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Diesel price hikes – The same old story for the ‘AAM AADMI’

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It’s not the first time, and probably it’s not the last time, our Scamy corrupt Govt has increased prices of fuel and LPG cylinder. According to TOI, center Govt is looking to fetch an additional of 20,300 crores in a year . There is only one man who will get affected by this price hike, the famous “AAM AADMI” of the Indian republic, multiply this with a billion that is the impact of this decision. As a concerned “Aam Aadmi”, who is living hand to mouth living in a metro, this has certainly affected my budget.

One reason which I had heard about on one of the news channels, was that they cannot continue the subsidy on Diesel and LPG as center Govt is bearing a huge loss on subsidy, which is somewhere around, Rs.1,67,00 Crores. Ok I agree Mr. minister with you, but I just want to ask you one question, why don’t you recover this money from, your scams.

Let’s look at some recent numbers, which we all had seen from different news sources:

2G scams, Coalgate scam, which have been, around Rs 1,70,000 crores and 1,86,000 crores respectively. If Govt has distributed 2G spectrum and Coal properly through proper auctions, it would have easily made money, and probably would have recovered money easily.

One another important fact which you would have noticed is that, fuel prices are getting hike after every 3 or 4 months. Every time we hear that oil companies are running in loss, and they need money which is being raised through hike in prices. Interesting whether you increase the prices of the oil or not, stock prices of these companies are always up. They are always in buy recommendation of stock research companies. These companies are raising a lot of money through shares from the common man, and also from the price hike, which is being paid by none other than, the famous “AAM AADMI”.

Another fact which is contributing in fuel hike is taxation, and if I am not wrong there are two taxes applied to fuel. Every time you buy fuel for your Car, you are paying tax to the state Government, and to the Center Govt. Now interestingly, both the Governments make profit with fuel hike, and still the state an the d center Government are always short of money. Himachal’s state Government has a huge loan from World bank, and so is the case with center Government.

In some states like Kerala, they have reduced their share through state tax from fuel, which is why fuel prices are less in Kerala. I just want to ask our state Government that why they can’t reduce state Tax on fuel and provide even a little relief to its public. But they would not take such a step, simple reason is they can blame center Govt for this, and can continue to fill their own pockets. It’s such a shame that both national parties are involved in this kind of dirty politics.

Never in the history of Indian government, we witness such a shameless government in India, which comes out with price hike after 4 months on living essentials, and adding a bonus to that, would be a minor scam, costing few lakhs crores rupee to us. Like the government scams, protest against government is also a keep happening activity and shameless minister would continue to say,”Do whatever you want to do, it’s you only who had elected us, and we would keep on doing the same for the next few years”.

It’s time we should take these matters seriously, and ask our Govt, who is the boss?

It’s the Aam Aadmi who had trusted you and elected you to serve them, but now you are ruling like a
dictator. Never in my life I had understood the value of my vote, but certainly last few years had changed my thoughts completely. I now understand the importance of selecting the right candidate for my state and the country. As an informed citizen of this country we should think about the Aam Aadmi, who is none other than us only. Till the time don’t send the right candidate in the assembly or in the parliament, this Aam Aadmi is going to suffer.

Article Contribution: Vishal Sharma, a HW reader

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Shimla: Charitable Trust Providing Free Meals to Home Isolated Covid-19 Patients

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Shimla-Coronavirus pandemic has proved to be a major blow to the state’s governance. At a time when almost all three tiers of government failed to assess and prepare for the second wave in the country, many organisations have come forward to help the ordinary citizens in need. The Sunil Upadhayaya Educational Trust has been running an initiative to provide free food for those in home isolation in the state’s capital city.

The trust started the initiative from 28th April 2021, and is currently providing free meals to at least 83 Covid-19 positive families in Shimla, Trust Secretary Dr Surendra Sharma said.

Joint Secretary informed that the meal plan for Covid-19 patients have been prepared after taking into consideration all the dietary requirements of such patients . Suggestions for this diet plan were taken from doctors.

A well-planned protein diet consisting of fruits, salads, sprouts, vegetable, pulses, rice, Indian flatbread (roti), and a sweet dish is being provided to the home isolated patients, the trust added.
Social Service by The Sunil Upadhayaya Educational Trust

The trust informed that all the people involved in the initiative, including the cooks, have undergone the RT-PCR test.

Trust secretary, Dr. Sharma, claimed that the trust has managed to deliver 676 food packages till now. He also informed that the trust is running two helpline numbers for those in need of the food service. Needy people can reach the trust at the given numbers: 9418006194, 9805349124

The trust is also organising free online coaching classes for the students of class 10th and 12th for 35 days.

“All those students who are facing problems to manage their studies in the pandemic due to unavailability of required resources can contact the trust members and get themselves registered for the free classes,” Joint Secretary said.

In the past, Sunil Upadhayaya Educational Trust have organized various initiatives like cloth banks, and clothes distribution drives too, Dr Joint Secretary.

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Despite Inauguration of Oxygen Plant in Hamirpur, No Ventilator Support for Patients

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Shimla-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated two Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) Oxygen Plant at Dr. Radhakrishnan Government Medical College, Hamirpur, and Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Chamba on Sunday. The government had ensured to provide uninterrupted oxygen supply to the patients admitted in both these medical colleges.

But now allegations are being labelled that he inaugurated the plant in Hamirpur in haste while the patients are still not receiving ventilator support.

According to a report published in a daily, the PSA plant in Dr. RKGMC established at the cost of Rs 1 crore couldn’t provide any relief to the patients. Despite the inauguration, the patients are being referred to Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda and Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Hospital, Ner Chowk

The report said that critically ill covid patients are being referred to nearby hospitals even after the inauguration of the plant and the timely availability of ambulances is also another inconvenience that the patients are facing. A covid positive police officer in critical condition was shifted to Ner Chowk on Tuesday. Last week a  BJP member in Hamirpur succumbed to corona due to the unavailability of a ventilator in the hospital, the report said.  

The PSA Oxygen plant at Hamirpur has a capacity of 300PLM. The plant was supposed to supply oxygen to a 30-bedded fully dedicated covid ward.

Senior officials from Dr. RKGMC, responding to the query, said that the oxygen plant is running, but the ward with ventilator facility is not ready yet. They said that covid patients can’t be shifted to the ward until the work concludes. The officials assured that the ward will be made functional soon.

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Govt and People Flaunting Interstate Travel SOPs Costing Himachal

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Shimla– Though the Himachal Pradesh Government has now announced imposition of strict curfew, similar to a lockdown, there is no doubt about it that both the government and the public underestimated the second wave of the pandemic armed with double mutant- more deadly than the first one. The government in the state was hardly able to take timely decisions at its own and those taken appeared to be ineffective and half-hearted. My own experience is a testimony to the carelessness shown by the government, as well as, the people during inter-state travel. 

HP Govt was one among the many states that made it mandatory for people entering the state to register with COVID e-pass and to carry a negative RT-PCR report. The measures taken by the government seemed commendable to me until I faced the ground reality.

A week after the official notification was issued, I travelled to the state capital city from New Delhi – one of the major hotspots. Rigorous checking and contact tracing is the need of the hour, but what’s happening at the border is far more different than what is expected of the officials.

It shouldn’t come to us as a surprise if fake e-passes in the names of Donald Trump and Amitabh Bachhan are being produced. This matter should put light on the negligent approach of state authorities. As much as we trust the government bodies to contain the virus, they are dangerously failing. In my own experience, I wasn’t asked to produce a negative RT-PCR report upon entering the state, nobody in the last 72hrs tried to contact trace me. I travelled to Shimla in a public transportation bus, on the eve of 4th May 2021. On entering the state border, the assigned official made no extraordinary attempt to check the passengers. Many were travelling without e-pass and RT-PCR test reports. I even asked the official to check my RT-PCR report, to which he showed no concern. It is due to careless mistakes like these that made India one of the most affected countries in the world.

I also noticed that many passengers were not carrying e-passes, either because they were not aware of the need to carry them, or because they didn’t take this mandatory condition seriously. The sheer ignorance of common people and those who are appointed to keep check of the situation is the reason why we are heading towards a catastrophe. The onus is on us, too. I made sure that I travelled with e-pass, so that the state government stays aware of my movement. I got my test done so that I don’t infect the virus to others unknowingly. I am also observing home isolation for a period of 14 days because there’s no harm in following the precautionary measures.

India is in the second wave of this deadly pandemic, and it is time we take responsibility for our actions. The primary reason for the rise of the second wave in India is the rampant violation of COVID protocols.

Now that the state government has decided to implement a curfew similar to a lockdown, I expect that the new Covid protocols will not have any loophole. This time people along with the administration will have to stay prepared to face the reality. The virus can be stopped, but only with our combined efforts.

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