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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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Himachal: 69 New COVID-19 Cases Including 27 from Solan, 10 from Shimla

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Shimla-The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday crossed the 2700 mark with the appearance of 69 new cases. These cases include two policeman, army personals, migrant labourers and some other locals.The number of active cases has now risen to 1115.

According to the State Health Department, Solan reported the highest 27 cases. Majority of these include workers in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) area and contacts of COVID-19 positive persons. Most of these 27 persons weren’t quarantined, which is a matter of concern.

The capital Shimla reported 10 cases, of which five were said to be migrant labourers in Rampur. Shimla city reported three cases including an employee of the General Post Office, Shimla. What’s worrying about this case is the fact that the sample of this woman was taken in flu OPD after she visited the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla. The woman has been mobile and used public transport too. Her travel history is yet to be traced. The CMO, Shimla, Surekha Chopra confirmed the report. There was no report regarding the sealing of the GPO or other places the woman had visited. But her residence at crowded Sanjauli locality was sealed. Two other cases were reported from Kasumpti and Bharari areas. Details regarding the remaining two were awaited. The COVID-19 case tally of Shimla has now reached 178 with two deaths.

Remaining cases were reported from Kangra (8), Chamba (4), Hamirpur (6), Mandi (11), Sirmaur (1), and Bilaspur (2).

So far, Solan has reported the highest 690 confirmed cases, followed by Kangra (476), Sirmaur (346), Hamirpur (313), Una (217), Shimla (178), Mandi (183), Bilaspur (101), Kinnaur (45), Kullu (37), and Lahaul-Spit (4).

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin August 2, 2020 (9PM)

 New cases in Shimla

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Nauni Varsity UG Admission Process Revised, No Entrance Exam, Seats to be Allotted on 10+2 Merit

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Solan-Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has revised the admission process for its undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2020-21 in view of the COVID 19 pandemic. This year, the university will not be conducting an entrance test to fill the normal seats of UG programmes. The decision in this regard was taken during a special meeting of the Academic Council meeting held recently.

The basis of admission for normal seats would be merit drawn on basis of marks obtained at 10+2 level examination in four subjects-English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics plus weightage of participation in sports/ NCC, NSS, scouting, co-curricular activities (if any). The university offers three undergraduate programmes B Sc (Hons) Horticulture, B Sc (Hons) Forestry while B Tech Biotechnology is offered only at the COH&F Neri. 

The candidates have been advised to download the counselling proforma from the university website and fill it as per the instructions mentioned on it. Those students who want to be considered for both normal as well as self-financing seats need to fill two separate proformas. A single page pdf file must be created, containing scanned filled counselling proforma along with legible documents mentioned in the checklist as provided in the counselling proforma. No column must be left blank. The counselling proforma for normal seats and self-financing seats will be uploaded on the university website on 3rd August (afternoon) and 5th August (afternoon) respectively.

For normal seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent through email to [email protected] on or before 18th August, 2020.

For self-financing seats: The scanned pdf file must be sent by email to [email protected] on or before 20th August, 2020. Every candidate must submit the duly filled counselling proforma in order to be considered for the admission. The detailed notification can be downloaded from the university website.

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HP Cabinet Minister Portfolios Re-shuffle – Reward to Loyalists, Warning to Dissenting Voices Within Party

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Shimla: The portfolios of Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Ministers were re-shuffled extensively along with the induction of three new Ministers – Rakesh Pathania, Sukh Ram, and Rajinder Garg. Newly inducted Ministers in the HP Cabinet had taken the oath of office and secrecy in a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan on July 30, 2020. 

Sukh Ram Chaudhary, MLA from Paonta Sahib Assembly constituency, Rakesh Pathania from Nurpur, and Rajinder Garg of Ghumarwin constituency took oath as Cabinet Minister.

While the shuffle is being justified by claiming that it was a punishment for not performing well, this opportunity has also been used to discourage dissent within the party and reward loyalists. Earlier governments have also re-shuffled portfolios during their reign, but not upto the extent it has been done this time.

Also Read: HP Cabinet’s Three Newly Inducted Ministers Take Oath

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur was heard warning ministers earlier regarding the possible changes, but the possible resentment did not allow it. However, the opportunity to fill up all positions in the Cabinet has also been used to re-shuffle portfolios of other ministers as well.

The Ministries of  Education, Forest, Health & Family Welfare, and Transport are some of the most important portfolios which have been shuffled. Further, the Chief Minister has decided to retain other important portfolios and all others that are not allocated to anyone.

HP Cabinet Minister Portfolios After Re-shuffle

Name

Ministry 

Departments 

Jairam Thakur Chief Minister Finance, General Administration, Home, Planning, Personnel, Public Works Department, Tourism, Excise & Taxation, All other departments not alloted to any other minister.
Mahender Singh Thakur Jal Shakti Minister Jal Shakti, Revenue, Horticulture, Sainik Welfare
Suresh Bhardwaj Urban Development Minister Urban Development, Town &Country Planning, Housing, Parliamentary Affairs, law & Legal Remembrance, Co-operation
Sarveen Chaudhary Social Justice & Empowerment   Social Justice & empowerment
Ram Lal markanda Technical Education Minister Technical Education, Vocational & Industrial Training, Tribal Development, Information Technology, Redressal ofPulbic Grievances
Virender kanwar Rural Development & panchayati Raj Minister Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries
Biram Singh Industries Minister Industries, Transport, Labour & Employment
Govind Singh Thakur Education Minister Higher Education, Elementary Education, Language, Art & Culture
Rajiv Saizal Health & Family Welfare Minister Health & Family Welfare, Ayurveda
Sukh Ram MPP & Power Minister MPP & Power, Non-Conventional Energy Sources
Rakesh Pathania Forest Minister Forest, Youth Services & Sports
Rajinder Garg Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Printing & Stationary

 

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