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Himachal Pioneered Cooperative Movement in India

Shakeel Qureshi

Himachal Pradesh was the founder state of co-operatives in the country as the first cooperative society of the country was constituted here in 1892 at Panjawar area of Una district. Thakur Hira singh constituted this society with an objective of soil conservation. Thereafter the reach of cooperative sector increased rapidly in Himachal with the strength of people associated with it reaching well above the 16 lakh mark at present. In fact, there is at least one cooperative society registered in every village of Himachal, which clearly indicates how strong is the desire among Himachalies to move forward taking everybody along with them. Notably, during the formulation of first five year plan, there were only 843 Co-operatives societies in the state with membership of 25,000, whereas now the state had 4793 Co-operative societies with over 16 lakhs members and share capital of Rs. 272 crore and deposits of Rs 17177 crores. These societies had a working capital of Rs. 22167 crore.

The cooperative society act was constituted in India in 1904 and Himachal constituted its cooperative society act in 1968. Thereafter rules for it were framed in 1971. In Himachal, there are more than 16 lakh people associated with cooperative societies. These people have not only paved way for self-employment opportunities through cooperative movement but has also transformed the socio-economic life of the community. There are numerous banks working under cooperative societies where not only people are investing their money but they are also extending banking facilities to the people even in the remotest corner of the hill state. The cooperative banks including the Kangra Central Cooperative Bank, Jogindera Central Cooperative Bank etc are providing best of the banking facilities to the people of hill state. Besides this small cooperative societies at village level are also encouraging people for investment. There are about 2100 primary Krishi Cooperative societies in Himachal that are proving beneficial for farmers.

The cooperative sector is expanding fast in Himachal. Necessary amendments have also been done in the act for the benefit of masses. The continuous registration of new cooperative societies reflects the expansion of cooperative movement.

-Kameshwar Singh Dhaulta, Joint Secretary, Cooperation

Himachal Intensifies Efforts to Secure Chamba Border

Devender Verma

Keeping hyper activities of militants in neighbouring state Jammu and Kashmir in view, Himachal has also taken step to safeguard its territory on Chamba district border. In order to check any insurgency in the state a border check post has been opened at Sansari Nullah. This spot falls in Pangi sector of the district and it will be a maiden post, which will be kept operational even during coming snowfall. Notably, other eight operational check posts on the border have been shifted to lower areas keeping climate in the view. The posts which have been shifted recently include Gullu ki Mandi which now will be operational at Bahandal Sangri of Kihar sector, Satrundi check post to Bairagarh of Tarela sector, Garhmata check post to Beeran of Kihar sector, Khundi Maral to Langera of Kihar, Barula post to Naddal of Kihar, Dappan to Chachul of Tisa sector, Nodaldhar to Mansa of Tarela and Banodi check post has been shifted to Albas of Tarela sector.

However, Himachali security is not dependent only on one check post during intense winters because ambush patrolling search operation on the border has been initiated to take extra care. Able cops of first IRB Bangarh have taken up the charge on the sensitive border of Chamba at present. Prior to this, ITBP had been deployed here until 2012. Notably, district Chamba shares 226 kilometer long border with Jammu and Kashmir which is a large territory to be taken care of and cops need mammoth efforts to safeguard it. No one can forget that it is the same border through which militants had entered in Himachal for the first time on June 23, 1993. After that many low level militancy related activities took place in the area in a short interval. However, after 1993 insurgency incidents stopped because of intensified security by Himachal until 1998. However it was dark night of August 2nd, 1998 when militants entered through Chamba border and killed 24 people in Kalaban and 11 in Satrundi area of Himachal Pradesh. It was a massive blow as it proved that Himachal was also prone to big militant activities.

Sansari Nullah operational check post on Chamba border will not be shifted. This post will stay active throughout the year. However eight check posts have been shifted to low lying areas of the district.

-Virender Tomar, Superintendent of Police, Chamba

Himachal in  Numbers

1         The amount of applications (in lakhs) received for the 154 posts advertised by the Kangra Central Cooperative bank

0.9     The HIV positive percentage rate at present in Himachal. The same was 3.7% in 2007

9         The number of scouts and guides students from Himachal selected for President Camp Award

450    The number of villagers left homeless in the fire incident at Kotla village in Kullu district

November 21st, 2015

 
 

‘Himachal Pavillion’ Grabs Attention at International Trade Fair

'Himachal Pavillion' Grabs Attention at International Trade FairVipin Sharma Himachal’s pavilion at the 35th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) organised at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi has become a centre of attraction for visitors and investors alike. The industries department through International Trade Fair is trying to woo the investors from nation and abroad to make investments in hill state. According to information the industries department are elaborating the industrial policies and conducive atmosphere available for investment in the state to the investors in the […] विस्तृत....

November 21st, 2015

 

45,000 Migratory Birds Arrive Pong Dam

45,000 Migratory Birds Arrive Pong DamRamswaroop Sharma With the onset of winter season, migratory birds have started arriving at Pong Dam Lake. About 45, 000 birds of 72 species including Northern Pintail, Headed goose, the common pochard, black-headed goose, the little cormorant, the common shelduck and the ruddy shelduck have arrived till now at Pong lake. Last year 1, 32, 000 migratory birds of 93 species were spotted in the dam. This year too, the enough water level of the dam will play a big […] विस्तृत....

November 21st, 2015

 

Ample Opportunities in Broadcast Engineering

Ample Opportunities in Broadcast EngineeringTwo important media industries. i.e television and radio make use of the broadcasting system for their content delivery. Broadcasting, an important tool for mass communication is the method of distribution of audio and video content via any audio or visual communication medium, normally by using electromagnetic radiation (radio waves). The programs which we see on TV or listen on radio involve several steps like content acquisition, production, transmission and reception before they reach the end users. For the production and […] विस्तृत....

November 21st, 2015

 

Gizmo Buzz

Gizmo BuzzIntex Aqua Super Indian handset maker Intex has launched a budget smartphone for the Indian market — Aqua Super. The new smartphone is priced at Rs 10,390 and will take on Android phones like Samsung Galaxy J5, Xiaomi Mi4i, along with Micromax Canvas Sliver 5. The new Intex Aqua Super smartphone sports a 5-inch HD (1280x720p resolution) IPS display and runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system. Under the hood, it packs a 1GHz quad-core processor with 3GB RAM and […] विस्तृत....

November 21st, 2015

 

App of the Week

App of the WeekLet Your Smartphone Help You in Cancer Research Imagine that your idle phone is helping power cancer research as you hit the sack. With a new app, Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Vodafone Foundation want to create a “supercomputer” that will use the free power from your smartphone to help speed up cancer research. All you need to do is to download the free Android app called DreamLab. Put your phone on charge as you hit the […] विस्तृत....

November 21st, 2015

 

Why Moon Rocks Contain Fewer Volatiles than Earth’s?

Why Moon Rocks Contain Fewer Volatiles than Earth's?“Explaining the Moon’s volatile depletion has been a long-standing mystery, and yet it is a key piece of evidence about how the Earth-Moon system formed,” said Dr. Robin Canup, associate vice president in SwRI’s Space Science and Engineering Division and lead author of the Nature Geoscience paper detailing the findings. Scientists think the Moon formed from an Earth-orbiting disk of vapor and molten matter produced by a giant impact between Earth and another Mars-sized body approximately 4.5 billion years ago. […] विस्तृत....

November 21st, 2015

 

An Architectural Wonder Jatoli Temple

An Architectural Wonder Jatoli TempleJatoli temple is the main attraction to explore around Solan and folks who are visiting Solan should not miss this beautiful location. It’s also a nice place for one day picnic. One of the oldest and religious temples of Solan district is known as Jatoli temple. The temple is the Asia’s highest temple of Lord Shiva. This temple is situated on the Rajgarh road and it is about 8 km from Solan. Jatoli means long Jata (hairs) which further signifies […] विस्तृत....

November 21st, 2015

 

Drug Addiction on the Rise in Himachal

Drug Addiction on the Rise in HimachalDrug addiction is on the rise in Himachal especially among youth with charas mafia targeting school विस्तृत....

November 14th, 2015

 

‘Certain Congress Leaders Worked to Defeat Me…’

'Certain Congress Leaders Worked to Defeat Me…'Former Congress MLA from Kangra Chaudhary Surinder Kaku was emerging as a strong leader of backward classes under Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s patronage. However, his political career took a plummeted after he lost two consecutive assembly elections in 2007 and 2012 allegedly owing to factionalism within the party. Himachal this Week’s Pankaj Oberoi talked to Chaudhary Surinder Kaku to track his political journey. Following are the excerpts of the interview:  Exclusive Interview HTW: How the Congress plans to take on […] विस्तृत....

November 14th, 2015

 

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