Himachal Pradesh

HP Government launches RISHTA project

Himachal Pradesh Government has launched Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA) project, which is an efficient smart LED based street lighting project.

With this Himachal Pradesh becomes first state in North India to do so. It was launched by State Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh from the capital city of Shimla.

About RISHTA project

  • The scheme is also known as Centralized Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) Smart Street Lighting Scheme for Urban Local bodies which implements LED based street lighting project.
  • This project is being implemented by collaboration of state Urban Development Department and Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL).
  • Investment: For this project EESL will invest all the capital upfront to implementation of Project.
  • Municipalities will pay back this investment to EESL over a period of 7 years from energy and cost savings that will accrue as a result of installation of energy efficient LED lights.
  • In this project total of 63,484 street lights will be replaced with LEDs in all the Urban Local Bodies to achieve 45 to 55 percent energy savings.

Note:  Efficient Services Limited (EESL) is a joint venture (JV) company formed by 4 public power sectors entities namely National Thermal Power Corporation, Power Grid Corporation of India, Power Finance Corporation Ltd. and Rural Electrification Corporation.

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Acharya Dev Vrat sworn-in as 27th Governor of Himachal Pradesh

Acharya Dev Vrat was sworn in as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh at oath taking ceremony held in Raj Bhawan, Shimla.

He is 27th Governor and 18th regular Governor of the Himachal Pradesh, since it was granted full statehood in 1971.

Vrat took his oath of office in Sanskrit and it was administered by Chief Justice of the Himachal High Court, Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir as per provisions of Article 159 of Constitution.

About Acharya Dev Vrat

  • Acharya Dev Vrat is an eminent educationist and hails from Haryana. He was born on 18 January 1959.
  • He holds double post-graduate in History and Hindi from the Punjab and Kurukshetra University, respectively. He also has studied Naturopathy and Yogic Science.
  • He has served as Principal (Pracharya) in Samprati Gurukul, Kurukshetra for 34 years and had been actively involved in social activities including girl’s education, promotion of Yoga, Ayurveda and naturopathy and environment protection.
  • He has also authored several books including Gurukul Kurukshetra ka Gauravshali Itihaas, Swasthya ka Anmol Marg – Prakritik Chikitsa (Hindi and English editions) besides, editing various magazines and translation works.

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Ram Nath Kovind, Acharya Dev Vrat appointed as Governors of Bihar, HP

President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Acharya Dev Vrat and Ram Nath Kovind as the governors of Himachal Pradesh and Bihar respectively.

Their appointments will take into effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices

Governor of Bihar

  • Mr. Kovind will succeed Keshri Nath Tripathi (Governor of West Bengal) who was holding additional charge of Bihar. He had been a two-time Rajya Sabha member between 1994-2000 and 2000-06.
  • He hails from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and is a lawyer by profession. He was a senior BJP leader and had severed as chief of BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha.

Governor of Himachal Pradesh

  • Acharya Dev Vrat will succeed Kalyan Singh (Governor of Rajasthan) who was holding the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh.

Constitutional provisions of Governor

  • Article 153: It says that there shall be Governor for each state of India. 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 had facilitated the appointment of the same person as a Governor for two or more states.
  • Article 156: Governor is appointed by President and hold office during the pleasure of President. It should be also noted that this article also mentions tenure of Governor.
  • In this regard it says that Governor shall hold office for the term of 5 years from date he enters upon his office but usually it depends upon pleasure of President.

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