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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government has approved 75 new industrial proposals and cleared 122 expansion projects in two-and-half years, an official said on Sunday.

These newly approved proposals and projects would draw an investment worth Rs.10,879.19 crore, said an official statement here.

The new and expansion proposals would provide employment to over 20,402 people, the statement said.

Multinational companies like United Biotech Pvt. Ltd, Reliance, Mahavir Spinning Mills, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Himalaya Alkalies & Chemicals Limited have set up their units in the state,  it said.

Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd, Procter and Gambles Ltd, Johnson and Johnson Ltd, Mankind Pharma Ltd, Havells India Ltd, Abbott Healthcare Ltd, Torque Pharmaceuticals and Dabur India Ltd have expanded their existing units.

To ensure time-bound clearances for industrial proposals, the government has set up a state-level Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority.

“The government has introduced a common application for seeking approval of setting up industries and the approval will be granted within 45 days,” said the spokesperson.

“The investors’ meet has yielded good results as 104 projects worth Rs.4,189.07 crore has been approved by the government. These projects have been given time of two years to seek statutory approvals from the government,” he said.

Several incentives like electricity duty for the specified extra high tension category consumers have been reduced to 13 percent from 15 percent.

Even the electricity duty for the existing medium and large Industries, except extra high tension units, has been reduced by two percent from 13 percent.

For any existing small industry,  the electricity duty has been reduced to five percent from seven per cent and any new small industry would now be required to pay only one percent electricity duty for five years.

The government is developing three state-of-the-art industrial hubs in Una, Kangra and Solan districts.

Official data shows that Himachal Pradesh got maximum investment from 2003 to 2010 when there was a special industrial package of the central government. Most investments were in pharmaceutical, food processing, textile, packaging and light engineering sectors.

(IANS)

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A three-day horse trade-cum-exhibition was organised before the beginning of the Lavi Fair.

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There are countless mothers who have been constantly tormented by drug-dependent adolescent children. Pixabay

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Sunday expressed concern over the rise in drug addiction, particularly among the youth in the state, and called for concerted efforts to tackle the menace.

“Effective steps have been taken by the government and police administration, but we all need to work together in this direction,” he said at the inauguration of the centuries-old Lavi Fair in Rampur town, which was once a centre of barter trade with Tibet.

He called upon the people to promote natural farming. The state government has made a provision of Rs 25 crore to promote natural or organic farming to produce chemical-free food.

The 400-year-old Lavi Fair has undergone a sea change with the rural folk’s changing lifestyles and aspirations, resulting in a greater sale of gadgets and automobiles than traditional items such as farm implements, livestock and dry fruits.

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‘The traders from across the border have stopped coming’ Pixabay

The fair dates back to the time when Raja Kehari Singh of Rampur Bushahr state signed a treaty to promote trade with Tibet.

Rampur, 120 kilometres from state capital Shimla, was once a major trade centre as it is located on the old silk route connecting Afghanistan, Tibet and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

“People have stopped buying farm implements, horses and sheep. Now, they prefer to shop luxury goods like television sets and automobiles,” trader Ishwar Goyal told IANS.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will preside over the concluding session of the fair on November 14.

Another trader Deepak Negi said Rampur was a centre of trade before the 1962 India-China war.

The traders from Tibet used to bring raw wool, butter, herbs and leather products and bartered them for wheat, rice, farm implements and livestock.

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Rampur, 120 kilometres from state capital Shimla, was once a major trade centre as it is located on the old silk route connecting Afghanistan. Pixabay

“Now, the traders from across the border have stopped coming. Indian multinational companies come here to sell their products. The fair has largely lost its relevance,” he added.

A three-day horse trade-cum-exhibition was organised before the beginning of the Lavi Fair. The main attraction during the exhibition were the Chamurthi horses – an endangered species known as the ‘Ship Of the Cold Desert’. Being a surefooted animal, it is mainly used for transporting goods in the Himalayas.

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The Chamurthi horse traces its origin to the Tibet region. In India, it’s bred in the villages of Himachal Pradesh bordering China.

The fair sees several folk artistes from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh perform. (IANS)