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HP PWD automation, incentives, and third-party inspection squad to check quality & progress, claims CM

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The contractors would be allowed to use the crushers to crush the mucked extracted on the site of work for captive use on the awarded work

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department is infamous for, perhaps, the poorest quality jobs and a deep slumber. The department has been facing allegations of nexus with private contractors.

The department’s alleged roles have been reported in several fatal road accidents including the most tragic of all –Nurpur accident in which 24 children and four others were killed as their school-bus fell down into a gorge from a black spot that also lacked any type of safety measures like parapet or crash barriers.

As per the Magisterial probe, a part of the road had caved which was not repaired on time. However, no action was taken against any official.

Also Read:Findings of magisterial probe into Nurpur Tragedy exposes HPPWD

So far, no changes in the attitude and work culture of the department reported in the regime of new government.

However, today, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur gave another assurance to check quality and progress of projects. He claimed that government would ensure quality in construction of roads, bridges and other government buildings in the State by evolving a mechanism for third party inspection.

It would be done by establishing an independent quality check squad in the Chief Minister Office, he claimed.

Automation of Public Works Department would be taken so that maximum use of information technology could be ensured for monitoring progress in ongoing projects,

he claimed.

Further, he claimed that the government would take serious note of any delay in completion of projects or compromising quality and would not hesitate in taking action against the erring contractors or executing agencies.

The government was also contemplating to start a scheme to provide incentives to the executing agencies completing the projects ahead of the stipulated time period in order to bring competitiveness amongst the contractors and to check cost escalation in the projects

, he said.

The government has also decided that except cement, the material approved would be arranged by the contractors. If the contractor would require any material, the same would be issued on proportionate market rates to be derived on the basis of agreement rates. No input tax credits etc. would be given to the contractors on the said material issued from the store, he said.

Contractors allowed to use muck for construction

The government has authorized the contractors to use the extracted muck material for construction purpose as per the satisfaction of the Engineer-in-charge.

The contractors would be allowed to use the crushers to crush the mucked extracted on the site of work for captive use on the awarded work,

he said.

These statements came during a meeting regarding implementation of GST and its impact on the Public Works Department on the works contract.

Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Manisha Nanda, Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary, Industries R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation J.C. Sharma, Engineer in Chief, PWD R.P. Verma, contractors and senior officers of PWD Department were also present in the meeting.

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Himachal: 58 More Patients Succumb to Covid-19, Total Active Cases Reach 36,633

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Shimla-The death toll in Himachal Pradesh reached 2,369 on Monday after 58 patients of coronavirus succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection. According to official data released by the state government, 3,546 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the last 24-hours. This takes the total cases of infection in the state to 1,63,786 out of which 36,633 are active cases.

With 24 deaths, the Kangra district reported the highest number of casualties on Monday.  The district also reported the highest 1241 cases. The Solan district reported 10 fatalities in the last 24-hours.; while at the same time, Shimla reported seven deaths. 45 patients who succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours had no comorbidities while 16 patients were under the age of 50. Out of 13,556 Covid tests that were run across the state, 647 remain awaited.

Also Read: Himachal’s Positivity and Fatality Rates for Last Week High at 28.9% and 1.52% Respectively

 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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The state government opened the vaccination drive for people in the 18-44 age group category on Monday. A total of 23,319 people received their first dose of vaccine across the state. While only 90 people across the state received their second dose of vaccine on Monday. 4,34,604 people have received both doses of the Covid vaccine by Monday. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday that for the latest vaccination drive, 213 centers have been set up in the state.  Under the 18-44 age group, 21,090 people have already booked their slots.  CM Thakur also urged people to observe Covid-prevention protocols like wearing face masks and sanitising hands at the Centres.

The next day of vaccination for 18-44 years is on Thursday and the sessions for the same would be made available on the COWIN portal on Tuesday. Other sessions for the vaccination would be held on May 24, May 27, and May 31. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths in Himachal Pradesh for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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On First Day of Vaccination Drive in Himachal Pradesh (18-44 years), 19810 Vaccinated

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Shimla-Vaccination drive for 18-44 years age group in Himachal Pradesh has begun from today. On the first day of the drive, 19810 persons were administered the first dose of the vaccine in the state, informed the state health department. The highest 4121 persons were vaccinated in Kangra district, which is the epicentre of the pandemic in Himachal Pradesh.

For this drive, 213 vaccination centres had been set up in the State. The state government urged people to get registered and schedule their appointments

Registered persons have been asked to arrive at the vaccination centres as per their schedule to avoid overcrowding.

A total of 21090 people had registered so far. The next date of vaccination for 18-44 years would be 20th May 2021 and sessions for that day would be published on the COWIN portal on 18th May 2021. Other sessions for the vaccination would be held on 24th, 27th and 31st May 2021 for this age group.

The HP government claimed that 31 per cent of Himachal Pradesh’s population has been vaccinated and 21,50,353 doses of vaccine had been administered.

Vaccination drive for health care workers was stated on 16th January 2021, for front line workers on 2nd February 2021, for 60+age groups and 45-60 years with co-morbidities on 1st March 2021 and for 45+ population on 1st April 2021.

The government informed that 386 cold chain points had been established along with State Vaccine Store-I and Regional Vaccine Store-2 through which these vaccines were being distributed. These points were being monitored on Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) basis.

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Himachal’s Positivity and Fatality Rates for Last Week High at 28.9% and 1.52% Respectively, Recovery Count 124434: HP Govt

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Shimla-So far 161072 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, out of which 124434 persons have recovered and the recovery rate is 75.5 per cent, the state government said in an official statement on Monday.   

From 200 active cases in the state in February 2021, the number has increased to 34258. Last week Himachal reported 28817 positive cases. The positivity rate was 28.9 percent and during the same period. During this period, the state reported 439 deaths- at a case fatality rate of 1.52 percent.

A total of 99807 Covid samples were taken. of which 28817 tested positive.

District-Wise Covid-19 Tests and Positive Cases in Himachal Pradesh During Last Week

District Persons Tested Found Positive
Bilaspur 10006 2055
Chamba 11149 2003
Hamirpur  7169 2255
Kangra  22824 8686
Kinnaur  2287 248
Kullu  3276 691
Lahaul and Spiti  2267 196
Mandi  10896 3471
Shimla  7926 2418
Sirmour  5948 2215
Solan 7945 2624
Una 8114 8114
     

 

The state government claimed that a delay in shifting the Covid patients in home isolation to hospitals was one of the major cause of fatality in Himachal Pradesh.

The government said that though a large number of people are recovering from the disease, many people are reporting a wide variety of signs and symptoms including fatigue, body aches, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, etc during the recovery period. As of now, there is limited evidence of post-Covid complications, the government claimed.

Patients recovering have been strongly advised to continue Covid appropriate behaviour such as the use of mask, hand & respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, drink an adequate amount of warm water, take immunity booster medicines. Such persons were also advised to practice yogasana, pranayam, meditation and breathing exercises daily.

They must go for morning or evening walk, follow a balanced nutritious diet, have adequate sleep and rest, and avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, the statement said. In case of persistent dry cough / sore throat, saline gargles and steam inhalation were suggested.

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