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BJP stages walkout on downgrading Primary Health Centrer at Shahpur

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To protest refusal of the government to withdraw a notification on downgrading of the Civil Hospital at Shahpur in Kangra district, BJP staged a walkout in the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha

Shimla- Leader of the Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal, who led the walkout, accused Health minister Kaul Singh of misleading the House on the issue. Parliamentary Affairs minister Mukesh Agnihotri said the BJP was not interested in debates but only in walkouts as it was devoid of any issue.

Raising the issue through a calling attention motion, BJP’s Sarveen Chowdhary alleged the Primary Health Centre at Shahpur which had been upgraded into a Civil Hospital had been arbitrarily downgraded into PHC which was unfair. Chowdhary, who was also a minister the BJP government, termed the move as political saying people of the area were up in arms against the decision.

“If the government does not heed the voice of people, there will be bigger protests hitting health services,” she said.

The Health minister, in his reply, said the previous BJP government had taken the decision to upgrade the PHC in a tearing haste just a few days before the assembly election. The then BJP government had neither increased the bed strength nor sanctioned more posts of doctors and para-medical staff, he pointed out.

“The Congress government has taken the decision to withdraw the notification in the larger public interest,” the minister said.

“We will make a feasibility study of all the health institutions and wherever need arises and financial position permits, the government will upgrade the health institutions for better services,” he told the House.

Dissatisifed with the minister’s reply, the BJP members, demanding revocation of the decision, walked out of the House. PTI

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All Roads in Lahaul-Spiti Restored for Traffic, Tourists Advised Not to Travel in Small Vehicles

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Lahaul-Spiti –All roads in Lahaul-Spiti including the link roads have been restored for traffic, informed the Himachal Pradesh Agriculture Minister Dr Ramlal Markanda on Wednesday. The connectivity to the district was lost as the National-Highway and link roads were closed due to heavy rain and snowfall. Over 300 tourists were standed at various places in the district. The stranded tourists were also rescued and brought to safe places, he informed.

The conditions are now normal in the district. However, the Minister has requested the tourists to not travel in small vehicles and prefer travelling in large vehicles to avoid inconvenience.

Markanda was on Tuesday airlifted to capital Shimla from tribal district Lahaul and Spiti. He said he availed the service of the helicopter in order to attend the ongoing monsoon season of the state assembly.

He informed that now the road connectivity from Kaza to Manali and Kaza to Reckong Peo has been restored. The Chatru to Gramphu road was also restored on Tuesday night.

The work of restoring the roads for traffic was underway from August 18 and it continued for over 50 hours before all roads could be restored. Now, Pagal Nala, Lidang, Atrangu, Lidang, Lingti, Shichling, Mane Dang, Nipati Nala, Sumdo on Kaza to Reckong Peo road have been restored.

All stranded tourists are now able to commute towards Shimla, and all stranded vehicles have also been moved.

Kaza to Manali road was restored on late Tuesday evening, informed the Minister. With the restoration of this road, stranded tourists had begun to move towards Manali, and most of them had reached Manali by Wednesday morning.

Cab services from Kaza to Manali have also been restored, he informed.

Further, the Minister said that a monitoring committee has been formed to assess the damages caused to crops due to rain and snowfall. The committee would be headed by ADM Jeevan Singh Negi, who will visit the panchayats where crops were damaged and assess the loss. Thereafter, a report would be submitted to the state government regarding the same, he said.

With the restoration of roads, the crop of peas from the district has also begun to reach the markets, said Markanda.

 

 

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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