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HP Govt. to amend Hydropower Policy 2006 to allow Himachalis to sell shares to non-Himachalis

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HP Govt. Cabinet Meeting

Honorarium of Water Guards enhanced, Tribal APL families to get 35 kilograms ration per month, 100 units free electricity to families affected due to HEPs, miscellaneous Adventure Activities Rules, 2004 approved

SHIMLA-  Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by  Virbhadra Singh, decided to make amendments in Hydropower Policy 2006 in respect to transfer of shares by Himachalis to Non-Himachalis. The Himachalis can sell or transfer 49 percent equity shares to Non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects upto 2 MW capacity and full disinvestment after two years of commissioning of the projects. Similarly, in case of bonafide Himachalis to whom projects upto 2 MW to 5 MW capacity are allotted, they can sell/transfer 51 percent equity share to non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects and full disinvestment after two years of commissioning of the projects. However, subjected to the condition (in both the above cases), it was decided to levy some appropriate fee for transfer of equity.

Besides, the Cabinet gave its nod to cancel the four projects namely Joiner-II (3MW) in district Chamba, Kanda (0.80 MW) in district Sirmaur, Rawin (1 MW) in Shimla district and Chahod (2 MW) in district Mandi.

Cabinet also accorded approval for enhancement of honorarium of Jal Rakshaks (Water Guards) engaged through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) from Rs. 1350 to Rs. 1500 per month.

The Cabinet also accorded approval to 100 units of free electricity per month to the families affected by Hydel projects in the State as per the subsidized tariff determined by Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) from time to time with respect to Local Area Development Committees of the districts and the balance amount equivalent to the quantum of subsidy with the state government. This shall be done once in a year since the tariff is determined by HPERC.

Besides, it was also decided to provide 35 kilograms of ration to the Above Poverty Line (APL) families in Tribal areas of the State. A decision was taken to provide all three pulses to all the ration card holders irrespective of the number of units on the cards/scale as fixed by the state government.

Jobs/Posts  Filled or Created

It approved for creation of 855 posts of various categories for Shri Lal Bhadur Shastri Medical College, earlier known as ESIC, medical college and hospital Mandi at Ner Chowk.A decision was taken to fill 70 vacant posts of Firemen and 30 posts of Driver-cum-Pump Operators on contract basis in Fire Services Department.

To filling up of 65 posts of Drivers in Irrigation and Public Health Department amongst the lower categories in the Department by  relaxation of R& P Rules.

The Cabinet approved for creation and filling up of as many as 61 posts of various categories for new Government Polytechnic for women at Rehan in district Kangra.

It approved to filling up 50 posts of class-IV on contract basis in Co-operation Department besides filling up three posts of Driver in Co-operative Department.

Approval was accorded to create ten posts of Law Officers in H.P. Secretariat. It approved to up-grade four posts of Junior Assistant to Senior Assistant in the Directorate of Small Saving.

Decision was taken to fill two posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis in Co-operative Department and filling up two posts of computer Operators by promotion from amongst Class-IV employees in Planning department.

Approval was accorded for creation of two posts of Protocol Officer with supporting staff in the establishment of District and Sessions Judges.

Approval was accorded to fill up two vacant posts of Statistical Assistant  and two posts of Junior Office Assistant in Horticulture Department through direct recruitment and to fill up ten posts of Peons on daily wage basis in HP Election Department.

A special recruitment drive would be launched to fill the backlog posts against the new posts in every discipline for other Backward Classes (OBC) to overcome the shortfall of the category in the Government job.

Health Sector

The cabinet gave its nod to upgrade Civil Hospital Jawalamukhi to the level of 75 bedded Civil Hospital and  up-gradation of HSC Dhanote (Jurahi) to PHC in district Kangra along-with creation of requisite  posts.Approval was accorded to open Primary Health Centre in Shivpur Gagret Constituency of Una district and Primary Health Centre at Raja Ka Talab  in district Kangra alongwith creation of adequate staff.

The Cabinet also approved opening of PHC at Basantpur in Shimla district.

It also approved to open Health Sub Centre at village Mohal district Kullu along-with adequate staff.

Approval was accorded to upgrade Community Health Centre (CHC), Jawali to 50 bed Civil hospital Jawali along with creation of requisite posts. Besides, it approved  CHC with 30 beds at Rey in Jawali.

It approved upgradation of Primary Health Centre (PHC) Chandi to Community Health Centre (CHC) and Health sub-centre (HSC)  Baba Haripur to PHC in Solan district and PHC Kungrat to CHC, HSC Kuthar Beet to PHC in district Una alongwith creation of  requisite staff.

It also approved Health dispensaries at Dhalaya, (Bathuwana Jabri), Gawahi (Kohbag) and in Gram Panchayat Okhroo in Shimla district

Other Important Decisions

The cabinet gave its approval to open Sub-Tehsils  at Sarahan and at Taklech in Rampur Sub-Division of Shimla district.It approved to open new Hydro Power Engineering College Bandla in district Bilaspur.

It approved proposal to the scheme for awards for prisons personnel.

The Cabinet approved the proposal for grant of ex-gratia compensation amounting to Rs. 10 lakh on death and Rs. five lakh on permanent disability to the staff deployed on election duty by State Election Commission

The Cabinet decided to open HP PWD Sub-Division at Khundian in district Kangra.

It approved to regularize the daily waged workers of Nepali origin in relaxation of R&P Rules.

It approved construction of PWD rest house at Bhalei in Salooni Tehsil of Chamba district  and construction of additional accommodation of PWD rest house Namhol in Bilaspur district.

The Cabinet gave its approval for declaration of Summer Festival Ghumarwin as a District level Fair.

The Cabinet approved upgradation of Veterinary dispensary Pali in Drang Sub-division of Mandi district

Approval was accorded to up-grade Veterinary Dispensary Majhwar to Veterinary Hospital in Mandi district and Veterinary Dispensary Goshani to Veterinary Hospital in Kullu district along-with requisite staff.

The Cabinet approved to take over the services of teaching and non-teaching staff of erstwhile privately managed Jawalaji Degree College, Jawalamukhi and Deen Dayal Mahesh Degree College, Sugh-Bhatoli in district Kangra which now would be named as Government Degree College Sugh- Bhatoli.

Amendments and Rules

It was also decided to make amendments in Rule 69-B of Himachal Pradesh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1999.The Cabinet approved the Himachal Pradesh Miscellaneous Adventure Activities Rules, 2004, which would besides the existing  HP Aero Sports and River Rafting Rules will include many Miscellaneous Adventure activities as river crossing, zorbing, hot air ballooning, skiing, trekking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, rolling balls/water balls, zipline etc. However the objections/suggestions with regard to rules would be invited from the general public before finalization.

The Cabinet approved amendments in section 3 of the Himachal Pradesh Tax on entry of goods into Local area Act, 2010.

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Video: Massive Landslide in Sirmaur Caught on Camera, NH 707 Closed for Traffic

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Sirmaur-Incessant rains have caused another massive landslide in the Sirmaur district on National Highway 707. A 100 to 150 meters stretch of Paonta Sahib – Shillai road near Kali Dhank, Badwas, caved in within a few minutes.

According to the initial information received, no loss of lives or damage to any vehicle was reported as a minor slide from the hill had alerted the people.

The landslide completely damaged several electricity poles, causing a blackout in some parts of the region.

The district police is re-directing all traffic from Paonta Sahib to Shillai to the Puruwala-Kilod-Jong-Kafota-Shillai route.

Further, all traffic movement towards Shimla from the region has also been re-directed.

The HP Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the state till August 2th, while widespread rain has been predicted till August 4th. 

The Met has also issued an alert for flash-floods for Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, and Solan districts.

It’s pertinent to mention that furious monsoon has already claimed over 200 lives and caused damages to property worth hundreds of crores in Himachal Pradesh.

During the last two days, as many as 21 people had died due to landslides and flash floods triggered by cloudbursts. Some of the persons who were swept away or buried were yet to be traced.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

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After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

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According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

Beas in spate

Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

landslide in shimla crushed car

Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

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On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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