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Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh.

Cabinet approved to provide free travelling facility to all the students of government schools from home to school and vice versa except on holidays in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses with effect from 1st April, 2013. This announcement was made by the Chief Minister on 25th January, 2013 on the occasion of State level function of Statehood Day at Sunni in district Shimla.

The Cabinet approved Vision Document for Manali agglomeration and its sub region making it an integral part of Development Plan for Manali Agglomeration of Kullu Valley Planning Area.

It gave its nod to give relaxation to Ropeway building, Jakhu, Shimla regarding Base and Top Stations after receiving the applicable penalty under Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 from them.

Cabinet gave its approval to place Supplementary Demands for grants amounting to Rs.870.16 crore for the year 2012-13 before the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in the coming session.

Excise Policy for the year 2013-14 was also approved in the meeting.

It was decided in the meeting that all the Rain Shelters on the road sides would be brought under the control of Transport Department so as to ensure their proper use and maintenance.

Cabinet gave its approval to enhance the remuneration of part time workers/sweepers of Health Department from Rs. 1100 per month to Rs. 1300 per month.

It approved to fill up three posts of Professors and two Posts of Assistant Professors in Himachal Pradesh Government Dental College Shimla through direct recruitment, 19 posts of various categories reserved for persons with disabilities on contract basis in Horticulture Department, creation of three posts of Sanitary Inspectors in Municipal Corporation, Shimla, creation of four posts of Kanungo on supernumerary basis in Revenue Department, filling up two vacant posts of Junior Scale Stenographer in Department of Advocate General and one post of Driver on contract basis in Tribal Development Department.

It approved Recruitment and Promotion Rules for Senior Ayurvedic Chikitsak (Specialist) (Class-I Gazetted) in Ayurveda Department.

The Cabinet gave its approval to engage NIELIT, Chandigarh, a Government Service Provider Agency for providing IT education to the students of Plus one and Plus two classes in the State.

Cabinet gave its approval for inserting Rule 5A and 5B after Rule 5 of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, Himachal Pradesh Rules, 2011. This will help disadvantage groups and weaker sections of the society in getting their children admitted to privately managed aided and un-aided schools.

It was decided to provide 39 kg of wheat, 29 kg of rice per month to additional selected BPL families and 23 kg of wheat and 17 kg of rice to Antodaya families of District Chamba and 30 kg of wheat and 22 kg of rice to Antodaya families of District Sirmaur from January, 2013 to May, 2013.

Cabinet gave its approval to create one post of Member in Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institution Regulatory Commission.

The Cabinet also reviewed the decisions taken by previous BJP Government during their last six months.
Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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