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HP Cabinet Meeting: Max relief to Bhakra Dam oustees, jobs, schemes and other decisions

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HP Cabinet Decisions july 2018

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government, in its Cabinet meeting held on July 24, 2018, has decided to redress the long pending demand of Bhakra Dam oustees. The cabinet said it has decided to give maximum relief to the oustees and their families and has approved necessary amendments in the policy.

 The Cabinet decided to convene monsoon session of H.P. Vidhan Sabha from  August 23 to  August 31, 2018, at Shimla. 

Rent a Cab and Motor Cycle Schemes

It also approved Rent a Cab Scheme, 1989 and Rent a Motor Cycle Scheme, 1997 under which Rs. 40,000 per annum will be charged for renting a cab and Rs. 20,000 for renting a motorcycle.  Under this scheme licence will be issued to the interested parties having a fleet of 50 motor vehicles under Rent a Cab Scheme and a minimum of five motorcycles under Rent a Motor Cycle Scheme.  

Dugar Hydro Electric Project allotted to NPHC

It decided to allot Dugar Hydro Electric Project with a capacity of 449 MW in favour of NPHC limited on BOOT basis for a period of 70 years after completion of which the project will revert to Government of Himachal Pradesh with specified generation capacity, free of cost and free from all encumbrances.

HP Govt Jobs/Vacancies

The Cabinet approved filling up:

  • 218 posts of Pharmacists batch-wise in Health and Family Welfare Department on a contract basis to cope with the shortage of staff in the health institutions  
  • 45 posts of Class-IV employees and three posts of Driver on daily wage basis in Cooperation Department
  • 8 posts of Lab attendant in Chaudhary Sarvan Kumar Agriculture University Palampur on a contract basis
  • 12 vacant posts of computer operators and one post of IT Programmer on contract basis in Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and Empowerment of Specially Abled Department through HP Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur
  • 10 vacant posts of drivers in the Agriculture Department on a daily wage basis.
  • 6 posts of different categories in the Planning Department

Further, approval was given to enhance the financial assistance in case of medical emergency to accreditated journalists and retired accreditated journalists under Himachal Pradesh Patrakar Kalyan Yojna from existing Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2.50 lakh.  The Cabinet also decided to abolish the annual family income criteria of Rs. 1.80 lakh per annum to avail the benefit of this scheme.

It also gave its approval for policy guidelines for extraction and utilization of un-economical salvage timber lots not acceptable to Himachal Pradesh State Forest Development Corporation Ltd.  Due to un-utilization of salvage trees, the State exchequer was suffering huge revenue losses and in order to utilize the un-economical salvage timber lots these policy guidelines have been approved by the Cabinet, which will not only prevent illegal removal of the trees but also provide timber and fuelwood required by various departments for execution of different developmental activities.

As per the guidelines, only salvage trees are allowed under TD rights for use in the construction of new residential house or cowshed and for their maintenance.

The Cabinet gave its approval for policy for collection and removal of pine needles from forest land so that these may be used and utilized for setting up of small-scale industries based on pine needles. This will reduce forest fire hazards and encourage industries to use pine needles as fuel. The State Government will provide investment subsidy of 50 percent of the capital cost for establishing such industries.

It accorded its consent to start Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna for providing assistance of Rs. 1.30 lakh to the BPL houseless family for construction of a house in rural areas of the State.

Mukhya Mantri Yuva Aajeevika Yojana

The Cabinet gave its approval to start Mukhya Mantri Yuva Aajeevika Yojana, 2018 to promote self-employment to local youth in the age group of 18 to 40 years by encouraging local entrepreneurship

Under the Scheme 25 percent investment, subsidy for the male applicant and 30 percent for female applicant upto maximum investment of Rs. 30 lakh would be provided. The interest subvention for the first year will be 8 percent and for subsequent years it will be reduced to two percent.

The Cabinet gave its approval to produce vaccination certificate during the admission in the first standard in all government/ private schools to monitor vaccination programs.

The Cabinet gave its approval to allow Bahra University, Vaknaghat, district Solan to start Bachelor of Physiotherapy course as per recommendations by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, H.P. 

Cabinet decided that Kargil Day will be celebrated all over the State in DC,s, SDM and BDO offices. The officers should hold meetings in which Ex-Serviceman should be specially invited, visits should be made to War memorial and Shaheed Samaraks and oath should be administered.

Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission

The Cabinet decided to implement Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission in the State. Nearly five lakh selected families of the State would be provided health insurance cover of rupees five lakh per annum. At present 175 hospitals have been registered for providing free treatment to these families.

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Season’s First Spell of Snow in Shimla, Manali, Cold Wave Intensifies Across State

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Snowfall in Shimla and Manali 2019

Shimla-Manali and Shimla received the first spell of snow in this season on Thursday. Tourist destinations like Kufri, Narkanda, Kharapather, Kotkhai etc were covered in snow.

The Rampur-Shimla Highway was closed to traffic after snow piled up. The traffic on this route was re-routed through Basantpur. About 20 routes in the upper Shimla region, including Chaupal and Rohru, are also hit by snow. 

After some minor accidents were reported, Shimla Police has requested drivers to be careful while driving in snowy conditions.

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Another popular tourist destination of the state, Manali, also received the first spell of snow in this season, cheering the hospitality industry. Solang Nala and Gulaba received about one foot of snow, while Marhi received two feet. Rohtang Pass has received over three feet of snow. All traffic on Rohtang Pass and Solang Nala routes was stopped near Nehrukund. Snow has hit traffic movement and electricity supply in some parts of Manali.

Other than these destinations, Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi, and Kinnaur were also disconnected from the rest of the state due to snow. Over 75 routes across Himachal were hit by snow.

Some parts of Sirmaur including Churdhar and higher reaches of Mandi district, including Shikari Devi and Kamarunag, also received a spell of snow. 
Shimla city and plains witnessed rain since morning.

The cold wave has intensified in the state with the ongoing spell of snow and rain. The Himachal Pradesh met department has predicted more snowfall on December 13. The Met on Wednesday had issued a yellow weather warning for 12th and 13th December with a prediction of rain and snow in most places across the state.

The Met has predicted that the state could receive more snow and rain till December 15, which would further intensify cold wave.

Weather Prediction for Himachal Pradesh 2019

Source: HP Met

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Missing Youth Case: Friend to Face Polygraph Test, Family Questions Police Investigation

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Missing Shimla Youth Shubham

Shimla-In the case related to the disappearance of Shubham, a local of Shimla’s Rohru, his arrested friend, Puneet, will go through a polygraph test. It was informed by an official of the Shimla Police on Tuesday.

After local police remained clueless in the case, a plea was submitted to a court seeking permission to conduct polygraph test on the suspect. The court has granted permission, the official informed.

The family of the missing youth is now raising questions over the investigation. They expressed a possibility that police could be working under some kind of pressure.

After 11 days of Shubham’s disappearance, the district police has revealed new details, which are obtained by questioning the suspect. Following the dissatisfaction expressed by the family, the SP has announced formation of a Special Investigation Team to investigate the case. The district police has already announced reward for anyone who would provide information related to Shubham.

As per the statement by the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Ompati Jamwal, search operations are being conducted under the supervision of the DSP, Theog.  Daily 25-40 police personnel have been searching the area from where Shubham had gone missing. He also said that dog squad and drones were being used in the search operation.

Shubham had left with his friends to attend a car rally. His friend, Puneet had asked Shubham to photograph him during the rally. They were returning to Jubbal from Deha when Subham went missing.

“According to the version given by Puneet (to the police), along with 15 other youth, they had stayed at some house and had consumed liquor. After they left the house, Puneet stopped the vehicle (Gypsy) somewhere in Deha as Subham said he wanted to vomit. Subham got out of the car,”

SP Jamwal told media.

“Puneet said he fell asleep, and when he woke up, Shubham had not returned,”

Jamwal said. However, Jamwal said this information is based only on initial investigation and claims of the suspect were yet to be confirmed.

Father of Shubham, Krishan Chand, has expressed suspicion on Puneet. On Monday, the disheartened father of the missing youth held a press conference in Shimla where he burst into tears.

“I am sure that Puneet is behind all this, and he knows about my son,”

the father told media.

“The entire area is a jungle. For the last 10 days, over 100 people along with 60-70 locals from Deha village have been searching the area. We did not find anything. Still, the police is only searching the same area every day,”

the father said.

“I request the government to find my son. No matter in what condition, but find him soon,”

he said.

The SP hoped that a polygraph test would help crack the case. The test could be conducted within this week.

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Snowfall, Rain Predicted in Himachal, Yellow Warning Issued for 12, 13 Dec

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Snowfall in shimla and kullu manali in december 2019

Shimla– At least seven districts of Himachal Pradesh are likely to witnesses snowfall and rain till 16 December 2019.  The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow-coded weather warning for 12 and 13 December. The warning is issued for Mandi, Shimla, Kullu, Sirmaur, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.

Rain and thundershowers are predicted at most places in the plains and rain/snow in Middle Hills on 12 December. For Higher Hills, the Met predicts rain/snow in most places.

On 13 December, widespread rain/snowfall is predicted in Middle and Higher Hills. Plains are likely to receive widespread rain.

snowfall in shimla and kullu in december 2019

Source: HP Met

Further, Met dept. predicts rain/snow in Middle and Higher Hills at isolated places from 14-16 December. The weather is likely to remain dry on 15 and 16 December in the plains.

Following the prediction of the Met Department, District Administration, Shimla, has issued an advisory requesting trekkers and locals to avoid going to higher reaches of the district on 12 and 13 December. The administration said Narkanda, Kharapathar, Kufri could receive snow on the said dates.

The district administration said it is prepared to keep roads open in case of snow.

The temperature is likely to drop, intensifying the cold condition across the state.

It is important to note that Rohtang Pass remains closed to traffic and locals are left to cross the pass on foot. The locals complained that the only link between Lahaul-Spiti and Kullu in winters is the Rohtang Tunnel, which is non-functional, and no helicopter flights are being provided.

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