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

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IGMC Shimla Scam with private contractor

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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Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Make a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years

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Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission

District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).

 Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.

The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.

Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.

Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.

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Congress After Registering Victory in Theog MC Elections

The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support. 

Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda-  had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.

Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate. 

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Nisha Sharma Joins Congress

Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.   

While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff.  Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.  

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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