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Projects worth 861 crore approved
Shimla, August 28
The state’s single window clearance and monitoring authority has approved proposals for setting up 12 medium and large scale industrial units.

Cabinet nod to draft pact on Rampur project
Shimla, August 28

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet yesterday approved a draft agreement to be signed between the state and the Sultlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) for the execution of the 400-MW Rampur hydro-electric project along with a rehabilitation scheme for the affected people.

Rs 40-cr water supply scheme for Shimla
Shimla, August 28
In order to cater to the growing water requirement of the town, a Rs 40 crore water supply scheme has been formulated under which water will be lifted from the Giri, fulfilling the long-term demand of the hill station.

Plantation work in catchment areas delayed
Sundernagar, August 28
The plantation and flood-protection works in the catchment areas of the 800 MW Kol Dam Project spread over 1,22,000 hectares in four districts, Shimla, Solan, Bilaspur and Mandi, could not be started.

Ayurvedic doctors demand jobs
Nurpur, August 28
The Himachal Pradesh Unemployed Ayurvedic Doctors Association has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, to fulfil his commitment to recruit 85 ayurvedic doctors in the state.



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3 more cases of scrub typhus detected
Shimla, August 28
With three more patients testing positive for scrub typhus at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), the total number of patients suffering from the disease in the state has risen to 28.

12 hotel employees transferred
Hamirpur, August 28
Twelve employees of Hamir Hotel have been transferred to other hotels of the state. These include waiters, cooks, utility workers, gardeners and chowkidars.

HP taxi operators threaten stir
Dharamsala, August 28
The All-Himachal Taxi Operators’ Union Mahasangh has threatened to launch a statewide agitation in case their demands are not met within 30 days by the state government. These include withdrawal of increase in passenger tax, with effect from August 9 this year, and token tax for taxi permits of 4+1 and 9+1 cabs.

Inmate’s escape: cops suspended
Nahan, August 28
Ganga Ram, an inmate of Nahan Model Central Jail, who was released on two days parole to attend his mother’s cremation at Shajchar village in Kullu district, allegedly escaped from the police custody on Thursday night.

1-year jail term for fleeing from jail
Bilaspur, August 28
The Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Mr Rajesh Chauhan, has sentenced Jasseen, son of Mr Sultan Singh of Julana village in Jind district to one year’s simple imprisonment under Section 224, IPC, for fleeing from the open jail here on September 26 after crossing the jail wall with help of other inmates.

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Projects worth 861 crore approved
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 28
The state’s single window clearance and monitoring authority has approved proposals for setting up 12 medium and large scale industrial units.

The new projects, which involve an investment of Rs 861 crore, will help generate employment for 1916 persons.

One cement unit with a investment of Rs 760 crore is to be set up at Baga-Bhalag in Solan district, besides a clinker manufacturing plant at Malokhar at Pandiyana Tikari, near Nalagarh.

The authority in its previous five meetings had approved 124 industrial units in the medium and large scale sector with an investment of Rs 1,671 crore.

The Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, said, the state government was considering a proposal for constitution of a separate development authorities for all the major industrial units of the state with a view to carrying planned industrial development and entrusting them with the municipal and other services.

The Chief Minister directed the authorities to ensure that the industrial plots allotted to the entrepreneurs be utilised for the bonafide purpose of setting up the units within a time frame failing which the allotment be cancelled.

He further said all departments should work in close coordination to make the single window clearance and monitoring authority concept a success.

He also directed the authorities to settle all the genuine grievances on priority so that they did not suffer for want of any cooperation from the government.

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Cabinet nod to draft pact on Rampur project
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 28
The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet yesterday approved a draft agreement to be signed between the state and the Sultlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) for the execution of the 400-MW Rampur hydro-electric project along with a rehabilitation scheme for the affected people.

Allotment of 27 small hydro-electric projects to as many private companies was also approved by the Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, here yesterday.

The draft agreement has several improvements over the one signed for the Nathpa Jhakri project. The equity participation of the state has been raised from 25 to 30 per cent and accordingly the share of the Centre has been reduced to 70 per cent. The nigam will initially use its own resources and the Centre and the state will contribute equity only if required.

Employment has been assured to the local people by laying down a condition that all Class III and Class IV posts will be filled from amongst the bona fide residents of the state registered at various employment exchanges. Besides 40 per cent of the staff will be taken from the state electricity board on deputation or on a permanent absorption basis.

As per the rehabilitation scheme, the affected persons will be provided alternative land in addition to compensation. The compensation for a built-up house will be Rs 3.50 lakh or in case an oustee wanted to build his own house on the allotted plot, house construction grant will be provided at the rate of Rs 3,500 per square metre up to a maximum of 60 sqm. Those who become landless will be given an additional grant of Rs 65,000 besides compensation and jobs on priority. Similarly, those who lose shops will get an additional Rs 10,000. Further, Rs 5,000 will be provided for transportation.

The Cabinet also allotted 27 small hydro-electric projects, with an aggregate capacity of 88.15 MW, to 27 private sector companies. These allotments are expected to bring an investment of Rs 528 crore in the next five years. Besides, bringing revenue to the state on account of royalty at the rate of 10 per cent after fifteen years of commissioning, the projects will also generate employment opportunities for the local people. With the commissioning of the projects, the power availability in the local areas is also likely to improve, thereby providing a solution to an extent to the low voltage problem in certain rural areas of the state. New clauses pertaining to employment have been incorporate in MoU’s and milestones laid which if not achieved, would lead to action. In executive jobs, other things being equal such as eligibility criteria, including qualifications, preference will be given to the candidates with knowledge of local customs and dealers.

Petty contracts of road construction, retaining walls, engagement of all categories of services, including security personnel, will be awarded to Himachalis.

The Cabinet also gave approval for the termination of implementation agreement in respect of 15 MW Neogal Hydroelectric Project in Kangra district signed with the M/s OM Power Corporation Ltd in 1998 as the company had failed to start the construction despite an opportunity given to it earlier.

It approved grant recognition to M/s Delhi Health and Lung Institute, New Delhi, for reimbursement at GGHS rates to government employees and pensioners and their dependants for undergoing cardiolgical procedure and treatment cardiothoracic surgeries and pulmonary disorders.

The Cabinet, with a view to linking difficult and tribal areas with communication network, decided to reduce the reimbursement charges for laying of optical fibre cable and approved the amendment of right of way policy.

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Rs 40-cr water supply scheme for Shimla
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 28
In order to cater to the growing water requirement of the town, a Rs 40 crore water supply scheme has been formulated under which water will be lifted from the Giri, fulfilling the long-term demand of the hill station.

During the current financial year, Rs 10 crore will be spent on the scheme, to be completed in 2008. As a result of the rapid increase in population and the drying up of the traditional water sources due to delayed monsoons, the existing water supply scheme is proving to be inadequate to meet the demand of the residents.

In the year 1982, four centrifugal pumps were installed to further augment the water supply scheme at Gumma and Drabla. Later another water supply augmentation scheme was commissioned from the Ashwani khud in 1992.

Besides this, work on Rohru, Rampur, Sunni, Chopal, Kotkhai and Jubbal urban drinking water supply schemes had been completed, A sum of Rs 1.30 crore would be spent on Theog and Shimla drinking water supply schemes this year while the proposal for a Rs 73.09 lakh water supply scheme for Narkanda had been sent to the Centre for approval.

The state government has also laid emphasis on rain water harvesting and it has been made mandatory in all new constructions. 

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Plantation work in catchment areas delayed
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, August 28
The plantation and flood-protection works in the catchment areas of the 800 MW Kol Dam Project spread over 1,22,000 hectares in four districts, Shimla, Solan, Bilaspur and Mandi, could not be started as the state Finance Department has not released an amount of Rs 32.23 crore deposited by the National Thermal Power Corporation, which is executing the works of the Kol Dam Project, in March, 2004, for the implementation of the Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) Plan.

According to a highly-placed source from the Forest Department, the rainy season was almost over which was considered best for the plantation in this area, as per the practice the plantation was done in the area during the months of July and August as the rainfall was comparatively low for rest of the year.

In a meeting of the Project Level Committee for Monitoring of Catchment Area Treatment Plan, held in June, 2004, it was observed that various forest divisions had not received funds for the plantation under the CAT Plan and a decision was taken to take up the matter with the government at earliest so that the plantation work did not suffer.

The forest divisions have written many times to the state government for releasing the funds so that the plantation and flood protection works could be started but till now no funds were released for the reasons best known to the Finance Department.

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Ayurvedic doctors demand jobs
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, August 28
The Himachal Pradesh Unemployed Ayurvedic Doctors Association has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, to fulfil his commitment to recruit 85 ayurvedic doctors in the state.

Mr Sanjiv Guleria, state president of the association, in a statement here today said delegations of the association had met the CM several times and submitted memorandums in this connection. But the government had failed to provide jobs to anyone who passed out between 1983 to 2004.

He lamented that the previous Prem Kumar Dhumal government had also played a cruel joke by rendering jobs to 150 non-Himachali ayurvedic doctors on the contract basis. Though the Congress had promised to terminate their services on the account of their forged degrees, nothing has been done so far, he added.

Expressing concern over the decision of Dr Anil Chandel, an ayurvedic unemployed doctor from Bilaspur district to commit self-immolation before the Chief Minister if he didn’t get a job, Mr Guleria appealed to Dr Chandel for not taking such a drastic step.

He also lamented that the previous BJP government had conducted interviews for batchwise appointments in 1999 but till date none of them had got appointment letter by the department.

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3 more cases of scrub typhus detected
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 28
With three more patients testing positive for scrub typhus at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), the total number of patients suffering from the disease in the state has risen to 28.

The Principal of the IGMC, Prof L.S. Pal, said out of the 12 samples sent to the laboratory, three had tested positive today. While two patients were from rural Shimla, one patient hails from Hamirpur.

He said all patients were stable and many of the confirmed scrub typhus cases had been cured and discharged. After the state government directed the chief medical officers (CMO) in the districts to monitor the scrub typhus situation, vigil is being maintained even at the district level.

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12 hotel employees transferred

Hamirpur, August 28
Twelve employees of Hamir Hotel have been transferred to other hotels of the state. These include waiters, cooks, utility workers, gardeners and chowkidars.

Mr B.S. Kanwar, senior manager of the hotel has already been transferred. However, he has obtained a stay from the Himachal Pradesh State Administrative Tribunal in this regard.

Insiders in the Himachal Pradesh State Tourism Department said Congress leaders of Hamirpur were unhappy with the hotel staff they managed to get transfer orders from senior officials of the corporation.

Mr Brij Mohan Soni, a Congress leader and one of the Director of the Corporation said he had no knowledge of the transfers. He, however, added that orders might have been issued on administrative grounds. — OC

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HP taxi operators threaten stir

Dharamsala, August 28
The All-Himachal Taxi Operators’ Union Mahasangh has threatened to launch a statewide agitation in case their demands are not met within 30 days by the state government. These include withdrawal of increase in passenger tax, with effect from August 9 this year, and token tax for taxi permits of 4+1 and 9+1 cabs.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, president of the Mahasangh, Prem Sood, said taxi operators of Himachal had to visit the adjoining states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttaranchal, which levy high permit charges and this matter should also be taken up with them.

The Mahasangh also demanded creation of proper parking facilities across the state in view of the rising number of taxis. The taxi operators in this regard also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh. — OC

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Inmate’s escape: cops suspended

Nahan, August 28
Ganga Ram, an inmate of Nahan Model Central Jail, who was released on two days parole to attend his mother’s cremation at Shajchar village in Kullu district, allegedly escaped from the police custody on Thursday night.

Mr S.R. Sharma, SP, Sirmour district, when contacted said Head Constable Anil Kumar and constable Virender Kumar, who escorted Ganga Ram, have been placed under suspension and an inquiry ordered in this regard.

He said both police personnel were deputed to escort Ganga Ram, who was undergoing four years imprisonment under the NDPS Act, to his home at Shajchar village in Kullu district. — OC

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1-year jail term for fleeing from jail

Bilaspur, August 28
The Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Mr Rajesh Chauhan, has sentenced Jasseen, son of Mr Sultan Singh of Julana village in Jind district to one year’s simple imprisonment under Section 224, IPC, for fleeing from the open jail here on September 26 after crossing the jail wall with help of other inmates.

The Judge acquitted two other persons, Suresh and Sanjay, for want of evidence. They had allegedly helped the accused to escape from jail. — OC

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