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



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.


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.

Image: File Photo for Representational Purpose

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Himachal’s senior journalist Sunil Sharma passes away at 49



Himachal's senior journlist sunil sharma dies

Shimla: A senior journalist and the State Bureau Chief of the Hindi daily Divya Himachal, Sunil Sharma, today passed away suddenly. He was 49-year-old and was at his house in Jakhu, Shimla while he died.

The media community and political leaders including the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Governor Acharya Devvrat, and Director, Information and Public Relations Anupam Kashyap have extended their condolences.

Media persons begin to pay visits to the bereaved family as soon as they received the news. The cause of sudden death has not disclosed yet officially.

The CM Jai Ram Thakur said Sunil Sharma was a committed journalist, and always maintained ethics of journalism. He said that his demise has created a void in the field of journalism.

The Chief Minister along with Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj visited the residence of Sunil Sharma at Jakhu and expressed their sympathies with the bereaved family members.  

Governor Acharya Devvrat expressed his sympathies with the grief-stricken family members.

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Rohit Kumar Saval joins as CM Jairam’s media adviser



Rohit Kumar Saval

Shimla: Rohit Kumar Saval, who has an extensive experience in media, today joined as Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, at Shimla. Later he called on the Chief Minister and discussed issues related to media in the State.

Chief Minister said that Rohit Kumar Saval has been working for a long time with media and has a rich experience of working at State and National level. He said the role of media is very important in the dissemination of programs and policies of the state government.

His appointment as an advisor will strengthen media liaison as well as promote professionalism in the government system, he said.

Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Trilok Jamwal, OSD to Chief Minister, Mahender Kumar Dharmani, Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Manisha Nanda, Director, Information and Public Relations, Anupam Kashyap, were also present on the occasion.

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HP E-Vidhan wing gifts Galaxy Note 8, laptop, printer to all MLAs, ministers



HP E-vidhan wing gifts mlas

The government said that these gifts were given to the MLAs and ministers by the E-Vidhan wing of the HP Vidhan Sabha and will be used for official work.

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government on March 16, 2018, gifted electronic devices including a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which currently costs between 68,000 to 70,000 INR, a laptop, and a printer to all the elected members of the 13th Assembly including the council of ministers.

The average cost per MLA is estimated to be above one lakh INR. The total cost touches almost 1 crore INR. The Information and Technology Minister, Ram Lal Markanda, personally visited the Speaker Rajiv Bindal to deliver the gifts.

The news has attracted criticism from several groups, especially on social media and regional online news portals. The Bhartiya Janata Party has been opening scathing attacks on the previous Congress government over a debt of 46,000 crores INR.

Also, the state government did not take timely cognizance of the media reports about a 16-year-old poverty-stricken girl of Solan district who required lakhs of rupees to undergo a kidney transplant after she lost both of her own kidneys.

In the list of priorities, the gifts did come above the announcement of relief money to the girl.

Therefore, the reason for the criticism was quite apparent.  

It is being speculated that some of the MLAs have even sold or handed their copies of devices to subordinate staff or family members as they already had high-end smartphones.

However, the government said that these gifts were given to the MLAs and ministers by the E-Vidhan wing of the HP Vidhan Sabha and will be used for official work  during the current government tenure.

The Speaker said, the MLAs and Ministers will be given training regarding the operation of these electronic devices.

The effect of this step will be visible directly or indirectly in coming days. The government’s explanation that these electronics were gifted as part of the E-Vidhan program will be visible if all the recipient make themselves available to the public online.

Currently, the State government’s official websites are either not user-friendly or are in tatters and hardly contains latest data or information.  As we had mentioned earlier, the official website of the State government has still not updated the name of the Chief Minister.

The average response rate to e-mails is critically low for the government departments and the offices of the ministers.

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