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Finally, Shimla gets new 3.5 crore Old Age Home building for mentally unwell

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Shimla- Umang Foundation, a public welfare trust working for the rights of disabled and weaker sections, has urged the chief minister Virbhadra Singh to start separate old age homes for mentally sick men and women and disabled persons as per the directions of the High Court.

Umang Foundation Chairman, said that after the order of High Court in his PIL, all the 28 inmates of Old Age Home at Basantpur have been awarded pension and their living conditions are good. Some of the inmates are severely disabled or mentally sick. He lauded the efforts and personal interest taken by the chief minister in the construction of a state of the art new building of Old Age Home in which the inmates are to be shifted tomorrow.

In the letter to chief minister,Umang Foundation Chairman said,

It is the result of your great sensitivity and personal interest taken in matter of the old age home that an excellent building is ready to house 28 persons who were abandoned by their own loved ones.The new building of the home with the cost of around 3.5 crore will be a model for the other states.

He said that in 2012, Umang Foundation had started to raise voice against gross violation of human rights and approached the High Court twice. The then Governor Urmila Singh had ordered a high level inquiry and the matter was also raised in the Vidhan Sabha. The government was forced to make the condition liveable for the inmates.

After the change of government in December, 2012, chief minister Virbhadra Singh too keen interest and the situation got changed.

Srivastava said at present there are 14 men and 14 women in the old age home being run by State Social Welfare Advisory Board. Most of the are severely mentally sick or physically disabled. He said that a separate home should immediately started for mentally sick inmates because they require special care and attention.

A separate home should also be established for the disabled as per the orders of the High Court. He also demanded strict implementation of the judgement of division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Tarlok Singh Chauhan of High Court in his PIL.

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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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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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