Himachal CM urges Union Minister for setting up weather observatories in State

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Himachal CM urges Union Minister for setting up weather observatories in State

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 | PNS | New Delhi / Shimla

Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while on his visit to Delhi, on Tuesday, met Union Minister of State, Science & Technology, Space and Atomic Energy, Jitendra Singh and held deliberations regarding strengthening of agriculture, horticulture and health sector by adopting modern techniques and by making the best use of science and technology.

Sukhu said that State Government mulls to set up a department of nuclear medicine in one of the medical colleges of the state so that facility of radiation therapy could be provided to cancer patients saving their time and resources.  

The need of the hour was to adopt modern scientific methodology of farming instead of practising traditional methods, said Sukhu and urged for providing technological support for the same. He also requested providing support to the officers of the horticulture and agriculture departments of the state besides organising orientation programmes for them, so as to enable them to be more familiar with new innovative technology. He also requested to get organised training for the farmers and horticulturists to make them acquainted with the new techniques. These new techniques will help farmer and horticulturalists in improving the quality of their produce.

Chief Minister advocated including Chamba district under 'Aroma Mission' for cultivation of Lavender plants and to provide technological support to the farmers for the same. Keeping in view the vulnerability of the state to earthquakes, Sukhu requested for establishing a high-tech seismic laboratory cum data analysis centre in Kangra and Hamirpur seismic zone.

He apprised the Union Minister that as the State was more prone to natural calamities, there was a need for setting up Doppler Radars in the two tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti,  besides establishing weather observatories at Hamirpur, Chamba, Nalagarh, Keylong and Kaza regions along-with a data centre in Hamirpur district in order to strengthen disaster response, analysis and dissemination of weather information. This will not only help save lives but will give timely weather information to farmers and horticulturalists of the State.  

The Union Minister lauded the concern of the Chief Minister towards Himalayan ecology and his keen interest in science and technology and assured of all possible support.

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