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No instrument in place to check the industrial turnover in Himachal Pradesh, says CAG

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Himachal Pradesh – a state that exudes sheer beauty – does not know its industrial potential, including availability of human resource, revealed a recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

India’s official auditor said that there is no instrument in place to check the industrial turnover, value of output and profitability to see whether these are in proportion to the burden of tax concessions and subsidies on the public exchequer.

The report blamed the state industries department for not conducting survey to determine the actual new investments brought in and scope of value addition in manufacturing by the units from 2003 to 2010 when central government’s special industrial package was on board.

The report also reflected that the industrial growth of the state is not in proportion to the growth of the gross state domestic product (GSDP).

The total input to GSDP during 2009-14 by 5,611 registered manufacturing units was Rs. 54,367 crore whilst the total fiscal load of tax concessions and subsidies on the central and state exchequer was Rs. 35,606 crore, including Rs. 35,411 crore of the Centre.

Employment generation in the state also witnessed a decreasing trend, which plunged to 6,014 during 2013-14 from 13,704 during 2009-10.

The director of industries reverted to the auditor and stated that the state has difficult geographical and topographical conditions.

CAG also found defects in the establishment of a sewage treatment plant in the state’s major industrial belts Baddi and Barotiwala in the Solan district.

The work of the common effluent plant was not completed until last November due to the delay in environment clearance from the minister of environment and forests. The delay in the work shot up the estimated cost of the plant to Rs.60.95 crore from Rs.53.80 crore.

It was also told by the auditor that widening and strengthening of road was not completed in Baddi and Barotiwala until last November owing to non-completion of formalities. Amount of Rs. 13.74 crore has already been spent on it.

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Visit Himachal Pradesh to Bask in the Warmth of Mellow Sunshine!

Chandigarh's meteorological department said dense to very dense fog would likely to continue at a few places in Punjab and Haryana till Wednesday

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Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser known travel destinations in india. Wikimedia Commons
Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser known trekking destinations in India. Wikimedia Commons

The weather is ‘cosy’ these days in hills of Himachal Pradesh compared to the Northern plains where dense fog is screening out the sun.

The hilly state is receiving regular sunshines and for a longer duration.

The weather in picturesque tourist resorts of Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Kasauli, Chail, Dharamsala, Palampur and Manali is ‘warm’ and perfect for a break from the biting chill of the plains where the sun has largely been fogged out.

“What a mellow sunshine is in Shimla,” remarked Kriti Aggarwal, a tourist from Delhi.

She said it was a great relief from the prevailing fog that did not allow sun rays to penetrate over ground levels.

Her friend Kanika Gupta added: “For hours, we relaxing and basking under the sun. Even nights are cosy here compared to the plains.”

Manmohan Singh, director of Shimla’s meteorological department, told IANS on Monday that most of the hill destinations have a pleasant weather owing to long sunny days compared to the plains.

“The maximum temperature in the hills is two-three degrees below average but due to prevailing sunny days the temperature will see rise and will be normal in a day or two,” he said.

According to him, dry weather would largely prevail in the state till December 31, ruling out the possibility of snow and rain across the state.

Himachal, the most wanted place to visit for New Year
Himachal, the most wanted place to visit for New Year. Wikimedia Commons

The humidity level over 80 per cent causes fog. In the the hills it’s around 50 per cent currently, compared to 80 per cent in the hills.

In Shimla, located around 7,000 feet above sea level, the maximum temperature on Sunday was 13.8 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was 3.6 degrees on Monday.

The night temperature in Dharamsala was 2.6 degrees Celsius, whereas popular tourist resort Manali saw a low of minus three degrees.

At 14.3 degrees below freezing point, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest in the state. Kalpa, some 250 km from the state capital, saw a low of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius.

In Chandigarh, the maximum temperature was 0.6 degree Celsius less than Shimla’s on Sunday, with the minimum hovering around 9 degrees Celsius.

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The Met office in Chandigarh predicted foggy conditions to continue in the city till Wednesday.

The prevailing maximum temperature in Chandigarh is six to seven degrees below season’s average due cloudy and shallow fog.

Chandigarh’s meteorological department said dense to very dense fog would likely to continue at a few places in Punjab and Haryana till Wednesday. (IANS)