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HP Economic Survey 2017-18:  State recorded 6.3% growth rate, 1, 58,462 per capita income

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HP Economic Survey 2017-18

Shimla: The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today presented the Economic Survey 2017-18 of Himachal Pradesh in the Vidhan Sabha. The HP Economic and Statistics Department has prepared this document.

The Growth rate of the Pradesh for the current financial year 2017-18 has been estimated at 6.3%. Per Capita Income is estimated at `1, 58,462, he said. 

The GSDP of State at current prices in 2016-17 increased to `1,24,236 crore from `1,13,355 crore in 2015-16 and as per advance estimates it is likely to be about `1,35,914 crore in 2017-18.

The growth rate of the state for the last three years is below the national growth rate, he informed. 

He informed that the Swachh Bharat Mission is being implemented in all the 12 districts of the State. Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme total 156.54 lakh man-days have been generated and employment has been provided to 4,32,005 households, he further added.

 List of HP Economic Survey 2017-18 highlights

  • 2,144 Bank branches are functioning in the State as on 30.09.2017
  • The Credit Deposit Ratio of Pradesh is 44.60
  • The average population per branch in the State comes to 3,202 against the National level of 11,000 
  • The total revenue of `4,613.15 crores have been mobilised upto December, 2017  
  • During December 2016 to December 2017, the All India Wholesale Price Index shows an inflation rate of 3.6%.
  • The Consumer Price Index for Himachal Pradesh increased by 5.3% in December 2017
  • There are 18,38,036 ration card holders which are being provided with essential commodities through 4,922 fair price shops
  • There are 152 Gas agencies, 386 Petrol pumps and 25 wholesale kerosene oil dealers working in the state
  • The Agriculture sector in the State generates about 10% of the total Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP)
  • 43 percent of Kisan credit cards have been disbursed to farmers by banks.
  • During the year 2016-17, the anticipated foodgrain production is 17.45 lakh MT against the achieved production of 16.34 lakh MT during the year 2015-16, thus registered an increase of 6.8 percent.  For 2017-18 the target is 16.45 lakh MT
  • Fruit production was 5.00 lakh tonne in 2017-18 (up to Dec., 2017) against 6.12 lakh tonne in 2016-17. Apple constitutes about 85% of total fruit production. During 2017-18 (up to Dec., 2017) 4.28 lakh tonne of apple were produced against 4.68 lakh tonne in 2016-17
  • Under Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) 36 blocks for Apple, 41 blocks for Mango, 15 blocks for Kinnow, 13 blocks for Plum  and 5 blocks of peach have been covered
  • During the year 2016-17, One State Level Hospital, One Zonal Hospital, 397 Veterinary Hospitals, 1,772 Veterinary Dispensaries, 30 Central Veterinary Dispensaries 9 Polyclinics and 6 Veterinary check posts provide veterinary aid in the State     
  • 60 percent subsidy on good quality Rams are being provided to the sheep breeders
  • `1.00 has been increased in milk procurement rates w.e.f. 1.04.2017 which will benefit 42,350 families 
  • About 6,098 fishermen in the Pradesh depend directly on  fisheries for their livelihood
  • 35,668  hand pumps have been installed up to March 2017.
  • There are 622 medium and large scale industries and about 45,597 small-scale industries presently working in the State
  • The minimum wages for the unskilled category of workers have been increased to ` 210 per day from ` 200.   
  • There are 8,34,714 applicants registered  in the State employment exchanges as on 31.12.2017
  • Out of the total assessed hydel potential of 27,436 MW, only 10,519 MW has been harnessed up to Dec. 2017 by various agencies, which is 38.34% of the total potential
  • The total road length was 37,158 kms. in the State as on 31.12.2017 and 10,241 villages were connected with roads
  • HRTC has a fleet strength of 3,254 buses plying on 2,693 routes covering a distance of 6.14 lakh Km per day
  • There are 63 operational helipads in the State
  • 196.02 lakh tourist visited Himachal Pradesh during the year 2017 which is 2.9 times of its population
  • During the year 10,751 Primary Schools, 2,103 Middle Schools, 922 High Schools, 1,836 Senior Secondary Schools and 137 Degree Colleges were functioning in the State
  • The State Government is providing free textbooks to the students belonging to S.C., S.T., O.B.C. & B.P.L. families.  
  • Free education is being provided to girl students in the State up to University level including vocational and professional courses
  • To improve the quality of education every possible step has been made under Sarv Sishka Abhiyan
  • To remove the gap in male-female literacy, girls hostel have been set up in the Educationally Backward Blocks
  • Netbooks/laptops were provided to 10,260 meritorious students of 10th and 12th class
  • The intake capacity of students in Technical Education at Degree level is 4,070 B-Pharmacy 858 Diploma level 7,837 and ITI’s/ITC’s 47,784
  • Medical and Family Welfare Services are provided through a network of 85 Civil Hospitals, 91 Community Health Centres, 577 Primary Health Centres and 16 ESI and 2,085 Sub Centres etc. besides other Private Institutions
  • Ayurvedic treatment is provided through 2 Regional Hospitals, 31 Hospitals and 1,175 Ayurvedic health centres, 3 Unani health centres and 14 Homeopathic health centres during 2017-18
  • Under NRHM 95 health institutions are identified to provide 24 hours emergency services
  • Under Social Security Schemes, the old age pension is given `700 per month to all the persons of 60 years or above but below 80 years, having individual annual income below `35,000 and the persons above 80 years pension is given `1,250 per month without any income criteria
  • Under Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna the marriage grant of `40,000 has been given to the guardians of the destitute girls and 691 beneficiaries were covered
  • Under Beti Hai Anmol Scheme 16,908 girls have been benefited
  • Under National Rural Livelihood Mission assistance to 3,280 women, SHGs will be provided
  • Under Lal Bahadur Shastri Kamgar Avam Shahari Ajivika Yojna an amount of `1.50 crore has been provided
  • Under National Urban Livelihood Mission 260 self-help groups have been formed and 160 beneficiaries were provided skill training
  • Under Rajiv Awas Yojna 846 Dwelling units will be constructed in the State
  • On the basis of 2017 projected population, Aadhar card number of 75.73 lakh residents have been generated.
  • For better and timely work, the State has implemented Service Guarantee Act. 183 services in 25 departments have been covered
  • Public Service Delivery helpline has been set up for the people of the State
  • Additional interim relief of 8 percent has been provided to government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016
  • Under Smart City Mission, Municipal Corporation Shimla has also been approved by Government of India
  • All persons above the age of 70 years and above will be provided old age pension.

 

 

 

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Alarming Rise in COVID-19 Deaths in Himachal as 18 Die in Two Days, 46 in a Week

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 daily update for september 27

Shimla-The traced number of patients of COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh is falling in the official update issued by the state Health Department, but the fatality rate is rising at an alarming rate. During the last two days, the state has reported 18 COVID-19 deaths and 46 in the last week. On September 27, the state reported 11 fatalities.  The deceased aged between 48 – 93 years. As per the official statistics, a total of 195 cases were traced yesterday, which took the tally of confirmed cases in the state to 14191. The COVID-19 death tally for the state has now risen to 170.

Solan district has reported the highest 2918 cases, while Kangra district has reported the highest 42 deaths. 

Amid community spread, the state government was yet to issue any projections regarding the actual number of cases and deaths in the state. (Scroll down for latest district-wise statistics)

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities 

COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh september 28

State government appeared to have woken up to issue a statement over the alarming rise in the fatality rate. It is now that the government has realized that the situation asks for a strong strategy.

Also Read: COVID-19 Claims 116 Lives in 25 Days, Still No Concrete Strategy to Combat Community Spread

It’s pertinent to mention that Prime Minister Narender Modi would be paying a visit to the state on October 3, 2020, to commission the Rohtang Tunnel. The state government is tirelessly working to facilitate VVIP guests.

“A common strategy must be prepared to provide proper treatment to the COVID-19 patients, especially with co-morbid illness,”

said an official statement issued yesterday.

“Proper strategy for Information Education and Communication (IEC) must be framed to motivate the patients with ILI symptoms to immediately rush to the hospital without delay, so that they may be provided with immediate treatment. This would help in timely treatment of the patients,”

the government said.

The doctors have been asked to ensure proper treatment to the patients, especially the patients with the co-morbid illness.

“Proper protocol must be adopted for home isolation for the asymptotic patients at home. It has been felt that such patients at home do not get proper treatment and care. Such patients must be treated as per the standard operating procedure,”

the government said.  

After questions were raised over the arrangements at the COVID-19 hospitals following the suicide of a positive patient at the DDU hospital Shimla, the government asked the officials to ensure proper hygiene and cleanliness at these hospitals.

The government asked the officials to provide hot water, Kada and nutritious food and develop a mechanism for communication of the COVID-19 patients and their family members.

Senior doctors have been asked to daily visit the patients. Directions have been given to Medical Superintendents of all the Medical Colleges and major Zonal Hospitals in the State to ensure at least two rounds in a day to monitor all the facilities such as ward cleanliness, treatment to the patients, quality of food, and condition of toilets in their hospitals.

Further, the government said that the isolation wards in Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan Medical Colleges would start functioning from tomorrow.  It would also reduce the referral cases to IGMC Shimla, Dr RPMC, Tanda and LBSMC, Ner Chowk, the government said. The government also informed that 15 to 20 bedded isolation facilities would be provided in each of these medical colleges to facilitate the patients.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 25, 2020 (9 PM)

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Himachal: COVID-19 Claims 116 Lives in 25 Days, Still No Concrete Strategy to Combat Community Spread

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh didn’t get any respite from rising number of fatalities on September 25 too. Seven more patients succumbed to the infection. These deaths were reported from Shimla (2), Solan (2), Chamba (1), Siramur (1), and Hamirpur (1). The patients included six males and one female aged between 35-66 years.  According to the Health Department, two of the deceased were patients of diabetes mellitus.  (View details of the deceased below). So far, 152 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Further, according to the official report, a total of 293 cases were traced yesterday. The official tally had reached 13679 till 9:00 PM yesterday. (Scroll down for district-wise statistics).

Despite the onset of community spread, the state hasn’t come out with any projection of the actual number of cases and deaths. There is no word on a strategy for combating community spread and minimize the casualties. Of the total 152 deaths traced by the government, 116 casualties were reported in the last 25 days of the September month. On average, the state is reporting four COVID-19 casualties per day during the current month.

Meanwhile, Dr Lokender Sharma, who was removed from the position of the Medical Superintendent, DDU, Shimla, following a suicide of a COVID-19 patient, has come out with statements which refer to the callous attitude of the state Health Department and its higher officials. He said that there was no negligence on his part and that he was ready for any inquiry. He said the higher officials are washing their hands of responsibilities by putting the entire blame on hospital administration and doctors. He again referred to the shortage of staff and his repeated reminders to the department regarding the same. However, it’s pertinent to mention that the actual cause of the suicide was yet to be ascertained.

Govt Not Prepared for Peak Period of COVID-19 Spread: Sanjay Chauhan

The incident has led to protests from oppositions who allege ill-preparedness of the government in combating COVID-19. Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a leader of Communist Party of India (M), said that the incident highlights miserable state of and mismanagement at the COVID-19 hospitals. He said there is an acute shortage of health staff including doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff at the DDU hospital. More than 30 percent of posts are vacant at the hospital, he added.

The government has been claiming it an achievement to receive 500 ventilators, but there is no staff to operate them, he said. He said that the leaders of the ruling government are also criticizing the miserable state of the COVID-19 hospitals and asking to fix it.

“Instead of formulating any concrete plan to attend to this issue, the government is emphasizing on ‘Havans’ which is unscientific. It clearly displays the backward and unscientific approach of the ruling party,”

Chauhan said.

He said that the government should prepare a strategy to combat the spread on a war footing and constitute a task force under able leadership. The Chief Minister should call for an all-party meeting to gain their support  to ensure appropriate preparedness to combat the peak period, he said.

Chief Minister Focused on PM Visit ahead of Rohtang Tunnel

The Chief Minister, however, did preside over a “Media Plan” meeting yesterday pertaining to the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State on October 3, 2020 to inaugurate Atal Tunnel Rohtang.

Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure elaborate arrangements for installation of LED screens at different locations for the live telecast of the event. He directed the authorities to make special arrangements for the VVIP visits. He said that appropriate hoardings must be installed at different sites including district headquarters. A proper media centre with the internet and other facilities must be established to facilitate the media persons, he directed the officials. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 25, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths on september 25, 2020

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Himachal: 10 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day Take Tally to 145, DDU MS Replaced Following Patient Suicide

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported 10 COVID-19 deaths on September 24, 2020, which took the state’s death tally to 145. This is the biggest single-day-spike in the fatalities – a matter of huge worry amid community spread. Kangra district reported the highest six deaths while Shimla, Chamba,  Sirmaur, and Kullu reported one death each. The deceased including eight males and two females were aged between 55-78 years. At least five of these deceased were patients of diabetes mellitus.So far,

So far,  Kangra district has reported the highest 37 deaths, followed by Shimla (24), Solan (23), Mandi (20), Una (10), Sirmaur (10), Chamba (8), Hamirpur (6), Kullu (5), Bilaspur (1), and Kinnaur (1).

Go through the reasons of deaths given by the state Health Department below:Himachal pradesh corona deaths Sept 24

According to the official update, 337 new positive cases were registered yesterday. The total for the state has now reached 13,386. (Scroll down to view statistics for all districts)

DDU MS Replaced After COVID-19 Patient Suicide 

As part of the damage control, the Medical Superintendent of Shimla’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital, Lokender Sharma, was replaced after a COVID-19 patient committed suicide inside the hospital premises. Dr Ramesh Chauhan has been appointed as the new MS.  The case has led to protests against poor facilities and mismanagement in COVID-19 hospitals in the state. The opposition even staged a protest on September 5.

Reacting to his removal, Dr Lokender denied any negligence on his part and said he had been working with insufficient staff and limited facilities. He also alleged that the administration did not consider his repeated complaint regarding the same. Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has also pointed out that the state government has not done anything to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to deal with the pandemic. They also pointed out the lack of trained staff.

These developments, including a sudden spurt in the fatality rate among COVID-19 patients, are now exposing the poor preparedness of the state government. The government doesn’t seem to have any clue about controlling the spread. There is no data on the projected number of actual cases as it is not possible to trace all infected amid a community spread.

While there is a dire need to make more efforts to save lives, the government and the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur appear to be busy in preparing for the visit of the Prime Minister Narender Modi for the opening of the Rohtang Tunnel.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 24, 2020 (9 PM)

DDU COVID Patient suicide in himachal pradesh

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