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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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Heavy Snowfall Expected Across Himachal Pradesh

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 0.6 degree in Manali and 2.8 degrees in Dharamsala

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Moderate to heavy snowfall may occur across Himachal Pradesh in the next one-two days, the Met Office said on Wednesday.

Residents and tourists have been advised not to venture in the high hills as snapping of road links are high.

The supply of essential commodities and transportation of people may get hampered in remote areas of the state, a government official told IANS.

Hills of Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts are likely to experience moderate to heavy snowfall from January 4-6, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS.

He said the western disturbances — storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — are likely to remain active in the region till January 9.

Avoid travelling as snow may block Himachal roads.

Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Dalhousie and Manali are likely to have light to moderate spells of snowfall, he added.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw mild snowfall. It recorded a low of minus 3.4 degree Celsius.

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Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 4.6 degree.

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 0.6 degree in Manali and 2.8 degrees in Dharamsala. (IANS)

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