Award for Himachal for implementing Soil Health Card scheme
Himachal Pradesh has bagged another National Award in Agriculture sector for 2015-16 as Hamirpur district has been selected for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration.
The award is given for excellent implementation of Soil Health Card Scheme, Upma Chowdhary, Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture) said.
The Soil Health Card Scheme is one of the four schemes- three others being Swachh Bharat, Gramin Swachh Vidyalaya and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana - identified by the Union Government to be awarded under Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, she said.
Only two districts, Hamirpur in Himachal and Balrampur in Chhattisgarh, have been given award for implementation of this scheme and Himachal bagged the first position among the Hilly and northern States.
The award was presented by Prime Minister in New Delhi on Thursday and carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. The State was recently awarded the national-level ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for increase in total foodgrains production for the year 2014-15 in Category II States.-PTI