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HP Cabinet Decisions July 3, 2019: Admin Tribunal Abolished, Nod to Establish Road Safety Cell

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HP Cabinent Decisions july 3, 2019

Shimla– A Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on July 3, 2019.

The government has taken various decisions including to set up Lead Agency/Road Safety Cell headed by Director/Commissioner, Transport in the Directorate of Transport to ensure road safety and proper enforcement of road safety laws in the State. The Cell will monitor road safety activities in the state and will comprise of experts of Police, PWD, Education and Health Departments besides other supporting staff.

HP State Administrative Tribunal Abolished

The government has abolished the state administrative tribunal, despite opposition by lawyers, who claim that the move will affect thousands of government employees. Earlier, it was abolished in 2008 during the BJP government. A resolution was also passed by the lawyers in this regard. As per them, abolishing the tribunal will cause unnecessary harassment to lakhs of state government employees.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister said that the ministers, party legislators, other elected representatives and organisation leaders were opposing its functioning, which is why this decision was taken. This decision is likely to trigger a controversy.

Incentives to Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba

Keeping in view the difficult topography of Chamba district and to encourage faculties to serve in Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba, the Cabinet decided to provide an incentive of Rs. 50,000 to Professor, Rs. 30,000 to Associate Professor and Rs. 20,000 per month to Assistant Professor over and above the contractual emoluments. It also decided to provide an incentive of Rs. 15000 per month to tutors and senior resident doctors to encourage them to serve in this medical college.

The Cabinet gave its approval to enhance the financial assistance to the family members of the working journalists in case of death from existing rupees two lakh to rupees four lakh and for retired journalists from Rs. 50,000 to rupees one lakh under the ‘Patrakar Kalyan Yojna’.

It gave its nod to start a new ‘Sahara’ scheme in the State under which Rs. 2000 per month would be provided to patients of economically weaker sections suffering from identified serious diseases.

It decided to enhance the subsidy being provided to forest guards posted in 200 very sensitive beats for purchase of weapons from existing Rs. 12000 to maximum Rs. 15000.

Approval was given to purchase 79 motor cycles, 25 light vehicles, 7 mini buses, one big bus and two trucks in the Police Department.

Himachal Khumb Vikas Yojna

The Cabinet decided to launch Mukhya Mantri Khumb Vikas Yojna in the State and rename it as Himachal Khumb Vikas Yojna. Under this scheme, assistance would be provided to all categories of farmers registered with the department for adopting mushroom cultivation.

Now, ex-servicemen will be deployed at 12 RTO barriers in Transport Department instead of Home Guards.

The Cabinet decided to increase the discretionary fund of MLAs from existing Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh per year.

A Transport Nagar at Solan will be established by the Transport Department for which the land available with the Urban Development department would be transferred to the Transport Department.

HP Government Jobs

The Cabinet decided:

  • Fill up 113 posts of Forest Guards in Forest Department on contract
  • To fill up 14 posts of Junior Accounts Auditor in Local Audit Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.
  • To fill up 15 posts of Assistant Professors in different departments in Dr. Radhakrishanan Government Medical College, Hamirpur on regular basis through H.P. Public Service Commission
  • To upgrade the Primary Health Centre, Sulah in district Kangra to Community Health Centre along with creation and filling up of 18 posts of different categories for this centre.
  • To fill up 14 posts of Assistant Professors in various departments in Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar Government Medical College, Nahan
  • To fill up six posts of sanitary inspectors in Municipal Councils of the State proper hygiene in these Municipal Councils
  • To fill up 19 posts of Statistical Assistant on contract basis in the Agriculture Department through direct recruitment
  • To fill up 10 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in the Agriculture Department on contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission
  • To fill up 40 posts of Steno Typists in Irrigation and Public Health Department through direct recruitment on contract basis
  • To create four posts of record keepers, one each in newly opened Additional District and Session Court, Nalagarh, Civil Courts, Banjar, Tissa and Shillai
  • To fill up five posts of Civil Judges in Himachal Pradesh High Court through direct recruitment

Other Decisions

The Cabinet decided to upgrade the Town Planning Office Palampur to Sub Divisional Town Planning Office along with creation of requisite posts for its better functioning.

The Cabinet decided to convert 1026 class-IV posts of different categories in Irrigation and Public Health Department into Pump Attendants and appoint the eligible water guards against these posts as per R& P Rules on a contract basis.

The Cabinet gave its approval in principle to establish one Additional District and Sessions Court at Sundernagar in Mandi district and one Civil Court at Jaisinghpur in Kangra district.

The 40 MW Baggi Hydro Power House was allotted to Bhakra Beas Management Board for its execution.

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HP Govt Makes RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory for People Arriving from Seven States

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entry of tourists in himachal pradesh

Shimla-Tourist movement to Himachal Pradesh is likely to get hit during the peak season as the state government has made it mandatory for people of seven high load states viz. Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh need to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report while visiting the State. The restriction would apply after April 16th.

The decision came after Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, who had been insisting that there would be no restriction on tourist movement to avert economic losses to the tourism industry, held a review meeting amid a massive surge in new cases and deaths.  

The state government has decided to allow tourists to visit the State, but at the same time, hotel owners and tourists should strictly adhere to the SoPs, Chief Minister said.

“The virus was spreading at a fast pace which was the biggest concern. During the last 45 days, the State has reported 10,690 new covid cases. 120 deaths were reported in the State during the last 45 days,” he said.

Over 900 new cases with 12 fatalities were reported on Saturday only.  On Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily update, the state recorded 512 new cases. 

Pertinent to mention that Maharastra, Delhi and a few other states had been suggesting that a complete lockdown could be imposed if the high rate of resurgence continued in the coming days.

Though the Chief Minister had been maintaining that lockdown would be the last resort, the tone appears to be changing with the worsening of the COVID-19 situation.

Further, laying stress on twin strategy for testing, tracing and treatment with effective surveillance of micro containment zones, Chief Minister said that greater emphasis must also be laid on RT-PCR tests to achieve the target of 70 percent RT-PCR tests.

He said that the State Health Department must also take steps to increase bed capacity to meet out any eventuality.

Meanwhile, no restriction has been put on the devotees visiting various temples in the State during the Navratri festival.

The government said no overcrowding would be allowed in buses and other public transport and private vehicles. Wearing face masks even in vehicles must be enforced strictly.

Chief Minister, who faced widespread criticism over violation of SOPs during the political campaigning for elections to the Municipal Corporations, blamed laxity shown by the people for a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the State.  

 

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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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