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Shongtong Karcham row: Section 144 being misused to suppress protesting workers demanding due wages?

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Himachal Pradesh CPI(M) on Kinnuar Protest

SHIMLA- The Himachal Pradesh state committee of CPI(M) on Saturday demanded withdrawal of prohibitory orders imposed by Kinnaur District Magistrate against striking workers.

In a memorandum submitted to Chief Secretary, P Mitra, the CPI (M) state Committee members Rakesh Singha and Kuldeep Singh Tanwar demanded immediate withdrawal of Section 144 of Cr PC imposed by District Magistrate, Kinnaur.

According to the allegation, the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation is constructing the Shongtong Karcham Hydro Project. Several sub-contractors engaged in the construction of the project namely Raj Gopal, Lichan, Raja Construction have not paid wages to large numbers of their workers since last two months and Lichen Construction has not made the legally paid wages to its worker since the last three months.

The allegation further said that the District Magistrate of Kinnaur instead of directing the Principal employer of implementing the law has arbitrarily promulgated an order under Section 144 of CrPC. The order has been made without application of mind, and recording of the facts while making the impugned order.

As per the committee, the order does not qualify the legal requirement and has been made with the intention of bringing advantage to those who are violating the labour laws and depriving the workers of their right of life and liberty as enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

They also pointed out that contents of the order reveal that a para of it has been copied from an earlier order made during the dispute between JP management and its workers.

The committee has demanded that Section 144 needs to be revoked immediately and the management needs to be directed to make the due payments of the workers apart from settling the other issues of the dispute.

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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.  

car accident in Kangra

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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