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Fresh consolidated guidelines for opening new Fair Price Shops (FPS)

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The Cabinet in its meeting held here today approved fresh consolidated guidelines for opening new Fair Price Shops (FPS) wherein first preference of allotment would be given to Ekal Naris, Widows raising children on their own, Mahila Mandals, Co-operatives of women or other collectives of women and physically handicapped persons.
Chief Minster Virbhadra Singh presided over the meeting.

The second priority for allotment of fair price shops would be to Ex-servicemen/unemployed education person with no family members in regular employment followed by Gram Panchayats and cooperative societies as third and fourth option respectively. The FPS is generally to be opened for a population of 1500 or above and in Tribal, remote and inaccessible/sub cadre areas of the State, the norms can be relaxed up to a population of 1000 or above or 150 ration-card holders.

For efficient operation of Targeted Public Distribution Scheme and to make availability of sufficient warehousing facilities for food grains in the State, the cabinet agreed upon for transfer of land belonging to Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department to HP State Civil Supplies Corporation for construction of Godwons on token lease money of one rupee.

The Cabinet approved that 50% promotional avenues for appointment in HAS will henceforth comprise of 25% from Tehsildars and 25% from other categories based on inter-se seniority, out of which 17% will be from the BDOs cadre. It was also decided that appropriate training in revenue matters be ensured for all feeder categories on appointment in HAS.

The Cabinet approved the proposal of not allowing any Technical and Vocational educational Institutions to make admissions in any course in violations of the prescribed norms of Central and State Regulating bodies from the session 2014-15, failing which the regulating body will take action as per the regulations to ensure maintenance of academic standards which is a prerequisite for respectable placements of the students.

The Cabinet in its meeting held here today decided to enhance the honorarium of tailoring teachers from Rs. 1600 to Rs. 2000 per month thereby fulfilling the commitment the Chief Minister made in his budget speech.

The cabinet gave its consent for up-gradation of Kupvi Sub-Tehsil to Tehsil and opening of Sub-tehsils at Deha in Chopal and Haripur Dhar in district Sirmaur.

The Cabinet approved for starting three new trades in Government ITI at Shahpur in district Kangra from academic session 2014-15 which includes that of a Plumber, Mechanic (Refrigeration and Air Conditioner) and Digital Photographer. It was also decided to start one new course in each of Government Polytechnics at Rohru, Chamba and Kangra.

It also approved for inviting global bids for Jangi-Thopan-Powari (960MW) HEP. The Cabinet approved the extension in Commercial Operation Date (COD) of small Hydroelectric projects upto 5 MW capacity. Besides, the Cabinet cancelled the Baggi Nallah Small Hydel Electric Project (SHEP) and Ghayagi project falling in district Mandi and Kullu respectively. Apart from this, nod was given to restore the cancellation of Joiner II (3MW) SHEP in district Chamba.

The Cabinet allowed relaxation in the norms for the construction of Jakhu ropeway which includes 6 Nos Habitable floors besides the height of the building etc. under HP Municipal Act 94. The Cabinet also approved for the construction of multilevel parking at Tutikandi. The 11 storey building will have parking facility on its 8 floors besides two floors will be used for office and one for restaurant.

Consent was given to fill 12 posts of Lady Village Development Coordinators (LVDCs) on contract basis and also allowed the department of rural development to obtain the services of 15 Data Entry Operators on out-source basis.
The Cabinet agreed upon to issue NOC to open B.Sc. (Nursing) training institute of Shankutla Memorial Charitable Trust Chamba with annual intake of 40 students.

Cabinet also gave its nod for making Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College Kangra at Nagrota-Bagwan as a constituent college of the Himachal Pradesh Technical University, Hamirpur so as to avail grant-in-aid on the analogy of Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Engineering College, Pragatinagar.

It also agreed for inviting applications for allotment of SHEPs upto 5 MW capacity on the basis of identified and self-identified projects.

It approved to amend the rules for grant-in aid to non-Government colleges.
It also gave its nod to fill posts of District Treasury Officer through direct recruitment through the Public Service Commission. It also approved to fill up 30 posts of Junior Engineer in PWD Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.

The Cabinet approved for transferring the PWD Divisions of Sarkaghat and Dharampur, which are under the administrative control 8th PWD circle Hamirpur, under 1St PWD Circle Mandi. Besides, the Cabinet approved creation of additional Division for NH-305 i.e. Sainj-Jalori-Banjar-Aut road. The Cabinet agreed to set up Special Land Acquisition Unit (SLAU) at Pandoh in Mandi for four laning Ner Chowk-Kullu-Manali road.

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Himachal: Daily New COVID-19 Cases Crosses 1000 Mark, State Govt Directs Admins & Police to Show Strictness in Implementing SOPs

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Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 update april 12

Shimla– Reeling under the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh continues to report a huge surge in daily new cases and fatalities. On Monday, the state recorded 1089 cases – the highest in 24 hours this year. Nine more people succumbed to the infection, taking the COVID-19 death tally to 1111. Highest three deaths were reported from Una district, followed by Mandi (3).  View more details on fatalities below:

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Kangra district reported the highest 249 cases, followed by Solan (166), and Lahaul-Spiti (114). Find more district-wise details below:

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Source: HP NHM

Today’s cases also include former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, who tested positive. Earlier, his son Vikramaditya had also tested positive for COVID-19. Pertinent to mention that Vikramaditya Singh had campaigned in the Municipal Corporation elections that were concluded on April 7. 

Further, 18 cases were reported from Pine Grove School, Solan. 

The state government, which had been mostly showing a casual approach towards the surge since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, is now coming hard on it in its review meetings.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is now asking elected representatives of the local bodies to ensure that the people strictly follow the SoPs regarding temples and marriages.  The PRI members are being directed to motivate and advise the old people, those with co-morbidity to avoid going to public places as they are most prone to this virus.

“Such persons must be reverse quarantined meaning that their movement outside their houses should be minimized to the extent possible,” Chief Minister today said.

Yesterday the state government had made it mandatory for people arriving from seven high load states to carry RT-PCR negative report. The decision would apply from April 16 onwards, the government had decided.  However, he had added, that the state would remain open for tourists.

Chief Minister has asked the representatives of the PRI to keep an eye on the people visiting from other State, particularly from the high load states.

“As far as possible such people must be asked to remain in home quarantine for 10 to 14 days and getting themselves tested for COVID-19 and should not mix with the general public of the area,” he said.

The Transport Department was directed to ensure the sanitization of buses and other public transport.  Shopkeepers were told to strictly follow the ‘No Mask, No Service’ policy. Private bus operators were also asked to properly sanitize their buses and also ensure plying buses without overcrowding.

District administrations were asked to ensure that social functions such as marriages etc. strictly follow the maximum limit prescribed for such events.

Chief Minister said that action if required could be taken against the violators.

The District administration of Kullu district was directed to ensure that all the tourists visiting the district strictly follow SoPs issued from time to time. He told the administration that all the guidelines need to be followed and implemented strictly.

He said that the Ayurveda Department must also provide ‘kada’ to the patients under home isolation. The Police Department was directed to ensure that no casualness be adopted by the tourists, particularly in tourist spots such as Manikaran, Kasol, Manali etc.    

Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rugved Thakur, informed that 1,33,878 total sample done in the district, active cases were 443 and positivity ratio was 8.25 percent and fatality rate 1.2 percent. He said that 51 per cent cases in the district were from urban areas.

 

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HP Govt Makes RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory for People Arriving from Seven States

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Shimla-Tourist movement to Himachal Pradesh is likely to get hit during the peak season as the state government has made it mandatory for people of seven high load states viz. Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh need to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report while visiting the State. The restriction would apply after April 16th.

The decision came after Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, who had been insisting that there would be no restriction on tourist movement to avert economic losses to the tourism industry, held a review meeting amid a massive surge in new cases and deaths.  

The state government has decided to allow tourists to visit the State, but at the same time, hotel owners and tourists should strictly adhere to the SoPs, Chief Minister said.

“The virus was spreading at a fast pace which was the biggest concern. During the last 45 days, the State has reported 10,690 new covid cases. 120 deaths were reported in the State during the last 45 days,” he said.

Over 900 new cases with 12 fatalities were reported on Saturday only.  On Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily update, the state recorded 512 new cases. 

Pertinent to mention that Maharastra, Delhi and a few other states had been suggesting that a complete lockdown could be imposed if the high rate of resurgence continued in the coming days.

Though the Chief Minister had been maintaining that lockdown would be the last resort, the tone appears to be changing with the worsening of the COVID-19 situation.

Further, laying stress on twin strategy for testing, tracing and treatment with effective surveillance of micro containment zones, Chief Minister said that greater emphasis must also be laid on RT-PCR tests to achieve the target of 70 percent RT-PCR tests.

He said that the State Health Department must also take steps to increase bed capacity to meet out any eventuality.

Meanwhile, no restriction has been put on the devotees visiting various temples in the State during the Navratri festival.

The government said no overcrowding would be allowed in buses and other public transport and private vehicles. Wearing face masks even in vehicles must be enforced strictly.

Chief Minister, who faced widespread criticism over violation of SOPs during the political campaigning for elections to the Municipal Corporations, blamed laxity shown by the people for a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the State.  

 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

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Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

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Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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