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Ahead of HP Assembly Polls 2017, opposition seeks political chaos while Govt. woos voters with allowances and regularization moves

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Another big announcement was the regularization period of contractual employees in Himachal that was reduced to three years from five.

SHIMLA-As Modi wave sweeps the country, politics in Himachal Pradesh has already heated up ahead of upcoming Assembly poll. Now, the blunder of the HP State Election Commission has fueled the fire. The draft voters’ list released for Shimla Municipal Corporation Polls 2017 has shocked people as it has missed names of as much as 18,000 voters. The voter list has shuffled the names and wards to add to the confusion of large number of other voters. Congress in Himachal is already suffering loss of reputation as the two top law-enforcement agencies, CBI and Enforcement Department, have grilled the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in disproportionate Assets case. The opposition is building pressure to resign on moral grounds. No doubt, opposition is too desperate to wait until November – assembly polls. So, opposition aims at creating political chaos and enjoy the show.

Rumors are spreading about possible arrest of the CM. Other politicians, who always lived their political career under dominance of Mr. Singh, are now hopeful of claiming control of affairs. The internal feuds of the party have become more visible recently. Moreover, the opposition knows that currently common people are very vulnerable to propaganda. In fact, BJP is exploiting greed of media to create noises so loud that logic and reason are no more audible.

This pressure has woken up the government in the last year of its tenure. Now, the government has begun to shower announcements. On the Himachal Day 2017, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh officially announced the launch of the un-employment allowance scheme. Another big announcement was the regularization period of contractual employees in Himachal that was reduced to three years from five. The announcement has sure cheered –up contractual employees.

As per the un-employment allowance scheme, that the CM claimed to be a historic move, the HP government is now providing unemployment allowance of Rs 1000 per month to unemployment youth having 10 plus two or above qualification where as the youth with disability would be given unemployment allowance of Rs 1500 per month. The Kaushal Vikas Allowance scheme would also be continued, he added.

The CM distributed cheques of Rs.1000 each to several beneficiaries under the scheme while presiding over the State Level 70th Himachal Day function at Chamba. The CM claimed credit for fulfilling promise of un-employment allowance made in its previous elections.

The CM didn’t forget to mention Rs. 500 crore Skill Development Allowance Scheme that was launched towards the end of 2016. As per the government, 1,52,000 youth in Himachal has received skill development allowance. Establishment of Rs. 640 crore Kaushal Vikas Nigam, the CM claimed, would provide employment to around 65,000 youth.

In every script of his speech, the CM repeatedly counts these schemes and announcements as achievements of the Congress government. BJP, at the same time, is trying to amplify anything that could go against the ruling party. Despite all these fact, the CM doesn’t seem to yield. He counters the money laundering case as a political trick to create chaos, nothing more.

The CM has been summoned by the ED in the money laundering case and asked him to appear before it on April 20. ED has already questioned his wife and son.

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 9 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 the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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