8412 crore have been earmarked for this vital sector during the current financial year. He said that the Sardar Patel University would prove a milestone for the students of the State.
Principal Secretary Education Dr Rajneesh said that the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has always remained considerate towards strengthening the education infrastructure in the State. He said that with quality education one can achieve the growth of ten per cent and the National Education Policy aims at achieving this objective. He said that multi-disciplinary courses would be available in this University to facilitate the students studying in this institution. He said that the first drone flying training school has been established at Shahpur in Kangra district and as many as 75 students have passed out from this school.
Vice Chancellor of Sardar Patel University, Mandi Prof. D.D. Sharma welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. While thanking the Chief Minister for setting up this University, he said that the Chief Minister has made the saying true that if one can dream it, he can achieve it. He expressed hope that the University in the times to come would emerge as one of the Premier Universities of the country.
MLAs Col. Inder Singh, Anil Sharma, Rakesh Jamwal, Vinod Kumar, Hira Lal, Jawahar Thakur, Inder Singh Gandhi and Prakash Rana, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Anupama Singh, Deputy Commissioner Mandi Arindam Chaudhary, SP Shalini Agnihotri were present on the occasion among others.
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