Himachal Pradesh

CCEA approves creation of Intra State Transmission System in 7 States

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the creation of an Intra-state Transmission System (ISTS) in 7 states across the country.

7 States are: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

Key facts about Intra-state Transmission System

  • Under the project, the activities envisaged includes establishment of 48 new Grid sub-stations of different voltage levels. It will have total transformation capacity around 17,100 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA).
  • It will also include installing over 7,800 Circuit Kilometres (ckt-kms) of transmission lines in these seven states. The project is proposed to be completed within a period of 3 to 5 years.
  • Tapping renewable energy potential: These 7 states are having rich renewable resource potential with numerous large planned renewable power projects.
  • Creation of this system will facilitate evacuation of renewable power from generation stations to load centres.
  • Funding: It will be created at an estimated cost of 8548 crore rupees. Of this total amount National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) will contribute 3,419 crore rupees i.e. 40 per cent for this project.

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Tribal women entitled to inherit property in accordance with Hindu Succession Act: HP-HC

Himachal Pradesh High Court has ruled that the daughters in tribal areas in the state shall inherit the property in accordance with Hindu Succession Act, 1956.

This landmark judgment will help to bring a new resolution in the tribal society’s inoder to grant equal rights to the girls and bring down gender disparity.

The ruling was given by Justice Rajiv Sharma by upholding the earlier order passed by District Judge of Chamba in 2002 to grant legal rights to women in family property.

The court rule that

  • These tribal people profess Hindu rites and customs and they do not follow different Gods.
  • Though their culture may be different but their customs must conform to the constitutional philosophy.
  • Women have to be advanced socially and economically to bestow upon them dignity.
  • Gender discrimination violates fundamental rights so the daughters in a society cannot be segregated from mainstream. So they are entitled to equal share in the property.

It should be noted that this judgement will help tribal women in districts of Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba of state to reinforce their inherent rights in the ancestors’ property same as male siblings.

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Himachal Pradesh government sets up satellite tracking system to check forest fire

Himachal Pradesh forest department has set up the satellite tracking system to check and find the forest fire incidents during summer season.

The main aim of this tracking system is to protect the precious forest in the state from forest fires. The system is designed in such a way that, occurrence of any fire in the vicinity of forests, will immediately send SMS alerts to forest officials.

Forest department also has constituted 700 participatory committees for people participation. Along with it, more than 90 water tanks have been constructed and 100 watch towers had been erected so that the people could easily detect fire incidents.

Apart from this tracking system, state forest department also has launched awareness campaign throughout the state for protection of forests from fire and involving local people in detecting fire incidents.

Thus this initiative will help to protect the precious forest cover in Himachal Pradesh which is the main wealth and identification of this hill state. It should be noted that in every summer the forest fire is a big challenge before the state forest department and now by using satellite tracking system, continuous vigil will be kept on the forests.

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