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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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HIPA launches Online registration portal for trainees and to map digital literacy of officials handling online services

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HIPA Online Registration Portal for trainees

Shimla: On the 12th Civil Services Day, Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) today launched an online registration portal for registration and nomination of trainees.

The NIC has developed this portal for the Department of Training as the technical agency for facilitating the trainees.

HIPA has also developed an online registration platform for trainees to map digital literacy of the officials, who are handling the online services notified by the Department of Administration Reforms.

Other than this, an e-Newsletter named ‘Fairlawn Updates’ and the new issue of HIPA Journal were also released along with the compendium on RTI Act, 2005, and H.P. Public Services Guarantee Act – an initiative taken by the Department of Administration Reforms.

The digital services are expected to help departments to reduce footfall and deliver better services with transparency.

The Chief Minister, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the initiatives and also released the report on District Governance Indices, Department of Administrative Reforms.

jairam thakur releases hp district index

The report on H.P. District Governance Index 2017 has examined ten broad themes of governance, 26 focus subjects, and 82 specific variables to arrive at the findings, informed the Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Dr Purnima Chauhan.  

It will help in assessing the quality of governance in the districts through examination of the available data in about 50 aspects of governance and will be aggregated into a single scoring and ranking instrument, she further added.

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Himachal needs ropeways, sky buses, monorails as State has insufficient land: Govind Singh

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monorail in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur today participated in the meeting of Group of Ministers (Transport) held in Guwahati.

He presented the case of Himachal Pradesh on issues like taking preventive measures to check road accidents in hilly states, road safety, unification of taxes, provision of national permits for buses and uniformity in vehicle registration and driving license.

He said that despite tough topographical conditions, the state has been improving citizen services by use of modern technologies and special steps are being taken to minimize the road accidents.

 He said that considering the special conditions and insufficiency of land, there is need to develop alternative modes of transport like ropeways, sky buses etc. in Himachal.

 A Sub-Group was constituted under the chairmanship of Transport Minister of Assam Chander Mohan Patwari.

The Sub-Group would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers in a stipulated time, which is not mentioned.

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Kangra: Miraculous escape for a family of 4 including 2 children

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Weird accident in Himachal PRadesh

Kangra: A storm yesterday hit some parts of Himachal Pradesh. However, in Kangra district’s Jwali constituency, it led to a horrid encounter which could have given a family of four including two children a gruesome death.

A couple with their two children was travelling in their Santro car when strong winds felled a Eucalyptus tree on the Jwali-Jasur road and fell on the moving car. As the car was in motion, the tree broke through the windshield to pierce through the car.  

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Pic: Punjab Kesari

The bewildering picture above describes the intensity of the impact.

However, in what can be said a miraculous event, only the husband, who was driving the car, sustained non-lethal injuries on the head while his wife and children were completely safe.

The injured was relieved from the Civil Hospital, Jwali, after receiving minor treatment.

The picture makes everyone wonder how it happened, and how all passengers survived it.

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