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



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.



HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days



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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France



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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills



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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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