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Congress Holds ‘Save Democracy March’ in Pachhad Alleging EC of Inaction on BJP’s MCC Violations



Congress march in pachhad

Sirmaur-Congress today organized “Save Democracy March” in Pachhad constituency ahead of the by-election. The rally was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore, who later submitted a memorandum to the Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, through SDM, Rajgarh, alleging a foul play and violations of Model Code of Conduct by BJP leaders and ministers Mahinder Singh Thakur, Birender Kanwar and Speaker Rajeev Bindal in Pachhad assembly constituency.

He also said that government machinery was misused on a large scale and government servants were being pressurised to work for BJP candidate and that Election Commission has failed altogether to check violation of Model Code of Conduct.

Rathore claimed that despite all foul play and violation of MCC by BJP, Congress is all set to register a landslide victory in Pachhad assembly constituency and Dharamshala Constituency because party workers have poured in great efforts in door-to-door campaigning in both the assembly constituencies.

Rathore has been campaigning in these constituencies ever since the date of announcement of elections. He had campaigned in all areas of Dharamshala assembly constituency from October 2 to October 9, 2019.

Thereafter, he moved to Pachhad assembly constituency and has been campaigning there from October 10. Rathore claimed that these by-elections will set a stage for departure of BJP government from Himachal Pradesh in 2022 as Congress is comfortably winning both these seats in the bye-election 2019.   

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HP SDMA to Collaborate with NGOs, Volunteers for COVID-19 Disaster Response



HPSDMA GO-NGO Platform for COVID-19 Response

Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA) has facilitated the formation of a Government Organisation and Non-Government Organisation (GO-NGO) Coordination Platform for disaster response (during and after disasters) and Disaster Preparedness (during normalcy). It was informed by Director-cum-Special Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management D.C. Rana on March 9, 2020.

The Disaster Management Act 2005 mandates every state government, State Disaster Management Authority and District Disaster Management Authority for collaboration with stakeholder agencies including NGOs to improve the effectiveness of disaster management.

The Act mandates NGOs to act in an equitable and non-discriminatory manner to assist or protect the disaster-affected communities or for providing relief.

He said that considering the current public health crisis arising due to Novel Corona Virus, it is important to involve the Voluntary organizations in the efforts related to emergency response for COVID-19.

He said that State has the Inter-Agency Groups (IAGs) at state, as well as, district level that can be of immense help in well-coordinated emergency response at the district level.

As on today, 51 NGOs are already part of this network.  He said that NGO Leaders from the District Inter-Agency Group (DIAG) of the districts would be of great assistance in effective execution and coordination of response efforts.

Other than the NGOs, many citizens are always ready to volunteer their service for the social cause and they should be encouraged to register online . HPSDMA and DDMAs were training the volunteers at Panchayat level for disaster management and their database is also available for utilization, he said.

He requested the DDMAs to make the necessary arrangements for the Convener of the District Inter-Agency Group (DIAG) or a designated representative of the DIAG to carry out his/her functions from the DEOC for better coordination with the voluntary organizations in the district.

DDMAs would appoint a Nodal Officer from the Department of Youth Services & Sports or Department of Home Guards and Civil Defence to supervise the GO-NGO coordination for better facilitation of the emergency supplies and services in the district.

DDMAs would utilize database of volunteers of the SDMA/DDMA and those who have registered with NDMA specifically for COVID-19,  who could assist in the door-step delivery of essential supplies to the public, especially the vulnerable ones, in coordination with the Convener or a Designated Representative of DIAG.

He said that Shimla district could also activate and utilize the services of the Civil Defence volunteers of Shimla Town. He said that DDMAs could utilize this network to support in Public Awareness on Hygiene practices and promote social distancing measures and assisting District Administration in quarantine, home isolation and law and order arrangements, disinfection and cleaning services, management and Transportation of patients.

He said that the NGOs/Volunteers detailed for voluntary service are properly educated about COVID-19 hazards so that they do not get infected or become a source of infection.


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Himachal Sets up State, District Level COVID-19 Emergency Operation Centres, View All Contact Details



All HP COVID-19 Emergency Operation Centres

Shimla- The Himachal Pradesh Government has set up emergency operations centers (EOC)at the state and district levels to provide information and assistance related to COVID-19.

State Level

Pravin Bhardwaj is the in charge of the Emergency Operation Center of the state government, who can be contacted on telephone number 0177-2629439 or 2629939 and Toll-free number 1070.Director cum Special Secretary, Disaster Management DC Rana has been deployed as COVID-19 Nodal Officer at the state level.


Neha will be in-charge of the district-level emergency operations center in Shimla district, who can be contacted on 0177-2800880. ADM Sandeep Negi has been made the nodal officer of the district.


In District Bilaspur, Chandan is in charge of the District Level Emergency Operations Center, who can be contacted on number 01978-224901. Additional District Magistrate, Vinay Dhiman, has been appointed Nodal Officer in Bilaspur district.


In District Chamba, Sumit Gupta has been posted as in charge of the District Level Emergency Operations Center, who can be contacted on 01899-226951, while Additional Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Repswal is the Nodal Officer.


In Hamirpur district, Vikas Sharma will be in charge of the district level emergency operations center, who can be contacted on 01972-221277. District Revenue Officer Pawan Kumar Sharma is the nodal officer of the district. 


Robin will be in-charge of District Level Emergency Operations Center in Kangra District, who can be contacted on 01892-229050. The Nodal Officer of the District will be Additional District Magistrate MR Bhardwaj.


In Kinnaur district, Narender has been made in charge, who can be contacted on 01786-223151. Here Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner MK Sharma has been made the nodal officer.


Rakesh has been made in-charge in Kullu district, who can be contacted on telephone number 01902-225630. Additional District Magistrate SK Parashar is the Nodal Officer in this District.


Nitin has been made in-charge in Lahaul-Spiti district, whose phone number is 01900-202509. SDM Amar Negi has been appointed the nodal officer here. 


 In Mandi district, Vikas is in charge of the district level emergency operations center, who can be contacted on 01905-226201. Here Additional District Magistrate Shravan Manta has been appointed as the nodal officer. 


Arvind has been appointed in-charge in Sirmaur district, who can be contacted on 01702-226401. District Revenue Officer Raj Kumar has been appointed as the nodal officer here.


In Solan district, Gaurav Sharma will be in charge of the center, who can be contacted on 01792-220882. Regional Transport Officer Suresh Kumar has been posted as Nodal.


In Una district, Dheeraj is in charge of the district level emergency operations center, who can be contacted on number 01975-225045. Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner Rekha Kumari is the nodal officer of the district.


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Himachali Residents Stuck Outside Await Help from State Govt to Get Back Home



Himachali Stuck outside due to lockdown

Shimla-Due to nationwide-lockdown, a large number of residents of Himachal Pradesh including migrant workers, students, and others who were employed in other states, are stuck outside the state and are crying for help from the State Government to get back to their homes.

Several students have reached Himachal Watcher asking to raise the issue so that the matter could come to the attention of the State Government. These students including girl said they are running out of money, as well as, ration.

There are several others who do not have any proper arrangement for stay outside the state. Others include those who had wandered to other states in search of livelihood. As there is no work due to lock-down, these workers are in distress as there is no way to travel back to Himachal.

According a media report, three persons paid 11 thousand each to a driver to reach the boarder of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Thereafter, they started waking to reach Baddi. These persons are not screened for COVID-19 infection. Another report said that about 200 Himachali residents, who were working in various companies and were living as paying guests. Due to lockdown, they have no job, no money, and have run out of ration. These persons had been trying to reach out State Government, their district administrations, and even MLAs of their constituencies to seek help. Most of these persons were said to be residents of Kullu district. 

Other states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have decided to bring back their residents stuck in other states through special buses. Similarly, thousands of migrant workers could be seen undertaking hundreds of kilometers long journeys on foot in a bid to return to their native places. Majority of them are migrant laborers. Not only these people are shelter-less but are also out of money and ration.

On humanitarian grounds, these people are expecting their State Government to come to their rescue and arrange transport so that they could return to their homes.

It’s to be seen as to how the State Government respond to these distress calls. Also, if the government decides to bring these people back, it will have to ensure their screening for COVID-19. 

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