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HP Cabinet Decisions June 2019: Free Cylinder Refill, Rehabilitation Support Scheme For Minor Rape Victims, Filling Up Over 60 Posts

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HP Cabinet Decisions

A meeting of Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held today on June 9, 2019.

The Cabinet gave its nod to start a scheme for rehabilitation support to minor victims of rape, child abuse. Under this scheme, intensive counselling up to six months would be provided to minor as well as to their family members through professional counsellors. In addition to it, financial assistance of Rs. 7500 per month would also be given to the minor victim till the age of 21 years as a livelihood support measure.

The beneficiaries of ‘Ujjawala Grihini Suvidha Yojna’ that was launched in the State by the merger of Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna would be given one additional free refill cylinder.

Prathmik Sahyak Adhyapaks will be given Rs. 27,000 consolidated per month.

The marriage grant under the Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna has been enhanced from existing Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 51,000 to the destitute girls/women or their parents/guardians for marriage including inmates of Nari Sewa Sadan/Nari Niketan.

The annual income limit of family through Mahila Vikas Nigam for availing loan facility up to Rs. 1,50,000 by women has been increased from existing Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 for starting their self-employment ventures.

Further, the honorarium of office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions has been enhanced from 1 April 2019.

As per the decision, now Chairperson of Zila Parishad would get an honorarium of Rs. 12,000 per month instead of Rs. 11,000

  • Vice Chairperson Rs. 8,000 instead of 7500
  • Member, Zila Parishad Rs. 5,000 in place of Rs. 4500
  • Chairperson, Panchayat Samiti Rs. 7000 per month instead of Rs.6500
  • Vice Chairperson Rs. 5,000 instead of Rs. 4500
  • Member of Panchayat Samiti Rs. 4500 in place of Rs. 4000
  • Pradhan Gram Panchayat Rs. 4500 in place of Rs. 4000
  • Up-Pradhan Rs. 3000 in place of Rs. 2500
  • Members of the Gram Panchayat Rs. 250 instead of Rs. 240 per meeting with a maximum of two meetings in a month

The honorarium of part-time workers engaged in Patwar Circles of the State has been increased from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 3500 per month. This decision will benefit 1528 workers. The vacant posts of Part-time workers would also be filled.

The government would also distribute school bags to the students of classes 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th in the State for the year 2018-19 under Atal School Vardi Yojna. Uniforms to the school students from 1st to 12th standard during the current session under Atal Vardi Yojna would also be provided.

The government would provide scholarships amounting to Rs. 10,000 each every year under Mukhya Mantri Bal Uddhar Yojana to 10 boys and 10 girls of child care institutions registered and funded under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. These scholarships would be given to those securing top two positions in the merit list (separate for boys and girls) of children of child care institutions in annual examinations of 8th,9th, 10th, 10+1 and 10+2 standards.

In order to encourage institutional delivery, the Cabinet decided to enhance the incentive amount to women belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and BPL families to Rs. 1100.

The additional honorarium of ASHA workers has been increased from Rs. 1250 to Rs. 1500 per month. This would benefit 7964 ASHA workers of the State.

The government would continue the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of mango fruit with an enhancement of 50 paise per kg on all varieties of mango during the year 2019 to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers.

The Cabinet agreed to start tele-medicine facility in civil hospital Bharmour in district Chamba through M/s Apollo hospitals so as to provide specialized health care facilities to the people of the area.

Posts and Recruitments in HP Govt

The Cabinet decided to:

  • Create and fill up three posts each of Professors and Lecturers in Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College, Paprola in Kangra district for strengthening this college
  • Establish the Court of Additional District and Session Judge at Sarkaghat in Mandi district and Court of Civil Judge at Jhanduta in Bilaspur district along-with creation of 27 posts of different categories
  • Fill up seven posts of Assistant Professors of different departments in Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla on a regular basis by direct recruitment through State Public Service Commission
  • Fill up 11 posts of Junior Office Assistant on contract basis in Ayurveda Department
  • Fill up five posts of Statistical Assistant in Scheduled Castes Sub Plan Wing of Social Justice and Empowerment Department through direct recruitment on contract basis
  • Fill up five posts of Assistant Controller, Weight and Measures wing in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis
  • Create and fill up four posts of different categories in newly upgraded Shaheed Tilak Raj Government High School, Dhewa in Kangra district for providing better educational facilities

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CM Jairam Thakur Tests Positive for COVID-19, Quarantined

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HImachal Pradesh CM Tests Positive for COVID-19

Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, have tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined at his official residence. The report was confirmed by the Chief Minister through a tweet in which he informed that he was under quarantine at his residence after coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive person. On the appearance of symptoms, he got himself tested and the report was found to be positive, he informed.

According to the initial report, the Chief Minister had come in contact with some COVID-19 positive persons in Manali. MLA of Banjar, Surinder Shourie, who was positive for COVID-19 had participated in the event organized on the occasion of the inauguration of Rohtang Tunnel, had also tested positive. Shourie had spent the entire day with the Chief Minister, reports said.

His private secretary had also tested positive, and there are chances that the Chief Minister might have contracted the infection from him. However, there is no certainty regarding the contact who infected the Chief Minister.

Other than Chief Minister, three Cabinet ministers – Urban Development Minister Suresh Bharadwaj, Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Jalshakti Minister Mahender Singh- have tested positive so far.  Over ten MLAs have already tested positive and some of them have recovered too.

Meanwhile, despite community spread, the testing and tracing seem to have fallen and the fatality rate has witnessed a steep rise. Till 12 pm today, the COVID-19 death tally for the state was 245, and the total number of cases registered was 17414. But these are official statistics and these numbers are likely to be much higher. 

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Himachal: COVID-19 Kills 59 in 9 Days, Govt Still Clueless About Actual Number of Cases

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Himachal PRadesh Jairam Thakur

Shimla-COVID-19 continue to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as the death tally spirals upward rapidly. Currently, 240 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Fifty nine of these deaths have been reported during the last nine days of October month, which is quite alarming. But contrary to that, the attitude of the state government, as well as, the public is becoming more casual. The SOPs issued by the government are hardly being followed anywhere. The fact that with the community spread, the cases of COVID-19 are falling in the official information released by the state Health Department.

On October 9, the Department traced only 199 cases but reported seven deaths. The total number of active cases was cited to be 2856. The deceased included three females and four males aged between 49 -75 years. View details of the deceased in the below-given table:

Shimla-covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

The total number of cases, as per the official statistics, had reached 16977 till yesterday evening (9 PM). But these are official statistics and the real number is likely to be much higher due to a community spread. Similarly, the actual number of COVID-19 deaths could be higher than the official statistics. Despite it, the state government is reluctant to release any projection regarding the real numbers. No statements have been issued regarding the current situation and strategy to combat the rising fatality rate. Rather, the state appears to be refraining from bringing up the matter.

The oppositions, HP Congress and CPI (M), are targeting the government over its failure to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, this opposition is quite feeble and hasn’t resulted in any reforms in the attitude of the government.

In a statement to media, Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a senior CPI (M) leader, said that the rise in fatalities is the result of the government’s lackadaisical attitude. The suicide committed by a positive patient at the DDU COVID-19 hospital is evidence of it, he said. He said this approach has endangered health lives of ministers, officials, and the staff at their offices. Further, he said, health staff, paramedical staff, and police staff are getting infected, and even losing lives due to the government’s unpreparedness.  The government had even compromised the safety of the Prime Minister and Education Minister by violating norms set regarding COVID-19, he said.

HP Congress chief, Kuldeep Rathor also expressed shock over the presence of COVID-19 positive MLA of Banjar, Surender Shourie, in the event organized for the PM. He alleged that by violating all norms, the MLA concealed information regarding his COVID-19 positive status and did not quarantine himself, which reflects the state government’s attitude toward management of the corona pandemic. He had demanded registration of an FIR against Shourie and action against erring officials.

Sanjay Chauhan, further said that the government did not prepare itself to combat the pandemic the way it was expected to. The people of the state had followed the lockdown and sacrificed their livelihood with a hope that the government would prepare itself during this period to combat the spread and to strengthen the health infrastructure and services. But instead, the government indulged itself in making people clap and beat ‘thalis’.  The Chief Minister adopted and preached unscientific practices like performing a ‘havan’.  Despite a steep rise in fatalities, the government is still not serious about the situation, he said. 

He said the CPI (M) demands that the government starts working on war footing to prepare a strategy by involving health experts, strengthening the health services by recruiting doctors, para-medical and other staff, and constitute a task force to deal with the situation. The government should work diligently on following the norms set for prevention from COVID-19, he added.  

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Shocker for Himachal as Ex-CBI Chief & Governor Ashwani Kumar Found Dead at His Shimla Residence

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Himachal IPS Officer Ashwani Kumar found deat in shimla

Shimla-Ashwani Kumar – 1973 IPS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre who had served as the Director-General of HP Police (2006-2008) and CBI chief (August 2008 to November 2010), and was later appointed the Governor of Nagaland in 2013-was found dead at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday evening. The news came as a shocker as Kumar was considered as one of India’s finest and honest officers.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Mohit Chawala, in statement to news agencies, confirmed the report. According to the initial report, he reportedly hanged himself and ended his life. However, no formal statement was issued regarding the suicide. According to the police, a suicide note was also recovered from the spot. However, the note was yet to be verified.

Kumar was a well known name as he had dealt with famous cases including that of Arushi Talwar murder and fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in which current Home Minister Amit Shah was arrested in 2010.

He was one of the first appointees made to resign from the post of Governor, Nagaland, as soon as the current ruling party came into power in 2014. He also remained Governor of Manipur for a short period of time. After his retirement, Kumar was serving as the Vice-Chancellor of a private university in Shimla.

The officials who have served under Aswani Kumar have expressed shock over his demise in such a manner. 

Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, and a team of medical staff was rushed to the spot. More details are awaited as the district police have not issued any formal statement regarding the incident.

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