Smt Urmila Singh Governor conferred State Awards upon 14 teachers and honoured four National Award Winner teachers for the year 2012 in the presence of Virbhadra Singh Chief Minister in an impressive function held at Rajbhawan on the occasion of State level Teacher’s Day here today.Both, Governor and Chief Minister paid rich tributes to late Dr S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India, on whose birthday Teacher’s Day is celebrated. Both termed Dr. S. Radhakrishnan as a veracious personality, noble laureate, academician and an able administrator.
In her address on the occasion, Smt Urmila Singh urged all the teachers to undertake teaching profession as a ‘mission’ and serve the country and society with utmost dedication.
Governor underlined the importance of ‘ Guru’ and added that our culture accorded highest reverence for teachers and it was due to the learned ‘Guru’s’ and the knowledge possessed by our ancestors that India was regarded as a hub of Knowledge in the past.
Smt Singh said that teaching was a noble profession and carries a huge responsibility because the conduct, character and thoughts of teachers influence the students therefore, they should perform their duties honestly and sincerely. She said that teachers not only inspire the students as role models but also were nation builders.
She said that objective of education would not be fulfilled in its true sense unless good values were incorporated in the learning and added that students should be taught the importance of discipline, patriotism and human values so that they not only become educated but also good human beings and responsible citizens. She said that curriculum should include vocational courses in order to empower the students to opt for self employment but the goal of education should not be confined to mere employment generation or earning money.
Governor also released a souvenir on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh stressed on quality education and not merely to achieve the purpose of teaching just for sake of it. “The customary values and adequate knowledge requires to be inculcated in the students so that they get ready to compete at all levels and stand well settled. We want to produce such children who excel in all fields and at all levels”, he said. To achieve this objective, the teachers have to give and put in more efforts and equally maintain the quality of education being imparted to young minds” said the Chief Minister. He said the teachers should introspect that what else they can endow the society with and how they can further contribute in building a strong and vibrant Nation.
“Our education system needs a bit of revamping at primary and elementary levels and teachers to be made more responsible for shaping the destiny of the students for the better” said he.
The teachers were responsible for inculcating good values among students and proper guidance from them could show right path to them in their lives said he, adding that the country could get good citizens only through the active participation and guidance of teachers.
He said that State Government was committed for providing best education to children and added that the literacy rate was more than 83 percent in the state. He said that cent per cent enrollment targets were achieved in primary education and efforts were afoot to achieve the same in elementary and higher education sectors as well. He said that there was a wide network of educational institutions across the state with more than 15000 educational institutions in government sector alone. Many important decisions have been taken to equip the schools with all requisite infrastructure in far flung areas with adequate staff , he said and added that besides imparting training to teachers, impetus was being laid upon giving a concrete shape to child oriented education system under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and National Elementary Education Campaign.
Virbhadra Singh said that efforts were being made to adopt computerized education system with special focus on promoting teaching mathematics and science subjects besides strengthening the infrastructure so that students could get best facilities to pursue education. He said that Schools were being opened, upgraded besides filling up of posts of teachers by following laid down norms. He said that during the tenure of present government as many as 695 schools were either opened or upgraded.
Chief Minister said that students of government schools were also given the facility of free travel in HRTC buses and added that 607 TGT, 529 C& V categories teachers were appointed besides filling up 1095 posts of JBT. The government also enhanced the honorarium of PTA teachers.
Governor conferred State Awards upon Bhupinder Gupta, Principal, GSSS Bhumpti, District Solan, Saraswati Nadan Prasher, Headmaster, GHS Rakhera, district Mandi, Madan Lal, Lecturer, GSSS Kakkar, District Hamirpur, Janamjay Singh Guleria, Lecturer, GSSS Shahpur, District Kangra, Sudesh Hazri, DPE, GSSS Sailgaloo, District Mandi, Som Singh Bhardwaj, TGT, GHS Bahi Pathiair, District Kangra, Ravi Shanker, Art & Craft Teacher, GSSS Takka , District Una, Ashok Thakur, Shastri, GHS Uschar District Kangra, Krishan Pal Sharma, Shastri, GHS Bharari District Shimla, Smt. Nirmala Devi, CHT, GCPS Domehar, district Bilaspur, Birbal Katoch, CHT, GCPS Bharagaon, District Mandi, Rajesh Kumar, CHT, GCPS Batheri, District Mandi, Ram Lal, JBT, GPS, Shodhadhar, District Mandi, Bhim Singh, HT, GPS Tarrur, District Mandi.
She also honoured four National Award Winners for the year 2012 including Rakesh Kumar, TGT, GSSS, Ambehra, District Una, Narotam Chand, CHT, GPS Deol, District Kangra, Smt. Soma Rana, Headmaster GHS Nasloh district Mandi and Sartaj Singh, Lecturer (Economics) GSSS Chandi district Solan on the occasion.
Ashok Sharma Director Elementary Education welcomed the dignitaries on the occasion.
Shashi Bhushan Sekhri, Director, Higher Education proposed vote of thanks.
A colourful cultural programme was presented by students of various educational institutions.
Sujan Singh Pathania, MPP and Agriculture Minister, Chief Parliamentary secretaries, Neeraj Bharti and Sohan Lal, Ali Raza Rizvi, Principal Secretary Education, senior officers of state government, teachers and students of various schools were also present among others on the occasion.
HP Govt Employees to Get Higher Pay Scale on Completion of Two Years of Service: CM Jairam
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government employees working in different departments before January 3, 2022, would be given a higher scale at par with other employees on completion of two years tenure of regular service. A higher pay scale was also announced for the Junior Office Assistants (IT) on completion of two years of regular service.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur made these announcements during the Karamchari Maha Sammelan of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation at the hotel Peterhof on Sunday.
He appreciated the role played by the employee especially frontline workers in the battle against the pandemic.
He said most of the government employees in the state have been given revised pay scales and on average, every employee has got the benefit of a 12 to 15 percent salary hike. There has also been an increase in the pension of about 1.50 lakh pensioners of the state. The financial benefits of Rs. 7801 crore have been given to state government employees and pensioners from the year 2018 to 2022. The pensioners who retired before 2016 are getting the benefit of a 15 to 20 percent increase in the pension while around 40 thousand pensioners who retired after 2016 would be benefitted soon, he said.
He said the daily wages were Rs. 210 in the year 2017 which has been increased by the present state government to Rs. 350. Similarly, 12 per cent interim relief annually has been provided to government employees and pensioners during the present government’s tenure. He said the Himachal government has provided Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners on the lines of Punjab and Central governments from the due date. The Punjab government has given only 5 percent interim relief to the employees while the Himachal government has provided 21 percent interim relief to its employees.
“Out of the total interim relief amount given to the employees and pensioners amounting to about Rs. 6500 crore, Rs. 3500 crore has been paid during the tenure of our government” added the Chief Minister.
He said that the state government has increased the government contribution for NPS employees from 10 percent to 14 percent benefitting more than one lakh employees. The NPS employees are being given the benefits of retirement and death gratuity at par with employees falling under the old pension scheme. The government has also increased the upper limit of death gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
The Chief Minister said the state government has also increased the honorarium of para-workers working in various departments. The salary of outsource workers has been hiked by Rs 1,500 per month.
Non-Gazetted Employees Federation President Ashwani Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for providing various financial and other benefits to different categories of government employees.
Most Covid Restrictions to be Lifted From March 31, Mask and Hand Hygiene to Continue
New Delhi-The Centre has issued a notification to the States informing that the provisions of the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005 will not be invoked in the country after March 31. The Union Health Ministry said that the use of face masks and following hand hygiene will continue.
It implies that most of the Covid-related rules and restrictions would end.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the notification which said that the decision was taken following the overall improvement in the situation and the preparedness of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, local authorities and State police can still invoke fines and criminal cases against persons violating COVID-19 norms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior government official said.
The DM Act was invoked on March 24, 2020, due to the pandemic
“Over the last seven weeks or so there has been a steep decline in the number of cases. The total caseload in the country stands at 23,913 only and the daily positivity rate has declined to 0.28%. It is also worth mentioning that with the combined efforts, a total of 181.56 Cr vaccine doses have been administered,” the notification said.
“I would like to mention that in view of the nature of the disease, we still need to remain watchful of the situation. Wherever any surge in the number of cases is observed, the States/UTs may consider taking prompt and proactive action at a local level, as advised by MoHFW (Health Ministry) from time to time,” the notification said.
The Indian government had issued various guidelines and measures for the first time on March 24, 2020, under the Disaster Management Act to curb the COVID-19 situation in the country, which have been modified several times thereafter.
India currently has 23,087 active COVID-19 cases and recorded 1,778 new cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has also declined to 0.28%.
HP Cabinet Decisions: Country Liquor Made Cheaper in New Excise Policy, Read All Decisions
Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on March 20, 2022, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The excise policy for the financial year 2022-23 was approved. Approval was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state for the financial year 2022-23 at the renewal fees of 4% of the value of unit/vend.
The State Government said that wants to enhance the government revenue and curb the smuggling of country liquor from the neighbouring states by a reduction in its price.
The brands of Country Liquor will be cheaper as license fees have been reduced. This will help in providing good quality liquor at a cheaper rate to the consumers.
In the new excise policy, the 15% fixed quota of country liquor for manufacturers and bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees has been abolished. According to the government, this step will give the retail licensees to lift their quota from the suppliers of their choice and further assure the supply of good quality country liquor at competitive prices. The MRP of country liquor will be cheaper by 16% of the existing price.
In this year’s policy, the Gaudhan Vikas Nidhi Fund has been enhanced by Re.1/- from the existing Rs.1.50 to Rs.2.50.
The fixed annual license fee of Bars has been rationalized by abolishing the area-specific slabs of license fee. Now throughout the State, there will be uniform license slabs based upon the room capacity in hotels.
Rates of the annual fixed license fee of Bars in the tribal areas has been reduced considerably.
Further, all the above stakeholders will have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments as it was made mandatory for them.
Wholesale vends and retail vends, the penalty provisions under the H.P. Excise Act, 2011 have been made more stringent.
An end to end online Excise Administration System would be established in Himachal Pradesh, the government said.
HP Government estimates a collection of Rs 2131 crore revenue during the year, which will be Rs. 264 crores higher than the financial year 2021-22 – growth of 14% in state excise revenues.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Disaster Relief Manual-2012 to include deaths due to biting of honey bees, hornet and wasps, accidental drowning and deaths due to accidents of vehicles (including land, water and air) under this Manual.
The Cabinet gave its approval for filling up 11 posts of ‘A’ Class Tehsildar in Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
HP State Toll Policy 2022-23
The HP Cabinet also gave its nod to HP State Toll Policy for the year 2022-23 which envisages auction cum tender for all the toll barriers in the State. During the year 2021-22, toll revenue has registered a growth of 20 percent of the previous year’s revenue.