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1400 job openings, amendment in Lease Rule 2013 approved in HP Cabinet meeting with other decisions



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The Cabinet gave its nod to allow the use of amber beacon light on top of the official vehicle of Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Dharamshala.

SHIMLA- The Cabinet in its meeting held here yesterday decided to make necessary amendments in HP Lease Rules 2013 to include evacuee property which were un-authorized sold in Shimla and Kangra districts as per the provisions of displaced persons compensation and rehabilitation act, 1954.

The Cabinet was presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

As most of the aforesaid evacuee properties are in use and occupation since long it was decided that to avoid long drawn legal proceedings and to realize the use and occupation charges from the present occupants, certain norms were to be examined under the lease rules, 2013 with necessary amendments. The rule shall be applicable only on those properties which were sold un-authorizedly.

The Cabinet gave approval to implement the Market Intervention Scheme-2016 under which about 1.11 metric tonne apple would be procured @ of Rs. 6.50/- per kilogram besides handling charges, which will be Rs. 2.75 per kg and assumed sale realization Rs. 3.25 per kg.

Under the Scheme 279 procurement centres will be opened as per demand of the fruit growers out of which 162 collection centres will be opened and operated by the HPMC and 117 by the HIMFED. This scheme will be implemented in the State w.e.f. 20th July to 31stOctober, 2016.


Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 600 posts of Junior Basic Teacher (JBT) in Elementary Education Department on contract basis.

It approved to fill up 500 posts of Post Graduate Teacher (PGT) in Education Department on contract basis.

Approved to fill up 108 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Excise & Taxation Department on regular basis.

It approved for creation and fill up 30 posts of different categories for new Government Pharmacy College Kangra at Nagrota Bagwan.

The cabinet approved to fill and create as many as 29 posts in tourism department.

It approved to fill 26 vacant posts of Mining Guards through direct recruitment on contract basis in Industries Department.

Cabinet approved to fill up 19 posts of various categories on contract basis in Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Approved to fill eight posts of Junior Engineer (Horticulture) in PW Department by way of direct recruitment on contract basis.

Approved to fill up seven posts of Excise and Taxation Inspector through direct recruitment on regular basis.

To fill up two posts of Driver in H.P. Horticultural Produce Marketing & Processing Corporation Limited (HPMC) on contract basis.

To fill up one post of Technical Assistant Grade-I in Dr YS Parmar, UHF Nauni Solan.

It approved for creation and fill up on one post of Programmer, class-I (Gazetted) in the department of Industries on contract basis.

Approved to create one post of Company Secretary in HPMC.

To create and fill up one post of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Youth Services and Sport Department on contract basis.

To fill up one post of Driver on daily wages basis in Director Land Records Shimla.


To fulfill the announcements of Chief Minister, Cabinet gave its nod to open 37 new Ayurvedic Health Centers along-with requisite staff in the State.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade the Primary Health Centre (PHC) Kuthehar to Community Health Centre (CHC) in Tehsil Jawali district Kangra.

It approved to open Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Chamiyan in district Solan along-with requisite staff.

Approved to establish ten bedded Ayurvedic Hospital at Paonta Sahib in district Sirmour as per the announcement of Chief Minister.


The Cabinet decided to take over privately managed ‘Deen Dayal Mahesh Degree College, Sugh-Bhatoli in district Kangra with the permission for filling up and creation of as many as 28 posts of different categories.

Decided to take over the service of teaching and non-teaching staff of Swami Vivekanand Gramodya College, Shivnagar, district Kangra.

It decided to start Science classes in Government College Rajgarh in district Sirmour.

Approval was accorded to lease out the land in favour of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to make functional Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sandhol in district Mandi.

It was decided to provide free school uniform to the students of classes Plus one and Plus two under Mukhya Mantri Vardi Yojna.


The Cabinet gave its nod to allow the use of amber beacon light on top of the official vehicle of Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Dharamshala.

As per the announcements of the Chief Minister, the Cabinet approved to open new 16 Veterinary Dispensaries along-with requisite staff at various places of the State. It also approved to up-grade 13 Veterinary Dispensaries to Veterinary Hospital along-with requisite staff.

The Cabinet approved for conversion of Hair & Skin Care Trade into electrician Trade in Government ITI Manali at Patlikuhl.

Approval was accorded to provide funds for construction of Sarai Bhawan at Bodhgaya (Bihar).

Cabinet approved the proposal for terms and conditions for the appointment of Directors in HPSEBL.

It was decided that to avoid un-due delay in filling up the posts in different government departments, the requisitions for filling up the posts should reach Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur by 28th of February and 30th of June every year. It was further decided that dates may be advanced in consultation with the Commission.


It gave its approval to amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning, Rules, 2014.

Cabinet approved Himachal Pradesh Electricity Distribution Management Responsibility Act, 2014-framing of rules thereof.

It approved amendment in Tax Schedules under Himachal Pradesh Value Added Tax Act, 2005.

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Campus Watch

Bahra University and Siemens to run engineering course jointly




SHIMLA- Solan based privately owned Bahra University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with industrial giant Siemens Industry Software India Private Limited (SISW). The tie up will enable University to set up Siemens Certified Professional Learning Center at its campus.

Suman Bose, Managing Director & CEO for Siemens and Dr. SK Bansal, Vice-Chancellor Bahra University signed the MoU at University campus.

Elaborating on the benefits of the MoU Dr. Bansal said the University will start a new batch of 4-year integrated B.Tech, Mechanical with specialization in Design and Development program at their campus.

Dr. Bansal said the above course will be driven to produce industry ready engineers around broad specializations in industry 4.0 and Smart Factory, design and development, manufacturing and computer aided analysis. He said

Students successfully completing the course per stipulated guidelines will be awarded B.Tech Mechanical degree through the University and Certificate of Merit for the opted specialization in Design and Development through Siemens Industry Software India Private Limited,

Suman Bose assured to provide assistance to arrange for internship for students of University and also promised to assist in arranging industry projects for the students and endeavor to conduct conference and seminars in the University.

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Creative Corner

Himachal’s award winning filmmaker Ajay Saklani shares his journey with Himachal Watcher




SHIMLA- It is often said, every great dream begins with a dreamer. One must always remember that one has within self the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Keeping in mind the same talented Ajay Saklani hailing from a remote village Sihan, district Mandi of Himachal Pradesh, made the state proud not at national but even at international level by bagging two international awards during screening of his film Saanjh – a Himachali feature film at THE BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL (held in California, USA) where it was chosen as the Best Feature Film among 750 other entries from around the globe was and “Award of merit” at Accolade Global Film Competition.


Ajay hails from a very humble background and showed people that one should be the flame and not the moth as having passed out from a government school his dream to achieve recognition not just for self but even for state and country.

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Sharing his journey to fame he with Himachal Watcher’s Community Member, Ritanjali Hastir, Ajay said,

My father was in army and he dreamt about me too following his footsteps. However, I was more inclined towards filmmaking that led me to taste the magic of theatre world.

As they say follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams so without any knowledge and guidance on filmmaking, Ajay shifted to Delhi in 2005.


There he joined RGB 4:3 Productions and learned the basics of filmmaking from Surender Sagar. He started his career as an editor and worked with some more production houses and few TV channels like Shakti TV, MH One Music, PTC Punjabi, Day & Night News to name.

His first documentary ‘Dyalee – a fading glory’ in 2006 in my village which helped him learn filmmaking basics. His second documentary ‘Upaasmar – The Taste of Hunger’ in 2011 was shot in the tribal areas of Maharashtra raising the issue of Malnutrition deaths in India and finally in 2014 after coming back to Himachal his own production company Silent Hills Studio in Hamirpur came into existence.

“With ‘Saanjh’ production I wanted to make a technical sound film that can compete with other films in the cinema halls. I hope that my work can inspire other filmmakers too and together we can promote Himachali cinema by providing with the quality work in future,” he shared.

“I feel that it was a film that fell in Art as well as Entertainment genre that made it touch hearts at the international level. As normally if we talk about Himachali Cinema, there is no such Cinema as of today in Himachal. Only a few films were produced till now and because of poor technical and creative work, those films could not make it to cinema halls or any film festivals around the country or world”, he expresses.

“Many people outside the state felt embarrassed considering the sad quality of music videos which fail to ravish visual or hearing senses; as they are also judged with the same rod. Recently some singers have given a ray of hope as they came forward with different music and quality videos. Many other singers from the state but they are all focused on Hindi and Punjabi music”, Ajay added as he contemplated on the situations one has to face considering the previous track records.


He further feels, “Cinema on the other hand is still untouched. As in 2011 Sanjeev Rattan’s ‘Dil Ch Vaseya Koi’ even won the National Award but due to the technical issues, the film failed to make it to cinema halls.Some filmmakers are coming up with great ideas for short films but again they are also focused on Hindi language. I believe until all these people don’t start making Pahari(Himachali)language films, there is no support for any kind of cinematic development in Himachal. Recently Siddarth Chauhan made a mark with his latest work and I feel happy that his next project is in Himachali language. It seems like a beginning of a new era for Himachali Cinema that has been neglected from a long time.”

“There is a great potential in Himachal and I receive a lots of calls everyday where people want to enter into acting or filmmaking and looking for guidance. But to their eagerness alone won’t do wonders we do need government support as well like in other states. The only exciting announcement is the financial support upto 10 lakh for filmmakers but only for short films and documentaries which again needs running from pillar to post and I can say is a herculean task. Exempting new cinema halls from tax for first three years is not taking filmmakers anywhere but support for film production in the state is better option which will also help in generating more and more tourism revenue.”

“Talking about my experience while making ‘Saanjh’ was a very difficult journey. Finding a producer or financier for a film in Himachali dialect was most difficult part. On the other hand our Himachal government doesn’t provide any kind of support for filmmaking in the state but expect a lot for the youth. Making people believe in me our project wasn’t easy,” shared Ajay as he keeps his view on talent promotion.

“As per his message he says My upbringing gave me deep insight into our culture and after coming back I realized a drastic change people in my village were trying to talk to in Hindi and the kids were being taught the Hindi and English words and were given punishment for talking in their own language. All our festivals were in disappearing stage and people had surrendered their traditions in the name of development. Actors feel ashamed to work in a Himachali film so very few actors turned out for auditions and they are happy to become part of crowd when a director from Mumbai.”

“I feel that as we don’t have a recognized language and we don’t have our own script to preserve the sounds of our language so there seems no way for the development of literature in our state. But yes, Cinema and Music can help in development of language & culture and it can take forward our traditional heritage. So this is very much important for us to have our own cinema and quality music. In all these years I learned the cinema, music and literature play a significant role in the development of language and culture and so we need to come forward and give Himachal its due respect,” he concludes.

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Himachal now ahead of Kerala in quality education in Govt schools: ASE Report 2016




SHIMLA- Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)-2016 in its 11th Annual Report released in New Delhi confirmed that Himachal Pradesh now stood ahead of Kerala in the field of quality education in schools. The survey indicated that government schools of the state were leading and doing better than other states in terms of learning outcomes.

State Project Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan,Ghanshyam Chand said that ASER was the largest annual household survey of the children in India that focused on status of schooling and basic learning. ASER visited almost 15,630 government schools in rural India. In Himachal Pradesh 283 schools were visited during the survey. As many as 15 organizations participated in ASER-2016 across the state.

The report ASER-2016 found enrolment rate of students in the age group 6 to 14 in Himachal Pradesh to be 99.8 per cent. The State secured first rank in achieving learning outcomes in basic reading and mathematics across the country.

In language category the achievement level of government schools of Himachal Pradesh was 65.3 per cent as compared to the national level of 41.6 per cent. In mathematics the achievement level of the state was 47.4 per cent as compared to the national level of 21.1 per cent. The government schools have performed better than private schools throughout the state in mathematics.

In learning of English language, significant improvement was observed in the State. At national level the achievement status is 15.3 per cent whereas it is 44 per cent in case of Himachal Pradesh. In English the State stands at 5th position.

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