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Due to HP Govt.’s poor action plan for distribution, 33,011 quintal seeds reached farmers after sowing seasons was over: CAG

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CAG report said delays in distribution of seeds were attributable to non-preparation of annual action plans (AAPs) for procurement of inputs and delay in preparation of AAPs for distribution resulted in late sowing of crops which would have adversely affected the production and productivity of crops.

SHIMLA- Raising a question mark on the functioning of the agriculture department in Himachal Pradesh, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has found that 33,011 quintal of seeds reached farmers when the sowing seasons (for both wheat and maize) were over during the 2010-15 period.

In its report, CAG has said that the authorities distributed 28,909.63 quintals of wheat seed and 4,101.47 quintal of maize seed costing Rs 9.39 crore among farmers in the test-checked districts with a delay ranging between one and 135 days.

Similarly, in seven (out of eight) test-checked blocks, 10,671.35 quintals of seeds (8,709.46 quintals wheat) and (1,961.89 quintals maize) costing Rs 2.99 crore were distributed among farmers during the 2010-15 period after a delay ranging between one and 135 days.

CAG report said delays in distribution of seeds were attributable to non-preparation of annual action plans (AAPs) for procurement of inputs and delay in preparation of AAPs for distribution resulted in late sowing of crops which would have adversely affected the production and productivity of crops.

The office manual of the state government requires the directorate to prepare AAP for departmental programmes and schemes in advance in January every year with periodical break-up of targets in respect of each activity including procurement and distribution of agriculture inputs.

The CAG noticed that the AAP for the year 2014-15 was not at all prepared and plans for 2010-11 to 2013-14 were finalized after a delay of four to five months. However, the planning for procurement of the agriculture inputs was not included in the AAPs. As a result, there was a delay in distribution of seeds among farmers.

It added that director in October last year said nearly 80% area of the districts is rain-fed and sometimes deficient rainfall resulted in delay.

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HP Govt Issues Clarification on Opening of Temples and Restaurants in State

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Himachal Pradesh Opening Temples and Restaurants from June 8, 2020

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government has issued a clarification on a notification issued by the State Government on May 31, 2020, regarding re- opening of temples and restaurants in the State. The Government said the notification has been misinterpreted in a section of press, particularly in the social media.

A Spokesman of the State Government clarified today that temples and restaurants would open in Himachal from June 8, 2020, after SOP/guidelines are issued by MoH and FW Government of India and thereafter by the Department  of Language Art and Culture and  Department of Tourism, Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been relaxed from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, informed the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the video conferencing in the wake of coronavirus with all the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla on 31.

Also Read: All Guidelines for Passengers, Staff, Management Regarding Public Transport

Further, the transport services would be allowed only between 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The buses are allowed to ply with a maximum of 60 per cent seating capacity to maintain social distancing. The District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police are supposed to provide adequate police force for crowd management and law and order maintenance at all the bus stands.

The buses would be allowed to ply with not more than 60 percent occupancy and the drivers, conductors and passengers would have to follow all the safety protocols of the Health Department.

Also Read: New Guidelines Regarding Quarantine and Its Requirements

 
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Himachal: New Guidelines Regarding Quarantine and Its Requirements

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Himachal PRadesh New Quarantine Guidelines issued on may 31, 2020

Shimla– The State Department of Revenue-Diaster Management Cell on May 31, 2020, issued new guidelines regarding quarantine rules and requirements.  According to the notification, all persons coming from high load COVID-19 infected cities will be institutionally quarantined. All asymptomatic persons coming from States/cities will be home-quarantined as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family, GoI.

Also Read: All New Guidelines for Himachal, What’s Re-Opening/Permitted and What’s Not

Other Guidelines

  1. All person coming from abroad will be quarantined as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI.
  2. All symptomatic and persons with ILI symptoms may be kept in institutional quarantine facilities.
  3. All persons who jump home-quarantine will be taken to institutional quarantine.
  4. Educational institutions may not be used as quarantine centres. Preference may be given to community buildings, hotels, guest houses etc.
  5. Those asking for better facilities other than identified by the District Administration may be quarantined in paid facilities pre-identified and notified by the district administration.
  6. The orchardists/agriculturalist/Contractors/Project proponents shall arrange for quarantine facility of all labour brought to the State from outside.
  7. Adequate IEC and monitoring may be done to ensure compliance of guidelines of home quarantine by the persons concerned.

Also Read: All New Guidelines for HP Govt Employees and Offices

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HP Govt Reshuffles 20 IAS Official, RN Batta Appointed as Advisor to CM, JC Sharma as Principal Secretary

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Himachal PRadesh IAS officers transferred on may 31, 2020

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh has reshuffled 20 IAS officials, and notification regarding their transfer was issued on May 31, 2020. Dr Ravinder Nath Batta has been appointed as Advisor to Chief Minister with immediate effect. He will also hold additional charge of the post of Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister. The transfers came following the appointment of Sanjay Kundu as the new Director General of Police.

IAS Jagdish Chande Sharmar, who was the Principal Secretary (PWD, Transport & Information Technology), has been appointed Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister. He has been given additional charge of the post of Principal Secretary (PWD, Excise&Taxation and Information& Public Relation).

Other than IAS Officers, Vinay Singh, HPAS has been given charge as Special Secretary to Chief Minister and Special Secretary to (PWD) to Government of Himachal Pradesh.

List of All IAS Officials Transferred on May 31

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