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HP Cabinet Decisions Nov 2019: Amendment in Recruitment Rules for Govt Posts, Decides Filling up Various Posts

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HP Cabinet Decisions november 18, 2019

Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on November 18, 2019.  During the meeting, the cabinet took various decisions and recommend the Governor to convene the Winter Session of H.P. Vidhan Sabha from December 9 to December 14, 2019, at Dharamshala in Kangra district. It will have six sittings.

The Cabinet gave its approval to make the passing of middle or matriculation from the schools situated in Himachal Pradesh for recruitment in Class-IV posts whereas for Class-III posts passing of matriculation and 10+2 from the schools/institutions situated in State will also be mandatory.

  The Cabinet gave its nod to notify Mukhya Mantri Dastkar Sahayta Yojna for providing 75 percent grant to Himachal artisans living below the poverty line on purchase of new equipment worth Rs.30,000.

 The Cabinet gave its nod to fill up 200 posts of Ayurvedic pharmacists in Ayurveda department on contact basis out of which 103 posts will be filled up through direct recruitment and 97 posts on batch-wise basis.

 It also gave its approval to request government of India for setting up of All India Institute of Homoeopathy in the government sector in the State.

 It also approved the opening of Ayurvedic health Centres at Chhaparahan and Delag (Kateru) in Nachan assembly constituency of Mandi district along-with creation and filling up of six posts of different categories to man these centres.

It also decided to fill up three posts of homoeopathic medical officers in Ayurveda department on a contract basis.

 The Cabinet gave its approval to Himachal Pradesh Miscellaneous Adventurous Activities Draft Rule, 2019   for ensuring the safety of the tourists involved in various adventurous activities.

 It also gave its consent to Water Sports and Allied Activities Draft Rules, 2019 for encouraging water sports activities in the State.

 The Cabinet gave its approval to revise the norms for fixing the outlay of catchment area treatment plan in respect of hydroelectric projects in the State from existing 2.5 percent to 1.5 percent of the total project cost of all the hydroelectric projects having a capacity above 10 MW.

It also decided to create and fill up one post of Junior Scale Stenographer on contract basis through direct recruitment, two posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and two posts of Peon on contract basis in the office of Advocate General, Himachal Pradesh.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to create and fill up four posts of different categories in newly opened Additional District and Session Judge Court, Sundernagar, district Mandi for the smooth functioning of the Court.

It gave its consent to open Sub Tehsil at Sulah in district Kangra alongwith creation and filling up of seven posts of different categories to run the Sub Tehsil.

The Cabinet decided to approve the medium-term sale of Government of Himachal Pradesh’s share of free power entitlement of 65.8 MW in Chamera-I Hydro Electric Project to Noida Power Company Limited through Arunachal Pradesh Power Corporation Pvt. Limited for a period of 13 months @ Rs. 4.02 per kWh. It also approved a trading margin of Rs. 0.04 per kWh to Arunachal Pradesh Power Corporation Pvt. Limited for the period of the agreement. 

The Cabinet decided to open Zonal Veterinary Hospital at Barnoh in Kutlehar Vidhan Sabha area of Una district alongwith creation and filling up of 11 posts of different categories.

 It also decided to upgrade Veterinary Dispensary at Jahu in Bhoranj area of Hamirpur district to Veterinary Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.

 The Cabinet also decided to enact Himachal Pradesh Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Samvardhan Act, 2018 from December 1, 2019, to ensure better care of the Gauvansh.  It also approved Himachal Pradesh Gaujatya  Prajanan Vidheyak, 2019, for the preservation and protection of indigenous cows.

 The Cabinet decided to provide the annuity (Baar) amount to the winners of gallantry and distinguished award winners each time he/she has won the particular award.

 It also decided to enhance the financial assistance being given under Ex-servicemen Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Special Fund to ex-servicemen/widows of soldiers/dependents, who were not getting any pension.  

 The Cabinet gave its approval to open new Fire Sub Station in Bangana of Una district alongwith creation and filling up of 23 posts of different categories and purchase of three new vehicles for the Station for its proper functioning.

 It decided to request the Government of India to upgrade Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College, Paprola, district Kangra to All India Institute of Ayurveda for providing specialized ayurvedic health services to the people of the State.

 The Cabinet decided to bring the transactions works of Forest Department under treasury mode throughout the State.

 

 

 

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The GHNP and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary Ranked as Best Managed Protected Areas of India

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MEE Rank himachal pradesh GHNP

Shimla-The Great Himalayan National Park and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) have been ranked as the best managed protected areas in India. Sainj WLS has also been placed among the top five Sanctuaries.

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, on January 11 released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Country. At present, India has a network of 903 Protected Areas in the country covering about 5% of the total geographic area of the country. The purpose of it was to assess the efficacy of Protected Areas, evaluation of management effectiveness.

The evaluation process was executed by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, in which  nation-wide 146 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, including 13 protected areas of Himachal Pradesh, were assessed through a team of evaluators. The score is given for various parameters including staff position, provision of financial resources, degree of protection, peoples’ participation and awareness of the communities towards the conservation values. Against a national average of 62 percent GHNP and Tirthan WLS scored a high of 84.17 percent while Sainj recorded 82.5 percent.

Currently, Himachal Pradesh has a network of 5 National Parks, 28 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 3 Conservation Reserves covering 8391.42 km2 which is 15 percent of the total geographical area of the state.

Top five and bottom five scored NP&WLS

Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India 2

Source: MEE Evaluation Report

According to this Evaluation three of the top five best managed Protected Areas in the country are from Himachal Pradesh. However, the Evaluation also mentioned weaknesses in management in these National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. (Scroll down for details info)

Top two highest and lowest scored NP&WLS in five regions

Managemaent Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Source: MEE Evaluation Report

What is Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE)?

Protected area (PA) management effectiveness evaluation (MEE) is defined as the assessment of how well NP&WLS are being managed—primarily, whether they are protecting their values and achieving the goals and objectives agreed upon.

The term ‘management effectiveness’ reflects three main themes of PA management -design issues relating to both individual sites and PA systems, the adequacy and appropriateness of management systems and processes, and delivery of the objectives of NP&WLS, including conservation of values.

 Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of Protected Areas (PAs) has emerged as a key tool for PA managers and is increasingly being used by governments and international bodies to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the protected area management systems.

MEE is a very important document that provides valuable guidance on various aspects of wildlife and protected area expand MEE of Marine Protected Areas. A new framework for MEE of Marine Protected Areas has been also jointly prepared by WII and MoEF&CC.

In recent years there has been a general concern amongst PA professionals and the public that many NP&WLS are failing to achieve their objectives and, in some cases, are actually losing the values for which they were established (Hockings et al. 2008).

As a result, improving the effectiveness of PA management has become a priority throughout the conservation community. Protected areas that are effectively managed generally lead to improved biodiversity outcomes.

However, only 20% (21,743 NP&WLS) of the total coverage of protected areas reported in the WDPA has been assessed for management effectiveness according to the Global Database on Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (UNEP-WCMC, IUCN and NGS 2018). The result indicated that only 17.5% of the countries have achieved the 60% score of management effectiveness (Coad et al. 2015).

Further, Javadekar also announced that from this year onwards 10 best National Parks, 5 coastal and Marine parks and top five Zoos in the country will be ranked and awarded every year.

Management Strengths and Weaknesses of National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh

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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10

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HPBOSE Exam Datesheet 2021

Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on [email protected] till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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Himachal to Administer 93,000 Dozes to Frontline Workers in First Phase of COVID-19 Vaccination

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COVID-19 vaccination in himachal pradesh

Shimla-In the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Himachal Pradesh, 93 thousand dozes would be administered to front line warriors including health care workers of the State, Central Government and armed forces, informed the State Government on Tuesday. For this purpose, 46 sites have been selected all over the State, it said. The dozes are expected to arrive in the State during the next couple of days. 

The Government said that the State has received AD syringes in sufficient quantity as per beneficiary and has been distributed to the districts. An additional stock of 0.5 ml AD syringes has been stored at State Vaccine Store, Parimahal, Shimla, Regional Vaccine Store, Mandi and Regional Vaccine Store Dharamshala to meet out any situation, it said. 

A State ‘Vaccination Store’ has been set up at Shimla whereas regional vaccine store had been set up at Mandi and Dharamshala, it was informed.

District Vaccine Stores had been set up in all 12 districts of the State, besides 371 stores in Medical Colleges, block-level, CHC and PHCs.

The Government said that tentative vaccine allocation would be calculated for each launch site with an additional 10 percent wastage of vaccine. Vial once opened would be utilized within four hours. The second dose for the beneficiary would be secured –First in First Out with the current allocation.

Three phases of Dry Run for COVID-19 vaccination have been conducted on 2nd January 2021 at State Capital, on 8th January in all district headquarters and 11th January in the entire State, the Government informed.

The Government also said that Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) management training have been given to the session site vaccinators for establishing referral mechanism and report on COWIN app. AEFI Committees at State and District level have also been notified with additional members of Pulmonologist and Medicine Specialists for casualty assessment of AEFI cases and spokesperson workshop would be held on 13th January.

Further, the State Government has constituted State Level Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, State Task Force chaired by Secretary Health, District Task Force by concerned Deputy Commissioner and Block Task Force chaired by respective SDM to monitor effective administration of vaccination of COVID-19.

No COVID-19 Death Reported on January 12

On Tuesday, according to the State Health Department, only 75 new cases were recorded in the State. As a sigh of relief, no COVID-19 death was reported. The tally for COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh had reached 56596 till January 12, 2021.  So far, the pandemic has claimed 949 lives.

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