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



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.

Jobs/ posts

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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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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