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Various social security pensions in Himachal reaching 4.47 lakh people, says Govt

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Social Security pensions in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has released a report regarding the social security pensions which, it claimed, is being provided to about 4.47 lakh people in the state.

A budget provision of Rs. 443 crore has been made to provide social security pension for this current financial year, the report said.

These social security pensions include old-age pension, national old age pension, national widow pension, national disability pension, disability relief allowance etc., the report said.

The old age pension of Rs. 750 is being provided to those above 60 years old with an annual income not exceeding Rs. 35000. For people above 70 years or more will be given a monthly pension of Rs.1300 barring income criteria.

Tthe age limit of social security pension for old aged persons from 80 years to 70 years without any income criteria, benefiting about 1.30 lakh elderly people, government claims in the report.

The government of India is providing Social Security Pension of Rs. 200 per month under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme to those who are between the age group of 60-79 years, 60 years and are living below poverty line, said the report.

An additional amount of Rs.550 per month is being borne by the State Government to provide a pension of Rs. 750. Apart from this, under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension is providing Rs. 500 per month to those pensioners who are 80 years and above and come under BPL category.

An additional expenditure of Rs. 800 per month is being borne by the State Government to provide a pension at the rate of Rs.1300 per month.

The GoI under national widow pension scheme is providing a pension of Rs. 300 per month to the eligible widows of selected BPL families in the age group 40 to 69 years.
An additional expenditure of 450 rupees per month is being borne by the State Government to provide a pension of Rs. 750, said the report.

Under national disability pension scheme, those who have 80 percent or more disability and are between 18 to 79 years and living Below Poverty Line are given a sum of Rs 300 per month by the Government of India.

The State government ads additional amount of Rs.1000 per month to provide a pension at the rate of Rs.1300.

Apart from this, disability relief allowance at the rate of 750 rupees per month to those having a disability is between 40 to 69 percent with an annual income not more than Rs. 35000 per month.

Individuals with more than 70 percent disability, who are not working in a government / semi-government / corporations/boards, are being given the sum of Rs 1300 per month without any income limit. Disability relief for mentally challenged persons is being provided without any income limit, said the report.

Government is providing pension to the widows / abandoned / single women whose annual income is not more than Rs. 35000. This pension is being given at the rate of Rs. 750 per month.

Leprosy rehabilitation allowance is being provided to the leprosy patients at the rate of 750 rupees per month. No age and income criteria are applicable for this allowance.

Further, transgenders, identified by the notified State /District level Medical Boards of Health and Family Welfare Department, are being provided transgender pension without any age and income limits.

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions

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HP Cabinet decision on curfew

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.

A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.   

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota. 

It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.

The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.  

It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.

The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.

Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.

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Una Murder Case: Body of 22-Year-Old Girl Exhumed, Enraged Villagers Create Ruckus

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Una-The alleged murder of a 22-year-old girl in Jadla Kohri village under the Gagret sub-division of Una district created a stir on Wednesday as the police exhumed her body from near a temple complex.

According to the allegations, a man who was identified as one of the ‘pujaris of the temple, has admitted killing the girl. He reportedly admitted hitting her on the head with an iron rod and later burying the body.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amb, has confirmed the report.

Una murder case

According to the initial information, the girl was missing since April 3, 2021, and a complaint regarding the same was filed at the local police station in Gagret the next day.

The police zeroed in on the said accused based on call details and reached the temple today. A large number of villagers also followed the police. When the police exhumed the body based on the location identified by the accused, angry villagers turned violent and demanded handing over the accused to them. A minor clash between police and villagers was also reported. Villagers vandalized the temple premises.

Amid this tense atmosphere, police somehow protected the accused from the enraged mob and managed to get him out safely.

The body of the girl was sent for post-mortem, the Superintendent of Police, Una, Arjit Sen, confirmed.

Though not officially confirmed, some local media reports suggested that the deceased and the accused were known to each other. The girl had recently got engaged to another man.

 Further details are awaited.

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