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HP Cabinet Decisions Sept 16, 2019: Nod to Draft Buy-Back Non-Recyclables, Single-Use Plastic Waste Policy & HP Tourism Policy 2019

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HP Cabinet Decisions September 16, 2019

Shimla-A meeting of Himachal Pradesh State Cabinet was held on September 6, 2019. Various decisions were taken in the meeting including approval to draft a policy for Buy-back of Non-recyclables Plastics Waste and various kinds of single-use Plastic waste including bags in Himachal Pradesh. A provision has been made of Minimum Support Price of Rs. 75 kg. It would be paid to the ragpickers and individuals from households for collection and deposit of plastic with the Urban Local Bodies for ensuring cleanliness in the State.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Policy, 2019

The Cabinet also gave approval to the draft of HP Tourism Policy, 2019.

This policy, the government said, is aimed at holistic development of tourism in the State with special focus on ecotourism, agro organic tourism, snow tourism, lake tourism, adventure tourism, pilgrimage tourism, cultural and heritage tourism, health and wellness tourism, film tourism  and  MICE tourism (Meeting Travel, Incentive Travel, Conference Travel and Exhibition Travel).

The government said the main objectives of this policy is to promote tourism diversification through theme-based development, to safeguard state’s tourism destinations through sustainable interventions, to ensure that sustainable tourism primarily benefits host communities, to build capacity and develop quality human resource for the tourism industry, to provide safe, secure and unique ‘tourism for all’ and to create enabling environment for investments for sustainable tourism.

Cabinet also approved ‘Capital Investment Subsidy’ for tourism projects in under developed areas of the State and grant for access of roads and water supply to tourism units.

The Cabinet also decided to procure and distribute 9700 laptops to the meritorious students of Class-10th and 12th under the Srinivasa Ramanujan Student Digital Yojana for the year 2017-18 and 2018-19.

 It also gave its nod to enhance the financial assistance being provided to the Second World War veterans from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 10000 per month and for their widows from Rs.  3000 to Rs. 5000 from 1st September 2019.

HP Govt Jobs

The HP Cabinet decided to fill up/create:

  • 17 posts of Drug Inspector through direct recruitment on contract basis in the Department of Health Safety and Regulations
  • 22 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
  • Seven posts of Himachal Pradesh Forest Services (HPFS) through direct recruitment in Forest Department
  • Creation of requisite posts for starting science classes in Government Senior Secondary School, Ghunni in Rampur area of Shimla district, Government Senior Secondary Schools, Bharog-Bhaneri in Renuka area, Gorkhuwala in Paonta Sahib area and Timbi in Shillai area of Sirmaur district and Government Senior Secondary Schools, Dadhol and Barota in Ghumarwin area of Bilaspur district besides commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Kothi and Gallian  (Karloti) in Ghumarwin area of Bilaspur district

Other Decisions

It also decided to regularise the services of 26 daily waged Class-III workmen of various categories of Nepali origin in relaxation of Recruitment and Promotion Rules in Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department.

The Cabinet gave its consent to include 428 Gram Panchayats of 10 districts in the State under the Integrated Development Projects for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rain-fed Agriculture-IDP, a project sanctioned by Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India for strengthening and sustainable development natural resources available in forest area touching agriculture land of these panchayats. 

The Cabinet gave its approval to implement ‘Ek Buta Beti Ke Naam’.

It gave its nod to declare Yamuna Sharad Mahotsav, Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district as State level Fair.

It also decided to nominate the senior-most lecturers as Vice Principal in Government Senior Secondary Schools. 

 

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Congress Holds ‘Save Democracy March’ in Pachhad Alleging EC of Inaction on BJP’s MCC Violations

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Sirmaur-Congress today organized “Save Democracy March” in Pachhad constituency ahead of the by-election. The rally was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore, who later submitted a memorandum to the Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, through SDM, Rajgarh, alleging a foul play and violations of Model Code of Conduct by BJP leaders and ministers Mahinder Singh Thakur, Birender Kanwar and Speaker Rajeev Bindal in Pachhad assembly constituency.

He also said that government machinery was misused on a large scale and government servants were being pressurised to work for BJP candidate and that Election Commission has failed altogether to check violation of Model Code of Conduct.

Rathore claimed that despite all foul play and violation of MCC by BJP, Congress is all set to register a landslide victory in Pachhad assembly constituency and Dharamshala Constituency because party workers have poured in great efforts in door-to-door campaigning in both the assembly constituencies.

Rathore has been campaigning in these constituencies ever since the date of announcement of elections. He had campaigned in all areas of Dharamshala assembly constituency from October 2 to October 9, 2019.

Thereafter, he moved to Pachhad assembly constituency and has been campaigning there from October 10. Rathore claimed that these by-elections will set a stage for departure of BJP government from Himachal Pradesh in 2022 as Congress is comfortably winning both these seats in the bye-election 2019.   

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Peaks of Kullu and Lahaul Receive Fresh Spell of Snow, Lower Reaches Hit by Hailstorm, Rain

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Snowfall in kullu manali

Kullu– Including Rohtang Pass, peaks of Kullu, Manali, and Lahaul are receiving a fresh spell of snow. At the time of writing Rohtang Pass had received about two to three inches of snow, five in Shikula Pass, and four in Baralacha Pass. Manali’s Chandrkhani Pass has also received a fresh spell of snow

The roads are still open and traffic is moving. However, it is expected that if this spell of light snowfall continued for the few next hours, the roads would be closed.  The Manali-Leh and Manali-Kaza Highway have already been closed for traffic officially. 

Manali and Lahaul also recorded spell of heavy rain on Thursday afternoon. Due to rainfall and snow in higher peaks, the temperature has dropped by several notches.

Kullu valley was hit by a spell of heavy hailstorm, which caused damaged to vegetable and other crops in Shiah, Gadsa and Hawi valley of the district. The SDM, Kullu, Akshay Sood, said the damaged caused to crops would be assessed soon.

Snowfall in Kullu-manali

Similarly, some parts of Mandi district also witnessed hailstorm, leading to crop damage.

kullu manali snowfall

During next couple of hours, the HP Met Department has predicted light to moderate rainfall and snowfall along with thunderstorm in Kangra, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Shimla district.

The hoteliers in Kullu and Manali are expecting that snow would attract tourists to the valley.

The Met Department has predicted rain and snow on October 18 too. After that, the weather is likely to be dry till October 23.

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HP Technical University Hamirpur Turned into Political Arena, Deprived of Its Autonomy: ABVP

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HPTU Hamirpur ABVP Conference

Hamirpur- The Himachal Pradesh Technical University, Hamirpur, (HPTU) has been turned into a political arena by the Himachal Pradesh Government. The Minister for Technical Education, Bikram Singh, has forgotten that this college also comes under his jurisdiction and that he is responsible for its development, said Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad unit of HPTU in a press conference organized on October 16, 2019.

The conference was addressed by President of ABVP’s HPTU unit, Suraj Jariyal, Secretary Ankita Sharma, and Robin.

The situation has worsened to such an extent that ABVP has now opened a front against its own government. Suraj termed the neglection of the college by the Minister of Technical Education as most unfortunate. He alleged the University is awaiting development for the past 10 years, however, this issue was never raised in the Legislative Assembly. The classes are being conducted in the building of a boys school. An additional fee is being charged for facilities such as computer lab, internet, and library. However, in reality, the varsity doesn’t even have its own building and campus.

The government made no provision of a budget for the university, which shameful in itself. The state government keep forming new rules for the university very frequently. These rules are of pure political interest, he said. ABVP alleged that the government is trying to fulfil its political interests through the only technical university of the state, which is why it keeps forcing new rules on the varsity.

Recently, the state government and the Department of Technical Education issued a Tughlaqi order prohibiting the university from starting new courses and making any recruitment. ABVP criticised this decision terming it a mockery of the autonomy of the university. 

Unit secretary Ankita advised the Minister for Technical Education to read the constitution of the varsity, which empowers the university to make new recruitments and start new courses anytime it wants. The university does not need to seek permission from either the government or the Minister to do so, Ankita said.

ABVP has demanded that the government should stop depriving the varsity of its autonomy, provision of a budget is made, vacant posts of regular teaching and non-teaching staff are filled up, and new courses are started at the earliest at the new campus.

The university is lacking behind in education and development due to apathetic attitude of the state government, Suraj said. ABVP warned the government that if it did not roll back its decision, then more aggressive protests would be launched. If needed, a ‘Jail Bharo’ campaign would be initiated by ABVP, he said. 

 

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