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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.


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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases



COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)



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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla



Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space



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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)


Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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