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HRTC Digital Payment Service: Card swipe facility for luxury buses available at all booking centres

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SHIMLA– Transport Minister of Himachal Pradesh GS Bali launched cashless ticketing facility for the luxury bus fleet of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation. The announcement was made during the launch event at Dharmshala on Wednesday. Now, all 58 HRTC booking centres in Himachal will feature card-swipe machines that are installed in collaboration with HDFC Bank. The cashless ticketing facility is currently available only for HRTC luxury buses. The HDFC will charge 0.60 percent service charge per transaction. The Bank is also training the staff regarding functioning of the cashless ticketing.

In the first phase, 40 out of total 101 units in Shimla, 20 out of 41 in Dharamshala, 20 out of 24 in Hamirpur, 26 out of 48 in Mandi, and 13 out of 27 units in Solan have been provided with card-swipe facility, the minister claimed. He further assured that same facility will be provided in Chamba and Nahan too.

The minister informed that cashless ticketing will be optional and cash transactions will also continue. He said rural people will find it difficult to jump onto cashless system. He assured that cashless payment will be available for all buses soon.

The Civil Supply department of Himachal has already provided swipe machines at 199 ration depots while 180 others would be covered soon, said the minister. He further said that all the fair price shops in the state will get point-of-Sale machines soon. From April 1, the state will also start distribution via digital ration cards.
With these efforts to boost cashless payments in both departments that Mr. Bali holds, he claims lead in digitization in government sector. The minister has also called it a contribution towards campaign to encourage cashless economy launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shifting HRTC and HP Civil Supply to Dharamshala

The Transport Minister also suggested that the state government is also mulling over shifting two major corporation offices to Dharamshala- second winter capital of Himachal. He claimed that the matter will discussed with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to shift the HP Civil Supply Corporation and HRTC to Dharamshala to lessen the congestion in capital city Shimla.

The headquarters of the two corporations working under me, namely Himachal Road Transport Corporation HRTC and HP State Civil Supplies Corporation HPCSC shall now be shifted shortly to Dharamsala, to lessen the congestion in first capital Shimla and to give strength to the second capital Dharamsala,

he told PTI in a statement.

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Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Hamirpur college girl alleges local police of threatening her instead of acting against molester

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Shimla: The image of Himachal Pradesh Police was badly dented by the case relating to the gangrape and murder of a minor schoolgirl in Kotkhai, Shimla, in July 2017. 

Now, in yet another case of alleged harassment and molestation, a girl enrolled in a private college in Hamirpur town has labelled serious allegation against the local police.

As per the sources, a person had been stalking and harassing the girl, who is living in a rented room in the town, for over a month. The person, whom she identified as a member of an influential family of Maunhi (मौहीं) village, crossed the limits, used abusing words, and even molested her on Friday.

On reaching the police station with her complaint on the same day, instead of taking action the police allegedly threatened her and forced to sign a blank paper.

As per the girl, the police allegedly pressurized her to compromise in order to hush up the matter as culprit’s family was an influential one.

Eventually, the girl has approached the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Balwinder Thakur, with her grieve complaint.The ASP has also given her an assurance that appropriate directions were given to the incharge of the station to take strict action against the culprit.  

Yesterday, a teacher of a private college in Hamirpur town was arrested for allegedly raping his pupil inside college premises. A video showing students and parents thrashing the accused publically also did rounds of social media.

The appearance of another case has put a big question mark over the law and order conditions of the town, the image of the police, and declarations made by the new government over the safety of women in Himachal.

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Brig. Satish Kumar appointed new HPSSC Chairman

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Shimla: Brig. Satish Kumar became the new Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPPSC), Hamirpur as the Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry administered him the oath of office.

Born on May 27 in 1957, Brig. Satish Kumar belongs to village Biara of Tehsil Palampur, Kangra district. He was earlier appointed as Member of HPPSC, Hamirpur.

Earlier, Brig. Satish Kumar had rendered his services in various wings of Indian Army and has an experience of 35 years in various fields.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2018: Nod to hire 200 doctors through walk-in interviews, relief in MBBS tendering bond money

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Shimla: In a cabinet meeting of Himachal Pradesh Government held on February 17, 2018, the Government gave nod to fill 200 vacant posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) on local specific contracts through walk-in interviews, particularly in rural and far-flung areas.

The Cabinet decided to amend PG policy on tendering bond money for MBBS doctors pursuing higher courses, MD/MS degree or diploma, super speciality DM/MCH courses, DNB courses, Master Courses within and outside the State.

As per the government, it will help MBBS doctors undergoing PG courses in obtaining bank guarantees for their courses.

HP Govt to sign MoU with NCCF

The existing policy, provisions and method of procurement of pulses will also be revised to facilitate procurement of four pulses i.e. Dal Channa, Urd Sabut, Moong Sabut and Malka from National Co-operative Consumer’s Federation of India Ltd. (NCCF) under the state-subsidized scheme meant for procurement and distribution of pulses.

 It will save Rs. 2.63 crore per month only on account of purchase of pulses, the government claimed.

 The H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and NCCF will execute a MoU for the same soon.

The government said it would seek more staff from Development Bank, Germany for the boosting the H.P. Forest Ecosystem Climate Proofing Project, which is being implemented in Chamba and Kangra districts.

The government said this project is covering 600 panchayats of said districts to minimize and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change by increasing biodiversity and sustained income in rural areas through sustainable management of forest resources.

List of HP Cabinet’s other decisions:

  1. Approved deployment of two medical physicists and four radiotherapist technicians on outsource basis at Government Medical College Tanda to operationalise the sophisticated cancer treatment equipment available there
  2. Gave nod to upgrade Community Health Centre Bagsaid to 50 bed Civil Hospital in Mandi district along-with creation of 29 posts of various categories in the hospital
  3. Consent to upgrade Civil Hospital Ani in district Kullu to 100 bed Civil Hospital along-with creation of 26 new posts of different categories
  4. Consent to fill up 20 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni in district Solan on contract basis
  5. Consent to fill up three vacant posts of Investigators in H.P. Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) on contract basis

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