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First Time in Indian History, a Govt Took Money from RBI due to Steep Economic Slowdown: Congress

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Shimla- Ahead of the by-election to Pachhad and Dharamshala seats, Himachal Pradesh Congress has opened a front against the Centre government over the economic slowdown. As a part of its election campaign, Congress has already made a call to its party-workers to highlight issues like unemployment, demonetizations, and hasty implementation of GST among the voters.

The faulty policies of the Narender Modi led Centre government has pushed India backwards in terms of development and has destroyed the national economy, said Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma while addressing a State level Convocation on Economic slowdown in India at the HP Congress Headquarters in Shimla on Tuesday.

For the first time in Indian history, a government has transferred money from the Reserve Bank of India, which clearly means that the government is facing a serious financial crunch, said Sharma. The government is not able to pay refunds of over Rs 10 lakh crores under GST.

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Sharma said that the image of the country was tarnished due to devastation caused to the economy due to wrong decisions taken by the current government and that it would not be easy to recover from this economic slowdown. He said that demonetization and faulty implementation of the GST has hit the unorganized sector where 90 percent people were employed. Small, as well as, big businesses in the unorganized sector, which was contributing 45 percent towards total production of the nation, have either shut down or are on the verge of shut down.

As a result, lakhs of people employed with this sector are staring at a dark future.

Sharma said that Prime Minister Narender Modi isn’t concerned about the nation at all in such a time. He hasn’t spoken even a word about the current condition of the Indian economy. He lauds the economic status of the nation in foreign countries, which is a lie, he said.

Sharma said that during the Congress government, India had come across a phase of economic slowdown, however, under the capable leadership of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, negative implications of it were averted.  Sharma said that BJP leaders had made fun of Manmohan Singh when he had expressed his concern over the deteriorating economic condition. However, now the BJP government is face to face with that situation.

Sharma suspects a possible scam of worth nine thousand crores in the upcoming budget, which, he said, would be fatal to the economy of the nation.

He further alleged the Modi government of dictatorship in a democratic system. Media is afraid of showing the truth to the people and only displaying promotional content. Media is not highlighting the wrong decisions of the government, he said. For the first time in history, 70 thousand crores were spent on elections in 2019. Out of it, 60 thousand crores were spent by BJP only. Sharma questioned the source of such a huge investment. He also said that this election was not fought over real issues but on the agenda of nationalism.

However, he said, the people of India can not be misled for long. Sooner or later, they will realize the reality of the current government and throw it out of power.

Other leaders including HPPC Kuldeep Rathore also addressed the meeting.
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Control Rooms Established in Every State for Himachali’s Stuck Outside, View All Contacts

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HP Covid-19 control rooms for himachali's stuck outside state

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government today informed that that control rooms have been set up and made functional in all the states of country so that anyone in need can call for help.

The government said that those Himachali who are staying outside the State, can call at following numbers for any assistance.

  1. Andhra Pradesh-    9440484879 and 08662488000
  2. Arunachal Pradesh-   0360-2005159, 0360-2005160 and 09436074396
  3. Assam-   0361-2237219, 2217786 and 0361-2237011 (Fax)
  4. Bihar-   0612-2217305 and 0612-2217786 (Fax)
  5. Chhattisgarh-   0771-2221242 and 0771- 2223471
  6. Goa-   2419439 and 2419444
  7. Gujrat-   079-23251900 and 079-23251509
  8. Haryana-   0172-2711925 and 0172-2545938
  9. Jammu and Kashmir-   0194-2477261, 2455165 and 2484837
  10. Jharkhand-  0651-2446923, 2400218 and 0651-2446923 (Fax)
  11. Karnataka-   080-22032416/1070 and 080-22340676 (Fax)
  12. Kerala-   0471-2364424, 0471-2331639 and 0471-2333198 (Fax)
  13. Madhya Pradesh-   0755-2441419 and 0755-2440032 (Fax)
  14. Maharashtra-   022-22027990, 022-22025274 and 022-22026712 (Fax)
  15. Manipur-   0385-2450301
  16. Meghalaya-   0364-2502098 and 2225669
  17. Mizoram-   0389-2342520 and 0389-2306518 (Fax)
  18. Nagaland-   0370-2291120, 2291122 and 08731009677
  19. New Delhi-   1077
  20. Odisha-   0674- 2395398, 0674- 2534177 and 0674-2391871 (Fax)
  21. Punjab-   0172-2749901
  22. Rajasthan-   0141-2227296, 0141-5110869 and 0141-2227230 (Fax)
  23. Sikkim-   03592-201145 and 03592-201075 (Fax)
  24. Tamil Nadu-   044-28593990, 044-8592921 (Fax), 044-28414553, 044-28550867 (Fax) and 044-28528745,
  25. Telangana-   040-23454088
  26. Tripura-   0381-2416045 and 0381- 2418053
  27. Uttar Pradesh-   0522-2237515 and 2238084 (Fax)
  28. Uttarakhand-   0135-2710334, 6555523, 2710232, 2710081, 09557444486 and 0135-2710335 (Fax)
  29. West Bengal-  033-22143526 and 033-22144005(F)

 

Besides this, the control room numbers of Himachal Pradesh are 0177-2622204, 0177-2628940, 2629688, 2629939 and 0177-2621154 (Fax) and people who need any kind of assistance in the State can call at these numbers.

State Government said 1077 is the toll-free number of disaster control rooms set up in all districts of the State, which are named as Emergency Operation Centers and migrants living in different parts of the State.  Anyone who is in need of assistance in the form of food and shelter can call at this number.  He said that this toll-free number is operation 24×7. Call made by a caller will get connected in the control room of concerned district automatically.

 

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Validity of Expired Driving Licenses, Vehicle Registration, All Permits Extended Till June 30

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Validity of expired licenses and vehicle permits extended

Shimla-The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that expired since February 1. In an advisory to all states and Union Territories, the Ministry has asked them to treat such documents as valid till June 30.

The decision was taken to facilitate people facing difficulties in renewing the validity of various motor vehicle documents due to nationwide lockdown in the country and closure of government transport offices.

The documents include fitness, permits (all types), driving licence, registration or any other concerned document under the Motor Vehicle Rules.

The ministry has requested all states to implement the advisory in “letter and spirit” so that the people and transporters and organisations rendering essential services do not get harassed and face difficulties.

 

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Lockdown in Himachal Extended till April 14, All Educational Institutes, Govt Offices to Remain Closed

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Shimla-The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh, today issued a fresh notification extending the lockdown till April 14, 2020.

“It has been deemed appropriate that the restrictions imposed and the preventive measures adopted may be contained in the public interest,”

the notification said.

Therefore, under the HP Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020, it has been directed that restrictions on the movement of public/vehicles, opening of public offices, facilities, shops, commercial establishments, factories, workshops, godowns etc, will continue.

All government offices will remain closed, and the employees have been directed to remain at their homes and follow all the social distancing guidelines.

Further, all social, cultural, sports, political, religious, academic, family mass gatherings of any would remain banned. All interstate and intrastate movement of public and private stage and contract carriages including taxis, auto-rickshaws etc. is prohibited. There will be a total prohibition on movement or playing of trains and commercial aircraft.

Permission to drive private vehicles would be given only if essentially required for visiting hospitals and for availing maintenance of essential services.

However, this prohibition would not apply to offices, organizations, commercial establishments, factories, institutions, godowns, shops, stores, production units, vehicles, hospitals, petrol pumps, oil agencies, e-commerce delivery units etc, charged with essential and emergency services as notified by the Government of India, the State Government or the concerned District Magistrate from time to time.

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