Himachal Pradesh Current Affairs August 2019 [Week 2]

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Below are given the Himachal Current Affairs for August Week 2(8th August 2019 – 14th August 2019). Download HP Current Affairs PDF which are useful for Himachal Pradesh State Exams like HPPSC HPAS, HPSSSB, Allied Servcies, Naib tehsildar, Drug Inspector, HP TET, Tehsil Welfare Officer, Himachal Patwari, HP Govt Teacher, KCC Bank, Himachal Cooperative bank and other exams


Latest Himachal Cabinet Decisions

The HP State Cabinet held a meeting on 8th August 2019 under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Following are the decisions taken by the Himachal State Cabinet on 8th August 2019.

HP Freedom of Religion Bill 2019

Mother Teresa Matri Asahay Sambal Yojna

The cabinet has decided to increase financial assistance to the eligible destitute women and widows under Mother Teresa Matri Asahay Sambal Yojna from existing Rs. 5000 to Rs. 6000 per child per annum subject to maximum of two children for their proper upbringing.

The primary objective of Mother Teresa Matri Asahay Sambal Yojna is to offer financial security to the widows and to bring up their children until 18 years of age. This scheme aims to provide a consistent income source for weaker sections of society and to promote education among children from low-income families.

Training for Patwaris:

The Cabinet gave its approval for selection and imparting patwari training to 1195 candidates (933 candidates in Mohal side and 262 candidates in Settlement side) and 17 eligible chainmen of settlement department Shimla and Kangra in order to fill up vacancies in next five years.

Disability cell:

The HP cabinet has also given its nod to establish a ‘Disability Cell’ in the Directorate of Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and Empowerment of Specially Abled Persons Department for empowerment of persons with special abilities alongwith filling up of requisite posts to man the Cell.

Mukhya Mantri Nutan Polyhouse Pariyojna (Phase-I):

The cabinet also gave its approval for implementation of Mukhya Mantri Nutan Polyhouse Pariyojna (Phase-I) with a total outlost of Rs. 78.57 crore for construction of poly house, installation of micro irrigation scheme and undertaking extension activities like training and sensitization of farmers.

Mukhya Mantri Swablamban Yojna

The Cabinet gave its consent to increase the upper age limit for availing the benefits of newly launched ‘Mukhya Mantri Swablamban Yojna- 2019 from 35 years to 45 years so as to cover more people under this scheme which has been framed by merger of Mukhya Mantri Yuva Ajivika Yojna and Mukhya Mantri Swablamban Yojna-2018.

The ‘Mukhya Mantri Swablamban Yojna is implemented with the primary objective of providing self-employment opportunities to the budding youth by granting them financial assistance. 

Other Decisions:

The Cabinet decided to fill up seven posts of different categories in Bal Ashrams being run by Himachal Pradesh Child Welfare Council at Sunni, Kalehali and Kalpa for their smooth functioning.

It also gave its nod to open Sub Employment Office at Bali Chowki in Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.

The Cabinet also decided to create and fill up 17 posts of different categories and provide two new vehicles for the newly opened Fire Post at Padhar in Mandi district for its smooth functioning.

It also gave its consent to open Fire Sub Station at Gohar in Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of 23 posts of various categories and three vehicles.

The Cabinet decided to increase the honorarium of Special Police Officers deployed in those areas of Chamba and Lahaul-Spiti districts bordering Jammu and Kashmir from existing Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7000 per month.

It decided to open Health Sub Centres at Harot and Dihar in Una district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts to run these centres.

It also decided to open Block Medical Office in Shri Naina Devi Ji in Bilaspur district alongwith creation and filling up of 15 posts of different categories to man this office.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade Community Health Centre Markande in Bilaspur district to 50 bedded Civil Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of 18 posts of different categories.

The Cabinet also gave its consent to upgrade Primary Health Centre Bachhabain in Kangra district to Community Health Centre alongwith creation and filling up of 19 posts.

It also decided to open Block Medical Office at Basdehara in Una district alongwith creation and filling up of three posts.

In order to provide better health care facilities to the people of Poanta Sahib area in Sirmaur district, the Cabinet decided to increase the bed capacity of Civil Hospital Poanta Sahib from 100 to 150 alongwith creating and filling up of 73 posts of different posts.

It decided to upgrade Community Health Centre Salooni in Chamba district to 50 bedded Civil Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of 33 posts of different categories for smooth functioning of Hospital.

The Cabinet decided to provide 16 slice CT Scan machine in Zonal Hospital Mandi, DDU Zonal Hospital, Shimla, Regional Hospital, Kullu and Civil Hospital, Palampur on PPP mode in place of dual slice CT Scan machines. In Civil Hospitals, Rohru, Rampur, Nurpur, Sundernagar, Poanta Sahib and Kotkhai, Zonal Hospital Dharamshala would also be replaced by 16 slice CT Scan machines provided there were 500 CT Scans per month continuously for six months in these institutions.

The Cabinet gave its consent for construction of additional accommodation in PWD Rest House at Gadagushaini in Kullu district to facilitate the tourists and employees.

It gave its nod to start science classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Shalla in Mandi district, Swarghat, Toba, Tamboul, Suin Surah and Deoth in Bilaspur district and Commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Dehan in Kangra district, Behal, Lakhnoo, Chhakoh and Chadol in Bilaspur district alongwith creation of 26 posts of PGTs to facilitate the students.

It also decided to start Science classes in Government Senior Secondary School, Bara in Mandi district and Commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Bara and Saroa in Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of nine posts of PGTs to facilitate the students.

The Cabinet accorded its consent to implement “The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act, 2019 regarding conducting 5th  and 8th class examination  for which questions papers and answer sheets will be provided by Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education Dharamshala and conduction of examination and evaluation will be accomplished under supervision of Deputy Director, Elementary Education of the concerned district.

It decided to start Post Graduate classes in History and Political Science in Government Degree College, Shillai in Sirmaur district from the academic session 2019-20.

In order to prepare schools for emergencies and ensure that they are resilient to face disasters and to sensitize school children and school community on disasters preparedness and safety measures, the Cabinet gave its approval for School Safety Project Guidelines for implementation to reduce disaster risk in schools of the State.

The Cabinet decided to continue implementation of Mukhya Mantri Khet Sanrakshan Yojna in 2019-20 also and provide 50 percent subsidy on barbed wire and chain link and 70 percent subsidy on composite fencing to save the crops of the farmers from wild and stray animals.

The cabinet also gave its nod to convert 10 posts of Clerks to Junior Office Assistant (IT)  in Excise and Taxation Department and four posts of Clerks to Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Youth  Services and Sports Department and fill up them on contract basis.

The Cabinet decided to create 21 posts of different categories in Panchayati Raj Department on contract basis.

The Cabinet  approved to amend the Recruitment and Promotion Rules of various categories Class III and Class-IV  posts by making passing of Matric and plus two examinations from schools situated in Himachal Pradesh mandatory for being eligible for class-III posts and passing of 8th or 10th from schools from Himachal Pradesh for class-IV posts. These conditions will not be applicable to bonafide Himachalis as defined by the State Government from time to time.

 The HP cabinet has decided to fill up three posts of Hostel Superintendent cum PTI in Technical Education Department.

It also decided to convert the Electronics Mechanic Trade into Solar Technician (Electrical) trade alongwith post in Shaheed Surinder Singh Government ITI Jawali in Kangra district.

The Cabinet gave its nod to start new trades of Mechanical Diesel Engine, Computer Operator and Programming Assistant, Electrician and Sewing Technology in Government ITI Summerkot in Shimla district alongwith creation  and filling up of 12 posts of different categories.

It also decided to introduce four new trades of Electrician, IT, Plumber and Fashion Design and Technology in Government ITI Nerwa in district Shimla alongwith creation and filling up of 12 posts of different categories.

Keeping in view the difficult and tough topography of the State, the Cabinet gave its nod to strengthen the Emergency Response and Support System by providing 13 Bolero vehicles one each in every police district of the State to be used as Emergency Response Vehicle  in emergent situations. These vehicles would be equipped with Mobile Data Terminals which would be linked with Public Safety Answering Point.

The Cabinet decided to outsource the work of ‘Arogya Mitra’ for effective execution of ‘Ayushman Bharat-Pradhanmantri Jan Arogya Yojna and Himcare’ in  Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College Chamba, Radhakrishanan Medical College, Hamirpur, Dr. Y.S. Parmar Government Medical College, Nahan and Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Nerchowk Mandi and District Hospitals, Zonal Hospitals, Regional Hospitals and Civil Hospitals.

It decided to create a separate department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda and create one post each of Professor and Associate Professor and two posts of Assistant Professor. It also decided to create two posts of Assistant Professors in Super Specialty Cell of Paediatric  Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology in Paediatric Department of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda.

It also gave its nod to continue the services of already engaged SMC teachers on period basis in Elementary/Higher Education Department for academic session 2019-20.

It gave its approval to upgrade Sub Tehsil Dheera in Kangra district to Tehsil status.

The Cabinet decided to create Sub Division (Civil) Pachhad at Sarahan in Sirmaur district.

It gave its nod to establish Civil Court at Thunag in Mandi district alongwith creation of requisite posts to manage this Court.

The Cabinet decided to create and fill up 29 posts of different categories in Directorate of Energy through direct recruitment.


Centre of Excellence to be set-up for dairy farms in HP

Dairy Farming

A centre of excellence would be established for dairy farms and training in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The centre will be built at a cost of Rs. 44.12 crore.

The Central Government had approved construction of modern dairy farms and training centres at various places in the state. The dairy farms to be built under the centre would have the facility of keeping 400 milch animals along with modern machines.

Purpose of the Centre of Excellence for Dairy:

  • The creation of farms would add to the income of farmers and also help in improving the quality of livestock and milk.
  • With the help of modern technology, conception techniques in animals would be improved.
  • The centre will also help in preventing diseases among animals.
  • Farmers will also be provided training in modern dairy farming so that farmers would be able to manage animals on scientific basis.

Waste-to-Taste Cafe Scheme


The Himachal Pradesh Minister of Forest, Govind Simgh Thakur, launched the Waste -to – taste cafe scheme in Kullu. The cafe will be managed by Kullu Municipal Corporation and would be open to public.

Residents can give glass, e-waste or plastic to authority at a particular place and get a coupon in return to buy a meal. Residents can have coffee, ice- cream, pizza and burger. The minister appealed to all residents to come forward to deposit the garbage and contributor to make the town clean.

Since the order of the National Green Tribunal which ordered the closure of dumping sites which were polluting the Beas river, Kullu had been facing garbage disposal issues. This led to the stopping of the door to door garbage collection and people started throwing garbage everywhere.


Chief Justice of HP High Court launches Plantation Drive

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice V Ramasurbramanian planted a sapling of cedar tree and kicked off a plantation drive at 17 Mile Road, Kullu.

He was accompanied by Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary. The campaign was organised by the District Legal Service Authority in association with the Forest department. Similar campaign last year saw over 17 lakhs saplings being planted.

Forests in Himachal Pradesh

As per the National Forest Policy,1988 at least two- third of the geographical area should be under forest in hilly states. Himachal has a forest cover of 27 percent currently. Keeping that in mind the HP government aims to bring 50 percent of the geographical area of the state under the forest.

The forests in the state are under a great stress due to impact of modern civilization, economic development and growth in human and cattle population.
The HPFD is totally committed to make Himachal Pradesh a GREEN STATE. To achieve this like Sanjha Van Sanjivani Van, Apna VanApna Dhan, Peepal -Bargad were launched and various communities are being motivated to plant more.


Rising Himachal Global Investor’s Meet

Early positive signs before the INVESTMENT SUMMIT to be held on November 7-8 at Dharmasala were witnessed at the Rising Himachal Global Investor’s Meet organised by the Himachal Pradesh Government at Chandigarh.

The Chief Minister and the Industries Minister of the State accompanied various officials from the Himachal Pradesh Government. MoUs worth Rs 886 crore were signed between the government and various business houses. The Chief Minister on this occasion urged the investors to explore more business opportunities in the State.

HIMACHAL PRADESH – ECONOMY:

  • Himachal Pradesh is the 22nd largest state economy in India with 22 billion $ in GDP.
  • It has the 13th highest per capita income among the states and the UTs of India.
  • Its ranks 2nd on human development index indicators after Kerala.
  • The per capita income of the state has registered 10 percent increase from the financial year 2018-2019 while the national growth was 6 percent.
  • The state has a high worker – participation rate and the lowest losses in terms of man-days attributed to labour problems in the country.

As of now more than 291 MoUs worth Rs 38000 crore have been signed for investment in diverse sectors in Himachal Pradesh but it is still quite far from the Rs 80000 crore mark the State government hopes to achieve.


Himachal Pradesh lays down new Investment Policy

The Himachal Pradesh government has laid down a new investment policy dividing the state into three categories. The categories are based upon location, industrial development in the area, distance from the State border and overall backwardness.

The industrially developed areas have been listed under Category A while the one’s still developing are kept under Category B. Category C constitutes of the Tribal areas earmarked as the industrially backward areas. Categories B and C come with an array of incentives for the businesses houses ranging from allotment of lands to interest subvention.

Himachal Pradesh’s New Investment Policy

The government is paying huge attention to ease of doing business by doing away with procedural hindrances and making project clearances time-bound. The State Government hopes to bring more than Rs 80000 crore investment during the Investment Summit to be held in the month of November at Dharmasala.


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