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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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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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