Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on August 8, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Various decisions were taken in in this meeting.
The Cabinet approved to amend the Recruitment and Promotion Rules of various categories Class III and Class-IV posts by making the passing of Matric and plus two examinations from schools situated in Himachal Pradesh mandatory for being eligible for class-III posts and passing of 8th or 10th from schools from Himachal Pradesh for class-IV posts. These conditions will not be applicable to bonafide Himachalis as defined by the State Government from time to time.
The Cabinet accorded its consent to implement “The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act, 2019 regarding conducting 5th and 8th class examination for which questions papers and answer sheets will be provided by Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education Dharamshala and conduction of examination and evaluation will be accomplished under the supervision of Deputy Director, Elementary Education of the concerned district.
It also gave its nod to continue the services of already engaged SMC teachers on a period basis in Elementary/Higher Education Department for academic session 2019-20.
The Cabinet gave its consent to increase the upper age limit for availing the benefits of newly launched ‘Mukhya Mantri Swablamban Yojna- 2019 from 35 years to 45 years.
School Safety Project Guidelines
In order to prepare schools for emergencies and ensure that they are resilient to face disasters and to sensitize school children and school community on disasters preparedness and safety measures, the Cabinet gave its approval for School Safety Project Guidelines for implementation to reduce disaster risk in schools of the State.
Other Decisions Taken in Cabinet Meeting Including Filling Up of Various Post
- Increase in financial assistance to the eligible destitute women and widows under Mother Teresa Matri Asahay Sambal Yojna from existing Rs. 5000 to Rs. 6000 per child per annum subject to a maximum of two children for their proper upbringing.
- Approval for selection and imparting patwari training to 1195 candidates (933 candidates in Mohal side and 262 candidates in Settlement side) and 17 eligible chainmen of settlement department Shimla and Kangra in order to fill up vacancies in next five years.
- Nod to establish a ‘Disability Cell’ in the Directorate of Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and Empowerment of Specially Abled Persons Department for the empowerment of persons with special abilities alongwith filling up of requisite posts to man the Cell.
- To fill up seven posts of different categories in Bal Ashrams being run by Himachal Pradesh Child Welfare Council at Sunni, Kalehali and Kalpa.
- Nod to open Sub Employment Office at Bali Chowki in Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.
- To create and fill up 17 posts of different categories and provide two new vehicles for the newly opened Fire Post at Padhar in Mandi district.
- Consent to open Fire Sub Station at Gohar in Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of 23 posts of various categories and three vehicles.
- Increase in the honorarium of Special Police Officers deployed in those areas of Chamba and Lahaul-Spiti districts bordering Jammu and Kashmir from existing Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7000 per month.
- Open Block Medical Office in Shri Naina Devi Ji in Bilaspur district alongwith creation and filling up of 15 posts of different categories to man this office.
- To upgrade Community Health Centre Markande in Bilaspur district to 50 bedded Civil Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of 18 posts of different categories.
- Consent to upgrade Primary Health Centre Bachhabain in Kangra district to Community Health Centre alongwith creation and filling up of 19 posts.
- Open Block Medical Office at Basdehara in Una district alongwith creation and filling up of three posts.
- To fill up of 73 different posts in Civil Hospital Paonta Sahib.
- To upgrade Community Health Centre Salooni in Chamba district to 50 bedded Civil Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of 33 posts of different categories.
- Nod to convert 10 posts of Clerks to Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Excise and Taxation Department and four posts of Clerks to Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Youth Services and Sports Department and fill up them on a contract basis.
- To create 21 posts of different categories in Panchayati Raj Department on a contract basis.
- Nod to start science classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Shalla in Mandi district, Swarghat, Toba, Tamboul, Suin Surah and Deoth in Bilaspur district and Commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Dehan in Kangra district, Behal, Lakhnoo, Chhakoh and Chadol in Bilaspur district alongwith creation of 26 posts of PGTs to facilitate the students.
- To start Science classes in Government Senior Secondary School, Bara in Mandi district and Commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Bara and Saroa in Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of nine posts of PGTs to facilitate the students.
- To fill up three posts of Hostel Superintendent cum PTI in the Technical Education Department.
- To start new trades of Mechanical Diesel Engine, Computer Operator and Programming Assistant, Electrician and Sewing Technology in Government ITI Summerkot in Shimla district alongwith creation and filling up of 12 posts of different categories.
- To introduce four new trades of Electrician, IT, Plumber and Fashion Design and Technology in Government ITI Nerwa in district Shimla alongwith creation and filling up of 12 posts of different categories.
- To create and fill up 29 posts of different categories in Directorate of Energy through direct recruitment.
The Cabinet gave its nod to strengthen the Emergency Response and Support System by providing 13 Bolero vehicles one each in every police district of the State to be used as Emergency Response Vehicle in emergent situations. These vehicles would be equipped with Mobile Data Terminals which would be linked with Public Safety Answering Point.
The Cabinet decided to outsource the work of ‘Arogya Mitra’ for execution of ‘Ayushman Bharat-Pradhanmantri Jan Arogya Yojna and Himcare’ in Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College Chamba, Radhakrishanan Medical College, Hamirpur, Dr. Y.S. Parmar Government Medical College, Nahan and Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Nerchowk Mandi and District Hospitals, Zonal Hospitals, Regional Hospitals and Civil Hospitals.
It decided to create a separate department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda and create one post each of Professor and Associate Professor and two posts of Assistant Professor. It also decided to create two posts of Assistant Professors in Super Specialty Cell of Paediatric Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology in the Paediatric Department of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda.
The Cabinet decided to provide 16 slice CT Scan machine in Zonal Hospital Mandi, DDU Zonal Hospital, Shimla, Regional Hospital, Kullu and Civil Hospital, Palampur on PPP mode in place of dual slice CT Scan machines.
In Civil Hospitals, Rohru, Rampur, Nurpur, Sundernagar, Paonta Sahib and Kotkhai, Zonal Hospital Dharamshala would also be replaced by 16 slice CT Scan machines provided there were 500 CT Scans per month continuously for six months in these institutions.
Season’s First Spell of Snow in Shimla, Manali, Cold Wave Intensifies Across State
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.
Missing Youth Case: Friend to Face Polygraph Test, Family Questions Police Investigation
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,”
The SP hoped that a polygraph test would help crack the case. The test could be conducted within this week.
Snowfall, Rain Predicted in Himachal, Yellow Warning Issued for 12, 13 Dec
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.
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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