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Govt. committed for uniform development of all areas :CM

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Govt- committed for uniform development of all areas -CM

Govt- committed for uniform development of all areas -CM

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the closing ceremony of Rajmata Shanti Devi under-19 district level Boys school sports Tournament, at Senior Secondary School, Taklech, in Rampur Subdivision of District Shimla, here today said that he was very much pleased to be amongst the students on the occasion and congratulated the teachers and other faculty members and people of the area for successfully conducting the tournament.

He said that he was well aware of the problems of the people of the area regarding road connectivity and directed the PWD authorities to complete the road to Kashapat as soon as possible, the work on which was going on war-footing. He said that the people of the State had an important place in his heart and he was committed for overall development of the State. He said that it was late Dr. YS Parmar, the first Chief Minister of the State, who dreamt of making Himachal a separate State and due to his initiatives and efforts of former Prime Minister late Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru and late Smt Indira Gandhi that Himachal Pradesh became 18th State of Indian Union. It was the Indian National Congress which gave impetus to the development in the State as opposite to the BJP, which was bent upon to divide the people of the State on the basis of caste, colour and region.

The successive Congress Governments have always taken care of the grievances of the people of the lower belts of Himachal Pradesh and took a decision to hold Vidhan Sabha sessions in Dharamsala in district Kangra”, he said adding that it shows the concern of the Government for all the people equally.

He said that it was painful that the opposition was not playing a constructive role and regular walkouts and hullabaloo during the budget sessions had become a routine affair, which affects the development policies.

“The opposition always abstained from attending the Vidhan Sabha Sessions and discussing the issues of development” he said, adding that it causes delay in taking important issues and decision to be taken for the welfare of the people of the State.

He said that the Sports should not be politicized but few people and politicians in the State committed many irregularities in the name of Sports under the garb of Cricket Associations, which won’t be allowed in our state. No body would be allowed to play with the future of our sports-person or budding players of the State in any game may it be cricket, hockey or any other game and the guilty would be brought to the book.

The Chief Minister cautioned that no one in the State will be allowed to play with sentiments of players by forming fraudulent companies or organizations which beats the true spirit of the games, if formed for self gains.

He said that the demand of taking up sub-tehsil issue would be looked upon depending upon the formalities to be completed and in consultation with the cabinet. The Chief Minister assured that the matter for setting up Gas agency at Taklech would be taken with the central Government and directed the Deputy Commissioner to take up the matter.

Later, he inaugurated Rehan Basera Guest House at Rampur constructed at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh.

The Chief Minister was accorded warm welcome by Rajinder Singh Rana, Principal of the Government Senior Secondary school Taklech who also detailed about the tournament in which as many as 700 students of eleven zones participated. The Chief Minister was also welcomed by Sports in-charge and Assistant District Physical Education officer, Joginder Singh and School Management Committee President Mohinder Thakur on the occasion.

The Chief Minister took salute of an impressive march-past and also distributed prizes to the students.

Nand Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, while welcoming the Chief Minister thanked him for dedicating projects worth crores in Taklech today and said that the people of Taklech and its surrounding seven to eight Panchayats were thankful to the Government and especially to Virbhadra Singh for carrying out development activities in the area. He said that the people of the State would ever remain indebted to the Chief Minister for undertaking massive development activities all over the State whether it be education sector, IPH, roads, electricity, health or welfare sectors.

The Theog Zone was declared as the all around best in the tourney bagging maximum prizes in different events.

Earlier, Pradhan of Taklech Panchayat, Nandlal Busheri, Pradhan of Taklech Congress Zone Kishan Mashtu and Congress Mahila Zone Smt. Sunita Thakur honoured the Chief Minister and other guests present on the occasion.

The delegation of Gram panchayat Kashapat, led by its up-pradhan Phula Singh, presented a cheque of Rs 21 thousand towards CM relief Fund. The Chief Minister appreciated their efforts and said that the contribution made by them from their well earned earnings will go a long way in serving the poor and the needy.

A colourful cultural programme was also displayed on the occasion.

Chairman Kailash Federation, Brij Lal, Vice-Chairman HPSIDC, Atul Sharma,District Congress President (Rural), Smt Chander Prabha Negi, Chairperson Mahila Congress, Kehar Singh Khachi, Block Congress President, Satish Verma, President Beopar Mandal Rampur, Harish Gupta, Representatives of Himachal Pradesh Physical Education Teachers Asociation, Pradhans and up-Pradhans of nearby Panchayats, Deputy Commissioner, Dinesh Malhotra, Superintendent of Police, D.W Negi and other senior officers of the district were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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Himachal Reports Spike in Covid Casualties with 64 Deaths in 24-hours; 4,977 Fresh Infections Reported

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported a surge in Covid-19 fatalities on Tuesday as 64 people died due to the infection, while 4,977 new cases were reported within the last 24 hours. This takes the death toll to 1,989 while the total cases of coronavirus in the state till now to 1,40,759.

Out of 64 dead, only 11 patients had comorbidities. While thirteen patients were below the age of 50. This indicates the aggressive nature of the new variant of coronavirus that has been ravaging the country. The highest casualties were reported from Kangra district with 21 deaths while Solan district reported 12 deaths followed by Mandi district with 10 fatalities.

As the fatalities are increasing across the state, the sampling of infection has still not touched even the 20,000 mark. On Tuesday 14,722 people were sampled while 3,713 tests remain awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 11, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Out of 2,445 beds available across the state in the Covid hospitals, only 63 ICU beds are available. While 415 beds have oxygen support.

On Tuesday the state government also issued a notification announcing that health workers who have received both the Covid vaccine shots will not have to follow the quarantine protocol after rendering their services in health care facilities.

On the condition of anonymity, a health official told Himachal Watcher that Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has opposed this move as cases of infection despite vaccination continue to appear.

The spike in Covid cases across the state has highlighted the shortage of healthcare workers in the state as medical infrastructure moves toward the brink of a formidable caseload.

Further, the state needs to consider the meagre incentives the frontline workers are receiving and the overwhelming effect it will have on their mental and physical health.

Himachal is currently under a corona curfew with restrictions on interstate movement. But the government maintains that it’s not a lockdown as some exceptions have been included in the activities to be allowed.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 11, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Shimla City’s Sanitation Worker Dies of Covid-19, Demand Raised to Pay Rs. 50 Lakh Ex-Gratia as Assured to All Frontline Workers  

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Shimla– Sanitation workers/garbage collectors in Himachal Pradesh are among the frontline workers who had been performing their duties unabated regardless of lockdowns. Right from the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, sanitation workers have been playing their part in combating it. The pandemic has grown deadlier this year with its second wave. Sanitation workers and garbage-collectors are at higher risk of contracting the infection due to the nature of their job. 

One of these sanitation workers, Sun Kumar, working under the Shimla Environment, Heritage & Beautification Society (SHEB) as a garbage collector, succumbed to Covid-19.

He was about 32-year-old and is survived by a wife and an infant. Demand has been raised to pay Rs. 50 lakh as Ex-Gratia and job to a family member. When the concerned authority was asked regarding the same, it said a request has been forwarded to higher officials for the Ex-Gratia and situation would be clear only after their approval. 

The former mayor of Shimla, Sanjay Chauhan, was one of those raising this demand.

“The city didn’t lose a sanitation worker but a Covid warrior due to the coronavirus,” he said in a statement released today.

“The government has recognized sanitation workers as frontline workers and had decided to pay Rs. 50 as Ex-Gratia to any such worker who dies on duty. So, the family should be paid the said amount at the earliest along with ensuring employment to one of the family members,” he demanded.

Pertinent to mention that on April 23, 2020, the Himachal Pradesh Government had announced that a sum of Rs. 50 lakhs would be paid as Ex-Gratia out of HPSDMA COVID-19 State Disaster Response Fund to the next of kin of those officers and officials working in the State Government (except health workers) i.e. regular, outsourced, contractual, daily wagers and employees of SEHB Society of Municipal Corporation Shimla engaged in sanitation activities and working in different capacities for the response, relief and containment measures of COVID-19, in case of their death due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Chauhan further appealed to the state government to provide high-quality PPE kits to all the frontline workers of various departments deployed on the Covid duty. He also demanded that the Municipal Corporation, Shimla, should also ensure regular health checkups of its employees to prevent any further loss of lives.   

The state on 17th January 2021 had vaccinated Hardeep Singh, a sanitation worker at the Indira Gandhi Medical Collage & Hospital, Shimla. He was the first person in Himachal to get the vaccine jab. Also, sanitation workers were also honoured last year and certificates of appreciation were given to workers of wards number 16 and 17. 

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Himachal: 53 Succumb to Severe Covid Symptoms in 24 Hours, Spike in Fatality Rate Among Patients With No Comorbidities

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Shimla-On Monday, Himachal reported 4,359 new cases of coronavirus while 53 people succumbed to severe symptoms of infection. This took the state death toll to 1,925 and the total number of infections to 1,35,782 till now according to official data.

 Kangra district continues to report the highest numbers of daily deaths due to coronavirus. In the last 24 hours, the district reported 18 deaths. While the Solan district reported the second-highest casualties with eight deaths in the last 24-hours. The youngest patient to succumb to coronavirus was a 24-year-old man from the Solan district. The man died of sudden cardiopulmonary arrest with severe SARS COVID 19 Pneumonia according to official data. No other comorbidity was cited in the report.

About 16 of the deceased persons were aged below 50 years. According to the official statistics, at least 45 (84%) of the deceased had no comorbidities.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 10, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Meanwhile, in its recent press statement, a state government spokesperson said that the positivity rate of Covid-19 across the state has come out to be 26.3% in the last week. Districts of Kangra, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Shimla, Mandi, Solan, and Sirmour have recorded a positivity rate of more than 20 percent from May 3 to May 9. 

In the last 24-hours, a total of 10,746 Covid testings was done across the state out of which 1,180 remains awaited.

Till now the state has conducted 16,33,923 sampling across the state however, the daily testing rate continues to fluctuate and remains below 20,000 tests per day.

Further, according to the government, by May 10, a total of 16,59,619 people had received the vaccine, out of which 38,0791 people had received both doses. Meanwhile, the state has gone under stricter corona curfew with restrictions imposed on interstate travelling as well.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 10, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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