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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 Statehood Day 2022: Relaxation in Electricity Charges, Third Option in New Pay scale, Higher Pay scale to Constables and other Announcements

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government, on the 52nd Statehood Day, has made several announcements. It announced 31 percent DA to employees, relaxation on electricity charges up to 60 units, enhancement of annual income for availing benefit of pensions and welfare schemes.

Benefits of higher scales would be provided immediately to all those constables who were eligible for higher scales. All the constables appointed after 2015 would be eligible for higher scale as per other categories of employees, the government announced.

The State Government announced that now while implementing the new pay scale, the employees would be given a third option besides two options already given to them. The State has recently implemented new pay scales for employees of the State Government. The state government said it felt that few disparities existed in the new pay scales of few categories.

Pensioners of the State Government would also be given pension as per the new pay scales of the Punjab government, the government announced.

The government also announced 31 per cent DA to all the employees of the State at par with the Central Government employees. Also, an increase in annual income for availing the benefits of various welfare schemes and pensions for the weaker sections of the society from existing Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 was announced.

Now, the domestic consumers of the state whose electricity consumption is up to 60 units per month would not be charged any fee per electricity unit.  They would be incurred zero cost per unit of electricity consumed. With this decision, domestic consumers whose electricity consumption is up to 125 units, would be charged only one rupee per unit cost.  Over 11 lakh domestic consumers would be benefitted from this decision and the State government would incur an additional expenditure of Rs 60 crore on providing this relief, the government informed.

For the farmers in the state, the government announced to reduce the present per unit cost of electricity from 50 paise to 30 paise.  This benefit will be payable from April 2022.

Further, the HP Government said that in the year 1971, the per capita income of the state was only Rs 651 which has increased to Rs. 1,83,286, the GDP of the State has gone up from Rs 223 crore in 1971 to Rs 1,56,522 crore. The literacy rate of the State has gone up to 82.80 percent which was 23 percent in 1971. The agricultural production in the state has increased from 954 metric tons to 1500 metric tons and food grain production in 1971 was 9.40 lakh MT which has increased to 16.74 lakh MT, the state government said.

The state-level function of 52nd Statehood Day was celebrated at historic Thodo ground in Solan, where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unfurled the Tricolor and took salute from the contingents of Police, IRB Jungalberi, Home Guards and, NCC girls etc.

The parade was commanded by DSP Pranav Chauhan.

The Chief Minister also honoured three war widows of Solan District including Dil Kumari Thapa, Savitri Devi and Nirmala Devi on this occasion. Head constable Sandeep Chandel was also felicitated by the Chief Minister who has been awarded Prime Ministers Police Medal for life-saving for the year 2018.  

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Covid Restrictions in Himachal Extended Till Jan 31st, State Reports 11 Deaths in 24 Hours

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Shimla-Covid-19 restrictions in Himachal Pradesh has been extended till January 31, 2022. Currently, the state is witnessing a sharp spike in daily Covid-19 cases and deaths. Today, despite a low sampling of 7896, the State reported 1766 new cases and 11 Covid-related deaths. During the last eight days,  the State has recorded over 50 deaths due to Covid-19.

The deceased included a 2-year-old female child too. Shimla district reported the highest five deaths. The Covid death toll in the state had risen to 3927 according to the latest update. But the State did not impose any new restrictions, like on the entry of visitors and curtailing capacity of public transport. Further, during the last 24 hours, Shimla, Solan, and Kangra districts reported more than 250 cases each. 

Covid restrictions in himachal pradesh extended

 A notification in this regard was issued by the Government of Himachal Pradesh (Revenue Department – Disaster Management Cell) on Monday. 

“Taking note of the present situation of Covid-19 in the State, the restrictions announced on January 5th, 8th, 9th, and 13th will continue to remain in effect till 6 am of 31st January 2022,” the notification said.

Programs scheduled on the occasion of Himachal Pradesh Statehood Day ( 25th January) and Republic Day (26th January) would be held on the condition of 50% capacity of indoor/outdoor spaces.

The educational institutes, including ITI, polytechnic colleges, and coaching institutes, would remain closed. Online classes, however, would continue in schools.

With the ongoing surge in daily cases and deaths, more restrictions could be in stock.

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Mandi Hooch Case: Political Storm Over Arrest and Expulsion of Hamirpur Congress Leader

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Mandi-On Sunday, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee expelled General Secretary of the Hamirpur District Congress Committee following his arrest from Chandigarh in alleged connection with the Mandi hooch case.

It’s pertinent to mention that last week seven persons had lost their lives in two days and eight others are still hospitalized due to consumption of spurious liquor in Salapar area of Sundernagar Tehsil, Mandi district. Following this tragedy, a police SIT was formed, various places were raided, seizures of incriminating materials were made, several persons were arrested. So far, the police have arrested 13 persons in this connection and more arrests could be made as the SIT unfolds layers of people involved.

Neeraj Thakur, who was said to have risen to a political leader from a salesman at a liquor shop, had created an empire for himself allegedly from the illicit trade of spurious liquor. The worth of his properties and assets is being assessed, but the initial reports suggested his assets were disproportionate to his income. Now every political leader he was in contact with is under the scanner of the police SIT.

Also Read: Mandi Hooch Case: HP Police Claim Bursting Large-Scale Illicit Liquor Trade, Nabs Kingpin

According to Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Shalini Agnihotri, on Sunday, police detained Praveen Thakur, who is a resident of Hamirpur, two persons, identified as Sunny and Pushpender of Uttar Pradesh, AK Tripathi of Jammu and Kashmir, and Sagar Saini of Delhi. The police have claimed that it has also apprehended the kingpin.

The state Congress chief and the opposition leader Mukesh Agnihotri who had been issuing statements holding the BJP government responsible for the Mandi hooch tragedy is on backfoot following the expulsion of Neeraj. At the same time, the failure of the state Excise and Taxation Department in checking this flourishing illicit trade of spurious liquor right under its nose is also evident.

State BJP general secretary Trilok Jamwal, State BJP spokesperson Baldev Tomar and co-media-in-charge Karan Nadda on Sunday issued statements referring to the expulsion of Neeraj as evidence that the Congress leaders were involved in, as well as, patron of liquor mafia in the State.

Further, with elections to the Shimla Municipal Corporation and elections to the state Assembly later this year, this issue has turned into a political storm.  

According to the SIT investigation, the illicit liquor factory was operating in Hamirpur District and raw materials were procured from both within and outside the State. The police said that Gaurav Manhas appears to be the kingpin of the illegal trade. Gaurav, with the assistance of Praveen, Pushpender and Sunny from UP, was running this illegal bottling plant at Hamirpur building owned by Praveen.

In addition, the DGP informed, Manu and Gagan were his partners in the bottling plant busted under the jurisdiction of Police Station Nalagarh. Gaurav has a strong network of distributors and supply chains for raw materials and finished liquor.

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