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Ban on Transfers in Himachal, No Entry to HP Secretariat Without Pass

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Shimla-The State Government and its Ministers have woken up after a staff member of the Chief Minister Office tested positive on Wednesday. With this close encounter with COVID-19, ministers and officials are now showing strictness. First of all, HP Government has imposed a complete ban on transfers in the State. The ban was imposed keeping in view the COVID-19 situation, informed a spokesperson of the state government today.

It’s pertinent to mention that everyday a large number of people reach the secretariat with applications of transfers to meet the Ministers and officials.

“No transfer or adjustments will be ordered by any Department/Board/Corporation/Universities etc. during the ban period,”

the spokesperson informed.

Exceptions would be shown only in the rarest of the rare cases, like only on extreme medical grounds or on administrative exigencies that too with the prior approval of the Chief Minister through the concerned Minister-in-charge in accordance with the Comprehensive Guiding Principles dated 10th July 2013, he informed.

He said that the decision has been taken by the State Government as a precautionary and preventive measure. 

The State Government has appealed the people of the State to unnecessarily avoid footfall in the HP Secretariat and Government offices and to provide their support in containing the spread of coronavirus. Government has also urged the people to maintain proper social distancing and use a face mask. 

Entry Without Valid Permit Not Allowed in Secretariat

Following the appearance of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the HP Secretariat on Wednesday, non-officials would not be allowed to enter the HP Secretariat without a valid permit, informed a spokesperson of the government.

“No reference calls, messages would be entertained in this regard. In case of any laxity, personal responsibility of concerned gate in-charge would be fixed and necessary action would initiate against him,”

he said.

Valid Identity Proof Mandatory for Officials to Enter HP Secretariat

The state government has also made it mandatory for the officials of different departments to carry valid identity proof issued by their departments while entering the secretariat.

A spokesperson of the state government informed that as per the instructions issued on 23 July 2020, only those non-officials are being allowed to enter secretariat who have the valid entry pass issued from the secretariat reception.

The officers and officials of respective departments who have to visit secretariat in connection with official meetings to attend video conferencing and other engagements will have to carry their departmental identity proof.

Further, after the Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister tested positive, Jairam Thakur and his family members were tested for COVID-19. Though they tested negative, the Chief Minister and his family would remain under quarantine for next few days. The Deputy Secretary is said to have come in contact with a BJP leader from Mandi who had tested positive earlier.  The Advocate General and his family have also tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with the same person. This person had reportedly visited various places including the State High Court, Indira Gandhi Medical College, a cafe etc. The Medical Superintendent and Principal, IGMC Shimla, and some doctors who were believed to have come in contact with this person have been asked to take precautionary measures.  

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HP Bypolls 2021 Schedule Issued, Model Code of Conduct Comes Into Force in State

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Shimla-The Schedule for by-elections to Parliamentary Constituency and three Legislative Assembly Constituencies of Himachal Pradesh has been issued by the Indian Election Commission. With the announcement of this schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into effect in eight districts of Himachal Pradesh.  As per the schedule, the entire process of elections would be completed by November 5, 2021.

The schedule would remain the same for bypolls to Parliamentary Constituency and three Legislative Constituencies.

These include Mandi Parliamentary Constituency, which got vacant after MP Ram Swaroop Sharma reportedly committed suicide and three Legislative Assembly Constituencies – Fatehpur (08), Jubbal Kotkhai (65), and Arki (50).

HP Bypolls 2021 Schedule

  1. Notification – October 1, 2021
  2. Last Date of Nominations -October 8, 2021
  3. Date for Scrutiny of Nominations – October 11, 2021 
  4. Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures -October 13, 2021
  5. Date of Poll -October 30, 2021
  6. Date of Counting – November 2, 2021 

The entire process for the elections would be completed by November 5, 2021.

The Commission said it has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances before announcing the schedule for bypolls.

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Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events

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Shimla-The International Kullu Dussehra would be organised from 15th October to 21st October, 2021, the Himachal Pradesh Government informed today after holding a meeting regarding the same.

The HP Government has decided that all deities would be invited for the Dussehra festival. Orgnaization of all religious ceremonies would be allowed traditionally, but the cultural and commercial activities would not be held.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over meeting of State Level Kullu Dussehra Committee. Directions were given to ensure proper security system, uninterrupted electricity supply and adherence of Covid-19 guidelines.

It was also decided in the meeting that Language, Art and Culture Department would provide an additional amount of Rs. 10 lakh to district administration Kullu for organising Kullu Dussehra festival.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Sept 24: Approval to Open Schools from 27 Sept,  Fill 8,000 Posts, Changes in Transfer Policy of JBT, C, and V Teachers

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in a meeting held today, has decided to open schools from September 27 for the students of 9th to 12th classes. The students of class 10th and 12th would attend schools on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, whereas students of class 9th and 11th would attend schools on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a week. Online classes and examinations will continue for classes upto 8th standard.  

Further, the HP Cabinet also decided to create and fill up 8000 posts of Multi-Task Workers in the educational institutions under the Higher and Elementary Departments as per the provisions of the Part-Time Multi-Task Workers Policy 2020. As per the policy, these Multi-Task Workers would be provided with a consolidated honorarium of Rs. 5625 per month for 10 months in one academic year.

The Cabinet decided to amend the transfer policy for inter-district transfer of JBT and C and V teachers in the State by reducing the existing tenure from 13 years to five years, including the contract period, for transfer to another district and also increase the quota from existing 3% to 5%.

It also decided to enhance the honorarium of IT teachers outsourced in various educational institutions in the State by Rs. 500 per month from April 1st, 2021.

It also gave its approval for renaming Forest Training Institute and Rangers College Sundernagar as Himachal Pradesh Forest Academy.

The HP Cabinet gave its consent to draft a proposal for the Customised Package of Incentives for Mega Industrial Projects in the State under Himachal Pradesh Industrial Investment Policy and Rules -2019.

It gave its approval for filling up 20 posts of Naib Tehsildar in the Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis.

It also gave its approval to the policy of replacement/maintenance of damaged crash barriers in the State.

It also decided to rename Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna as Mukhyamantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna.

It also decided to rename Himachal Health Care Yojna- Himcare as Mukhyamantri Himachal Health Care Yojna-Himcare.

The Cabinet gave its nod to rename Sahara Yojna as Mukhyamantri Sahara Yojna.

The Cabinet gave its consent to create and fill up 10 posts of different categories in Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur for its smooth functioning.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade Primary Health Centre Swarghat in Bilaspur district to Community Health Centre along with the creation of requisite posts.

It also decided to upgrade Primary Health Centre Gadsa in Banjar area of Kullu district to Community Health Centre along with creation of requisite posts to man this health institution. 

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