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Women Helpline to be launched soon in Himachal Pradesh, says CM

The state has also been successful in the implementation of schemes like 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'

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Himachal Pradesh, March 09, 2017: Himachal Pradesh government has stepped a way forward with regard to women safety and thus will soon be launching women helpline in Himachal Pradesh as told by the chief minister, Virbhadra Singh.

While addressing the state level function to celebrate International Women day, Singh declared that the State government was committed to putting an end to the violence against women was an offense to the foundations of human rights, human decency, and human dignity, mentioned PTI.

Women are the pillars of the society and it is impertinent to suffice them with skills and confidence with which they can decisions that will drive the sense of independence in them and urge greater participation in government and security sector.

According to the PTI report, the Chief Minister announced that 20 per cent posts of constables and sub-inspectors had been decreed for women in the police force and presently there were five women police stations, also four anti-trafficking units comprising women police force at Shimla, Mandi, Sirmaur, and Kangra.

The chief Minister further illuminated the audience about Muskaan, an initiative by the state government started to improve sex ratio in the state. An animation film ‘Muskan’, which is an initiative of Mansi Sahai Thakur, Director, Social Justice, and Empowerment department was also screened on the occasion. The women who have done exceptionally good in their respective fields were also awarded on the occasion.

Mr. Singh highlighted various schemes that the state government has implemented including ‘Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna’ in which the monetary assistance had been improved to Rs 40,000 for the marriage of poor girl child.

The state has also been successful in the implementation of schemes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. The State government was strictly implementing the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Act (PNDT), and anyone found involved in pre-diagnosing practice, would be severely punished as per provision of the law.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamisr94

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

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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 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)