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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: Daily New COVID-19 Cases Crosses 1000 Mark, State Govt Directs Admins & Police to Show Strictness in Implementing SOPs

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Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 update april 12

Shimla– Reeling under the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh continues to report a huge surge in daily new cases and fatalities. On Monday, the state recorded 1089 cases – the highest in 24 hours this year. Nine more people succumbed to the infection, taking the COVID-19 death tally to 1111. Highest three deaths were reported from Una district, followed by Mandi (3).  View more details on fatalities below:

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Kangra district reported the highest 249 cases, followed by Solan (166), and Lahaul-Spiti (114). Find more district-wise details below:

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Source: HP NHM

Today’s cases also include former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, who tested positive. Earlier, his son Vikramaditya had also tested positive for COVID-19. Pertinent to mention that Vikramaditya Singh had campaigned in the Municipal Corporation elections that were concluded on April 7. 

Further, 18 cases were reported from Pine Grove School, Solan. 

The state government, which had been mostly showing a casual approach towards the surge since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, is now coming hard on it in its review meetings.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is now asking elected representatives of the local bodies to ensure that the people strictly follow the SoPs regarding temples and marriages.  The PRI members are being directed to motivate and advise the old people, those with co-morbidity to avoid going to public places as they are most prone to this virus.

“Such persons must be reverse quarantined meaning that their movement outside their houses should be minimized to the extent possible,” Chief Minister today said.

Yesterday the state government had made it mandatory for people arriving from seven high load states to carry RT-PCR negative report. The decision would apply from April 16 onwards, the government had decided.  However, he had added, that the state would remain open for tourists.

Chief Minister has asked the representatives of the PRI to keep an eye on the people visiting from other State, particularly from the high load states.

“As far as possible such people must be asked to remain in home quarantine for 10 to 14 days and getting themselves tested for COVID-19 and should not mix with the general public of the area,” he said.

The Transport Department was directed to ensure the sanitization of buses and other public transport.  Shopkeepers were told to strictly follow the ‘No Mask, No Service’ policy. Private bus operators were also asked to properly sanitize their buses and also ensure plying buses without overcrowding.

District administrations were asked to ensure that social functions such as marriages etc. strictly follow the maximum limit prescribed for such events.

Chief Minister said that action if required could be taken against the violators.

The District administration of Kullu district was directed to ensure that all the tourists visiting the district strictly follow SoPs issued from time to time. He told the administration that all the guidelines need to be followed and implemented strictly.

He said that the Ayurveda Department must also provide ‘kada’ to the patients under home isolation. The Police Department was directed to ensure that no casualness be adopted by the tourists, particularly in tourist spots such as Manikaran, Kasol, Manali etc.    

Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rugved Thakur, informed that 1,33,878 total sample done in the district, active cases were 443 and positivity ratio was 8.25 percent and fatality rate 1.2 percent. He said that 51 per cent cases in the district were from urban areas.

 

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HP Govt Makes RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory for People Arriving from Seven States

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Shimla-Tourist movement to Himachal Pradesh is likely to get hit during the peak season as the state government has made it mandatory for people of seven high load states viz. Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh need to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report while visiting the State. The restriction would apply after April 16th.

The decision came after Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, who had been insisting that there would be no restriction on tourist movement to avert economic losses to the tourism industry, held a review meeting amid a massive surge in new cases and deaths.  

The state government has decided to allow tourists to visit the State, but at the same time, hotel owners and tourists should strictly adhere to the SoPs, Chief Minister said.

“The virus was spreading at a fast pace which was the biggest concern. During the last 45 days, the State has reported 10,690 new covid cases. 120 deaths were reported in the State during the last 45 days,” he said.

Over 900 new cases with 12 fatalities were reported on Saturday only.  On Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily update, the state recorded 512 new cases. 

Pertinent to mention that Maharastra, Delhi and a few other states had been suggesting that a complete lockdown could be imposed if the high rate of resurgence continued in the coming days.

Though the Chief Minister had been maintaining that lockdown would be the last resort, the tone appears to be changing with the worsening of the COVID-19 situation.

Further, laying stress on twin strategy for testing, tracing and treatment with effective surveillance of micro containment zones, Chief Minister said that greater emphasis must also be laid on RT-PCR tests to achieve the target of 70 percent RT-PCR tests.

He said that the State Health Department must also take steps to increase bed capacity to meet out any eventuality.

Meanwhile, no restriction has been put on the devotees visiting various temples in the State during the Navratri festival.

The government said no overcrowding would be allowed in buses and other public transport and private vehicles. Wearing face masks even in vehicles must be enforced strictly.

Chief Minister, who faced widespread criticism over violation of SOPs during the political campaigning for elections to the Municipal Corporations, blamed laxity shown by the people for a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the State.  

 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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