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Viral Kullu Ration Depot Video Reaches HP Food & Civil Supply Deptt,  Probe Ordered  

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Kullu-A video of a government ration depot in Bhuntar of Kullu district showing stale and hardened wheat flour being distributed to the people had gone viral on social media. The video has also reached the Himachal Pradesh Food & Civil Supply Department. Considering the serious allegations labelled by one Jeevan Kumar in the video, the department has ordered a probe into the matter.

In the video, Jeevan can be heard saying that he had collected a sack of wheat flour from a government ration depot in Khodaage village in Garsa. However, he alleged, on opening the sack, he found that the flour was spoilt, had fungus on it, and was hardened after getting wet. Despite that, the flour was distributed to people, which is a joke with the health of the poor people who depend on the ration provided through these depots.

In the video, “HP Govt Supplies on Subsidized Atta” and “HP Public Distribution System” can be seen printed on the 40 kg wheat sack.

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The complainant is alleging that he belongs to a poor family and earns only Rs 200-250 per day as  a daily wager. Jeevan said he, and several others like him, can’t afford buying ration from other shops so they wait for the supply from the depot. Still, we are being supplied spoilt flour.

He raised questions over the state government’s claim of eradicating poverty. Instead, Jeevan said, it appears the government is trying to eliminate the poor. He alleged that this was not the first time that he was given such supplies. Earlier, on two occasions, he received supplies that contained sand.

Jeevan said when he complained it to the depot operator, he was told that the government is responsible for it. He is not supplying this ration from his home, the operator replied to Jeevan’s complaint.

Jeevan said he is not alone who is receiving such supplies. There are several others like him who belong to poor families and depend on supply from depots. He is urging the people to circulate the video on social media so that it could reach the government and expose the working of the department.

District Food Controller Purushotam Singh confirmed watching the video and said an investigation is underway. He said action would be taken against anyone who would be found responsible for it.

However, during the initial investigation, the depot operator denied that Jeevan was given wheat flour. He said Jeevan had taken wheat and not flour.

The team investigating the case is in dilemma whether the allegations labelled by Jeevan were true or not. The team had reportedly planned to take samples of flour from the depot, however, it couldn’t as the flour was out of stock.

The validity of the charges labelled by Jevaan against the department can only be confirmed after the completion of the investigation.

 

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

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