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Himachal to be first to develop unique District Good Governance Index



Shimla: Himachal Pradesh will soon become the first State in India to have developed one-of-its-kind District Good Governance Index, claims the government. 

For this purpose, the Administrative Reforms Organisation on March 7, 2018, organized a workshop for the District Statistical Officers.

While presiding over the workshop, Secretary Administrative Reforms Dr Purnima Chauhan said Himachal Pradesh was the first state to work on District Good Governance Index project.

Under this project, all the Deputy Commissioners will provide a detailed report on seven major subjects and 18 focus points along-with 52 indicators.

A data-based examination of the comparative levels and quality of governance in the twelve districts of Himachal will be conducted.

Using the same methodology, the proposed study intends to assess the quality of governance in the districts by examining the available data in about fifty aspects of governance. The data will be aggregated into a single scoring and ranking instrument.

The District Statistical Officers and district level nodal officers will help in collecting this data after receiving a proper training. The step will help in the completion of this program in a time-bound manner.

Himachal Pradesh will emerge as a pioneering and model state in implementation of this project in the country.

She said District Statistical Officers and district level nodal officers would help in collecting this data after going through a proper training. It will help in the completion of this program in a time-bound manner and Himachal Pradesh would emerge as a pioneering and model state in implementation of this project in the country.

In the post-lunch session, the digital literacy of the District Statistical Officers was mapped at HIPA so that they could adopt latest techniques for collecting information in their respective districts.

Again, it is a pilot project of the state that is expected to help digital India till grassroots, Chauhan.

It was first conceived in 2017. 

In 2017, the PAC report examined ten broad themes of governance, twenty-six focus subjects, and eighty-two specific variables to arrive at its findings published in the Public Affairs Index.

The PAC will prepare a small booklet to define and elucidate the requirement of data that will help in the compilation and finalization of the proposed study. Accordingly, the PAC has prepared the clarificatory booklet for the guidance of the district authorities in the collection of data.

Detailed list of themes under District Good Governance Index

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead



Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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Left Out Eligible Voters in Himachal Can Enroll on 23rd and 24th Feb: HP CEO



Left Out Voters in Himachal Pradesh can apply

Shimla-In view of the general election for the Lok Sabha 2019, special camps will be organised at every polling station on 23rd and 24th February 2019, for enrolment of left out eligible voters in the State, informed the Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh, Devesh Kumar.

He asked all Booth Level Officers (BLOs) to remain present in the camps along with the copies of final electoral rolls 2019. A copy of the electoral rolls will be available in the polling station so that electors can check their names in the rolls. The electoral rolls would be read out publically during the camp to facilitate illiterate voters. BLOs were asked to keep adequate copies of Forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A with him/her to facilitate filling up forms by interested persons.

Devesh Kumar said that all recognized political parties should depute their Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to remain present in camps. In case their name does not exist in the roll for some reason, the Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders must also check their name in electoral rolls and fill up Form 6. The EPIC is only identification document and does not guarantee franchise if the name of the person is not included in the electoral roll of the concerned polling station.

He said that all forms received during these campaign days would be disposed of by  March 7, 2019. BLOs were directed to immediately complete the physical verification and then submit a report to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). The ERO should complete the due process of law and dispose-off the forms received during the camps within 11 days.

 Devesh Kumar said that registration can also be made through NVSP Portal by visiting the link ( For inquiries, he said, electoral can also call on Toll-free number 1950.

Assembly constituency-wise data in respect of forms received during camps would be uploaded on the website of the commission at CEO’s portal by February 25, 2019. Information about the disposal of forms would be given through the website by March 7, 2019.

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Mandi Police Warns Miscreants Promoting Malice Against Kashmiris, Urges People to Maintain Peace



Kashmiri people in Himachal Pradesh

Mandi-The District Police, Mandi, on Tuesday, issued a warning to miscreants who were trying to incite violence against and promoting malice against Kashmiri people living in the State.

“The public is informed that following the suicide bombing in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, some miscreants are making appeals to the people on social media to throw Kashmiri labourers, hawkers, lumberjacks etc. out of State’

said the notice issued by the district police.

The police has warned that a stringent action against will be taken against anyone who is found preaching malice towards Kashmiri citizens through such messages/comments on social media or causing any sort of vandalism.

The police urged the people to beware of such hatemongers and miscreants and maintain peace in the society.  

On Tuesday, tension mounted in a panchayat of Mandi district when the villagers passed a resolution to ban Kashmiri citizens in their area. The villagers reportedly told the Kashmiris living in rented quarters to leave the State by Wednesday. Meanwhile, some miscreants reportedly pelted stones on their quarters. Scared Kashmiris had to take shelter at local police station, said reports.

In another instance, an unverified video was doing rounds on social media, showing two groups of students clashing inside the campus of a private university in Mandi. To incite fear, it was rumoured that the scuffle took place between Kashmiri and local students.  

Earlier, the campus of the UHF, Nauni, in Solan district, witnessed tension after police booked two of its students for alleged anti-national activities on social media. The booked students were allegedly supporting the suicide bomber responsible for the ghastly Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

Following this news, right-wing outfits in Himachal Pradesh had made calls for a boycott of Kashmiris. Similar tension was reported from other parts of the nation too. A large number of Kashmiri students, who were studying outside their home state, were returning home for fear of violence being incited by miscreants.

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