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HP Govt. cabinet decisions 2016: More than 600 posts approved in various departments



HP Cabinet Meeting Decisions

 Amendments approved in Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta (Conditions of Service) Rules-2016 and the H.P. Panchayati Raj (Finance, Audit, Works, Taxation and Allowances) Rules-2002, Four Small hydropower projects cancelled

SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh Govt’s Cabinet meeting was held on October 5, 2016, in which various decisions were taken. Cabinet decided to amend the ‘Land Record Manual’ by creating one Kanungo circle over every six Patwar circles leading to creation of 154 posts of Kanungos in the State. To strengthen the ‘Revenue Records Rooms’ 148 posts of various categories has been sanctioned.

Now, cabinet decided that in lieu of allowing sell/ transfer of equity share above 26 percent to 49 percent of projects up to 2- MW capacity from Himachali promoters to Non Himachali and to sell/transfer equity shares above 49 percent to 51 percent of projects above two MW to five MW capacity from Himachali to Non Himachali, a fee at a rate of Rs. 25000 per MW will be charged at the time of signing Tripartite Agreement for transfer of project and the same is to be incorporated in Hydro Power Policy 2006.

The Cabinet also cancelled four Small Hydro Electric Projects namely Seri Nala (2.50 MW) in District Shimla, Malin-II (0.50 MW) in District Kangra, Tikar (1.00 MW) and Kandi (0.90 MW) both in District Mandi recommended by Himurja for failing to adhere to the guidelines as agreed upon.

Approval to creation/filling of 600 posts

Cabinet Approved creation/filling of 175 posts of various categories in the Health Society on contract basis through National Health Mission, 57 posts in State Narcotics Drugs Psychotropic Substance Crime Control Unit (SNCC) will create/fill 57 posts and its field units for prevention and effective law enforcement response to combat drug trafficking and drug abuse in the State, 21 posts of teaching faculty in Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College Kangra at Nagrota Bagwan, 12 vacant posts of Steno Typists on contract basis in Forest Department, and 6 vacant posts of Steno Typists on contract basis in Animal Husbandry Department.

Approval was given to fill up five vacant posts of various categories in the Institute for Children with Special Abilities in Social Justice and Empowerment Department.

It also approved creation of two posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) for Baddi- Barotiwala-Nalagarh Development Authority.

Creation of two posts of Sub-Editors Class-II (Non Gazetted) on contract basis in the Information and Public Relations Department was approved.

Two posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and 2 posts of Statistical Assistants in Department of Animal Husbandry will be filled.

One post of Superintendent Grade-II and Instructor IT Lab in newly opened ITI Mashobra, District Shimla in the Department of Technical Education will also be filled.

A decision was taken to filling up of two vacant posts of Scientific Assistant, one each in (Physics Ballistics Division) at Forensic Science, Junga and in (Chemistry/Toxicology division) at RFSL, Dharamshala through direct recruitment on contract basis.

Post of the Senior Assistant will be upgraded to the post of Superintendent-II in the Home/Vigilance Department.

To strengthen Atal Bihari Vajpayee Mountaineering Institute Manali, 21 posts of various categories will be filled.

Health Sector

The cabinet gave its nod for up-gradation of Health Sub Centre Kotlu to PHC along-with creation of 3 posts in Thural, Palampur, upgradation of Health Sub Centre, Haban to PHC in Sirmour district and creation of three posts therein, opening of Health Sub Centre at Peharwin and PHC at Mahari Kathla, District Bilaspur along-with creation of 2 posts for HSC Peharwin and 3 posts of PHC Mahari Kathla as per the announcement of the Chief Minister, opening of PHC at Gullarwala along-with creation of 3 posts, and up-gradation of PHC Ramshehar to CHC in Solan District.

A Health Sub centre will be opened at Village Mehli in District Shimla along-with creation of 2 posts.

It also decided to upgrade four posts of faculty in IGMC Shimla in various departments so as to overcome the shortage of senior faculty member in Dr. Y.S. Parmar Government Medical College, Nahan.

The Cabinet issued directions to the Health Department to explore the possibility of opening Trauma Centre at Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital Shimla.

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The cabinet approved exemption from entertainment duty to New Cinema Houses for a period of five years. At present 10 percent of entertainment duty is levied on all type of entertainments. The exemption will boost opening new cinema houses.

It approved revision of Monetary Benefits to Gallantry Award Winners. The lump-sum grant to the recipients of Paramvir Chakra and Ashok Chakra has been enhanced from Rs. 25 lakh to Rs.30 lakh and annuity from Rs. 1.25 lakh to Rs. 3.00 lakhs.

Similarly lump-sum grant to the recipient of Mahavir Chakra was enhanced from Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh and annuity from rupees one lakh to two lakh as per the budget . Enhancement in annuity for other categories of Gallantry Awards winners was also given nod.

The cabinet approved for opening five veterinary dispensaries at Moin in Gram Panchayat Dehra, Haripur in Gram Panchayat Taluna, Kashtha in Ani, Damah in Nither and Soidhar in Dalash, all in district Kullu.

Cabinet approved to lease out the land in favour of SBI Chamba for construction of building of Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) so that training could be provided to rural un-employed youth to make them self-employable.

The Cabinet approved upgradation of Sub Tehsil Ani to Tehsil,  opening of Sub-Division Police Office at Bhavanagar in District Kinnaur along-with post of Deputy Superintendent of Police and supporting staff along with nod to upgrade Police Station Sujanpur with Inspector level.

It also gave approval for inclusion of area of Gram Panchayat of Silh, District Kangra in Police Station Jawalamukhi instead of Police Chowki Majheen under Police Station Khundian, to upgrade veterinary dispensary Majheen and Lagdu in Jawalamukhi and for creation of requisite posts in it, and up-gradation of veterinary dispensary Dadhol and Kapahra in Bilaspur district and creation of necessary posts.

Approved Amendments and Rules

Cabinet gave approval to make amendments in Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta (Conditions of Service) Rules-2016, amendment in the H.P. Panchayati Raj (Finance, Audit, Works, Taxation and Allowances) Rules-2002, and amendments in Skill Up-gradation with Job/Outsourcing Guarantee (SUJOG) Scheme.

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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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