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273 mini hydro-electric projects allotted to entrepreneurs in Himachal

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DhumalHimachal Government had allotted 273 mini hydro electric projects out of 300 projects allotted recently to the entrepreneurs of the state with a view to make them partner in the progress of the State, especially in hydel power generation.This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while addressing an impressive public meeting at Boh, in the remote interiors of Dhar Kandi area of district Kangra, after he dedicated 4 MW HEP constructed in private sector by Sodhi Brothers of Ayush Herbs.

Chief Minister said that it had been the policy decision of the State Government to allot upto 2 MW of HEPs to the entrepreneurs while according preference in projects upto 5 MW capacity. He said that the State Government was endeavouring to inculcate entrepreneurship amongst the youth of the State so that besides finding themselves self employment avenues, they could also generate employment to other youth and add to their income. He said that IPPs were required to be partner in progress of the area they had constructed their projects. He said that all such projects authorities should cater to the local developmental needs and participate in their social activities. He said that the State was computirizing the revenue record to provide people efficient services through the internet services.

Prof. Dhumal said that State had over 23,000 MW of identified hydel potential out of which only 6,650 MW had been harnessed and 15,000MW targeted by year 2015 and 20,000 MW by year 2020. He said that hydel power would be one of the major source of income to the State on exploitation of entire hydel potential available in the State. He said that road, education and health were on the priority agenda of the State besides according top priority to the self-employment, self-reliance and ultimately resulting into self-respect of every individual. He said that although the State had vast area of 55,675 square KMS. geographical area out of which cultivable land was limited. He said that the State Government had launched Rs. 353 crore Pandit Deen Dayal Kisaan Baagwan Samridhi Yojna which had the record highest upto 90 percent subsidy component to the BPL families opting for construction of Poly House to diversify their traditional farming practices and take maximum benefit of the limited land holdings available with the farmers.

Chief Minister said that the State had launched Atal Swasthya Yojna on the birthday of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee from December 25, 2010 which had the facility of free ambulance service in emergent cases on toll free number of 108. He said that the State had also provided four CFL bulbs to each of the domestic consumers of the state free of cost by spending Rs. 80 crore over the same. He said that the scheme was aimed at not only on saving the power but also to provide consumers quality electricity. He said that the State had earmarked upto 2 MW hydel projects exclusively to Himachali entrepreneurs.

Prof. Dhumal said that the State Government had also launched Rs. 300 crore doodh Ganga Yojna to give boost to animal husbandry and self employment avenues to the local people in dairy farming. He said the Scheme had subsidy component upto 25 percent to the general category and 33 percent to the scheduled caste categories of beneficiaries. He further added that Bhed Palak Yojna had also been launched for the benefit of the shepherds of the State with a view to motivate them continue with their traditional avocation of sheep rearing. He said that the scheme had provision of providing loan upto Rs. 5 lakh which contains subsidy component of 33 percent to the beneficiaries. He said that shepherds could purchase fourty sheep and four rams with the loan amount to give boost to their traditional avocation of sheep rearing. He assured the people that Tehsildar Shahpur would be available for a week at any designated place to provide local people revenue services at their door steps. He also sanctioned Rs. 10,000 to the school children for promotion of cultural programme.

CM was accorded a rousing reception by the residents of Shahpur segment enroute from Shahpur to Boh village who waited for him at different points to welcome the Chief Minister to their area.

Source- nvonews.com


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