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HP Cabinet Decisions: Maternity leave for Govt employees enhanced from 135 days to 180 days

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HP Cabinet Meeting september 27

Shimla: In the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting held on September 27, the government has decided to enhance the maternity leave to women employees of the state government from existing 135 days to 180 days.

The Cabinet gave the approval to appoint the Indian Women Cricket Team Wicketkeeper, Sushma Devi as Deputy Superintendent of Police in H.P. Police Services under three percent reservation in direct recruitment for distinguished sportspersons.

The Cabinet decided to reserve one seat for Single Girl Child in PG (MD/MS) courses in government medical colleges under the State Quota Seats.

A policy will be framed for ‘Special Educator’ under School Management Committee at par with Junior Basic Trained (JBT) Teachers appointed on contract basis.

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The cabinet has given approval to:

  • Fill up various posts of various teaching faculty in newly upgraded schools in districts Solan, Mandi, Sirmaur, Shimla, Bilaspur, and Kullu.
  • Fill up 9 posts of Assistant Engineers (Civil) and one post of Assistant Engineer (Mechanical) in Irrigation and Public Health Department by direct recruitment on contract basis
  • Fill up 50 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Treasury, Accounts and Lottery Department on contract basis
    11 posts of teaching faculty and 11 posts of non-teaching faculty for Architecture discipline in Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering college Kangra at Nagrota Bagwan
  • Fill up 3 posts of Assistant Professor (Pharmacy) and 1 post of Assistant Librarian on contract basis in Government Pharmacy College, Kangra at Nagrota Bagwan
  • To create 6 posts of Assistant Professor and 1 post of Assistant Librarian for Government Degree College, Pangi in district Chamba on contract basis
  • Create and fill up 18 posts of various categories in Government Degree College Thachi in district Mandi including 1 post of Assistant Librarian
  • Create and fill up 18 posts in Government Degree College at Narag in district Sirmaur which includes 1 post of Assistant Librarian also
  • Create 1 post of Associate Professor and 1 Lecture in Sister Nivedita Government Nursing College, Shimla
    To create 21 posts of various categories for upcoming government nursing college at Nerchowk
    Fill up 16 posts of Excise and Taxation Officers on regular basis through direct recruitment in Excise and Taxation Department
  • Fill up 1 post of Scientific Officer, one post of Sr. Scientific Assistant/Sr. Technical Assistant, 1 post of Data Entry Operator, 1 post of Master Trainer and 1 post of Peon at ‘Appropriate Technology Center’ at Rait in Kangra district
  • Fill up 5 posts of Law Officers on contract basis in Secretariat Administration Department
  • The Cabinet gave its approval to create and fill up requisite posts of various categories for manning the various upgraded schools in Chopal area of Shimla district which includes Government Middle School Ropari, Lachhog and Middle School Samuhi. Besides, it was decided to fill up posts in recently upgraded Middle Schools to High Schools viz. Karati, Bandur. The Schools upgraded to Senior Secondary includes Jubbar, Ginyah, Rinjat Bharan and Dhotali.
    Other Important Decisions

Other Important Decisions

The Cabinet also revised the pay structure of various teaching faculty categories in Sister Nivedita Government Nursing College. Now, the pay structure equates them with Assistant Director Nursing at par with Professor cum principal, Nursing principal at par with Reader cum Assistant professor, Principal Nursing Officer at par with Lecturer and Sister tutor at par with Tutor cum clinical instructor.

A decision was taken to convert 530 Gram Panchayat Veterinary Assistants (GPVAs) on the contract basis who are working under Mukhya Mantri Arogya Pashudhan Yojna and has given five years of service.

It was decided that three-tier ‘Dispute Resolution Process’ in Irrigation and Public Health Department will be constituted to effectively settle disputes between contractors and the department or between two or more parties.

The Cabinet gave its nod to open new HPPWD Division at Nerchowk in Mandi district along-with creation of 20 posts of various categories for manning the division.

It was decided to set up a Government polytechnic at Karsog in district Mandi and to take over the private building of M/s Himachal Baspa Power Company Limited at Urni to set up government polytechnic.

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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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