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Himachal: COVID-19 Case Tally Crosses 2500 Mark, Protest at HP Secretariat Over Not Sealing Building, Testing Employees

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh on July 30, 2020, reported 103 new confirmed COVID-19 cases from different districts. According to the Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for July 30 (9 PM), the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state had jumped to 2506, of which 1090 are active.  Of these, 1387 have recovered and 12 have died.

The highest number of cases was reported from Solan (34), followed by Sirmaur (24), Kangra (9), Shimla (7) Una (4), Kullu (2), Bilaspur (1), Chamba (1).

There is no respite from the spurt in cases in BBN – the industrial area of Solan that reported 32 cases. Three policemen and an ambulance driver also tested positive in the district.

In Sirmaur district, Nahan reported 22 cases. All persons were said to be contacts of COVID-19 positive persons.

In Shimla, three more persons of a family tested positive for COVID-19. They had come in contact with a woman who had tested positive a couple of days ago. Other cases include a person from Totu area and two SSB jawans.

District-wise, so far, Solan has reported the highest 628 cases, followed by Kangra (451), Sirmaur (327), Hamirpur (304), Una (198), Shimla (165), Mandi (157), Chamba (103), Bilaspur (88), Kinnaur (45), and Kullu (35). Lahaul-Spiti continues to be the least affected district with only four confirmed cases none of which are active. Currently, the district is COVID-19 free.

Staff Stage Protest at HP Secretariat, Demand Sealing Building, Testing All Employees

Employees of the State Secretariat on Thursday staged a protest outside the gate over their demand to seal the building after three confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported at the Secretariat. The employees refused to enter the building and said that the building was not sealed despite the appearance of three cases. They demanded that all employees of the Secretariat should be tested.

The first case was reported when the Deputy Secretary to Chief Minister contracted the infection from a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party who had visited the Secretariat and some other places including IGMC Shimla and the State High Court. Later a peon tested positive, and on Wednesday a clerk was found to be COVID-19 positive. Several other persons in Mandi district contracted the infection from the same leader.

The employees said that they have been reaching the  administration with their request to seal the building and test all employees but they are being ignored. They fear this negligence could lead to an explosion in case at the Secretariat, as well as, in Shimla.

The staff alleged the administration of discrimination in following the protocol regarding sealing and sanitizing the building/area where COVID-19 cases are found. They alleged that the administration did not even seal the floor on which the first case was reported. Now, three cases have been reported but still the administration hasn’t sealed the building. Employees weren’t quarantined and no samples were taken, they alleged. The clerk who tested positive on Wednesday was coming to office till July 27 and had been visiting various branches, which is concerning, they said. They had demanded that all employees should be tested and the building should be sealed.  

 But at the same time, the employees were seen violating social distancing norm during the protest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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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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