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HP Cabinet Decisions: Relief for Tourism Industry, Support to HPTDC, HRTC, HPSEB in Paying Salaries & More

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All HP Cabinet Decisions May 2, 2020

Shimla-A meeting of the Cabinet, Himachal Pradesh Government, was held on May 2, 2020. The Government took several decisions including relief/support to various departments as well as the hoteliers.

 Due to Covid-19 pandemic, agriculturists and horticulturists of the State have been facing huge losses. The farmers suffered huge losses as they were not able to market flowers and other exotic vegetables. Therefore, the Government had decided to compensate them to some extent. The Government said it is also endeavouring to provide all possible help to market their produce in the markets.

The tourism industry is worst affected due to this pandemic Therefore, the Government have decided to waive off electricity demand charges for six months thereby providing them relief of about Rs. 15 crore. Similarly, excise and taxation license fee would be waived off and lifting quota of bars would be on a pro-rata basis.

The government would also provide support to HPTDC by providing support to the Corporation for paying salaries of its employees. In addition to this, token tax and special road tax would be waived off for 4 months and no penalty would be imposed on owners of private vehicles on account of delay on renewal of registration and permits etc. Rs. 55 crore help would be provided to HRTC. 

To support the industry, GST refunds would be made at the earliest. HPSEB Ltd. has also suffered due to less demand of the industry, thus it would be adequately compensated, it the Cabinet decided.

The Cabinet decided that to revive the economy in the State, 120 days assured employment would be provided to the urban populace under a new Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojna. For this, if required, adequate training would be provided for their skill upgradation.

During this pandemic, thousands of people of the State have come back from other States having experience and expertise in various fields. They would be identified and trained accordingly to provide them employment and self-employment avenues. It was also decided that expenditure on development works would be expedited in the State.  However, the unproductive and wasteful expenditure would be curtailed.

The State Government had provided Rs.2000 each to about one lakh workers registered under Building and Other Construction Workers Board and for this Rs. 20 crore had been spent. Now the Government decided to provide another Rs. 2000 each to these workers.

The Cabinet also said that the State Government would also take up the matter regarding EPFO , ESIC at appropriate level so that the same could be redressed at the earliest.

The Cabinet decided to convert the part-time  Class-IV workers engaged in various departments (except the part-time water carriers in Education Department) who have completed eight years of continuous services as on 31st March 2020 and those would be completing their eight years of continuous services on 30th September 2020 as daily wagers. 

Extension to Excise Policy, 2019-20 upto 31st May 2020

It also decided to give post facto approval for the extension of Excise Policy, 2019-20 upto 31st May 2020 and operation of Excise Policy 2020-21 from 1st June 2020 to 31st May 2021.  The retail excise licensees would not be required to deposit any excise levies for the period liquor vends remained closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown after 22nd March 2020.

The retail excise licensees will be allowed to lift the remaining Minimum Guaranteed Quota of 2019-20 if due, against the License fee deposited before 31st March 2020 and in case the complete License Fee has not been deposited by 31st March 2020 then such excise licensees will be allowed to lift the pending quota against the deposition of the pending Excise License Fee for 2019-20 in April/May 2020 whenever the vends are opened. If any, retail excise licensee lifts Country Liquor/IMF/Beer /Wine/Cider/BIO brands over and above the pending quota due of 2019-20, Excise Licensee will lift the same against the deposition of the prescribed levies as per the Excise Policy 2019-20.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to post-facto approval of an extension of Toll Policy 2019-20 upto 31st May 2020 and operation of Toll Policy 2020-21 from 1st June 2020 to 31st May 2021. The Toll Lessees will be allowed to deposit monthly toll fees for April and May 2020 based on their actual collection of toll fees.

The Cabinet gave its consent to create and fill up one post of Professor and one post of Assistant Professor in Department of Pathology and two posts of Assistant Professors in the Department of Psychiatry in IGMC, Shimla on regular basis to facilitate the people.

The Cabinet gave its approval to grant petroleum exploration license under Open Acreage Licensing Policy-Bid Round I in favour of M/s Vedanta Limited for petroleum exploration in Bali Chowki, Chachiot, Sarkaghat and Mandi area of Mandi district and Ghumarwin area of Bilaspur district.

 

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HP Cabinet Decisions June 11: Read New Corona Curfew Guidelines, UG Exams Schedule, Reliefs and Other Decisions

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today allowed more relaxations in the corona curfew imposed in the state. The state government has increased the timing for opening shops. From June 14 onwards, shops in Himachal would remain open from 9 am to 5 pm. All shops would be allowed to open except on Saturday and Sunday. 

Intrastate public transport would be allowed with 50 percent occupancy. Section 144 lifted and no requirement of RTPCR tests for entering in the State. Corona curfew to continue from 5pm to 5am.

The offices, which were operating with 30% staff, would also open with 50% and 75% capacity. All the medical colleges, ayurvedic colleges and dental colleges would remain open from 23rd June. Pharmacy and nursing schools to open from 28th June.

The Cabinet decided to conduct examinations of Graduate and Shastri final year during July 2021, as per SoPs issued by UGC. It also decided to hold the examinations of the Graduate 1st and 2nd year after the final examinations are over. It also decided to start the academic session for the year 2021-22 for graduation classes from the 1st week of August this year.

No relaxation was given in restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend marriages, which is currently 20. The temples would also remain closed.

For transporters, the state government did not announce any big relief except an Interest Subvention Scheme on working capital for stage carriage operators. Under this scheme, a loan amount of Rs 2 lakh per bus and a maximum amount up to Rs 20 lakh would be provided to the bus operators as working capital.  The duration of the loan would be 5 years, in which one year would be of moratorium period, there would be 75 percent interest subvention, which would be paid by the state government.  In the second year, there would be an interest subvention of 50 years which would be borne by the state government.  About Rs. 11 crore relief has been provided by the government on this scheme. 

The Stage Carriage, Taxi, Maxi, Autorickshaw and Institution Buses would be given the relief of 50 percent on payment of Special Road Tax and Token from 1st August 2020 to 31st March, 2021.  The Transport sector would get relief of about Rs. 20 crore due to this decision. 

It also decided to provide 50 percent relief on Special Road Tax and Token Tax during the period of three months from 1st April, 2021 to 30th June 2021.  This decision would provide relief of Rs. 8 crores to stage carriages, taxis, maxi, autorickshaws, contract carriage buses and institution buses. 

The Cabinet directed the Jal Shakti Department to go ahead for filling up 2322 posts of different categories under the Departmental Para Workers Policy to effectively manage 486 drinking water and 31 irrigation schemes in the State.

The Cabinet also decided to create and fill up 401 posts of different categories in Trauma/Tertiary Care Centre in IGMC and Super Specialty Block Chamiana of IGMC Shimla for its smooth functioning and to provide specialized health care facilities to the people of the State besides  328 posts of different categories on outsourcing basis.

HP Govt Jobs/Vacancies 

It also decided to fill up

  1. Four posts of Mining Guards on a contract basis in Geological Wing of Industries Department through direct recruitment.
  2. Three posts of Inspector, grade-I in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis for better functioning of the department.
  3. Seven posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in the Himachal Pradesh Election Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. 
  4. Two posts of drivers on daily wage basis in Deputy Commissioner Office Chamba.
  5. Two posts of class-IV employees on daily wage basis in Himachal Pradesh Revenue Training Institute Jogindernagar in Mandi district.
  6. Create and fill up one post of Reader cum Associate Professor in Sister Nivedita Government Nursing College, Shimla.
  7. Create and fill up one post of Medical Superintendent in 200 bedded Civil Hospital Nurpur in Kangra district for its effective functioning.

The Cabinet gave its nod to revised scheme for Interest Subvention on Working Capital Loan for Hospitality. The revised scheme provides for interest subversion of 75percent in first year and payment period has also been increased to five years. Some other categories like ropeway and travel agents have also been included in the new scheme.

The Cabinet decided to include the families under National Food Security Act (Priority Households Category) where death occurred due to the Covid pandemic. The guidelines for identification of Priority Households under the National Food Security Act, 2013 issued on 1st August 2013 would be relaxed to give them immediate relief and such families would immediately be included by Gram Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies under National Food Security Act (PHH category) by simply getting Covid death certificates of such persons who died due to Corona.

The Cabinet gave its approval to make necessary amendments in Mukhya Mantri Swalamban Yojna 2019 to include Service enterprises and related goods carriers that can be combined as composite related activities. It also envisages increasing the maximum investment ceiling of Rs. 60 lakh in plant and machinery with total cost project not exceeding Rs. 100 lakh in place of existing Rs. 40 lakh and Rs. 60 lakh respectively. It also allowed an increasing interest subsidy of five percent on loan amount upto Rs. 60 lakh instead of Rs. 40 lakh. This would facilitate youth to take maximum benefits from this Yojna.

The Cabinet decided to grant ex post facto permission to set up/ operationalize Makeshift Hospitals at Pandoga in district Una (200 bedded) Radha Soami Satsang at Parour in Palampur (500 bedded), Radha Soami Satsang at Khaliar in Mandi district and Radha Soami Satsang at Anji in Solan district (200 bedded) in public interest. It also decided to provide 60 staff nurses, six ward sisters, 30 ward boys, 20 sweepers, 15 security personnel, 10 housekeeping persons and five DEOs each on an outsourcing basis.

It also decided to create one post for each of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and Class-IV in the newly created Sub Divisional Election Office at Gagret in Una district. The post of Junior Office Assistant (IT) would be filled up on a contract basis whereas the Class-IV post would be filled up on daily wage basis.

The Cabinet decided to take over the Saraswati Sanskrit Degree College Dangar, tehsil Ghumarwin of Bilaspur district under government control.

The Cabinet decided to enhance the honorarium of all the categories of teachers appointed under SMC by Rs. 500 per month from 1st April 2021.

The Cabinet also decided to increase the honorarium of Cook cum Helper under the Mid-Day Meal Yojna of Elementary Education Department by Rs. 300 per month from 1st April 2021.  

 

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554 New Covid Cases, 15 Deaths in 24 Hours in Himachal

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Shimla-Though number of daily Covid cases in Himachal Pradesh remains low, the fatality numbers are still in two digits. On Wednesday, according to the state health department, the state reported 554 new case and 15 fatalities. Further, the government has issued schedule for vaccination of persons in various categories.  The state government said it would no more procure vaccine for 18-44 years age group as the Centre had revised the guidelines for the vaccination policy. View more details below.

Covid-19 Update for Himachal Pradesh – June 9, 2021, Till 7 PM

 Positive Cases

554

 Sampling

22047

Covid-19 Deaths

15

Active Cases

6682

Cured

839

Highest Cases (District)

Mandi (100)

Highest Covid-19 Deaths (District)

Mandi, Kangra (4 Each)

Mucormycosis Cases

0

Mucormycosis Deaths

0

Total Mucormycosis Deaths Till Date

4

Total Number of Positive Cases Till Date

196905

Total Covid-19 Deahts Till Date

3327

Total Sampling Till Date

2079170

Vaccine Doses Administers 

3261

Total Vaccine Doses Till Date

2486815

Total of 1st Doses Till Date

2049696

Total of 2nd Doses Till Date

437119

 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for June 9, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

COvid deaths in himachal on june 9

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So Far Himachal Recorded 17 CAM Cases and Four Deaths, Read Advisory on Management & Treatment

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CAM cases in himachal pradesh

Shimla-So far Himachal Pradesh has recorded 17 cases of Covid-19 Associated Mucormycosis (CAM), which is also called black fungus infection. Of these cases, seven patients belong to District Kangra, while Shimla and Solan’s districts have reported two cases each. One case was reported from Mandi and five from Hamirpur. These are official statistics available based on the entries made by the Districts/Institution Incharges on the Covid-19 portal of India.

So far, four of these patients with CAM have died in the State.

The government of India has issued an advisory on the treatment and management of CAM.

Use of a clean mask even in the home environment, appropriate dose and duration of steroids use, proper sugar control in patients with Covid-19 can reduce the incidence of CAM. Also early diagnosis and appropriate management by multidisciplinary team of doctors can lead to better outcomes in this disease, the advisory said.

Further, the National Task Force on Covid-19 has reviewed the treatment of Covid-19 Associated Mucormycosis and has given recommendations on the various treatment options. As per the task force Amphotericin B, both in the Amphotericin lipid complex/liposomal and Amphotericin B Deoxycholate forms, is equally efficacious for treatment of CAM cases. However, the latter is more toxic to the kidneys and therefore should be administered along with monitoring of kidneys’ functions and electrolyte imbalance, the advisory said.

Measures to reduce nephrotoxicity include slow infusion, 500 ml normal saline along with amphotericin B and premedication to avoid infusion reaction. Liposomal Amphotericin B is to be preferred in patients who have mucormycosis of the brain or in patients who are intolerant to Amphotericin B deoxycholate.

 The joint task force has also recommended that injection Posaconazole can be used in cases of Non-availability of Amphotericin B or in those patients having severe intolerance to Amphotericin B.

An appeal has been made to create awareness among the people about the symptoms of CAM and post Covid-19 consultations with an eye specialist, ear nose throat specialist, neuro surgeons and dentists should be undertaken, if required.

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