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Union Cabinet to ensure time-bound delivery of citizen services

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Union cabinet Thursday approved a bill that will ensure public Services like passports, birth and death certificates, driving licences and ration cards issued within the specified periods.

New Delhi– In a bid for greater transparency and accountability in the government’s delivery systems for citizens, the union cabinet Thursday approved a bill that will ensure public services like passports, birth and death certificates, driving licences and ration cards are issued within the specified periods.

The Right of Citizens for Time-Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011, was approved at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“The bill has been approved, in principle, by the cabinet,” an official said.

The bill, which deals with sections of government having direct interface with citizens, provides for public authorities publishing a citizen’s charter that details the services and the quality of services to be provided and timelines of delivery. Such authorities include constitutional bodies, statutory authorities, public-private partnerships, NGOs that are substantially funded by the government and companies that provide service under a statutory obligation.

The bill imposes penalty of Rs.250 per day subject to a maximum of Rs.50,000 on officials failing in timely delivery of services.
Officials said the draft bill would go back to the ministries of law, home affairs and personnel and training as it required fresh paraphrasing. However, the bill need not go to the cabinet again and can be directly tabled in parliament, they added.
Once passed by parliament, the bill will be binding on the states.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) however slammed the decision saying it was an intrusion in domain of states.
“The cabinet decision clearing the bill is a direct intrusion on the domain of states as it becomes mandatory for all states to adopt the same act,” BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.

More than 10 states including Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have their own citizen service guarantee bills in place and many state legislations had provisions that were much better than the proposed central act, he added.
The bill, which had been introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2011 and was later considered by the standing committee, mandates public authority to establish a customer care centre, help desk and other support systems to ensure time-bound delivery of services.

It also seeks establishment of public grievance redressal commission at the centre and state levels. Officials said the provisions of the bill allow a grievance redressal commission to refer a case for investigation by the Lokpal if there is evidence of corruption in delayed delivery of services.

They said the legislation would prove more effective in tackling corruption at the grassroots than the Lokpal bill, which was drafted after protests by civil society activists led by social Anna Hazare.-IANS

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

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Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

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The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

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On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

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