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A Decade After HC Order, Contract Staff of Specially Abled School Shimla Still Awaits Regular Paygrade

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Contract Staff of Specially Abled School Shimla Awaits Regular Paygrade

Shimla-Contractual Staff at the School for Children with Special Ability (Speech & Hearing and Visually Challenged Children), Dhali, Shimla district, continues to face apathy on the part of the Himachal Pradesh Government since the last nine years. Their unrest has reached such a point where they were left with no choice but to celebrate the International Disability Day (December 3) as Black Day to express their resentment against the state government.

The staff is still waiting for the implementation of the State High Court orders passed in 2010 to pay them salaries at par with the regular paygrade. Following the directions of the HC in 2010, the HP Council for Child Welfare in 2012 had issued an office order in which it was approved that contractual teachers would be provided regular paygrade.

The contractual staff said that they have approached the Council numerous times with their demand, but were given only assurances. The staff of Sunderngar and Dhali institute were supposed to be regularized together.

While, staff at Sundernagar was regularisized in 2015, the staff at Dhali institute was not. On the condition of anonymity, one of the member alleged that back then, the Council had received funds for the payout of contract employees, which was not given out to the staff, instead had to be returned to the government after a recent audit, wherein the Council didn’t have an answer to why the said amount was not dispensed off adequately.

On this National Disability Day, the staff of the institute staged a peaceful protest over their demands. The staff gathered outside the gate of the institute holding.

The protesting members of the staff alleged that they had been receiving assurances from the government for almost a decade now.  But they never actually received the benefits of regular paygrade.

The staff said that Chairman, HP Council for Child Welfare had recently given an assurance to contractual staff members that their matter would be taken up in an upcoming Cabinet meeting. However, the staff said, three meetings were held thereafter but their issue wasn’t taken up. Now, the staff had no choice but to stage a silent protest.

In its 2010 order, the HC had pointed out that the specially abled children require more efforts on the part of the teachers, who possess special skills to take care and educate these children. The matter relates to the facilities of these children, therefore, the court had asked to take appropriate steps to ensure that teachers are paid in accordance with the nature of their job.

In 2010, some members of the serving contract staff were regularized at the Dhali institute, while 24 members (some even with over 12 years of service) still await regularization and benefits at par with regular paygrade.

Calculated since 2010, the paygrade of these contractual employees has increased by 125 percent.

 

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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg

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HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met

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Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.

 

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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box

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UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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