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Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

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Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the concluding ceremony of the three day mega HP University Inter-College Youth Festival-2014 at Government College, Sanjauli today announced construction of a hostel for the girl students of far-flung areas of the State. He also announced a sum of Rupees Four crore for a new block with parking facilities and the classes. He accorded permission for constructing over-bridge near the Sanjauli College connecting IGMC road with the National Highway.

He said all students of this college of ‘Centre of Excellence’ should definitely go beyond the sky heights in academics. “Sky should be the limit for them and they should not waste time indulging in undue politics”, he said, adding that more such colleges of excellence would be opened in times to come. He expressed happiness over the constitution of SCA of the Sanjauli College and said that similar procedure should also be adopted for electing office bearers in other colleges of the State as well. He had all praise for the SCA President Ms. Shaksharta.

Expressing concern of the growing incidents of violence in the HP University and in various educational institutions of the State, the Chief Minister said that such indiscipline would not be tolerated in the educational institutions of the State. He said that he was happy to learn that the Sanjauli College Students Central Association (SCA) was unanimously nominated. He said that many colleges in the State had been adopting the same pattern of nominating the SCA from amongst the meritorious students. He said that a committee headed by a retired Judge of the High Court had been constituted to look into the fee pattern and its report was awaited.

He said that the State Government had opened as many as 15 colleges in the far-flung and remote areas of the State during the present Government’s regime adding that the many new schools were also either opened or upgraded in the remote corners of the State facilitating the students, especially the girl child to pursue higher education at their doorstep. He appealed to the teachers to voluntarily serve in the colleges and schools in the far-flung and remote areas of the State so as to educate each and every child towards making a Himachal a strong and vibrant State. He exhorted the teaching fraternity to themselves opt for teaching in remote corners instead looking for postings in and around the cities.

Virbhadra Singh said State Government was making concerted efforts to provide technical and professional education to the students as these were the doors for opportunities for the youth in any developing Nation. Moreover, it will also ensure employment opportunities in various sectors including self-employment, added he. Expressing happiness that the Government Degree College Sanjauli has emerged as the ‘Centre of Excellence’ and had produced many luminaries who are bringing laurels to the State by serving as either high government functionaries, in defense services or were the successful entrepreneurs.

Such festivals should be encouraged so as to promote fraternity and to inculcate discipline amongst the youth, said the Chief Minister. He added that together with promotion and preservation of our traditional culture these festivals play an important role in inculcating the ethos and values.

The Chief Minister also distributed the prizes to the winners of the competition.

Shashi Bhushan Shekhri, Director, Higher Education thanked the Chief Minister for honouring the event.

Earlier, Joginder Singh Negi, Principal Government College Sanjauli welcomed the Chief Minister and honoured him and the other dignitaries present on the occasion. He also detailed about the event and the other college activities, besides the academic excellence of the college. He said that as many as 750 students from 45 colleges participated in the Youth festival which began on 16th October, 2014. Besides, classical shows, folk dance and folk songs of the State remained attractions of the event, he said. He also demanded adequate space for constructing the ground for the students and a hostel for girls in or around the college.

A colourful cultural competition display was also organized by the students of different colleges.

Ms Shaksharta, President of the SCA proposed vote of thanks.

Harish Janartha, Vice-Chairman HP Tourism Development corporation, Dinkar Burathoki , Advisor Education, PC Dhiman, Principal Secretary, Education, , Shushant Khapret, Councillor, Smt Meera Ahluwalia, Chairperson, HPU Cultural and Co-Curricular Council & Principal RKMV College, Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, D.W Negi, SP Shimla, Office bearers of the HP Government, College Teachers Association, college faculty, staff members and students were present on the occasion amongst others.

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HP Health Dept Scam: Vigilance Probe an Eyewash, ‘Medical Mafia’ Given Time to Destroy Evidence, Alleges CPI(M)

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Himachal PRadesh Health department scam vigilance probe

Shimla-The alleged scams in the Health Department of Himachal Pradesh Government in the purchase of medical equipment like PPE kits, ventilators, sanitizers etc. in a time of a pandemic has shocked the people. Alleged corruption in the Government Departments has come as a shock because during an emergency like corona pandemic when the positive cases are still spiraling upward in the State, it was expected that corrupt officials and politicians would spare the people as it was about their lives.  

Also Read: HP Health Dept Scam: Accused Director Granted Bail

The State Government led by the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur might have ordered a probe into the scam but questions are being raised over the authenticity of these investigations as influential politicians from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have been linked to these scams.

Also Read: Official Suspended in ‘HP Secretariat Sanitizer Scam’

The opposition, some senior leaders of the ruling party, MLAs, and activists in the State are of the opinion that the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau is just another tool under the State Government. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is running the Health Ministry, and the sudden resignation of BJP Chief Rajeev Bindal after a week the scam came to light has already raised several questions.

Also Read: HP Health Dept Scam: There is More to It Than Just Alleged Bribery

The opposition Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been expressing fears of biased investigations in which justice won’t be served. Both had been demanding transfer of the case to the State High Court. Congress has already submitted a memorandum regarding the same to the Governor. On June 3, 2020, Theog MLA Rakesh Singha with a delegation of CPI(M) also met the Governor with a demand of transferring the case to the State High Court for a fair probe.   

In its memorandum, the party said that there is prima facie evidence to establish the failure of the government to prevent corruption in the purchase of vital health equipment required to combat corona pandemic. 

Also Read: HP Health Dept Issues Clarification Over Alleged Irregularities in ‘Ventilator Purchase’

In the memorandum, the party cited several reasons to convince the Governor that the Vigilance Inquiry instituted by the HP Government is just an eye wash.

Following are the reasons/facts cited in the memorandum:

(Note: The below-given information has not been edited by Himachal Watcher and published as mentioned in the memorandum)

  1. The Vigilance investigation failed to take steps between 21.05.2020 and 25.05.2020 to siege relevant documents, question the possible chain of culprits, and take relevant persons in their custody when one of the accused Dr. AK Gupta was allowed admission in IGMC. In fact, it is with the tacit approval of the Vigilance that the accused was permitted to avoid investigation at the earliest point of time and opportunity was given to the “Medical Mafia” to destroy relevant evidence available. Political Powerful of the ruling party are remote controlling the Corruption Gangsters.
  2. It is indigestible that Mr. Prithvi Singh the Marketing Manager of Apex Diagnostics and Former President (SC Morcha) BJP, District Sirmour was not taken into custody under the provisions of Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption (Amended) Act 2018. He has been given preferential treatment for obvious reasons.
  3. The of the Vigilance team is determined to exonerate the accused, which is evident from the fact that by examination of the purchase of various items essential for dealing COVID19 pandemic would have unearthed another corruption deal of the 10 ventilators purchased by the Health Department. Which, as per the report of the Danik Jagran, the so-called ventilator were purchased for approximately Rupees Ten lacs each while the same ventilator cost approximately Rupees 3 lacs only. Had it not been for the vigilante media, this vital fact would also have been brushed under the carpet.

Moreover, historically the organ of Vigilance department has been used as a tool by successive governments:

(i) To dilute the obvious resentment of the people whenever corruption cases are brought to light by the media, by competing groups attempting to corner the fruits of corrupt practices, or unearthing corrupt deals by progressive forces in the society.

(ii) To shield the corrupt but at the same time create illusions amongst the people that the government is serious on the issue of corrupt practices and the culprits would not be spared.

“ You are also well aware under the era of crony capitalism the nexus of the corporate, bureaucracy and politicians needs to be smashed to save the system from a total collapse which is heading towards given the depth and intensity of the crises which is the visible world over,”

the memorandum stated.

Therefore, the party requested the Governor to intervene under the special  powers bestowed  on his honorable office  by the Constitution  of India to direct the government  on specific  issues i.e.:

  1. To direct the Government to hand over the corruption case of purchase of medical items and equipment (e.g. Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), sanitizers etc.) being investigated by the Himachal Pradesh Vigilance department to the Hon’ble High Court for appropriate directions as well as investigations.
  2. To direct the Himachal Pradesh Government to place all fund collections received by it for combating COVID-19 pandemic in the public domain by publishing a white paper.
  3. To advice the Government to constitute an Ethical Committee for approval of all medical equipment purchased for dealing with COVID-19 as mandated per the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 and abide by the guidelines of the Drug Controller General of India in relation to items which fall within its purview. The system should be placed to put all the details of purchases, tenders and stock be placed in the public domain, preferably on Government web site.

 

 

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Patwari Recruitment: High Court Dismisses Petition Alleging Irregularities in Holding Exam

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Himachal PRadesh Patwari Recruitment Cleared by High Court

Shimla-While hearing a petition, the State High Court, Himachal Pradesh, on June 3, 2020, cleared the State Government of allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of Patwaris.

More than three lakh candidates had applied for appearing in this examination and about three lakh candidates appeared in it for approximately 1200 vacancies.  As many as 1150 candidates passed the examination but the further process remained pending due to the petition.

On November 17, 2019, a written examination was conducted through various Deputy Commissioners in different districts. Some candidates challenged the recruitment of the Patwaris in the State High Court, alleging irregularities in the recruitment.

State Government filed a detailed reply on this appeal and stated that there was no irregularity. One of the candidates, who had challenged the appeal had not even appeared in the examination, the State Government said.

Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that on January 8, 2020, State High Court asked to further investigate the matter.  CBI filed a detailed investigation report in this regard on May 29, 2020. High Court observed that as per CBI’s report, nothing objectionable was about the conduction of the examination and selection process. The court then dismissed the petition.

“The leaders of the opposition were raising unnecessary hue and cry in this regard, which was completely baseless,”

said Mahender Singh and Suresh Bhardwaj in a joint statement.

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Kinnaur Reports Its First Two Cases, 10 Others Reported from Five Districts  

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 cases on June 3, 2020

Shimla– According to the daily COVID-19 bulletin (5:00 PM) released by the Health Department for June 3, 2020, 12 cases were reported from Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Shimla, Mandi, and Kinnaur district, taking tally for the Himachal Pradesh to 357.

Kinnaur entered the list of COVID-19 affected districts as it reported its first two cases – a man and his wife who had returned from Delhi. Their 10-year-old son also accompanied the parents during the travel but was tested negative.  They were under institutional quarantine. Now, Lahaul-Spiti is the only district where no case has been reported so far.

Kangra district reported four new cases. While Hamirpur reported two new cases, Bilaspur and Shimla reported one case each. Shimla reported its 10th case as a returnee from Delhi who belongs to Rampur tested positive. He was under institutional quarantine at a centre in Juri.

In Kangra district, the COVID-19 tally has reached 96 with four new cases. One of the persons, a resident of Golwan village in Fatehpur, was said to have no travel history, which has become a matter of worry for the district administration. Another person out of these four, who had returned from Delhi in an Air India flight, also tested positive. The Superintendent of Police, Vimukt Ranjan, has confirmed the report. Further, a girl from the Shahpur area was also tested positive. She had returned from Delhi in a Spice Jet flight. The fourth person had returned from Madhya Pradesh on May 27. He was identified as a resident of Fatehpur.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till June 3, 2020 (5:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh First COVID-19 cases in Kinnaur

Mandi also reported two cases in which 23-year-old and 26-year-old residents of Sundernagar testes positive for COVID-19.

In Hamirpur, two persons who had returned from Delhi and Chandigarh were tested positive. Both were under institutional quarantine. With these new cases, the total number has risen to 114 in Hamirpur, of which 74 are active.

In Bilaspur district, a 31-year-old tested positive. The person was identified as a resident of Solan, who was stopped at Bilaspur-Punjab border while he was returning from Delhi in his vehicle and was placed under institutional quarantine at Swarghat.

Further, eight patients – two in Una and six in Kangra district – have recovered. So far, 144 patients have recovered and 204 cases are still active. Result of 1061 samples sent for testing on Wednesday was awaited.  

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