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All panchayats in Himachal computerized, have all facilities, adequate staff: HP Govt

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Owing to the successful enforcement of 50 percent reservation policy for women, 58 percent of elected PRI representatives in this hill state are women, it said.

Shimla: Amid allegations of minimal development ahead of the assembly polls, Himachal Pradesh Government claims to have made the state a role model in the implementation of the Panchayati Raj system in India.

In an official statement, the government released some statistics claiming success in implementation of the Panchayati Raj system in the state.

Owing to the successful enforcement of 50 percent reservation policy for women, 58 percent of elected PRI representatives in this hill state are women, it said.

The government claimed that all PRI’s are now entirely computerized, have all infrastructural facilities, adequate staff and frequent training are being organized.

Hundreds of vacant posts were filled in various PRIs and more will be filled in future, it claimed. The statement said Rs. 48.06 crore has been further approved for various activities in the PRIs. The honorarium of elected representatives of the PRIs was also enhanced, said the statement.

Out of the approved amounts of Rs. 48.06 crore under Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan, Rs. 7.42 crores will be spent on the renovation of 226 Panchayat Ghars and Rs.7.50 crores for the construction of new Panchayat Ghars.

A State Panchayat Resource Center will be constructed at Mashobra, Shimla, at a cost of Rs.1.25 crore. Rs.1.56 crore will be spent on construction of 13 block level resource centres. Further for the construction of District Panchayat Resource Centers at Mandi, Solan, Hamirpur, Shimla, Kangra, Kinnaur and Bilaspur, Rs.2.50 crore will be spent on each.

Rs. 50 lakh will be spent on development of Panchayati Raj Institution, Baijnath.

The Mission Mode Project (e-Panchayat project) of the Government of India has proposed 11 core software applications for the PRIs, and Himachal has already provided seven of them. Training sessions related to using these softwares for the officials of the Panchayats/Departments were organized at the Panchayati Raj Training Institute, Mashobra. The PRIs have started working on these software applications, said the statement.

In order to make the panchayats free from stray cattle, the government has rolled out a scheme under which two best panchayats in each block will be awarded Rs.7.80 crore prize money.

The honorarium of elected representatives of the PRIs was increased from July 1, 2016, from Rs.5910 to Rs.7000 per month. The honorarium for the tailoring teachers was increased from Rs.2300 to Rs.2600 per month.

Two Assistant Engineers, 172 Junior Engineers, 12 Junior Scale Stenographers, 1297 Panchayat Secretaries and 10 Junior Accountants were regularised, said the statement.

Some amendments have been made in HP Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 to ensure attendance, it said.

As per the amendment, the Gram Sabha meetings will be held in the month of January, April, July, and October in such a manner that all panchayats are covered in a district in each of such months. The quorum for the general meeting of Gram Sabha has been reduced from one-third to one-fourth.

To discuss the issues relating to the women and children and other issues, a provision has been made to organize two Mahila Gram Sabhas – first on March 8 and second on first Sunday of September in every Gram Sabha.

So far, 400 vacant posts of Panchayat Sahayaks were filled and 200 more posts of Panchayat Sahayaks will be filled. Further, 33 posts under various categories of Class-III and Class-IV have been created in the PRIs.

Further, the government claimed that the accounts and records of the PRIs are properly maintained with complete transparency and accountability in the functioning of the department.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs

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Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.

On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.

The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.

The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.

The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.

If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.

It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.

Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.

The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.

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Drought-like situation haunts Himachal as no rain, snow in stock, HP DM holds emergency meeting 

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Shimla: As snow and rain continue to evade the peak winter season in Himachal Pradesh, which is already facing 49 percent post-monsoon rain deficiency, the State Disaster Management called a meeting to embraces for the impact of the drought-like situation in the State.

Today, the maximum day temperature in the capital Shimla was recorded at 19 Degree Celsius while the day was hottest for Una at 27 Degree Celsius.

While a debate over the role of global warming behind erratic changes in the weather can also be heard, the Met Department blamed the western disturbances, which, it said, are not strong this year, hence, there is no precipitation.

The nigh temperature in winters remains close to seven to nine Degrees Celsius, which is four to five notches above from the average temperature witnessed during this time of the year. If the same pattern continues for the next two weeks, then it will not only hit the Rs. 20,000-crore apple industry but the tourist influx too.

The apple growers need moisture and several hundred chilling hours to ensure ample apple crop, and this year they are short of the required chilling hours. 

The apple production, which was over 850 metric ton in 2011, has already been reducing.

Other crops like green almonds, tomatoes, pears, apricots, cabbage, cauliflower etc will also be affected due to dry weather.

The hoteliers and ski resorts are witnessing fall in tourist influx as the chances of snowfall are scarce.

Meeting of HP Disaster Mangement 

In wake of the drought-like situation, the Principal Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management) Onkar Chand Sharma held a meeting with senior officers of various departments including the Deputy Commissioners of all 12 districts video conferencing.

Onkar Sharma said the government has analyzed entire rainfall data of all districts. It was found that there is a deficiency of 49 percent in the State (post-monsoon).

The meteorological department has predicted chances of scattered to moderate rainfall during 23-24 January 2018. Except that, the weather is likely to remain mostly dry until January 22 and January 25 onwards. 

However, the government said that the state has received ample rainfall during December 2017, therefore, the Rabi crops and the drinking water supply are unaffected so far.

The Disaster Managment will prepare a contingency plan to combat the drought-like situations, said the Secretary. 

There are 45 labs of the IPH department for the testing of drinking water supply, he informed.

The Deputy Commissioners were asked to ensure water quality testing randomly up to the subdivision level and arrange water tankers in water-scarce areas as well as fodder for livestock.

All the districts were also directed to take remedial measures to stop contamination of drinking water sources. Besides it, the Secretary directed super chlorination in all districts to prevent water-borne diseases like Jaundice.

Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Shri D.C. Rana, Director, Indian Meteorological Department Shri Manmohan Singh, Chief Engineer of IPH Department, senior officers from Horticulture and Agriculture also attended the meeting.

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