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3 Skill Development Schemes Running in Himachal to Train 1 Lakh Youth to get Employment : Govt

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Skill Development Schemes Running in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla- Three Skill Development Schemes are running in Himachal Pradesh with an aim to train about one lakh youth of the state to get employment, the government said. These schemes include Himachal Pradesh Skill Development Project (HPSDP), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Kaushalya Vikas Yojana, and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). 

Under these schemes, about one lakh youth from the State will be trained to get employment, the government claimed.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, the first instalment of Rs. 21.56 crore has been received. This will provide employment skills to about 50,000 youth. Under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN) has been entrusted with the task of training 22 training service providers.

About 22000 youths are being given training. About 2340 trainees have completed training, and 341 trainees have also been given employment, the government claimed.

With the help of HPKVN, a graduate (vocational) program is being run by the Higher Education Department. About 824 students have registered under this program in the academic session 2017-18, and 1010 students have registered themselves in the year 2018-19.

The government further informed that HPKVAN has started ‘Graduate Add-on’ program to provide training to students of 10 Government Degree Colleges. As many as 750 students attended this session and 1,500 students will be trained in 2019-2020.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for the five-year Skill Development Project of Rs. 650 crore with Asian Development Bank on March 28, 2018. During the year 2019-20, approximate budget for HPSDP Scheme would be Rs. 156 crore, it was informed.

Under this project, skill of more than 23000 youth will be developed, 50 ITIs will be upgraded, 6 urban livelihood centres and 7 rural livelihood centres will be opened, the government claimed.

During the year 2019-20, it is expected that approximately 31,800 Himachali Youth will be enrolled for skill training with HPKVN. HPKVN under its ADB program will be conducting short term training of 3000 candidates in seven sectors namely Automobile, Manufacturing, Power, Construction and Plumbing, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Information Technology-Information Technology Enabled Services (IT-ITes) and Electronics sectors.

Under this project of Asian Development Bank, the construction work of the Model Career Center, Hamirpur, Government Women Polytechnic College, Rehan, Urban Livelihood Center, Shamshi, Urban Livelihood Center, Sunder Nagar and Urban Livelihood Center, Nahan started by Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam, the government informed.

Construction work of Rural Livelihood Center, Sadyana in Mandi district and Rural Livelihood Center, Chopal and Pragatinagar in Shimla District have also started.

The government said that HPKVN has launched ‘Nav Dharaana’ – a livelihood based training programme for persons with disabilities for nurturing employment and entrepreneurship skills amongst the differently-abled persons. During 2019-2020, approximately 300 Person with Disability will be trained in Retail, Hospitality, Agriculture and Food Processing sectors.

B.Voc. Program is a joint effort of HPKVN and Department of Higher Education, being run in 12 Government colleges of the State in 2 sectors (Retail and Hospitality) from the academic year 2017-18.

Presently more than 1700 students are enrolled in the degree program. From the new session, 6 more colleges and 2 new sectors, i.e. IT and BFSI is being planned to be introduced. A total enrollment of students shall reach approximately 4,000.

As Himachal has a great potential for Handicrafts and Handloom, under PMKVY, HPKVN will enrol 5,000 youths in 8 crafts through the engagement of master craftsman as trainers. Training, designing, hand-holding, participation in trade fairs and marketing will be incorporated in this programme for sustainable livelihood of the artisans.

In the Districts of Una, Kangra, Bilaspur where tourism and handicraft opportunities are minimal, HPKVN is planning a Women Entrepreneurship program incorporating creation and capacity development of self-help groups for 3,000 women in these districts.

The total cost of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana is Rs. 133.60 crores and the Project Implementing Agencies will have to give assured wage employment to at least 70% of total trained rural poor youth.

Training is being provided in trades like Retail, Iron & Steel, Tourism, Green Skill, Telecom, Health Care, Electrical, Tourism, Security, Automotive, Life Sciences and Electrical in different parts of the state. A total target of 15000 youth to be trained has been set under the scheme out of which 2787 youth has already being trained.

The decision to convert all Employment Centers into Skill Identification Centers and Ideal Career Counseling Centers has also been taken. It will increase opportunities for employment and placement by counselling the youth, the government said.

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Himachal: 10 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day Take Tally to 145, DDU MS Replaced Following Patient Suicide

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported 10 COVID-19 deaths on September 24, 2020, which took the state’s death tally to 145. This is the biggest single-day-spike in the fatalities – a matter of huge worry amid community spread. Kangra district reported the highest six deaths while Shimla, Chamba,  Sirmaur, and Kullu reported one death each. The deceased including eight males and two females were aged between 55-78 years. At least five of these deceased were patients of diabetes mellitus.So far,

So far,  Kangra district has reported the highest 37 deaths, followed by Shimla (24), Solan (23), Mandi (20), Una (10), Sirmaur (10), Chamba (8), Hamirpur (6), Kullu (5), Bilaspur (1), and Kinnaur (1).

Go through the reasons of deaths given by the state Health Department below:Himachal pradesh corona deaths Sept 24

According to the official update, 337 new positive cases were registered yesterday. The total for the state has now reached 13,386. (Scroll down to view statistics for all districts)

DDU MS Replaced After COVID-19 Patient Suicide 

As part of the damage control, the Medical Superintendent of Shimla’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital, Lokender Sharma, was replaced after a COVID-19 patient committed suicide inside the hospital premises. Dr Ramesh Chauhan has been appointed as the new MS.  The case has led to protests against poor facilities and mismanagement in COVID-19 hospitals in the state. The opposition even staged a protest on September 5.

Reacting to his removal, Dr Lokender denied any negligence on his part and said he had been working with insufficient staff and limited facilities. He also alleged that the administration did not consider his repeated complaint regarding the same. Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has also pointed out that the state government has not done anything to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to deal with the pandemic. They also pointed out the lack of trained staff.

These developments, including a sudden spurt in the fatality rate among COVID-19 patients, are now exposing the poor preparedness of the state government. The government doesn’t seem to have any clue about controlling the spread. There is no data on the projected number of actual cases as it is not possible to trace all infected amid a community spread.

While there is a dire need to make more efforts to save lives, the government and the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur appear to be busy in preparing for the visit of the Prime Minister Narender Modi for the opening of the Rohtang Tunnel.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 24, 2020 (9 PM)

DDU COVID Patient suicide in himachal pradesh

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Five More COVID-19 Deaths, Three Suicides, Shimla’s Kotkhai Nagar Panchayat Sealed

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Shimla– Five more COVID-19 casualties were reported in Himachal Pradesh on September 23, 2020. According to the official update from the Health Department, a total of 280 cases were reported till 9:00 pm today . The COVID-19 death tally is rising at an alarming rate with the onset of a community spread. Currently, a total of 135 persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19.(Scroll down for district-wise statistics)

These deaths were reported from Solan (1), Kangra (2), and Mandi (2). The deceased aged between 58 years to 77. Read the reasons for deaths below:

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Kotkhai Nagar Panchayat Sealed for Four Days

Kotkhai Nagar panchayat of Shimal district was sealed today after four persons tested positive at the CHC, Kotkhai. However, there is one case which has increased worries for both the people and the administration.

According to the BMO, Kotkhai, one of these persons, identified as Kavinder Kanwar, runs a car parking at the Kotkhai Bazaar. He also runs a newspaper distribution agency in the same area and deals in mobile recharge business. He frequently handles keys of cars parked in the parking as part of his routine task, it was informed.

“It is quite possible that the concerned positive person has also surely visited several shops and public places in Kotkhai bazaar during the last four days. In this situation, it is difficult to find out the exact contact tracing history due to which there is a high risk of surface transmission and risk of a direct contact person to person,”

informed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Theog, in a notification issued today.   

Therefore, the administration has declared the entire Kotkhai Nagar panchayat as containment zone and sealed it except for essential services for four days (till September 27th).

The local police have been directed to restrict any entry to or exit from the area. The BMO has been asked to undertake contact tracing and the Secretary of the Nagar panchayat area has been directed to sanitize the entire area.   

COVID-19 Positive Woman Ends Life at DDU, Shimla

A woman, who was tested positive for COVID-19, and was admitted to the DDU hospital, Shimla, ended her life on the intervening night of September 22-23. The exact reason for the suicide was yet to be ascertained.

Further, two suicides in Kangra district have been associated with the financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the deceased worked at a fuel station.  The second person was a cab driver. According to the English daily, The Tribune, he had recently received a notice from the bank over non-payment of his loan that he had taken to buy a cab. These suicides are indicators that the people are in dire need of relief from the state government. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 23, 2020 (9 PM)

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13 More COVID-19 Deaths in 2 Days, Total Mounts to 130

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 update for september 22, 2020

The COVID-19 fatality rate in Himachal Pradesh is on the rise as the death tally reaches 130 with 13 new deaths in the last two days. According to the Health Department’s official COVID-19 Bulletins, State reported seven deaths on September 21 and six on September 22. 

Today, the state registered 331 new confirmed cases with which the COVID-19 tally for the state rose to 12769. Of this total, 4124 are active cases, 8491 have recovered, and 20 migrated to outside the state. The infected also include Nachan MLA Vinod Kumar.

Details of COVID-19 Casualties on Sept 21-22

details of COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh

Today, the highest cases were reported from Sirmaur district (79), followed by Mandi (66), Shimla 48, and Solan 38, and Kullu (25). (Scroll down to view more district-wise statistics.)
However, the actual number of cases could be higher as the state is in the community spread phase. No projection regarding the actual number of cases and deaths has been issued by the state government.

So far, the state government has tested only 271449 persons for COVID-19. Considering the community spread, the state government is supposed to increase the number of tests.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that people should refrain from going to crowded places and take all precautions. However, tourists thronging the state are hardly following any rules. After lifting all restrictions on inter-state movement, the state government is now preparing to open the inter-state bus services, which would fuel the community spread.  The people are already expressing their resentment with the decision to suddenly lift all restrictions on movement of tourists. Amid these uncertain circumstances, rising fatality rate is the main concern. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 12, 2020 (9 PM)

  

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