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Chief Minister directs for speedy disposal of cases of atrocities

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Chief Minister directs for speedy disposal of cases of atrocities

Chief Minister directs for speedy disposal of cases of atrocities

While presiding over the meeting of State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee constituted under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 here today, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the police should make earnest efforts to complete investigations in the cases pertaining to harassment of the SC/ST’s. He also directed the Home Department to take up the matter with the Registrar General of the HP High Court to constitute exclusive special courts for speedy disposal of cases of atrocities against SC/ST’s.

The Chief Minister directed the district level committees to look into the harassment or atrocities on SC/ST’s and besides assessing that cases were not withdrawn by the victims of such atrocities under duress. He said it had also to be looked after by the the investigating agencies that the people may not use this Act for scoring personal vendetta as the genuine cases sometimes did not justice.

The Chief Minister urged the HP State legal Service Authority to create awareness amongst the people regarding the legal aid being provided to the victims of the atrocities or to the any other person who himself wants to be party in the case in favour of the victims.

He directed that the meetings of the monitoring committees to look into the affairs of the SC/ST community at district level be held as per the norms four meeting annually.

He lauded the efforts of the Social Justice and Empowerment Department for spreading the awareness about untouchability and rights of the SC/ST’s by organizing awareness camps in the rural and far flung areas.

Sh Kuldeep Kumar, Chairman HP State Finance Commission placed before the Chief Minister the demands of Himachal Pradesh SC/ST Vikas Sangh pertaining to waving off the loans. He also raised the matter pertaining to a missing dalit woman in Una and asked the police to look into the case.

Prakash Chaudhary Excise and Taxation Minister, Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Nand Lal Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Virander Kashyap, M.P., Khub Ram, Kishsori Lal and Mohan Lal Brakta, MLAs, P. Mitra Chief Secretary, V.C. Pharka Additional Chief Secretary, P.C. Dhiman Principal Secretary SJ&E, Sanjay Kumar DGP, Smt. Satwant Atwal, IG Crime, Raj Kumar Channena Director National Commission for Schedule Caste, M.L. Sharma Director Prosecution and Harbans Negi Additional Director SC/OBC and Minority Affairs were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt

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Nipah virus in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1

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Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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