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New Rules Under HP Lokayukta Act Make it Mandatory to File Annual Return of Assets, Liabilities for Every Govt Employee

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New HP Lokayukta Rules for government employees

Shimla-New rules under the amended Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta Act, 2014, were notified by the state government on September 30, 2019.

The new rules also include amendment related to the declaration of assets and liabilities. Now, every public servant including all classes will have to file an annual return of his assets and liabilities with the competent authority before July 31st every year. The authority will have to forward this return filed by the public servants to the Lokayukta on or before September 30 every year.

As per the new rules, now the government employees will have to provide information regarding their bank account, account at the post office, insurance policies, taking loans from banks, lending money to anyone, assets of dependent persons, investment in share market, purchasing land or flat etc to the Lokayukta. An action would be taken against any employee who is found violating these rules. The employees will also have to furnish information to the Lokayukta regarding agricultural and non-agricultural land in possession.

Also, now a copy of the transfer order of a Class-I, Class-II, and Class-III employee will have to be filed with the Lokayukta to ascertain their station of posting.

Further, an employee can submit a complaint to the Lokayukta personally by being present in person or by registered post or speed post to the Secretary to the Lokayukta. The complainant will have to submit an affidavit before the Lokayukta or any other Gazetted officer subordinate to the Lokayukta.

In case Lokayukta or other officer authorized send for any person as a witness to give evidence or, to produce any document in his possession while making any preliminary inquiry or while conducting any investigation under the Act, then he’/she could obtain a certificate stating that he/she had attended the Lokayukta office. By producing this certificate to the employer, no absent would be marked or no penalty would be imposed for absence. This rule also applies to people employed under private services (employment other than that of a public servant).  

The HP Lokayukta Act was constituted in 2014, however, its provisions were in force since 1983. It was the first time that amendment was made in Section 54 of the Act.

Read HP Lokayukta Act 2014 Notification

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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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lockdown in Himachal PRadesh extended

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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