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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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Himachal: COVID-19 Claims 116 Lives in 25 Days, Still No Concrete Strategy to Combat Community Spread

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh didn’t get any respite from rising number of fatalities on September 25 too. Seven more patients succumbed to the infection. These deaths were reported from Shimla (2), Solan (2), Chamba (1), Siramur (1), and Hamirpur (1). The patients included six males and one female aged between 35-66 years.  According to the Health Department, two of the deceased were patients of diabetes mellitus.  (View details of the deceased below). So far, 152 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Further, according to the official report, a total of 293 cases were traced yesterday. The official tally had reached 13679 till 9:00 PM yesterday. (Scroll down for district-wise statistics).

Despite the onset of community spread, the state hasn’t come out with any projection of the actual number of cases and deaths. There is no word on a strategy for combating community spread and minimize the casualties. Of the total 152 deaths traced by the government, 116 casualties were reported in the last 25 days of the September month. On average, the state is reporting four COVID-19 casualties per day during the current month.

Meanwhile, Dr Lokender Sharma, who was removed from the position of the Medical Superintendent, DDU, Shimla, following a suicide of a COVID-19 patient, has come out with statements which refer to the callous attitude of the state Health Department and its higher officials. He said that there was no negligence on his part and that he was ready for any inquiry. He said the higher officials are washing their hands of responsibilities by putting the entire blame on hospital administration and doctors. He again referred to the shortage of staff and his repeated reminders to the department regarding the same. However, it’s pertinent to mention that the actual cause of the suicide was yet to be ascertained.

Govt Not Prepared for Peak Period of COVID-19 Spread: Sanjay Chauhan

The incident has led to protests from oppositions who allege ill-preparedness of the government in combating COVID-19. Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a leader of Communist Party of India (M), said that the incident highlights miserable state of and mismanagement at the COVID-19 hospitals. He said there is an acute shortage of health staff including doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff at the DDU hospital. More than 30 percent of posts are vacant at the hospital, he added.

The government has been claiming it an achievement to receive 500 ventilators, but there is no staff to operate them, he said. He said that the leaders of the ruling government are also criticizing the miserable state of the COVID-19 hospitals and asking to fix it.

“Instead of formulating any concrete plan to attend to this issue, the government is emphasizing on ‘Havans’ which is unscientific. It clearly displays the backward and unscientific approach of the ruling party,”

Chauhan said.

He said that the government should prepare a strategy to combat the spread on a war footing and constitute a task force under able leadership. The Chief Minister should call for an all-party meeting to gain their support  to ensure appropriate preparedness to combat the peak period, he said.

Chief Minister Focused on PM Visit ahead of Rohtang Tunnel

The Chief Minister, however, did preside over a “Media Plan” meeting yesterday pertaining to the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State on October 3, 2020 to inaugurate Atal Tunnel Rohtang.

Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure elaborate arrangements for installation of LED screens at different locations for the live telecast of the event. He directed the authorities to make special arrangements for the VVIP visits. He said that appropriate hoardings must be installed at different sites including district headquarters. A proper media centre with the internet and other facilities must be established to facilitate the media persons, he directed the officials. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 25, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths on september 25, 2020

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Himachal: 10 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day Take Tally to 145, DDU MS Replaced Following Patient Suicide

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported 10 COVID-19 deaths on September 24, 2020, which took the state’s death tally to 145. This is the biggest single-day-spike in the fatalities – a matter of huge worry amid community spread. Kangra district reported the highest six deaths while Shimla, Chamba,  Sirmaur, and Kullu reported one death each. The deceased including eight males and two females were aged between 55-78 years. At least five of these deceased were patients of diabetes mellitus.So far,

So far,  Kangra district has reported the highest 37 deaths, followed by Shimla (24), Solan (23), Mandi (20), Una (10), Sirmaur (10), Chamba (8), Hamirpur (6), Kullu (5), Bilaspur (1), and Kinnaur (1).

Go through the reasons of deaths given by the state Health Department below:Himachal pradesh corona deaths Sept 24

According to the official update, 337 new positive cases were registered yesterday. The total for the state has now reached 13,386. (Scroll down to view statistics for all districts)

DDU MS Replaced After COVID-19 Patient Suicide 

As part of the damage control, the Medical Superintendent of Shimla’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital, Lokender Sharma, was replaced after a COVID-19 patient committed suicide inside the hospital premises. Dr Ramesh Chauhan has been appointed as the new MS.  The case has led to protests against poor facilities and mismanagement in COVID-19 hospitals in the state. The opposition even staged a protest on September 5.

Reacting to his removal, Dr Lokender denied any negligence on his part and said he had been working with insufficient staff and limited facilities. He also alleged that the administration did not consider his repeated complaint regarding the same. Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has also pointed out that the state government has not done anything to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to deal with the pandemic. They also pointed out the lack of trained staff.

These developments, including a sudden spurt in the fatality rate among COVID-19 patients, are now exposing the poor preparedness of the state government. The government doesn’t seem to have any clue about controlling the spread. There is no data on the projected number of actual cases as it is not possible to trace all infected amid a community spread.

While there is a dire need to make more efforts to save lives, the government and the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur appear to be busy in preparing for the visit of the Prime Minister Narender Modi for the opening of the Rohtang Tunnel.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 24, 2020 (9 PM)

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Five More COVID-19 Deaths, Three Suicides, Shimla’s Kotkhai Nagar Panchayat Sealed

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Shimla– Five more COVID-19 casualties were reported in Himachal Pradesh on September 23, 2020. According to the official update from the Health Department, a total of 280 cases were reported till 9:00 pm today . The COVID-19 death tally is rising at an alarming rate with the onset of a community spread. Currently, a total of 135 persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19.(Scroll down for district-wise statistics)

These deaths were reported from Solan (1), Kangra (2), and Mandi (2). The deceased aged between 58 years to 77. Read the reasons for deaths below:

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Kotkhai Nagar Panchayat Sealed for Four Days

Kotkhai Nagar panchayat of Shimal district was sealed today after four persons tested positive at the CHC, Kotkhai. However, there is one case which has increased worries for both the people and the administration.

According to the BMO, Kotkhai, one of these persons, identified as Kavinder Kanwar, runs a car parking at the Kotkhai Bazaar. He also runs a newspaper distribution agency in the same area and deals in mobile recharge business. He frequently handles keys of cars parked in the parking as part of his routine task, it was informed.

“It is quite possible that the concerned positive person has also surely visited several shops and public places in Kotkhai bazaar during the last four days. In this situation, it is difficult to find out the exact contact tracing history due to which there is a high risk of surface transmission and risk of a direct contact person to person,”

informed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Theog, in a notification issued today.   

Therefore, the administration has declared the entire Kotkhai Nagar panchayat as containment zone and sealed it except for essential services for four days (till September 27th).

The local police have been directed to restrict any entry to or exit from the area. The BMO has been asked to undertake contact tracing and the Secretary of the Nagar panchayat area has been directed to sanitize the entire area.   

COVID-19 Positive Woman Ends Life at DDU, Shimla

A woman, who was tested positive for COVID-19, and was admitted to the DDU hospital, Shimla, ended her life on the intervening night of September 22-23. The exact reason for the suicide was yet to be ascertained.

Further, two suicides in Kangra district have been associated with the financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the deceased worked at a fuel station.  The second person was a cab driver. According to the English daily, The Tribune, he had recently received a notice from the bank over non-payment of his loan that he had taken to buy a cab. These suicides are indicators that the people are in dire need of relief from the state government. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 23, 2020 (9 PM)

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