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LED bulbs being provided at reasonable rates to consumers

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The State government has strongly refuted the reports appearing in some section of press regarding irregularities in implementation of centrally sponsored Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) scheme in the State. An official spokesman of the State government said here today that these allegations were totally false and beyond the facts just to mislead the people.

He clarified that this programme was being implemented in different States including Himachal Pradesh as per the guidelines of Government of India. In Himachal Pradesh, State Electricity Board Ltd. through M/s Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), a public sector entity under the Union Ministry of Power were implementing the programme. He said that M/s EESL had invited tender for procurement of LED bulbs as per the guidelines and firms have been selected for supplying LED bulbs through open competitive bidding, therefore complete transparency had been adopted in this process. Moreover, HPSEBL had not participated in open competitive bidding.

As far as rates of bulbs are concerned, the spokesman said domestic consumers were being provided three LED bulbs below the market price and they have also been given choice to pay for these bulbs with their electricity bills.

The Spokesperson said the procurement in January 2016 for Madhya Pradesh was for 9W LED bulbs and EESL has been successful in bringing down the procurement cost to Rs. 64.41 (exclusive of taxes) and the benefit of this price will only be in the state of Madhya Pradesh and not anywhere else. EESL have informed that apart from the procurement costs, there are taxes and additional costs of awareness, distribution and other administration that add to the final price of the LED bulbs and hence the distribution cost will remain as Rs. 100 bulb on upfront payment in all the states including Himachal Pradesh.

Further, Secretary to the Govt. of India, has been intimated case study of DELP in Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh that capital cost are likely to be lower based on EESL experience that the price of LED’s go down very significantly with bulk procurement on volumes. In the case of LED bulbs procurement of 75 lakh LED bulbs (in 3 tenders during 2014) has already seen prices go down dramatically from Rs 400 per piece to Rs 149, a reduction of 60 %.

In initial procurement of 7W LED bulbs in January 2014, for Puducherry, EESL achieved a cost of Rs. 310. The prices for the subsequent procurement for other states, during September 2014 to February 2015, ranged between Rs. 204 to Rs. 104. EESL through aggregation and transparent procurement has achieved a rapid decline in LED prices. The last base price of procurement for 7W LED bulbs, held in June 2015, was a pooled price of Rs. 78. EESL has successfully passed on this price advantage to the consumers through pooling of prices.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs

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Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.

On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.

The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.

The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.

The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.

If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.

It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.

Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.

The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.

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Drought-like situation haunts Himachal as no rain, snow in stock, HP DM holds emergency meeting 

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Shimla: As snow and rain continue to evade the peak winter season in Himachal Pradesh, which is already facing 49 percent post-monsoon rain deficiency, the State Disaster Management called a meeting to embraces for the impact of the drought-like situation in the State.

Today, the maximum day temperature in the capital Shimla was recorded at 19 Degree Celsius while the day was hottest for Una at 27 Degree Celsius.

While a debate over the role of global warming behind erratic changes in the weather can also be heard, the Met Department blamed the western disturbances, which, it said, are not strong this year, hence, there is no precipitation.

The nigh temperature in winters remains close to seven to nine Degrees Celsius, which is four to five notches above from the average temperature witnessed during this time of the year. If the same pattern continues for the next two weeks, then it will not only hit the Rs. 20,000-crore apple industry but the tourist influx too.

The apple growers need moisture and several hundred chilling hours to ensure ample apple crop, and this year they are short of the required chilling hours. 

The apple production, which was over 850 metric ton in 2011, has already been reducing.

Other crops like green almonds, tomatoes, pears, apricots, cabbage, cauliflower etc will also be affected due to dry weather.

The hoteliers and ski resorts are witnessing fall in tourist influx as the chances of snowfall are scarce.

Meeting of HP Disaster Mangement 

In wake of the drought-like situation, the Principal Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management) Onkar Chand Sharma held a meeting with senior officers of various departments including the Deputy Commissioners of all 12 districts video conferencing.

Onkar Sharma said the government has analyzed entire rainfall data of all districts. It was found that there is a deficiency of 49 percent in the State (post-monsoon).

The meteorological department has predicted chances of scattered to moderate rainfall during 23-24 January 2018. Except that, the weather is likely to remain mostly dry until January 22 and January 25 onwards. 

However, the government said that the state has received ample rainfall during December 2017, therefore, the Rabi crops and the drinking water supply are unaffected so far.

The Disaster Managment will prepare a contingency plan to combat the drought-like situations, said the Secretary. 

There are 45 labs of the IPH department for the testing of drinking water supply, he informed.

The Deputy Commissioners were asked to ensure water quality testing randomly up to the subdivision level and arrange water tankers in water-scarce areas as well as fodder for livestock.

All the districts were also directed to take remedial measures to stop contamination of drinking water sources. Besides it, the Secretary directed super chlorination in all districts to prevent water-borne diseases like Jaundice.

Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Shri D.C. Rana, Director, Indian Meteorological Department Shri Manmohan Singh, Chief Engineer of IPH Department, senior officers from Horticulture and Agriculture also attended the meeting.

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