Himachal Pradesh Current Affairs

Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch green-concept based State Data Centre

Himachal Pradesh became the first state in the country to have a State Data Centre (SDC), designed using green data centre concept.

It was launched by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla.

Key Facts

  • The SDC will offer 101 people-oriented services online through an integrated data base.
  • It would integrate the websites of various departments and all services can be accessed through the integrated data base.
  • It would help in saving time and money spent on creation of infrastructure as all services would be provided online in digital format thus, giving boost to paperless governance.
  • It is first SDC in the country which has been designed using green data centre concept to minimise power requirement and increase power utilisation efficiency.
  • SDC would help different state government departments to roll out more government-to-citizen-services. It will also enable people these services from anywhere and anytime.


Himachal Pradesh launches artificial propagation programme of mahseer fish for conservation

Himachal Pradesh fisheries department has started an artificial propagation programme for rehabilitation and conservation of Golden Mahseer fish.

Under this programme, a hatchery has been set up in the state with an outlay of Rs 6 crore to rear mahseer fish and release its fingerlings into the wild.

Population Decline

  • The population of the golden mahseer has seen decline in recent times in rivers of Himachal Pradesh as they are hunted for sport and food.
  • It also has declined due to various reasons such as construction of dams, barrages, indiscriminate fishing of juvenile and brood fish, pollution, introduction of exotic species and habitat deterioration.

About Golden mahseer

  • Golden mahseer is the longest-living freshwater fish. It is also known as the tiger of Indian rivers and belongs to the genus Tor.
  • It is native to mountain and sub-mountain regions and is found at altitudes of up to 2,000 metres above sea level.
  • During the southwest floods it migrates upstream for spawning and after spawning, it returns to the original feeding grounds
  • International Union of Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN) has declared it endangered.


Himachal Pradesh Government launches PEHAL, a vision document of the Shimla District

Himachal Pradesh Government has launched ‘PEHAL’, a vision document of the Shimla District administration for raising education standards.

It was launched by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla. PEHAL is an attempt to integrate the various stakeholders in the development story of the district.

Key facts

  • The aim of the PEHAL programme is to identify certain thrust areas which have a direct bearing on the lives of the people at grassroots.
  • The five areas identified under PEHAL are Forest Rights, Primary Education, Campaign against drugs, Health and Sanitation and skill development and Women Empowerment.
  • The initiative also aims at building a resource base of semi-skilled and skilled women.
  • Under Pehal, empowering the people with requisite skills under the livelihood mission will include basic masonry, electrical work, home appliances reparing and plumber courses.