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HP Cabinet Decisions Sept 2017: Free medicines, Jobs, financial benefits to PTA and NPS

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HP Cabinet Decisions September 2017

Shimla: Ahead of Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls 2017, the state government held a cabinet meeting on September 5, 2017. The cabinet took some major decisions aimed at pleasing the employees through financial benefits and lure unemployed by announcing filling up of vacant posts or creation of new posts in various departments. 

Financial Benefits to PTA Teachers

From June 1, 2017, the PTA (GIA) teachers, who have not served on the contract basis, will get financial benefits including annual increase along with honorarium for vacation period on the notional basis at par with their counterparts.

Free Medicines and Consumables across State

The government decided that under Indira Gandhi Free Medicines Scheme, it will provide about 300 medicines (drugs) and some consumable free of cost to all the patients irrespective of any income criteria. The provision will extend to all public health facilities in the State. The government said it has set aside a budget of Rs. 71 for this scheme.

Retirement and Death Gratuity to NPS

The New Pension System (NPS) employees will now get retirement and death gratuity. It will apply from the prospective date on terms and conditions as applicable to the employees covered under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 subject to maximum limit of 25 years of qualifying services.

Hike in Monthly Honorarium of Panchayat Chowkidars

The government also increased the honorarium of Panchayat Chowkidars from Rs. 2350 to Rs. 3050 per month – an increase of Rs. 700 per month. The Chief Minister said Rs. 300 was already enhanced earlier and with this decision, there will be an increase of total Rs. 1000 (700+300).

Jobs/Filling Up Vacant Posts

The government has decided to fill up the following vacant post or create new posts in the following departments:

  • To fill up 110 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Health and Family Welfare Department on a contract basis.
  • To appoint 110 staff nurses for Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba
  • To create 96 posts of Foreman by upgrading the vacant posts of Pump Operators in IPH Department
  • To fill up 20 posts of Assistant Professors (College Cadre) in Sociology and Physical Education on contract basis
  • To fill up 31 backlog posts of Lecturers of various discipline in government polytechnics
  • To fill up 12 posts of Publicity Assistants grade-I and 12 posts of Grade-II in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis
  • To create 4 posts of Superintendent Grade I in IPH department
  • To fill up 3 posts of various categories in Institute for Children with Special Ability Dhalli
  • To fill up 1 post of Research Officer in Planning Department on contract basis
  • To fill up 16 posts of drivers in Forest Department through LDR amongst the Class IV and 16 posts be filled up through direct recruitment.
  • To fill up one post of Ayurveda Medical Officer, 3 posts of caretaker and 1 other in Old Age Home at Basantpur.
  • To fill up 2 vacant posts of Statistical Assistant by way of promotion in Social Justice and Empowerment Department
  • To create 1 post of Associate Professor in Cardiac Anesthesia Department of IGMC Shimla
  • To create 1 post of Assistant Professor (Neuro Anesthesia) in IGMC, Shimla by creating Neuro Anesthesia Cell
  • To create and fill 1 post of Law Officer in State Women Commission
  • To fill 6 posts of artists in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
  • To create and fill up 6 posts in H.P. State Legal Services Authority
  • The cabinet decided to absorb the surplus number of employees in education department who hold essential qualifications for the post of clerk as per R&P Rules on the secondment basis.

The Cabinet also decided to increase the cadre strength of HPAS from 206 to 228 as per the recommendations of Cadre Review Committee.

The Cabinet said the World Bank and JICA assisted projects in Forest Department namely HP Forest for Prosperity Project (FPP) and HP Forest Ecosystem Management and Livelihoods Improvement Project (HPFEM LIP) now in the preparation phase.

It would be executed by re-positioning of the externally aided posts including the Mid Himalayan Watershed Development Project and Swan River Project.

The government said the headquarter of FPP will be set up at Una while that of HPFEM LIP will be at Kullu/Shamshi with one regional office at Rampur.

Both the projects require about 67 people as manpower in the preparation phase.

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CM Jairam Thakur Tests Positive for COVID-19, Quarantined

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HImachal Pradesh CM Tests Positive for COVID-19

Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, have tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined at his official residence. The report was confirmed by the Chief Minister through a tweet in which he informed that he was under quarantine at his residence after coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive person. On the appearance of symptoms, he got himself tested and the report was found to be positive, he informed.

According to the initial report, the Chief Minister had come in contact with some COVID-19 positive persons in Manali. MLA of Banjar, Surinder Shourie, who was positive for COVID-19 had participated in the event organized on the occasion of the inauguration of Rohtang Tunnel, had also tested positive. Shourie had spent the entire day with the Chief Minister, reports said.

His private secretary had also tested positive, and there are chances that the Chief Minister might have contracted the infection from him. However, there is no certainty regarding the contact who infected the Chief Minister.

Other than Chief Minister, three Cabinet ministers – Urban Development Minister Suresh Bharadwaj, Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Jalshakti Minister Mahender Singh- have tested positive so far.  Over ten MLAs have already tested positive and some of them have recovered too.

Meanwhile, despite community spread, the testing and tracing seem to have fallen and the fatality rate has witnessed a steep rise. Till 12 pm today, the COVID-19 death tally for the state was 245, and the total number of cases registered was 17414. But these are official statistics and these numbers are likely to be much higher. 

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Himachal: COVID-19 Kills 59 in 9 Days, Govt Still Clueless About Actual Number of Cases

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Himachal PRadesh Jairam Thakur

Shimla-COVID-19 continue to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as the death tally spirals upward rapidly. Currently, 240 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Fifty nine of these deaths have been reported during the last nine days of October month, which is quite alarming. But contrary to that, the attitude of the state government, as well as, the public is becoming more casual. The SOPs issued by the government are hardly being followed anywhere. The fact that with the community spread, the cases of COVID-19 are falling in the official information released by the state Health Department.

On October 9, the Department traced only 199 cases but reported seven deaths. The total number of active cases was cited to be 2856. The deceased included three females and four males aged between 49 -75 years. View details of the deceased in the below-given table:

Shimla-covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

The total number of cases, as per the official statistics, had reached 16977 till yesterday evening (9 PM). But these are official statistics and the real number is likely to be much higher due to a community spread. Similarly, the actual number of COVID-19 deaths could be higher than the official statistics. Despite it, the state government is reluctant to release any projection regarding the real numbers. No statements have been issued regarding the current situation and strategy to combat the rising fatality rate. Rather, the state appears to be refraining from bringing up the matter.

The oppositions, HP Congress and CPI (M), are targeting the government over its failure to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, this opposition is quite feeble and hasn’t resulted in any reforms in the attitude of the government.

In a statement to media, Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a senior CPI (M) leader, said that the rise in fatalities is the result of the government’s lackadaisical attitude. The suicide committed by a positive patient at the DDU COVID-19 hospital is evidence of it, he said. He said this approach has endangered health lives of ministers, officials, and the staff at their offices. Further, he said, health staff, paramedical staff, and police staff are getting infected, and even losing lives due to the government’s unpreparedness.  The government had even compromised the safety of the Prime Minister and Education Minister by violating norms set regarding COVID-19, he said.

HP Congress chief, Kuldeep Rathor also expressed shock over the presence of COVID-19 positive MLA of Banjar, Surender Shourie, in the event organized for the PM. He alleged that by violating all norms, the MLA concealed information regarding his COVID-19 positive status and did not quarantine himself, which reflects the state government’s attitude toward management of the corona pandemic. He had demanded registration of an FIR against Shourie and action against erring officials.

Sanjay Chauhan, further said that the government did not prepare itself to combat the pandemic the way it was expected to. The people of the state had followed the lockdown and sacrificed their livelihood with a hope that the government would prepare itself during this period to combat the spread and to strengthen the health infrastructure and services. But instead, the government indulged itself in making people clap and beat ‘thalis’.  The Chief Minister adopted and preached unscientific practices like performing a ‘havan’.  Despite a steep rise in fatalities, the government is still not serious about the situation, he said. 

He said the CPI (M) demands that the government starts working on war footing to prepare a strategy by involving health experts, strengthening the health services by recruiting doctors, para-medical and other staff, and constitute a task force to deal with the situation. The government should work diligently on following the norms set for prevention from COVID-19, he added.  

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Shocker for Himachal as Ex-CBI Chief & Governor Ashwani Kumar Found Dead at His Shimla Residence

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Himachal IPS Officer Ashwani Kumar found deat in shimla

Shimla-Ashwani Kumar – 1973 IPS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre who had served as the Director-General of HP Police (2006-2008) and CBI chief (August 2008 to November 2010), and was later appointed the Governor of Nagaland in 2013-was found dead at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday evening. The news came as a shocker as Kumar was considered as one of India’s finest and honest officers.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Mohit Chawala, in statement to news agencies, confirmed the report. According to the initial report, he reportedly hanged himself and ended his life. However, no formal statement was issued regarding the suicide. According to the police, a suicide note was also recovered from the spot. However, the note was yet to be verified.

Kumar was a well known name as he had dealt with famous cases including that of Arushi Talwar murder and fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in which current Home Minister Amit Shah was arrested in 2010.

He was one of the first appointees made to resign from the post of Governor, Nagaland, as soon as the current ruling party came into power in 2014. He also remained Governor of Manipur for a short period of time. After his retirement, Kumar was serving as the Vice-Chancellor of a private university in Shimla.

The officials who have served under Aswani Kumar have expressed shock over his demise in such a manner. 

Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, and a team of medical staff was rushed to the spot. More details are awaited as the district police have not issued any formal statement regarding the incident.

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