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IGMC Shimla Admin Alleged of Rs 1.10 Crores Scam in Nexus with Private Company

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Shimla-The Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has become a den of corruption for the past few years. The IGMC administration, in nexus with the company named Rainbow security Enterprises, which was awarded the contract for delivering security facility at the institute, is involved in a scam worth Rs 1.10 crores in a total contract of Rs 3 crores.

This grave allegation was labelled by Vijender Mehra, the state president of Centre of Indian Trade Unions, in a complaint to the Chief Justice of State High Court. Mehra has requested the Chief Justice to conduct a judicial inquiry into this alleged scam. Mehra had also held a press conference to highlight the same allegations.  

Mehra alleged that several eligible companies were deprived of the contract to favour the said company despite that fact that it lacked required experience and quality of services.

Mehra also alleged that a report submitted by the Director of ESI, Himachal Pradesh Zone, in a meeting headed by the Joint Commissioner, Laobour Department, HP, held on August 23, 2019, clearly mentioned that the said company was a defaulter. Despite being a defaulter, the IGMC administration continued with the contract with Rainbow Security Enterprises and did not order any probe, which is a matter of investigation.

Mehra also alleged that at the time when the contract was awarded, the said company did not possess a license. The company allegedly obtained its license and registration from the Labour Department in August 2019 – one year after it was awarded the contract, which was completely against the laws.

The company had also not deposited the required margin money to the tune of Rs 26 lakhs but still, the tender was awarded to it, he further alleged.  

Mehra alleged that as per the contract, the company was supposed to deploy 187 security guards at the IGMC Shimla. However, only 137 guards were employed. Thus, against the condition of the contract, the company was short of 50 guards.

However, Mehra alleged, that the company received payment for 187 guards from the IGMC administration, which amounted to a scam of Rs 48 lakhs per year.    

The company has also not deposited Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Medical Fund amounting to Rs 12.11 lakh in the accounts of its employees, Mehra alleged. Similarly, EPF of one year amounting to Rs 21. 54 lakhs was also not deposited. The company also devoured Rs 14.19 lakhs on account of the leaves of the employees. Further, Rs 14 lakhs were embezzled from the salaries of four supervisors in one year, Mehra alleged. As per the conditions laid out in the contract, there was a provision for the creation of four posts of supervisors at a salary of Rs 40 thousand. However, they were paid only 18 to 23 thousand as salary.

This total scam amounts to Rs 1.10 crores and was carried out under full patronage of the IGMC administration, Mehra alleged.

It implies, Mehra said, that 40 percent of the total contract cost was devoured by the IGMC administration in nexus with the said company.

He further alleged that the said company has encroached upon a space in the Red-Cross Building of the IGMC, which was declared unsafe. Despite being aware of the threat to lives, IGMC administration allowed the company to encroach upon and use space in the building.

Despite carrying out above-mentioned fraudulent practices and being awarded the contract in violation of laws, the company was given an extension, Mehra alleged. Mehra has requested the state High Court to conduct a judicial probe and bring the culprits to the justice. 

The Medical Superintendent of IGMC, Dr Janak Raj, while talking to media, said the process of floating and awarding tenders is carried out by the office of the Joint Director and Principal. He said the MS office is only a service recipient. He refuted the allegations labelled against him for patronizing the said company.

However, so far, no probe has been ordered into the alleged scam and anomalies in awarding contract. 

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HP Bypolls 2021 Schedule Issued, Model Code of Conduct Comes Into Force in State

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Shimla-The Schedule for by-elections to Parliamentary Constituency and three Legislative Assembly Constituencies of Himachal Pradesh has been issued by the Indian Election Commission. With the announcement of this schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into effect in eight districts of Himachal Pradesh.  As per the schedule, the entire process of elections would be completed by November 5, 2021.

The schedule would remain the same for bypolls to Parliamentary Constituency and three Legislative Constituencies.

These include Mandi Parliamentary Constituency, which got vacant after MP Ram Swaroop Sharma reportedly committed suicide and three Legislative Assembly Constituencies – Fatehpur (08), Jubbal Kotkhai (65), and Arki (50).

HP Bypolls 2021 Schedule

  1. Notification – October 1, 2021
  2. Last Date of Nominations -October 8, 2021
  3. Date for Scrutiny of Nominations – October 11, 2021 
  4. Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures -October 13, 2021
  5. Date of Poll -October 30, 2021
  6. Date of Counting – November 2, 2021 

The entire process for the elections would be completed by November 5, 2021.

The Commission said it has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances before announcing the schedule for bypolls.

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Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events

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Shimla-The International Kullu Dussehra would be organised from 15th October to 21st October, 2021, the Himachal Pradesh Government informed today after holding a meeting regarding the same.

The HP Government has decided that all deities would be invited for the Dussehra festival. Orgnaization of all religious ceremonies would be allowed traditionally, but the cultural and commercial activities would not be held.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over meeting of State Level Kullu Dussehra Committee. Directions were given to ensure proper security system, uninterrupted electricity supply and adherence of Covid-19 guidelines.

It was also decided in the meeting that Language, Art and Culture Department would provide an additional amount of Rs. 10 lakh to district administration Kullu for organising Kullu Dussehra festival.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Sept 24: Approval to Open Schools from 27 Sept,  Fill 8,000 Posts, Changes in Transfer Policy of JBT, C, and V Teachers

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in a meeting held today, has decided to open schools from September 27 for the students of 9th to 12th classes. The students of class 10th and 12th would attend schools on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, whereas students of class 9th and 11th would attend schools on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a week. Online classes and examinations will continue for classes upto 8th standard.  

Further, the HP Cabinet also decided to create and fill up 8000 posts of Multi-Task Workers in the educational institutions under the Higher and Elementary Departments as per the provisions of the Part-Time Multi-Task Workers Policy 2020. As per the policy, these Multi-Task Workers would be provided with a consolidated honorarium of Rs. 5625 per month for 10 months in one academic year.

The Cabinet decided to amend the transfer policy for inter-district transfer of JBT and C and V teachers in the State by reducing the existing tenure from 13 years to five years, including the contract period, for transfer to another district and also increase the quota from existing 3% to 5%.

It also decided to enhance the honorarium of IT teachers outsourced in various educational institutions in the State by Rs. 500 per month from April 1st, 2021.

It also gave its approval for renaming Forest Training Institute and Rangers College Sundernagar as Himachal Pradesh Forest Academy.

The HP Cabinet gave its consent to draft a proposal for the Customised Package of Incentives for Mega Industrial Projects in the State under Himachal Pradesh Industrial Investment Policy and Rules -2019.

It gave its approval for filling up 20 posts of Naib Tehsildar in the Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis.

It also gave its approval to the policy of replacement/maintenance of damaged crash barriers in the State.

It also decided to rename Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna as Mukhyamantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna.

It also decided to rename Himachal Health Care Yojna- Himcare as Mukhyamantri Himachal Health Care Yojna-Himcare.

The Cabinet gave its nod to rename Sahara Yojna as Mukhyamantri Sahara Yojna.

The Cabinet gave its consent to create and fill up 10 posts of different categories in Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur for its smooth functioning.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade Primary Health Centre Swarghat in Bilaspur district to Community Health Centre along with the creation of requisite posts.

It also decided to upgrade Primary Health Centre Gadsa in Banjar area of Kullu district to Community Health Centre along with creation of requisite posts to man this health institution. 

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