Himachal Pradesh Weekly Current Affairs:
State Government committed to make Himachal a drug free state:
- CM launched Mobile App on ‘Drug-Free Himachal’ and ‘Nasha Nivaran Toll-Free Helpline-1908’.
- He also launched the ‘Cyber Crime Police Station’ on the occasion.
- Anyone can register a complaint against drug peddler through this App.
- CM also appealed to the parents to keep an eye on behavioural change of their children and stresses NGOs and Panchayati Raj Institutions to play a greater role in controlling this social vice.
HP signed MoUs worth Rs. 22,964 crores:
State Govt. sets a target of attracting investment of Rs. 85,000 crores.
- The State Government has succeeded in signing a memorandum of understandings (MoUs) worth Rs. 22,964 crore during the last about one and a half years, which shows it’s the intention to make Himachal Pradesh industrial hub of the country.
- The state government has set a target of attracting investment worth Rs. 85,000 crore which includes Rs. 20,000 crore investment in hydro and renewal energy, real estate, urban development infrastructure, transport and logistics. Similarly, the target of attracting investment worth Rs. 15000 crore and Rs. 10,000 crore has been fixed for manufacturing and pharmaceutical and in tourism, hospitality, and civil aviation respectively.
- Besides, targets have been fixed for attracting investments worth Rs. 5,000 crore each in sectors like agri-business, food processing and post-harvest technology, wellness, health care, and Ayush, information technology and electronics, education and skill development.
State signs MoU for World-class public school in Solan District:
- An MoU amounting to Rs. 250 crore was signed between the state government and Delhi World public school for setting up of a world-class public school on Chail road near Kandaghat in Solan district.
- The school is coming up in 25 bighas of land having 11 towers (buildings). The institute would start functioning from academic session 2020 with a total intake of 6000 students, out of which 60 percent would be day scholars and 40 percent as boarders.
- The institution would have world-class facilities and would provided 15 percent rebate in the tuition fee to the students belonging to Kandaghat Tehsil of Solan district.
Mukhya Mantri Khumb Vikas Yojna:
- The Cabinet decided to launch Mukhya Mantri Khumb Vikas Yojna in the State and rename it as Himachal Khumb Vikas Yojna.
- Under this scheme, assistance would be provided to all categories of farmers registered with the department for adopting mushroom cultivation.
Patrakar Kalyan Yojna:
- The Cabinet gave its approval to enhance the financial assistance to the family members of the working journalists in case of death from existing rupees two lakh to rupees four lakh and for retired journalists from Rs. 50,000 to rupees one lakh under the ‘Patrakar Kalyan Yojna’.
Tourism infrastructure will be upgraded at Janjehli, Pong Dam, Chanshal and Bir Billing:
Club Mahindra to invest Rs. 50 crore for establishing a resort at Janjehli
- The state government would develop Janjehli area in Mandi district from eco-tourism point of view, Bir Billing in Kangra district as a destination of paragliding and adventure sports, Pong Dam as a water sports destination and Chanshal area in Shimla district as favoured destination for winter sports and skiing.
- Rs. 25 crore would be spent on the creation of basic eco tourism-related facilities like developing camping sites, tracking routes, new points, upgradation and renovation of existing forest rest houses and setting up of log huts for the tourists.
- Camping sites would be developed at Devidhar, Panjain, and Bijahi etc.
- Interpretation centre would be established at Bandal in proposed Baglamukhi Nature Park.
- Log huts would be constructed near Pandoh to ensure that the tourists visiting Kullu-Manali area get another tourist destination on way from Mandi to Manali.
- Paragliding centre would be developed at Bir Billing by spending Rs. 8 crore.
Efforts on to make Himachal a natural farming state:
- The state government is committed to make Himachal Pradesh a natural farming state by encouraging non-chemical and natural farming by adopting bio-pesticides and bio-insecticides etc.
- The state government was providing a subsidy of 50 per cent with a maximum limit of Rs. 25,000 for purchase of cows of the indigenous breed to farmers engaged in natural farming.
- This will not only increase the cattle wealth of the farmers but also help in promoting natural farming.
- The state government was endeavouring to double the farmer’s income by 2022 and ‘Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kisan Yojna’ would go a long way in this direction as organic products would not only fetch remunerative prices to the farmers but would also provide chemical-free fruits, vegetables and other eatable articles to the consumers.
Vice President releases a book of Chief Secretary B.K Agarwal:
- Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu released a book titled ‘Land Registration, Global Practices & Lessons for India’ written by the Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh, B.K. Agarwal, in New Delhi.
Govt. to sign MoUs for five hydropower projects with SJVN:
- The state government is making the best possible efforts to boost investment in the hydro power sector as this sector is not the only engine of growth but also has immense potential to provide employment.
- A proper memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed for five hydro power projects most likely in the month of August, this year, which have been allocated to the SJVNL. These include
- Luhri stage-1 (210 MW),
- Sunni Dam (382 MW),
- Dhola Sidh (66 MW),
- Luhri, stage-2 (172 MW)
- Jangi Thopan (780 MW)
These five hydro power projects have the potential of investment of Rs. 15,000 crores and would provide employment to around 8,000 people.
More than 34 thousand demands and complaints received so far through Jan Manch:
- The state government has received more than 34 thousand demands and complaints through the Jan Manch organised so far, out of which most of the cases have been settled.