Himachal Pradesh Weekly Current Affairs
Awareness Campaign ‘Samarth’ to be organized on the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction:
- As a symbol of solidarity with the global efforts to observe the celebrations related to the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), on 13th October every year, the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority.
- Started in the year 2011, Samarth, a State-wide campaign is carried out at the state, district, and community level, and a variety of events and activities are organized in the month of October every year for two weeks.
- HPSDMA is celebrating the 10th edition of Samarth this year starting from the second week of October (HPSDMA) organizes an Annual Mass Awareness Campaign on Disaster Risk Reduction- ‘Samarth’.
- The focus for this year has been on developing content like: news stories, photographs, quiz, videos, social media cards – which will highlight the links between good disaster risk governance and having national and local disaster risk reduction strategies in place, that align with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Online and digital modes will be extensively used this year to create awareness, build capacities towards promoting disaster resilience in the State.
- Besides this, as part of this campaign, a tabletop mock exercise on chemical (Industrial) disasters has been planned on 15th October 2020 along with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to assess and review the preparedness of all stakeholders to deal with industrial disasters in industrial areas of the State.
State Government committed to the welfare and development of girls:
- Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on the occasion of International Girl Child Day congratulated the girls and women of the state here today and urged the people of the state to work collectively towards ensuring gender parity in the society and reaffirm our commitment to ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’.
- State Government was committed to the welfare and development of girl child and several welfare schemes have been launched for their socio-economic upliftment.
- Under Beti Hai Anmol Yojana, the lump sum assistance grant to the girl child born in the BPL family has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000.
- Under Mother Teresa Asahaya Matri Sambal Yojana, the amount of assistance given for the upbringing of two children has been increased from Rs. 4000 to Rs. 6000 per child per year.
- Under Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan Yojana, the assistance grant for the marriage of destitute girls has been increased from Rs. 40000 to Rs. 51000 which had benefited about ten thousand girls.
- Saksham Gudiya Board has been constituted with an aim to empower girls and adolescent girls in the state and to curb the crimes against them.
- Sashakt Mahila Yojana was implemented in the state with the aim of making adolescent girls and women between 11 years and 45 years aware of their rights and developing their skills and connecting them with economic activities.
- Mahila Kalyan Board has been reconstituted under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister to suggest policies for the empowerment and protection of women.
- Similarly, under Mukhya Mantri Bal Uddhaar Yojana, an annual scholarship of Rs. 10000 was provided in the financial year 2019-20 to the children of Bal Evam Balika Ashrams, who have secured the first two positions in the 2nd class to 8th class.
Union Raksha Mantri inaugurates Darcha Barsi and Palchan bridge in Himachal:
- Out of these total 44 bridges inaugurated, two bridges were in Himachal Pradesh which includes the Darcha Barsi bridge on the Manali-Sarchu-Leh highway.
- The bridge, spanning 360 meters runs over the Bhaga river at Darcha and is the second-longest bridge in the country.
- This bridge has been constructed by spending Rs. 27.25 crore.
- Besides improving the flow of traffic, the new bridge would prove helpful in increased load-carrying ability.
- Darcha is located in the Lahaul region, about 33 km ahead of Keylong, at a height of 11020 ft, which is the last permanent settlement on this route in the state.
- The project has been accomplished by 70 Road Construction Company of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
- Another bridge dedicated by Union Raksha Mantri is the 110-meter Palchan bridge constructed over the Beas river on the Manali-Solang-Leh highway. This bridge has been constructed by spending an amount of Rs. 12.83 crore.
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