Himachal Pradesh Assembly today voted an amendment in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 making the provisions more stringent for persons allegedly involved in the drug trafficking, funding and harbouring drug peddlers.
Any person, who is found in possession of the drugs, irrespective of its quantity, and involved in the illegal trafficking will not be able to get bail, once the amendment becomes the part of the Act.
The bill if cleared by the centre will land a person carrying any amount of drug in jail till the court grants bail after hearing the public prosecutor.
2. State efforts to attract Rs.85000 crore investment during Global Investors meet:
The Government of Himachal Pradesh is contemplating to attract investment of Rs. 85000 crore with a focus on providing employment opportunities to thousands of youth of the State during Himachal Pradesh Global Investors Meet proposed to be held at Dharamshala in District Kangra in June, 2019.
A detailed plan of action has been approved by the State Government for this Meet to be venued at Sports Authority of India Sports Training Centre and H.P.C.A Stadium.
All the investable proposals would be included in 8 broad sectors namely, Agri- business Sector including Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and fisheries; Industry including food Processing and Pharma; Tourism & Hospitality sector including Eco- Tourism; Power; Ayurveda including Health Care & Aayush: PWD including Infrastructure, Logistics & transport: Information technology, Electronics, Skill Development & Education and Urban Development including Housing and real Estate Sector.
3. Ayushman Bharat provides health cover to 21 lakh people of state:
Health Minister said that Ayushman Bharat is an ambitious scheme that have comprehensive Primary Health Care and National Health Protection Scheme as two of its main pillars.
More than 21 lakh people of Himachal Pradesh have come under health insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakhs under Ayushman Bharat.
The scheme ‘Him Care’ has also been launched in the state for those who were not covered under Ayushman Bharat Scheme and the codal formalities have already completed.
4. Himachal to implement Forest Rights Act in mission mode:
Agriculture minister Ramlal Markanda said the government would implement the provisions of Forest Rights Act (FRA) in mission mode and is planning to settle claims soon.
Replying to a motion brought by Palampur MLA Ashish Butail and Theog MLA Rakesh Singha under Rule 62, he said the government had implemented FRA for Schedule Tribe (ST) areas in July 2008.
And it was implemented in non-ST areas in 2012.
The government has issued directions to all Deputy Commissioners to implement the provisions of the Act.
For the purpose, three committees have been constituted at state, district and village level for settling the claims of forest dwellers and other local communities.
The government had so far received 2319 claims for settlement from Chamba, Kangra, Kinnaur and LahaulSpitidistricts and 136 claims (129 individual and 7 community claims) have been awarded till 30 September 2018.