Himachal to open 12 more skill development centres: Minister
Pradesh Food & Civil Supplies Minister G S Bali has admitted that the number of ration card holders is much higher than the state''s actual population, and said the government has started the process to rectify it.

“A project for digitisation of the ration cards is being implemented in the state, and Rs 14 crore would be spent on the first phase to ensure smooth running of the Public Distribution System (PDS) and to eliminate bogus ration cards,” Bali told reporters here today.

He said the government had taken a number of measures like ensuring cleanliness in ration depots, regular supplies of essential commodities, and holding awareness campaign to educate the consumers.

Vigilance committees are also being constituted to monitor supply through PDS, he added.

Bali, who also holds Transport and Technical Education portfolios, said the state government was working on strengthening technical education to empower youths.

The government would set up 12 more skill development centres across the state in next few months, he said, adding that the central government has granted Rs 20 crore for a Women Vocational Training Centre in Kangra district.

In reply to a question, he categorically stated that in order to ensure quality education, no relaxation would be given in future for admission to polytechnic, B.Tech courses.

Bali said out of 800 new buses being purchased by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), Sirmour district would get a fleet of 150 buses.

The state government has sent another proposal to the Centre for additional 350 buses, he added.