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Himachal’s Farmers, Fruit Growers Seek Relief From Govt as Unpredictable Weather Destroys Crops

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Farmers in Himachal Pradesh Demand Compensation

Shimla-Unpredictable weather has hit the farmers and fruit and vegetable growers of Himachal Pradesh hard this year, and they are compelled to seek relief from the state government to make ends meet and return their loans.

Farmers and fruit growers in various parts of the state, especially Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Una, Anni, Rampur, Theog, Nerwa, Baghi, Rohru, Bangana, etc., have faced huge loss of crops due to high-velocity winds and hailstorms. Fruits like apple, mango, cherries, pears, peach, and vegetables like tomato, cauliflower, and capsicum were destroyed, causing distress in the agrarian community.

Crops in Himachal Destroyed due to weather

The frequent hailstorms in May have damaged 25 to 50 percent crops. The unpredictable weather continues to hit the farmers and fruit growers in June too.  In May, multiple spells of heavy hailstorm, which lasted for 15-20 minutes, were reported. 

A large number of farmers take loans to invest in agriculture and horticulture, and this massive loss to crops is now haunting them. The farmers are now looking towards the government, seeking compensation as a relief.  So far, the farmers said, the government has not reached them to take stock of the situation. 

The Kisan Sangharsh Samiti and Communist Party of India (M) have also supported the demand for timely compensation to the affected.

CPI(M) has also demanded that the government should assess the loss sustained immediately and release compensation as per crop insurance policy. It also demanded that the government should suspend the procedure of loan repayment as a relief to the affected farmers.

CPI(M) has warned of protest from farmers and fruit growers if they were not provided adequate relief.

 

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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