May 16, 2020 03:13 PM

Shimla (Vijyender Sharma)

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj today here held a cabinet sub-committee meeting with the Departments of Agriculture and Ayurveda to discuss various developmental issues

While presiding over the meeting Suresh Bhardwaj said that the State Government have adopted Swarnim Himachal drishtipatra-2017 of Bharatiya Janata Party Himachal Pradesh as its vision document and the State Government is committed for its implementation and all possible steps are being taken in this direction.

He said that Senior Citizen Facilitation Centre would be set up in Shimla, Dharamshala, Mandi and Hamirpur. He said that these centres would have facilities of assisted living, skilled nursing care and ayurvedic center. Skill development center would also be established in these centres where senior citizens would provide skills to the youth. He said that Ayush University along with facilities of homeopathy, naturopathy and indian systems of medicine would also be established in District Chamba and special encouragement would be given to Yoga. He said that medical tourism will be promoted by development of health resorts, yoga, panchkarma and ayurveda centers.

Sub-committee member and Industries Minister Bikram Singh said that all the necessary efforts have being made for the welfare and progress of farmers and horticulturists, so that their income could be doubled and their products could be marketed as per better marketing strategy. He said that the sub-committee will take appropriate steps on various issues such as providing compensation of agricultural land, bringing farmers under the ambit of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, improving the functioning of marketing boards and market committees, making e-marketing system effective and also starting a 'Janani Program' under which the fellowship and internship opportunities would be provided to women farmers in big agricultural universities in the country and abroad.

Sub-committee member and Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that 19 Mandis have been brought under the e-Nam system in the state, under which 59 products are being traded in the state, mainly consisting of fruits and vegetables. As many as 119554 farmers and 1947 traders are buying and selling agricultural produce through e-Nam.

Under the Mukhyamantri Khet Sanrakshan Yojna, for the year 2019-20, an amount of Rs.18.18 crore has been spent for the assistance of the beneficiaries.Member Secretary of Sub Committee and Secretary General Administration Devesh Kumar and Senior Officials of Agriculture and Ayurveda Department were also present on the occasion.

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