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Follow ‘true spirit’ of Constitution, not individuals: Justice AK Goel at HP LSA lecture series

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 The day, people of India would be able to understand that instead of following the politicians or political figures, people should follow the spirit of the Constitution, they will realize its power.

Shimla: The Supreme Court judge, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, on October 7, 2017, inaugurated the fifth lecture in the series of lectures titled “Different Facets of Indian Constitution” being organized by the Himachal Pradesh Legal Services Authority (HP LSA).

The event was held at the new auditorium of the State High Court. It was attended by over 300 students of law and teaching faculties from various law universities.

The purpose of this series is to spread legal awareness among all sections of the society and to empower them.

In his welcome address, Justice Sanjay Karol, acting Chief Justice of the High Court, said Justice Goel is a great scholar, a jurist who is also known for his simplicity, and a sage who is full of knowledge and wisdom.

He has delivered several landmark judgments taking into consideration the ground realities. He is also one of the two judges in SC division bench hearing the case related to Vijay Mallya.

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Along with showering appreciation over Shimla city, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel spoke over a very sensitive topic – allegiance to the true spirit of the Indian Constitution instead of following individual figures as heroes.

One must not follow or treat any individual as a hero; rather we must understand and follow the true spirit of the Constitution,

Justice Goel said in his inaugural speech.

This statement holds the key to the healthy democracy and dream of corruption free India. The day, people of India would be able to understand that instead of following the politicians or political figures, people should follow the spirit of the Constitution, they will realize its power.

However, first the people need awareness about their constitution and this is the purpose of the State Legal Authority.

As a reminder to the government, he said the first and foremost duty of the State is to ensure the “welfare of its people” and to secure “justice for all”, which is the guiding spirit of the Constitution.

A great debate is going on among the great jurists in the Constituent Assembly as to how the principals of Equality, Liberty and Fraternity can be achieved and how justice can be secured for all, he said.

Justice Goel at HP SLA Lecture Series

He praised Shimla city of its great attractions and simplicity of the inhabitants.

Himachal Pradesh is one of the unique places on the Earth,

he said

He referred to the concluding speech delivered by Dr. B R Ambadker in the Constituent Assembly and said,

Dr. Ambadker was the greatest Jurist that India has ever had.

The ultimate aim behind the adoption of the Constitution is to secure “justice for all” enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution. The Preamble is the soul of the Constitution of India, he said.

Justice Goel said that there are several incidents described in the great epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana which shows us how the “Rule of Law”, was maintained in the society at that time.

Referring to “Chanakya”, he said that almost in every age, India had well-defined sets of laws as a mean to maintain good governance.

During the British rule in India, there was a so-called rule of law, but there was no justice for the common people,

said Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel.

Justice Goel appreciated the initiative of the HPSLS A for the organization of the lecture series and said it is rendering a great service to people in providing “access to justice for all”.

The lecture was also attended by Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Justice Sureshwar Thakur,   Justice Vivek Singh Thakur,  Justice Ajay Mohan Goel,  Justice Sandeep Sharma, Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia, Judges of HP High Court, Former Judges,. V.K. Sharma, Chairman, H.P. Administrative Tribunal, P.S.Rana, President State Consumer Commission,  Assistant Solicitor General of India ,  President High Court Bar Association, Senior Advocates and Bar Member.

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101 Leprosy Cases Detected in Himachal During the Last One Year  

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Shimla-A Spokesperson of the Himachal Pradesh Government today informed that under the National Health Mission, National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) is being implemented for the patients suffering from Leprosy. It aims to eliminate leprosy from every district of the Nation by 2030. He informed that the State of Himachal Pradesh has already eliminated leprosy by achieving the prevalence rate of less than 1 per 10,000 population in the year 2000.

The Government Spokesperson informed that the total number of new leprosy cases as detected from 1st April 2021 to 31st January 2022 is 101.

A maximum number of 29 cases were reported from the district Solan, followed by 18 from district Shimla, 12 from district Kangra, 9 from district Chamba, 8 from district Una. The 7 new cases of leprosy were detected in district Bilaspur, 6 in district Mandi, 5 in district Sirmaur, 4 in district Hamirpur and 3 in district Kinnaur. He added that no cases of leprosy were detected in district Kullu and Lahaul & Spiti.

The Government Spokesperson told that active case detection and regular surveillance activity is being conducted by ASHA workers in the villages where leprosy cases have been detected in the last 3 years. This is to ensure the detection of leprosy cases at an early stage to prevent any further disabilities.

He said that the ASHA workers are provided with an incentive for detecting new leprosy cases with or without disability (Rs. 250 and Rs. 200 per case). He added that the contacts of leprosy patients are also traced and provided free treatment post-exposure with a single dose of Rifampicin to prevent further transmission in the community.

The Government Spokesperson further added that the treatment of leprosy is being provided free of cost and available at all Primary Health Centres. The microcellular rubber (MCR) footwear are provided to leprosy patients twice a year. He said to ensure complete treatment of leprosy patients, ASHA workers are incentivized.

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HP Cabinet Decisions: All Educational Institutes to Open from Feb 17th, Several Covid Restrictions Lifted, Read Other Decisions  

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on February 14, 2022, held a meeting.

The State Cabinet decided to open all the educational institutions in the State from 17th February 2022. It also decided that all gyms and cinema halls would be opened and all kinds of langars would be allowed.

The Cabinet decided to grant revised pension/ family pension to about 1.73 lakh pensioners/family pensioners of the State from 1st February 2022. 

The State government said this decision would ensure the revision of pension/family pension of 1.30 lakh pensioners/family pensioners from 1st January 2016. About 43,000 employees, who have retired between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2021 would also get revised pension and gratuity.

Now minimum pension/ family pension would increase from Rs. 3500 per month to Rs. 9000 per month from 1st January 2016, the HP government said. The limit of gratuity has been increased from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh from 1st January 2016 which would also be applicable for NPS employees.

Pensioners/family pensioners of the State above 80 years would be provided due additional pension benefit on revised pension/family pension. The Cabinet also decided to provide Invalid Pension and Family Pension to NPS employees of the State Government on which Rs. 250 crores would be spent.

The Cabinet also decided to provide 31 percent dearness relief to the pensioners from 1st July 2021. An annual additional expenditure of Rs. 1785 crore would be incurred on account of the revision of pension. The State Government said it had already provided Rs. 1450.44 crore to the pensioners as interim relief.

The Cabinet gave its approval for the creation and filling up of 8 posts of Sub Fire Officers in the Himachal Pradesh Fire Services Department on a contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission.

 It also gave its approval to open three new Sub Fire Stations at Dheera in Kangra district, Bhatiyat in Chamba district and at Rewalsar in Mandi district and three new Fire Posts at Chirgaon in Shimla, Bhoranj in Hamirpur district and South Portal of Atal Tunnel Rohtang.

 It also gave its nod for creating and filling up of one post of Sub Fire Officer, 2 posts of Leading Fireman, 14 posts of Firemen, and six posts of driver-cum pump operator in each newly created Sub Fire Station and one post of leading fireman 

It also gave nod to fill up 12 posts of firemen and four posts of driver cum pump operator in each newly opened Fire Post

The Cabinet gave its nod to the draft of the Memorandum of Understanding between the State Government and M/s NABARD Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. for the hiring of Single Resource Consultancy to establish Project Management Unit.

The purpose, the government said, was the implementation of the new centrally sponsored scheme ‘Financing Facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’.  

The government said this scheme would help the farming community as interest subvention and credit guarantee would be given for the post-harvest infrastructure and building of community farming assets like e-market platforms, warehouses, silos, pack houses, cold chains etc

It decided to notify Sardar Patel University Mandi, Himachal Pradesh (Establishment and Regulation) Act, 2022 from 1st April 2022 to set up a new State University at Mandi.

It also decided to open Degree College Ghandalwi in Bilaspur district.

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HP Statehood Day 2022: Relaxation in Electricity Charges, Third Option in New Pay scale, Higher Pay scale to Constables and other Announcements

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government, on the 52nd Statehood Day, has made several announcements. It announced 31 percent DA to employees, relaxation on electricity charges up to 60 units, enhancement of annual income for availing benefit of pensions and welfare schemes.

Benefits of higher scales would be provided immediately to all those constables who were eligible for higher scales. All the constables appointed after 2015 would be eligible for higher scale as per other categories of employees, the government announced.

The State Government announced that now while implementing the new pay scale, the employees would be given a third option besides two options already given to them. The State has recently implemented new pay scales for employees of the State Government. The state government said it felt that few disparities existed in the new pay scales of few categories.

Pensioners of the State Government would also be given pension as per the new pay scales of the Punjab government, the government announced.

The government also announced 31 per cent DA to all the employees of the State at par with the Central Government employees. Also, an increase in annual income for availing the benefits of various welfare schemes and pensions for the weaker sections of the society from existing Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 was announced.

Now, the domestic consumers of the state whose electricity consumption is up to 60 units per month would not be charged any fee per electricity unit.  They would be incurred zero cost per unit of electricity consumed. With this decision, domestic consumers whose electricity consumption is up to 125 units, would be charged only one rupee per unit cost.  Over 11 lakh domestic consumers would be benefitted from this decision and the State government would incur an additional expenditure of Rs 60 crore on providing this relief, the government informed.

For the farmers in the state, the government announced to reduce the present per unit cost of electricity from 50 paise to 30 paise.  This benefit will be payable from April 2022.

Further, the HP Government said that in the year 1971, the per capita income of the state was only Rs 651 which has increased to Rs. 1,83,286, the GDP of the State has gone up from Rs 223 crore in 1971 to Rs 1,56,522 crore. The literacy rate of the State has gone up to 82.80 percent which was 23 percent in 1971. The agricultural production in the state has increased from 954 metric tons to 1500 metric tons and food grain production in 1971 was 9.40 lakh MT which has increased to 16.74 lakh MT, the state government said.

The state-level function of 52nd Statehood Day was celebrated at historic Thodo ground in Solan, where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unfurled the Tricolor and took salute from the contingents of Police, IRB Jungalberi, Home Guards and, NCC girls etc.

The parade was commanded by DSP Pranav Chauhan.

The Chief Minister also honoured three war widows of Solan District including Dil Kumari Thapa, Savitri Devi and Nirmala Devi on this occasion. Head constable Sandeep Chandel was also felicitated by the Chief Minister who has been awarded Prime Ministers Police Medal for life-saving for the year 2018.  

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