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Mega earthquake of 8 magnitude in Himachal to put Govt’s preparedness to test

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Earthquake in Himachal Pradesh in 2018

Shimla: An earthquake measuring 8 in magnitude on Richter Scale will occur at midnight on intervening nights of February 7 and 8, 2017 in Himachal Pradesh. The epicentre will be between Sundernagar and Mandi. The neighbouring States like Punjab will be worst hit after Himachal.  

 This is what the disaster management agencies will presume before conducting the fourth Mega Mock Earthquake exercise on February 8, 2018, in which all the 12 districts will participate, informed the Principal Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, Onkar Chand Sharma during the Orientation and Coordination Conference and Sensitization programme on Incident Response System (IRS)

 As reiterated several times, an organization of mock drills are required because Himachal is highly vulnerable to the earthquake as it comes under highly sensitive seismic zones IV and V.

Predicted Mega Himalayan Quake

During past decades, several national and international research institutes, geologists, and seismologists had been repeatedly warning about massive tectonic movement in seismically active 600 km long Himalayan belt. Entire Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be worst hit as they fall in seismic zone IV and VI. No expert is able to predict any date, but they have shown confirmation in their predictions based on various historical and contemporary data.

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 Mock exercises are conducted to help enhance strategies, level of preparedness and risk resilience of both the response teams as well as the general public. 

Objectives of the Mega Mock Drill

The objectives of these mock drills remain on generating awareness amongst all stakeholders, evaluate response mechanism and to find out strength and gaps in preparedness and mitigation. Other than that, the capacity building of local people and effective coordination between various agencies is also a major objective of the mock drill.

 Earlier such mock exercise was done in November 2016 in which seven most vulnerable districts i.e. Shimla, Kangra, Mandi, Chamba, Solan, Kinnaur and Kullu participated but this time all districts would be covered.

 Each district will conduct an exercise at minimum five places.

As effective areas for carrying out rescue, relief and mitigation work in each district various places such as residential, non-residential, hospitals, educational institutes and shopping complexes will be taken, informed the Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, D.C. Rana.

 Experts from National Disaster Management Authority will observe the entire exercise. 

Table Top Exercise will take place on February 07, 2018 at 11 AM onwards, and Deputy Commissioners of all districts will attend the exercise through Video Conference.

The State level Officers will be present at State Secretariat.

Earthquake scenario will be laid down in accordance with the studies of  IIT Mumbai, IIT Madras and NDMA.

 There is a visible need of involvement of the community as local people are the first responders in such circumstances as it takes time to the district and State authorities including National level teams to reach the incident place.

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 The government has suggested that the Disaster Management training will be incorporated into every training schedule of HIPA and other departmental training.

State Disaster Response Force and NDMA will provide all necessary assistance and specialized training for it.  Himachal is a Hilly State and landslides are frequent and NDMA has assigned IIT Mandi to undertake a pilot project for it, it was informed in the meeting.

 Senior Specialist NDMA, Major Gen  (Retd), Dr. V.K. Naik, gave a detail presentation on  Sensitization Programme on Incident Response System (IRS).

 If the Member NDMA, Lt Gen (Retd),  N.C. Marwah to be believed, Himachal has done remarkable work in the field of Disaster Management and is listed one of the best State in the Country in preparedness. 

The government claimed that the state has incorporated IRS in State Disaster Management Plan, which is very comprehensive and allied to National Disaster Management Plan.

 Senior officers of Army, NDRF, ITBP, SSB, Police, Deputy Commissioners, and Head of line departments were present in the meeting.

 

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Hamirpur college girl alleges local police of threatening her instead of acting against molester

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Shimla: The image of Himachal Pradesh Police was badly dented by the case relating to the gangrape and murder of a minor schoolgirl in Kotkhai, Shimla, in July 2017. 

Now, in yet another case of alleged harassment and molestation, a girl enrolled in a private college in Hamirpur town has labelled serious allegation against the local police.

As per the sources, a person had been stalking and harassing the girl, who is living in a rented room in the town, for over a month. The person, whom she identified as a member of an influential family of Maunhi (मौहीं) village, crossed the limits, used abusing words, and even molested her on Friday.

On reaching the police station with her complaint on the same day, instead of taking action the police allegedly threatened her and forced to sign a blank paper.

As per the girl, the police allegedly pressurized her to compromise in order to hush up the matter as culprit’s family was an influential one.

Eventually, the girl has approached the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Balwinder Thakur, with her grieve complaint.The ASP has also given her an assurance that appropriate directions were given to the incharge of the station to take strict action against the culprit.  

Yesterday, a teacher of a private college in Hamirpur town was arrested for allegedly raping his pupil inside college premises. A video showing students and parents thrashing the accused publically also did rounds of social media.

The appearance of another case has put a big question mark over the law and order conditions of the town, the image of the police, and declarations made by the new government over the safety of women in Himachal.

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Brig. Satish Kumar appointed new HPSSC Chairman

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Shimla: Brig. Satish Kumar became the new Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPPSC), Hamirpur as the Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry administered him the oath of office.

Born on May 27 in 1957, Brig. Satish Kumar belongs to village Biara of Tehsil Palampur, Kangra district. He was earlier appointed as Member of HPPSC, Hamirpur.

Earlier, Brig. Satish Kumar had rendered his services in various wings of Indian Army and has an experience of 35 years in various fields.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2018: Nod to hire 200 doctors through walk-in interviews, relief in MBBS tendering bond money

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2017

Shimla: In a cabinet meeting of Himachal Pradesh Government held on February 17, 2018, the Government gave nod to fill 200 vacant posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) on local specific contracts through walk-in interviews, particularly in rural and far-flung areas.

The Cabinet decided to amend PG policy on tendering bond money for MBBS doctors pursuing higher courses, MD/MS degree or diploma, super speciality DM/MCH courses, DNB courses, Master Courses within and outside the State.

As per the government, it will help MBBS doctors undergoing PG courses in obtaining bank guarantees for their courses.

HP Govt to sign MoU with NCCF

The existing policy, provisions and method of procurement of pulses will also be revised to facilitate procurement of four pulses i.e. Dal Channa, Urd Sabut, Moong Sabut and Malka from National Co-operative Consumer’s Federation of India Ltd. (NCCF) under the state-subsidized scheme meant for procurement and distribution of pulses.

 It will save Rs. 2.63 crore per month only on account of purchase of pulses, the government claimed.

 The H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and NCCF will execute a MoU for the same soon.

The government said it would seek more staff from Development Bank, Germany for the boosting the H.P. Forest Ecosystem Climate Proofing Project, which is being implemented in Chamba and Kangra districts.

The government said this project is covering 600 panchayats of said districts to minimize and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change by increasing biodiversity and sustained income in rural areas through sustainable management of forest resources.

List of HP Cabinet’s other decisions:

  1. Approved deployment of two medical physicists and four radiotherapist technicians on outsource basis at Government Medical College Tanda to operationalise the sophisticated cancer treatment equipment available there
  2. Gave nod to upgrade Community Health Centre Bagsaid to 50 bed Civil Hospital in Mandi district along-with creation of 29 posts of various categories in the hospital
  3. Consent to upgrade Civil Hospital Ani in district Kullu to 100 bed Civil Hospital along-with creation of 26 new posts of different categories
  4. Consent to fill up 20 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni in district Solan on contract basis
  5. Consent to fill up three vacant posts of Investigators in H.P. Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) on contract basis

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