Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today dedicated to the public a conference hall constructed at a cost of about Rs 43.27 lakh at Himachal Bhawan, Chandigarh.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that modern sound propagation plants and other facilities including display screens are available in this hall with a capacity of 33 participants.
Jai Ram Thakur said that in the age of information technology, the practice of interaction and meetings through video conferencing has become very important. In view of this, special emphasis is being laid on creation of infrastructure equipped with modern facilities.
During the Kovid crisis, most of the meetings were conducted by the state government through video conferencing and the discharge of all the responsibilities was ensured. Modern information technology technology has changed the methodology and it is also ensuring saving of time.
Jai Ram Thakur said that special emphasis was being laid on the use of latest technology in most of the office buildings and other important buildings being constructed by the State Government. It is being ensured that these buildings are eco-friendly as well as meet the requirements of the future.
The Chief Minister said that this conference hall at Himachal Bhawan, Chandigarh would facilitate public sector undertakings, multinational companies, Himachal residents living in Chandigarh, various associations, press and media, among others, to organize their meetings and conferences.
Amit Kashyap, Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation welcomed the Chief Minister on the occasion and apprised him about the various innovative projects of the Tourism Corporation.
Public participation important in banning single use plastic: Prabodh Saxena
Additional Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena chaired the meeting of the Special Task Force constituted to eliminate the use of single-use plastic items here today. He directed various departments and district deputy commissioners to ensure effective implementation of the ban imposed on single-use plastic items from July 1, 2022.
He said that in the state plastic stick earbud, plastic stick in balloon, ice cream stick, candy stick, plastic flag, polystyrene (thermocol) used in decoration, cutlery plate, cup, knife, tray, glass, fork, straw Manufacture, transport, storage, distribution, sale and use of single-use plastic items are prohibited with effect from July 1, 2022. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0, he directed the Urban Development and Rural Development Department to prepare a proposal for the purpose of eliminating single-use plastic and dumping sites for garbage in their respective areas. He also directed Himcoast to identify the dumping sites and waste related places near water sources through satellite in different districts of the state. He said that proper management of plastic waste generated in urban and rural areas should be done.
The Additional Chief Secretary said that a special task force has been constituted at the state level under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary and the Deputy Commissioner at the district level to deal with the pollution caused by single-use plastic products.
Director Environment, Science and Technology Lalit Jain, Director Urban Development Manmohan Sharma, Director Rural Development Rigved Thakur, Director Information and Public Relations Department Harbans Singh Brascon, Member Secretary of State Pollution Control Board Apoorva Devgan, senior officers and Deputy Commissioners of various districts attended the meeting. Joined through virtual means.