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

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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.

Jobs

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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447 Cases of Adverse Effect Including 3 in Himachal Reported Post COVID-19 Vaccination

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Shimla– Amid skepticism over the COVID-19 vaccination, India has reported over 400 cases of adverse effect post-vaccination, informed the Ministry of Health. To be more specific, a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) were reported on 16th Jan & 17th Jan’21.

Out of these, three required hospitalization. Of these, one was discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one was discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea etc.

In Himachal Pradesh, about three cases of AEFIs were reported on day 1 of vaccination drive. These were reported from Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda, Kangra, Civil Hospital Paonta Sahib, and Maharishi Markandeshwar University Medical College, Solan.

In these cases, symptoms reported included dizziness, anxiety, nausea and shivering and persons recovered after management as per protocol, it was informed.

In Himachal, 2,499 health care workers were to be administered dose through 27 identified sites in the State on January 16. However, only 1535 healthcare workers could be vaccinated on the first day. It was 61 percent of this set target. The second round would be held today.  

Two types of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. These include Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) that has been supplied to all States/UTs.

The second is Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) that has been supplied to 12 States.

An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization. It may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. The Ministry had laid down protocols for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs, the Ministry said.

India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 vaccination program, the world’s largest such exercise.

Total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report.

The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six States. As many as 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Day2, as per the provisional reports.

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Himachal Gets First Fully Automated ‘Doppler Weather Radar’, Would Provide More Accurate Short Range Forecast

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Dopper Weather Radar in Himachal Pradesh's Kufari

Shimla-India Meteorological Department (IMD) January 15, 2021, celebrated its 146th Foundation Day. IMD is one of the oldest, scientific service organizations in the country, in existence well before Independence.

On the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Doppler Weather Radars at Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand and Kufri, Himachal Pradesh; Multi-Mission Meteorological Data Receiving and Processing System in IMD in collaboration with ISRO (MMDRPS).

According to the IMD, these modernized Radars would give a more specific short-range weather forecast.

It’s pertinent to mention that accurate and advance weather information is of utmost importance to Himachal Pradesh – a state largely dependent on agriculture and tourism.

The one installed in Kufari, Shimla, is Indigenous dual polarised X-Band Doppler Weather Radar. Two more Radars would be installed at Mandi and Dalhousie in Chamba district of the State. A site had already been finalized at Mandi and a site for Radar at Dalhousie would be finalized soon, the State Government informed.

This specific type of Radar uses the Doppler effect to gather velocity data. The Radar transmits a signal, which gets reflected when hits a raindrop. Based on the changes in the frequency of the reflected signal, data is obtained about the motion of droplets and intensity of the precipitation. Scientists can analyze this data to determine the structure and severity of storms.

Radar installed at Kufri is on test mode for a period of two weeks. Thereafter its data would be used for forecasting purposes. This Radar has a range upto 100 kilometres in radial distance. It would observe and provide the weather data of 100 kilometres in all directions, which would be used for forecasting purpose, especially for the short-range forecast. More précised area-specific weather forecast and warning can be issued for a particular place, for the weather phenomenon like thunderstorm, lighting, hailstorm, heavy rainfall/snowfall, gusty winds etc.    

This Centre would help the horticulturists and farmers of the State by providing them with accurate weather information.

The DWR Kufri would run round the clock and it is fully automatic. It would transmit the data in various digital format and picture form.

 Forecasting monsoons is the lifeline to India’s food security and affect the economy as the nation’s GDP is dependent on agriculture. Moreover, weather prediction is critical to reducing the loss of lives from various extreme events like a cyclone, heavy rain, thunderstorm, heatwave and cold wave, monsoonal floods and droughts.

India Meteorological Department says that it is modernizing its observational network in the Central and Western Himalayas by the installation of Doppler Weather Radars in a phased manner, at different locations.

IMD said that this radar will be providing severe weather information to the weather forecasters, thus, improving the safety of the public in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. It will also provide support to the disaster managers and the pilgrims undertaking the pilgrimage to Kailash Manasarovar and Char Dham yatra. 

 

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77.50% Voter Turnout in First Phase of Himachal’s Panchayati Raj Polls: EC

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Shimla-The first phase elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was today held in 1228 Gram Panchayats, informed a spokesperson of State Election Commission.

According to the information received till 7 PM, the overall polling percentage was 77.50%. As many as 123 COVID-19 patients and isolated voters cast their votes as per the Standard Operating Procedures, he informed.

Gram Panchayat Rihada in development block Naggar of Kullu district recorded the highest voter turnout (94 %). Counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members will be completed today. Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22nd January 2021 at block headquarters.

Further, 103-year-old Shyam Saran Negi, the first voter of independent India, cast his vote at a polling booth in Kalpa of Kinnaur district.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in., the spokesperson said.

The second phase of polling for 1208 Panchayats will be held on 19th January followed by the third phase on 21st January 2021.

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