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Himachal allots Rs.414 crore for panchayats

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Shimla, The Himachal Pradesh government has taken various initiatives to strengthen the Panchayati Raj institutions and has set aside a budget of Rs.414 crore for them this year, a statement said here on Sunday.P1010473

All panchayats in the state have been computerized to ensure smooth and effective execution of their day-to-day functioning, besides bringing more transparency and responsiveness to them, the statement said.

The computerization has proved helpful in maintaining accounts and records. Modern software applications under Mission Mode Project of the central government have been introduced in the Panchayati Raj system.

The Panchayati Raj institutions’ functionaries have been imparted training to make them efficient in using these applications.

Under this project 12 assistant programmers and 75 computer operators have been recruited, it said.

To provide internet connectivity in all panchayats of the tribal district of Kinnaur, each panchayat has been provided Rs.31.40 lakh for v-set during 2014-15.

A sum of Rs.391.39 crore has been received for strengthening the Panchayati Raj institutions under the 13th Finance Commission during the past two and a half years, which includes Rs.86.14 crore during 2012-13, Rs.153.47 during 2013-14 and Rs.151.78 during 2014-15.

The state government would release Rs.109 crore from the state budget during 2015-16. Besides, Rs.195 crore would also be sanctioned for the panchayats on the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission, the statement added.

(IANS)

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Himachal Pradesh Collaborates with World Bank for Developing Waste Management Strategies

A World Bank team led by environment specialist Pyush Dogra and a Korea Green Growth Trust Fund team headed by Lee Dong Hoon are currently touring the state.

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Himachal Pradesh will collaborate with the World Bank and the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund for developing agro climatic zone-based municipal solid waste management strategies, a state government official said on Wednesday.

A World Bank team led by environment specialist Pyush Dogra and a Korea Green Growth Trust Fund team headed by Lee Dong Hoon are currently touring the state.

The areas of collaborations include climatic zone-wise option for integrated solid waste management, support for technology transfer and financial assistance for developing small and micro models for waste management, Additional Chief Secretary R.D. Dhiman told reporters here.

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The areas of collaborations include climatic zone-wise option for integrated solid waste management, support for technology transfer and financial assistance for developing small and micro models for waste management. Pixabay

State Environment Department Director D.C. Rana said the teams would undertake technical analysis of solid waste management in three countries – Pakistan, Nepal and India. In India, they will work with the Himachal Pradesh government.

 

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He said the analysis would be completed in nine months and thereafter the implementation of activities would start, including mobilisation of funding for solid waste management.

Rana said the teams would visit industrial hub Baddi on Thursday and later Dharamsala town. (IANS)