Monday, July 13th, 2020

Welfare of OBCs priority of the State Government : Virbhadra Singh

INVC NEWS Shimla,Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh,Chief Minister ,Virbhadra Singh,OBC community,OBC community in world, HP OBC Welfare Board ,OBC Welfare Board at Dharmshala,Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Urban Development aINVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said that many welfare schemes were being implemented for the OBC community in the State and particularly in the backward areas to bring them at par with the other communities and added that State Government was striving hard to fulfill basic needs of all people in the state and improve their living standards. He was presiding over the 9th Meeting of the HP OBC Welfare Board at Dharmshala today. The Chief Minister said that the Government had constituted Other Backward Classes (OBC) Welfare Board for identification and redressal of problems of OBCs, which constitutes 15.27 percent of total population of the State. The limit for obtaining OBC certificate was enhanced to Rs.6 lakh per annum from 4.50 lakh since August 7, 2013 and validity period for such certificate is 2 years at present, he added. All the functional posts in remote and tribal areas were being filled up on priority he said, adding that the state government had already directed the education department to fill up these posts through SMCs ¼School Management Committees). The Chief Minister sought status report of opening Ayurvedic Dispensary in Dhang Nihali in Dhang Upperli of tehsil Nalagarh. Shri Virbhadra Singh gave approval for the up-gradation of Govt. High School, Dhang Nihali to Govt. Senior Secondary School. He also said that Punjabi language would be optional in the bordering areas of Punjab, but Punjabi teachers would be provided on demand wherever necessary.  He directed the Education department to take over the Giri Power House High School from Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd. in the interest of the students. The Chief Minister also directed to extend HRTC bus service from gram panchyat Kali-Hatti-Galog to Dhami. He said adequate steps were being taken to check the monkey menace in the state besides other wild animals causing damage to crops. Raising concern over the growth of Lantana, a wild weed, Chief Minister said that necessary steps were being taken in this direction and the forest department would clear the obnoxious weed in more than 10 thousand hectares of land during the current fiscal and instead raise other broad leaf and fruit bearing plants. Shri Virbhadra Singh directed the PWD and I&PH departments to repair a Kuhal in Darini, Kanol and Ridkdhar panchyats and take measures to undertake development in OBC habitation in gram panchyat Mehal in Bhoranj tehsil of Hamirpur district. He ordered a high level probe pertaining to construction of bridge near Gumma bus stand in Shimla tehsil as it was hanging fire since last couples of years. Chief Minister directed Deputy Commissioner, Una to provide Rs. 2 lakh for the link road Mohlabhod and one lakh for the construction of path to Mohlachalbad, in Gram Panchyat Samoorkalan. Chief Minister said that a wrestling ground would be developed in village Kishanpur of Nalagarh tehsil in Solan district. He also urged for participating in the cleanliness drive so as to make Himachal ‘Green and Clean’. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil while presenting the welcome address said many  programmes and scheme were being implemented in the State to benefit various communities relating to OBCs. HP OBC Finance and Development Corporation was established in Kangra to provide professional training and loans to the tune of Rs.10 lakhs on minimum interest rates to set up self-employment activities. During the last financial year, Rs. 45.77 crore was disbursed as soft loans to 3,936 beneficiaries. The corporation was also granting interest free loans up to Rs.50,000 for higher and professional courses to the eligible wards of these communities. Shri G.S. Bali, Transport and Food Civil Supply Minister thanked the Chief Minister and others who participated in the meeting. Additional Chief Secretary Shri Ajay Mittal conducted the proceedings of meeting. Forest Minister Shri Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Urban Development and Town and Country Planning Minister Shri Sudhir Sharma, CPS Shri Jagjivan Pal, Chairman HPOBC Finance and Development Corporation Shri Chandra Kumar, Vice Chairman Forest Corp. Shri Kewal Singh Pathania, Ex-MLA Shri Surendra Kaku, DCC, Kangra Shri Suman Verma, Chief Secretary Shri P Mitra, non official members and official members of the OBC Kalyan Board were also present in the meeting.

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