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HP Cabinet Decisions: Annual increment for PAT, jobs, sponsor policy for GDO in health deptt

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HP Govt. Cabinet Meeting

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in a meeting held on Sept 18, 2017, took several decisions including filling up several posts in various departments, annual increment to PAT teachers, and development of five eco-villages.

The Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) teachers will now get annual increment on lines of regular JBT and a transfer policy will be framed for PAT. The PAT teachers will be eligible for one-time transfer against a vacancy or on mutual cases after completion of three years of stay on particular station. Only female PAT teachers will be eligible for inter-district transfer in case of marriage.

The private sector also received government’s nod to introduce the course of Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Under Beti Hai Anmol Yojna Girls of below Poverty Line (BPL) families, who are studying in graduate level and equivalent courses, will get a scholarship of Rs. 5000 annually.

These courses also include Bachelor Engineering, B.Tech, MBBS, B.ed and LLB. This scholarship was previously limited to a Rs 2250 per year for plus two level.

The qualified Jal Rakshaks with ITI diplomas will be given quota in R& P Rules for pump operators and fitters. Those with matric and 12 years of experience will be inducted against the post of Chowkidar and pump attendants. Around 1000 existing posts of Beldars will be re-designated as Chowkidar and pump attendants. Besides, they will also be provided an honorarium of Rs. 2500 per month.

The honorarium of Asha workers was increased to Rs. 1000 per month in addition to incentives provided.

The Cabinet approved a policy for sponsoring in-service General Duty Officers (GDOs) in the health department in difficult, hard and tribal areas of the State. The GDOs would be provided various monetary and non-monetary initiatives to serve in such areas and would be sponsored for doing PG Degree/Diploma, DM/MCh. DNB Master Courses within and outside the State.

The washing allowance of H.P. Secretariat Drivers and Workshop Association is increased from Rs. 30 to Rs 60 and to provide one additional uniform.

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The Cabinet approved to create and fill the following posts:

  • 50 posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) in Health and Family Welfare Department on contract basis through walk-in- interview
  • To create and fill up 19 posts of drivers in tehsils offices of the State.To fill up 39 posts of Class-III and 33 posts of Class-IV in H.P. Beverages Ltd.
  • Approved to fill up 3 posts of Registrar, up-gradation of 2 posts of Superintendent, grade-II to Superintendent Grade-I and 14 posts of Senior Assistant to Superintendent Grade-II in Forest Department as personal measure to them
  • Filling up of 2 posts of Director-cum-Principal in Hydro Engineering College Bandla in district Bilaspur and Mahatma Gandhi Government Engineering College, Kotla (Jeori) in district Shimla on secondment/deputation basis
  • Revival and conversion of 32 posts of Junior Engineer (Civil) into the cadre of JE (Mechanical) and JE (Electrical) in the Irrigation and Public Health Department
  • Filling up 30 posts of Junior Engineers and 40 posts of Junior Office Assistants (JOA) IT, in agriculture department from existing waiting list of HPSSC, if any
  • To create and fill up the posts in newly opened Government Degree College at Basdehra in district Una, Kaza in Lahaul- Spiti district, Jeori in district Shimla, Dadahu, Rhonat and Pajauhta (Phati Patel) in Sirmaur district
  • Creation of 23 posts of various categories in Panchayati Raj department
  • To create and fill 23 posts of various categories in Youth Services and Sports Department
  • To create four posts of Secretaries for District Legal Services Authorities
  • To create three posts of Superintendent Grade-II in Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Secretariat
  • 2 computer operators and one data entry operator on outsource basis in education department
  • Medical reimbursement facilities are now also available for regular employees of Zila Parishad cadre.

The Cabinet decided to develop eco-villages by collaborating with villagers. Five villages, Charau in Shimla district, Deonthal in Sirmaur district, Damru in Kinnaur district, Bhanjraru in Chamba district and Tipra in Bilaspur district, will be developed as Model Eco Villages.

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Shimla Police Nabs Escaped Murder Accused from Tara Devi Forest After Two Days

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Shimla Police has nabbed the undertrial accused of murder who had escaped from the custody of policemen on Wednesday. The accused was re-captured from the forests near the Tara Devi temple after a search operation of two days. The teams of police used drone cameras and search dogs in this search operation.

On November 17, 2021, Dadi Ram aka Sagar (37) – a Nepalese who was booked for the rape and murder of his mother-in-law on July 31, 2020, in Theog, Shimla district, and was kept at the Model Central Jail Kanda – had ditched two policemen near Tavi mod (curve) while he was being taken to the court for a hearing. He had jumped down the forest and was at large since then.

CCTV footage from a nearby building had also appeared in which the accused was seen escaping the custody of policemen. The incident had drawn flak for the Shimla Police, and several questions were raised on the working of the police. The people raised various questions; like why a murder accused was not handcuffed? Why the police didn’t use a vehicle to take him to court?

According to the district police, after the accused escaped, teams of police from Boileauganj and other concerned police stations were formed and deployed in re-capturing him. The teams also included jawans from the 6th India Reserve Battalion and Rapid Action Force. Alongwith search operations in Forests around Taradevi and Shoghi, checking of buses and vehicles at barriers and trains was also conducted regularly.

As per the police, on November 19, 2021, the accused was spotted in the forest near Tara Devi through a drone camera. The teams of police cordoned the forest and searched for the accused. Eventually, the teams succeeded in capturing the accused. He has been brought to the Boileauganj police station.  

 

 

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Negligence of HP University in Mark-Sheet Evaluation Allegedly Costs One Year Loss to Student, HC Issues Notice to Varsity on PIL

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University is again in the news after a student of Government College, Hamirpur, filed a Public Interest Litigation in the State High Court alleging loss of one year to his career due to negligence of the varsity in evaluating his answer sheet.

It’s pertinent to mention that, varsity administration, especially Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikandar Kumar, is already under fire for allegedly tweaking rules to allow admission of his ward and wards of a couple of other officials to PhD by bypassing mandatory entrance exams/NET/JRF.

In the current case, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sabina issued notices to the Registrar and the Controller of Examination of  HP University, Shimla.

As per the petitioner, Keshav Singh, he was a student of B.Sc (Maths) in the Government College, Hamirpur, for the session 2017-2020. He appeared in the examination for the 5th semester in November 2019.  In February 2020, he appeared in IIT Jam and scored 40.33 marks out of 100 and became eligible to get admission in M.Sc(PG Course) NIT.

However, in June 2020, the results of the 5th semester were declared and he was given only 5 marks out of 70 in one of the subjects, due to which he could not get admission to the NIT.  He has further said that he had a good academic record and attempted most of the questions in this exam. He applied for rechecking of his paper.  After re-checking, 42 marks were enhanced and he scored 47 marks in that subject. But the re-evaluation result was declared after counselling for the M.Sc. By that time, all the seats were filled up and he couldn’t get an admission.

Though he again cleared the exam for  IIT Jam, 2021, the student alleged that the mental harassment and mental distress he faced was irreparable. He lost one year during the era of this cut-throat competition and thousands of people overtook him, he said. He also alleged that due to negligence of the respondent University, he remained deprived of investing his one year for making his career bright as he could not attend any counselling of IIT/NIT JAM and could not fill up any forms for any competitive exam. For this loss,  the varsity is liable to pay compensation to him, he pleaded.

The petitioner has prayed in the court to direct the respondents to pay him adequate compensation and to adopt a fair and proper manner of checking the answer sheets so that in the future no one faces the same situation as has been faced by him.

The HP High Court directed the respondents (varsity) to file their reply within three weeks and posted the matter for December 8, 2021.

 

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The Himalayan Expedition “Silk Route – Chapter Hatu” Trek & Run Competition Concludes Successfully

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Shimla-As a joint venture, ‘The Himalayan Expedition Silk Route’ – a new trek and run competition- was organized at Narkanda, Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh on 14th, November 2021. Organized by Adventure North, Kawasaki Advertisers, Deodar Cottage, and Homeland Himalaya; the inaugural event was entitled ‘Chapter Hatu’. During this first trek, the participants had to trek 4.5 km uphill to the Hatu Peak – at an altitude of 3400 meters. Followed by a downhill trek of 9 km for the Adventure category.

However, the competitive runners, including two girl athletes, had to run another 14 km to Khadarala to complete the race.

A total of 31 people, from children aged 8-years-old to senior citizens, participated in the inaugural leg.

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The event was flagged off from the Sili Kandli at 8:19 am.

The race was organized in two categories; “Adventure” for the trekking enthusiasts and the “Competitive” category for the endurance challengers.

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Along the entire route, 13 teams were available at hydration desks placed at every two kilometers. Also, a well-equipped ambulance with a medic team of three, including a female, was in place.

Rahul Beakta of Theog, Shimla, won the competition by completing 26.5 km in 2 hours 56 minutes. He was followed by Bappan, Shimla, and Captain Vineet Sharma, Kathlee Ghat. The entire competitive and adventure leg was completed successfully, without any injury.

winners of silk route trekking

“It was the first promotional event for a trek and run of 300 km to scale the old ‘Silk Route from Narkanda to Namgia (near China border)’ with a minimal carbon footprint. We plan the second chapter with an additional 60 km in 2022,” the organizers informed.

“This marathon goes through the apple belt of the mid-Sutlej region all along the silk route to Shipki La. Be a part of this heritage and run along the paths and trails of this lost era, ‘The Silk Route’, which has lost its prominence in the modern world, the organizers further added.

The second leg of The Himalaya Expedition is scheduled for October 2022.

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