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Virbhadra Singh releases annual status education report for Himachal

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Chief Minister, Shri Virbhadra Singh expressed concern over the decline in the learning levels of students at Elementary stage.while releasing the Annual Status of Education Report-2012

Chief Minister, Shri Virbhadra Singh expressed concern over the decline in the learning levels of students at Elementary stage. The State would put in place a comprehensive plan to address the situation which would include systematic and regular assessment of learning level of all the students and school would be graded on the basis of performance. The grading would gradually be linked to monetary and non-monetary incentives to the schools, he added.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said this while releasing Annual Status of Education Report-2012 (ASER) for Himachal Pradesh here today. He directed the Education Department to prepare a detailed action plan by March 2013 outlining immediate measures for 2013-14 and a long term perspective plan to arrest the decline and to improve the situation. He said that each child studying in Class I to VIII would be assessed against benchmarked attainment levels after every four months by the Education Department which would help in tracking the progress of each child and remedial action would also be taken accordingly.

Chief Minister expressed the hope that the education department would rise to the occasion. He said that teachers in Government school were well qualified and had taken the State to a great height in the field of education in the past and were capable to meet the challenges of future. It was time for all educationist to analyze the declining trend highlighted in the ASER report and take steps both at the classroom and institutional level to reverse it. However, non-performance would not be tolerated and action would be taken against the defaulters, he added.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that to improve academic support to school, the staff posted in all support institutions in the State up to the Block level that was State Project Offices of SSA and RMSA, SCERT, DIETs, BRCs shall be

appointed on selection basis and their performance would be evaluated on measurable outcomes.

He said that State would also undertaken a comprehensive programme of School Leadership and all the Head Teachers and Principals would be trained to enhance their capacity to face these challenges. Other steps to improve the situation include textbook and curriculum review, making the system more accountable and responsive and better utilization of resources would be planned, he added.

Sh. K. Sanjay Murthi, Principal Secretary, Education assured the Chief Minister that all possible steps would be taken to improve the quality of education in the State.

Shri Rakesh Kanwar, State Project Director, SSA, apprised the methodology of survey done by ‘Pratham’, a leading NGO working in the country.

Mr. B.Vergis Paul, of NGO ‘Pratham’ said that they had surveyed 272 schools and 5500 houses in Himachal Pradesh. He said that this year’s report highlights that students in Government and private schools in the State were not doing well in reading, writing and numeracy. The reports shows that the students studying in class V who can read level class II test had gone down from 82.3 percent in 2007 to 72.8 percent in 2012. In the same period the percentage of students in class V who can solve three digit problems had declined from 66.9 percent to 48.7 percent.

Sh. V.C. Pharka, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Shri J.C. Chauhan, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister were present on the occasion among others.
Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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447 Cases of Adverse Effect Including 3 in Himachal Reported Post COVID-19 Vaccination

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Shimla– Amid skepticism over the COVID-19 vaccination, India has reported over 400 cases of adverse effect post-vaccination, informed the Ministry of Health. To be more specific, a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) were reported on 16th Jan & 17th Jan’21.

Out of these, three required hospitalization. Of these, one was discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one was discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea etc.

In Himachal Pradesh, about three cases of AEFIs were reported on day 1 of vaccination drive. These were reported from Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda, Kangra, Civil Hospital Paonta Sahib, and Maharishi Markandeshwar University Medical College, Solan.

In these cases, symptoms reported included dizziness, anxiety, nausea and shivering and persons recovered after management as per protocol, it was informed.

In Himachal, 2,499 health care workers were to be administered dose through 27 identified sites in the State on January 16. However, only 1535 healthcare workers could be vaccinated on the first day. It was 61 percent of this set target. The second round would be held today.  

Two types of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. These include Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) that has been supplied to all States/UTs.

The second is Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) that has been supplied to 12 States.

An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization. It may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. The Ministry had laid down protocols for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs, the Ministry said.

India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 vaccination program, the world’s largest such exercise.

Total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report.

The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six States. As many as 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Day2, as per the provisional reports.

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