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HP Cabinet Decisions Oct 24, 2019: I&PH Department Renamed, Approved Three Policies, Filling up Various Posts

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HP Cabinent Decisions October 25, 2019

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on October 25, 2019. The Cabinet, as one of the decisions today renamed Irrigation and Public Health Department as ‘Jal Shakti Vibhag’.

Statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be set up at Shimla and Manali in Kullu district, the Cabinet approved.  

The Cabinet agreed to transfer the forest land of Animal Husbandry Department at Mohal Ching Dharmana, Patwar Circle Anti, Tehsil Jubbal in Shimla district in favour of Shrimadbhagwadgeeta Prachar Avam Jan Jagran Sabha, Nankhari in district Shimla for setting up of Gausadan.

The stipend of Interns of MBBS/BDS in all government medical/ dental colleges in Himachal was increased from  Rs. 15000 to Rs. 17000.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to increase the income limit for getting employment on compassionate grounds in the government sector from Rs. 2.25 lakh to Rs. 2.50 lakh per annum.

The Cabinet gave its approval to convert all the part-timers completing eight years of uninterrupted services on 31 March 2019, and 30 September 2019, as daily wagers including part-time water carriers in the education department.

HP Cabinet Approved Creating/Filling Up Following Posts

  1. Filling up six posts of Extension Officers (Industries) in the Industries Department on a contract basis.
  2. Creation of 23 posts of different categories for proposed Fire Sub Station at Jhanduta in Bilaspur.  
  3. Filling up 15 posts of Assistant Professors of different faculties in Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College Nerchowk, Mandi through H.P. Public Service Commission on a regular basis.
  4. Creating and filling up three posts of Tehsildar in the Public Works Department.
  5. Filling up three posts of Planning Officer in Town and Country Planning Department in relaxation of R& P Rules.
  6. Filling up nine posts of skilled grafters in the Horticulture Department through direct recruitment on a contract basis.
  7. Filling up four posts of Platoon Commanders in Home Guards and Civil Defence Department.
  8. Filling up 13 posts of Election Kanungo in State Election Department through direct recruitment on a contract basis.
  9. Filling up 34 posts of different categories in Himachal Pradesh Technical University.

The Cabinet approved the Affordable Housing Policy, 2019. The purpose would be to address problems related to housing for the urban poor including slum rehabilitation and redevelopment and to promote mixed housing development in all new housing projects

The Cabinet approved revised guidelines for Tourism Department for issuance of Essentiality Certificates under the provisions of Rule 38(a)(3) (f) of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Rules in cases where non-agriculturists wishes to purchase land in the State for setting up of tourism units.  The promoter will have to submit a Preliminary Project Report of Tourism Project for which the Essentiality Certificate is required to the Director, Tourism, who will assess the land required for the tourism project.

Five Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts in Bilaspur, Solan, Kullu, Shimla and Nurpur in Kangra district would be established for facilitating and treatment of affected people, the Cabinet decided.    

The Cabinet approved the HP AYUSH Policy, 2019, under which AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries would be upgraded, and incentives would be given for prospective investors in AYUSH and Wellness Sector.

The Fiscal Incentives under HP AYUSH Policy, 2019 for Investors Are:

  1. Capital subsidy on Ayush Therapy unit at the rate of 25 percent of the Fixed Capital Investment with a ceiling of Rs.
  2. One crore excluding cost of land, the interest subvention of 4 percent on term loan with a ceiling of Rs. 15 lakh per annum,
  3. Net SGST reimbursement at the rate of 75 percent for seven years,
  4. Incentives for initiatives in power saving,
  5. Environmental conservation and for women entrepreneurs, recruitment assistance will be provided in giving employment to Himachali bonafide besides this, lease rental subsidy and rebate on stamp duty will be given to selective investible projects.

It also gave its nod to new IT, ITes and ESDM Policy, 2019 to attract ITeS and ESDM companies. Infrastructure would be prepared to the suitability of IT, ITeS and ESDM industry requirements.

A Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) would be formed to regulate and promote real estate sector Himachal. About 46 posts of different categories including Chairman and Members to manage the Authority would be created for this body.

For Himachal’s traditional handloom, handicrafts and artisans, the State the Cabinet approved ‘Mukhya Mantri Gram Kaushal Yojna’ in the State.  

The Cabinet gave its approval to merge technical staff of H.P. State Education Society in Public Works Department and Irrigation and Public Health Department in one time relaxation in the R&P Rules for the posts of Assistant Engineer, Civil, Junior Engineer, Civil and Junior Draftsman.

It decided to create five posts of different categories in Sub Divisional Election Offices, Indora and Dheera in Kangra district and Sub Divisional Election Office Pangi in Chamba district.

It also decided to provide fortified wheat flour to all the ration card holders including NFSA categories (AAY, BPL and Priority Households) to reduce dietary deficiencies across population groups.

 

 

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Shimla- Multi-Storey Building Collapses, Locals, Ward Councillor Allege Improper Construction as Reason (Pics)

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Shimla– A five-storey building in Shimla’s Kasmupti area collapsed on June 6, 2020, between 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. No person was present inside the building when it collapsed, thus, no loss of life was reported. However, the building collapsed completely and also damaged its adjoining buildings and several trees.

Building collapse in shimla city

While initially, the collapse was said to have been triggered by consistent rains during this entire week, locals and the Ward Councillor alleged that improper construction was the reason for its collapse. 

Multi story building collapsed in shimla

The Ward Councillor said the cause of the collapse was not rains. She said the pillars and foundations of the building were weak which led to its collapse. 

The officials of the district administration, police, and fire services had reached the spot and were assessing the damage. The cause of the collapse was yet to be ascertained.

SDM Shimla (Urban) told media that the first priority is to remove the debris and then assess the damage. On improper construction, she said action would be taken against those who would be found guilty. 

Building collapse in shimla city

As per the initial information available, the building was owned by a businessman identified as Ajay Sood buy one of the persons who had bought a flat in this building. 

Himachal Pradesh Building collapses in Shimla

This buyer told the media that he had bought a flat in 2010 from Ajay Sood. He alleged that the work of the building was not satisfactory and he had even filed suits against Ajay Sood for not keeping his words. More details are still awaited.

Further, the Meteorological Department had issued orange alert from June 5 and 6. Heavy rains have led to the collapse of retaining walls in some other areas too. The monsoon is yet to approach the State.  

Chotta shimla building collapse

 

 

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Alleged Ventilator Scam: FIR Registered Against Persons Who Made Accusations  

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Shimla-In the cases related to alleged scam in purchase of ventilators by the Himachal Pradesh Government, an FIR has been registered against those persons who made this complaint, informed a spokesperson of the state Government on July 5, 2020.

The Spokesperson said the persons are trying to malign the image of H.P. State Electronics Development Corporation (HPSEDC), alleging that substandard and low-cost ventilators were purchased by the Corporation at Rs. 10,29,840 per unit whereas actual price of ventilators was Rs. 3,50,000 in private sector.

The Spokesperson said that no such purchase of ventilators was made by the HPSEDC.  The Government has termed it a conspiracy and said action would be taken against persons involved in it.

He said that various committees were constituted for purchase of the ventilators at level of Directorate of Health Services. Before purchase of the ventilators rates and standards of ventilators were studied on GeM Portal.

Besides this, the committee also studied the process of purchase of ventilators adopted by other states. He said that the ventilators were purchased keeping the rate and technical standards into consideration and full transparency has been adopted in purchase of the ventilators.

Earlier, the Health and Family Welfare Department, Himachal Pradesh Government, on June 2, had issued a clarification regarding alleged irregularities in purchase of ventilators in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.  

Also Read:HP Health Dept Issues Clarification Over Alleged Irregularities in ‘Ventilator Purchase’

After a news report appeared in the section of media based on a complaint of alleged irregularities in purchase of ventilators by the Health Department, a report with all documents was sought from the Director Health Services in this regard, the Government had stated in this clarification.

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HP Health Dept Scam: Congress Plans Campaign Against Govt Corruption, Wants ‘White Paper’ on Purchases and CM’s Resignation

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Shimla-The Congress Party in Himachal Pradesh on June 4, 2020, submitted a memorandum to the Governor Bandaru Dattatraya demanding an enquiry by a sitting High Court Judge in the recent purchases of COVID-19 equipment made by the Health Department.

The Congress Delegation was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore along with Mukesh Agnihotri, Dr, Col. Dhani Ram Shandil, Jagat Singh Negi,  Nand Lal, Mohan Lal Brakta, Vinay Kumar, Vikram Aditya Singh and Ashish Butail.  

Congress claimed that it had highlighted the issue of massive corruption in the health department following which the Director Health Services was arrested. Eventually, when the Congress Party raised a hue and cry, it led to the resignation of State BJP Chief Rajeev Bindal, Congress claimed. Congress demanded a “White Paper” on the purchases made by the Health Department and the resignation of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur since he is also holds the charge of the Health Ministry.

Also Read : Vigilance Probe an Eyewash, ‘Medical Mafia’ Given Time to Destroy Evidence, Alleges CPI(M)

Yesterday, the HPCC had submitted memorandums to the Governor at district level through Deputy Commissioners.

In the second phase, the Congress Party has directed the senior leaders to conduct press conferences throughout the state from June 6 to  June 15, 2020. The sitting MLAs along with senior Congressmen would highlight the growing level of corruption in the Health Department at the behest of ruling BJP Govt, the party said. In the third phase, Congress Spokespersons would highlight this issue in their respective Districts.

Also Read: Accused ex-Director Granted Bail

The party said that its Social Media Cell would start a campaign under the hashtag  Health Corruption where the party office bearers, leaders and sympathizers would come online simultaneously at various social media platforms to highlight this issue among masses.

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