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Himachal’s Paperless E-Vidhan initiative saves time paper worth Rs 14.5 crore

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SHIMLA:The Vidhan Sabha’s initiative to launch e-vidhan project to make the Assembly’s proceedings paperless has helped the state save paper worth Rs 14.5 crore. It also won accolades from the Centre which has included the project among three pioneer projects to be implemented by National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI) to be replicated by other states.

“Several other states have evinced keen interest in implementing the Himachal’s e-vidhan model and during the recent conference of Speakers where I cleared their doubts. The IT Department has included it in three projects of the NICSI, along with Adhaar-Enabled Biometric Attendance Scheme, and Jeevan Pramaan for digital life certificates to pensioners”, Speaker BBL Butail said here today.

Win-win deal
Thousands of trees will be saved
No hassles from movement of files from the Secretariat to the Vidhan Sabha
The copies of documents and theGovernor’s address will be madeavailable online
The Secretariat has received 455 questions, 381 starred and 74 unstarred and 99 questions have been received online

Butail said the Rs 8.12 crore project had been implemented and against anticipated saving of Rs 15-crore on paper, the actual saving was Rs 14.5 crore, which was commendable.

The project is a part of green initiative as thousands of trees will be saved and hassles from the movement of files from the Secretariat to the Vidhan Sabha during the sessions will be removed.
The Budget session, commencing on March 11, will be paperless and the copies of Budget documents and the Governor’s address will be made available online and hopefully all concerned, including ministers, MLAs, media and officials, would shift to online system, he added.

Butail said if all state assemblies and Parliament go online and eliminate paper, the saving would be in thousands of crores and lakhs of trees would be saved from getting axed, contributing to green initiatives.
The project would also be implemented in the Dharmasala complex of the Vidhan Sabha and Rs 8-crore project had been sent to the Centre for the approval, Butail said, adding that members had started sending the questions online and the departments were also sending the replies through e-vidhan system.

The Vidhan Sabha Secretariat had received 455 questions, 381 starred and 74 unstarred and 99 questions had been received online, he said, adding that the Budget would be presented on March 18 and passed on March 31 and there would be no recess during the session

The Speaker said the decision on the petition of BJP members for disqualification of four Independents under the anti-defection law would be announced soon. “I have recorded the statements of the Independent MLAs and now the statement of the petitioners will be recorded after which the decision will be announced,” he said.
Butail said the Union Government had also sanctioned a solar energy project for the Vidhan Sabha and HIMURJA had already started implementation of the project. Two floors of the Vidhan Sabha had been connected to the solar energy system and the streetlights would also be operated through solar energy, resulting in saving of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh per month, he added. 

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Rs.18 Crore Mandi Shiv Dham Project Tender Allotted for Rs. 36 Crores, Alleges Sudhir Sharma  

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Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, and Mandi Shivdham project, which he claims to be his dream project, has landed in controversy ahead of the polling for the by-polls scheduled to be held on October 30.

AICC secretary and former minister, Sudhir Sharma, on Saturday released a statement in which he alleged HP Tourism Development Corporation of indulging in corruption in allotment of tender for the Mandi Shivdham development project. He alleged that against the sanctioned limit of Rs. 18 crores, the tender for the development of the first phase of the project was granted to a Mumbai-based company “Generic Engineering Construction & Projects Limited” in February this year.

The project involves structural construction of replicas of 12 Jyotirlings, site development etc., as per the tender.

He also said that the Chief Minister himself holds charge of the Tourism Department.

Sudhir also furnished some documents related to the tender allocation to support his allegations.

He further informed that the tenders were first invited for the first phase between November 24 and 25, 2020. At that time, the estimated cost was mentioned to be Rs. 18 crores. Four companies responded to the invitation and participated in the tendering process. However, by February this year, the tender was allotted to the above-mentioned company for Rs. 36 crores.

Sudhir questioned the state government over doubling the cost and asked the Chief Minister to provide the public with an explanation for this.

“This money belongs to the State and it should be spent on public welfare,” Sudhir said in a statement released on Saturday.

He also demanded action against those involved in this alleged act of corruption.

Sudhir further alleged that instead of taking care and undertaking beautification of already existing temples and religious places in Mandi – also known as Choti Kashi- Chief Minister jumped to a new location with his dream project. He also alleged that the government didn’t even obtain forest clearance for this project and several trees were axed.

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Kinnaur: Horrific Tragedy Unfolds as Bodies of 7 Out of 11 Missing Trekkers Recovered, Two Still Missing

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Kinnaur-A horrific tragedy is unfolding as bodies of seven trekkers, who had gone missing while trekking from Uttarkashi to Chitkul, were recovered by the teams of Army and ITPB from Lamkhaga Pass in Kinnaur district. Two of them have been rescued alive and were receiving medical treatment. Two trekkers are still missing and feared to be dead.

Most of these persons belonged to West Bengal. 

The rescue team could not lift the bodies due to the bad weather on Thursday as it had to suspend the search and rescue operation. The operation was resumed on Friday. The search operation for the remaining missing persons would be carried out on Saturday. The search and rescue teams found the bodies at an altitude of 5,000 metres.

According to the available information, a total of 17 persons – 11 trekkers and six porters- had left Uttarkashi on October 11 on a trekking expedition that was supposed to conclude in Chikul of Kinnaur district on October 19. However, the weather took a drastic turn and the region witnessed heavy snowfall on October 17 and 18.

While six Nepalese porters were said to have reached Chitkul, the trekkers had decided to stay in temporary tents at Lamkhaga Pass. The porters had informed the police about the stranded trekkers on reaching Chitkul on October 20.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Abid Hussain, confirmed that nine of these trekkers have been found. While two were alive, seven had died. The exact reason for deaths would be ascertained only after the post-mortem. Two trekkers still remain missing. More information is awaited.

It’s pertinent to mention that the Meteorological Department had issued warning of heavy rain and snow on October 18 alonwith an orange alert. 

Following are the details of the bodies recovered and persons rescued alive:

Deceased Persons

  1. Anita Rawat (38) D/o Sh. Jyoti Singh R/o M 95 Harinagar, West Bengal
  2. Tanmay Tiwari (30), S/o Sh R.C. Tiwari, R/o Kishan Nagar, Kolkata 3
  3. Vikas Makal(33) son of Swapan Maikal, Raghabpur Nepalganj, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
  4. Saurabh Gosh (34) S/o Sushil Ghosh, R/o Nepalganj, South 24 West Bengal
  5. Subhayan Das (28) S/o Kajal Das, R/o 10/1A Nepal Bhatacharia G Streak Kalighat, West Bengal
  6. Richard Mandal (31) From West Bengal
  7. Upender (22) from Uttarkashi

Detail of Missing persons:

  1. Sukenh Manjhi(43) From West Bengal
  2. Gyan Chand (33) from Uttarkashi

Details of Injured Person

  1. Devendra Chauhan, S/o Hariram, R/o Village Gangad, Thana Mary, Uttarkashi. (company guide)
  2. Mithun Dari, S/o Swar Badal Ch Dari, R/o Prasadpur, PostAndhar Manik, South 24 Pargans, West Bengal

 

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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