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HP Govt Proposes Rs. 9405.41 crore Outlay Under Development Budget 2021-22

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government has proposed an outlay of Rs. 9405.41 crore under the developmental budget for the year 2021-22. It was informed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the morning session of MLA’s priority meeting for the financial year 2021-22  yesterday.

This meeting is held to offer elected representatives an opportunity to underline their developmental priorities.

Jai Ram Thakur said that as many as 251 projects worth Rs. 926.24 crore have been approved under NABARD under MLA priorities during the year 2020-21. He said that out of this, Rs. 565.52 crore has been provided for roads and bridges whereas Rs. 360.72 crore have been provided for minor irrigation and drinking water schemes. He said that a provision of Rs. 13,300 crore was made during the first three years tenure of the previous State Government under the annual plan outlay whereas during the first three years tenure of the present State Government a provision of Rs. 21,300 crore were made as annual plan outlays. 

Chief Minister said that during the first three years tenure of the previous State Government, 433 MLA priority schemes worth Rs. 2033 crore were approved, whereas during the tenure of the present State Government 639 MLA priority schemes worth Rs. 2382 crore have been approved. He said that a provision of Rs. 1276 crore were made for implementation of the MLA priorities during the first three years tenure of the previous State Government, whereas a provision of Rs. 2221 crore has been made during the first three years tenure of the present State Government.

Further, under the Him Care Scheme, he claimed, 4.63 lakh families got registered and till date and 1.25 lakh families have been provided financial assistance of Rs. 121 crore. He said that financial assistance of Rs. 3000 per month was being provided to a family with the chronically ill patient under the Sahara Yojna.

Demands Put Forth by MLAs

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MLA Pachhad Reena Kashyap urged for providing equipment and other facilities in the Hospital to facilitate patients of the area, develop the area from tourism point of view, IPH division be opened at Rajgarh as presently it falls in another constituency, PG classes be started in the Degree College Rajgarh, and work of 33 KV sub-station at Shilabagh be completed at the earliest.

MLA Nahan Dr. Rajiv Bindal said that three bridges must be sanctioned under CRF for Nahan Vidhan Sabha area, better sewerage facilities be provided in Nahan town, channelization of Markandye river should be taken in hand at the earliest under the Flood Management project, proper facilities and equipment must be provided in Nahan Medical College, Atal Adarsh Vidhalaya be opened in the constituency, Police Post be opened at Mata Balasundri temple in the constituency.

MLA Renuka Vinay Kumar said buildings be provided for two newly upgraded Sub Tehsils and one Tehsil, land be transferred for Degree College Dadahu, Development Block to be provided at Dadahu as about 40 panchayats falls under the area, bedsides Electrical subdivision at Sangrah. He also felt the need for plying more buses in the area to facilitate the commuters.  

MLA Shillai Harshwardhan Chauhan said the delay in preparation of DPR under NABARD was a matter of concern, several water supply schemes need to be augmented and maintained, adequate staff be provided in the Degree College Shillai, the college has a strength of over 1000, out of which 700 were girl students, a girls’ hostel be constructed in the college to facilitate the girl students. He said that Paonta-Shillai-Menus Road must be upgraded to a double lane at the earliest.            

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MLA Chintpurni Balbir Singh said that adequate funds be provided for construction of bridge leading towards Baba Barbhagh Singh, Jhalera-Amb road be upgraded into a four-lane road.

MLA Gagret Rajesh Thakur said that DPRs of augmentation of water supply scheme under NABARD must be approved at the earliest, 19 villages of the constituency should be excluded from the Town and Country Planning Area, work on the construction of 20 tube-wells must to taken in hand soon, proper ground be provided for construction of Degree College Daulatpur.   

MLA Haroli and Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri said that special thrust must be laid on timebound completion of DPRs under MLA priorities, expressed concern over the increasing cases of mining in Swan river. He said that 5th Phase of Swan River Channelization must be got sanctioned at the earliest and greater stress must be laid on setting up of tubewells in the area.

MLA Una Satpal Raizada said that building of PHC at Basoli village should be constructed at the earliest, better sewerage facilities must be provided for Una town to facilitate the people of the area, illegal mining on Swan Channelization must be stopped. 

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4,145 New Covid Cases, 56 Deaths in 24-Hours; HP Govt Forms Paediatric Task Force to Tackle Third Wave

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Shimla-The death toll in Himachal Pradesh climbed to 2,241 on Saturday after 56 Covid patients lost their lives in the last 24-hours. Meanwhile, 4,145 new cases of infection were reported on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,57,862 according to official data released by the state.

Kangra district reported the highest casualties with 19 deaths, while in Shimla, 15 patients died of severe symptoms of coronavirus. 13 patients who lost their lives were below the age of 50.

Daily Covid testing on Saturday reached 15,461, out of which test results of 1,876 samples remain awaited.  According to the state health department, 17,12,566 people have received their first dose of vaccine till Saturday, while 4,34,307 people across the state have received both doses of Covid vaccine.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 15, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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As the rate of new cases and fatality remains high, the corona curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been extended till May 26 after a meeting of the state government cabinet was held on Saturday. The state also announced some rules and provisions to curb the spread of infection in the state. Medical Colleges, Zonal and Regional Hospitals, and hospitals with a bed capacity of 200 and above were allowed to hire vans to carry dead bodies. Weddings in the state are now only to take place in residences or courts, with a maximum gathering of 20 people.

The state government also held a high-level meeting on Saturday to constitute a Paediatric Task Force to tackle the anticipated third wave. According to reports, the third wave will most likely affect children and teenagers. Earlier this month, the principal scientific adviser to the central government, K VijayRaghavan, had said at a briefing that the high levels of the virus meant “a phase 3 is inevitable.”

The Paediatric Task Force would study the availability of medical infrastructure in various Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Sick Newborn Care Units, and Newborn Stabilization Units, to formulate plans for augmentation of machinery, equipment, and Human Resources.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 15, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Curfew in Himachal Extended, Free Wood for Cremation, Marriages Allowed Only in Homes or Courts

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Shimla-Corona Curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been extended further till May 26 as the state has witnessed no respite in a surge in daily Covid-19. The decision was taken after a meeting of the HP Government Cabinet today.

To check the exodus of labourers and workers all the shops dealing with construction materials would also remain open on Tuesday and Friday a week for three hours.

The Cabinet also decided to allow hiring dead body vans to all the Medical Colleges and Zonal and Regional Hospitals and hospitals with a bed capacity of 200 and above.  The forest department would provide free wood for the cremation of corona deceased where forest rights are enforced. The forest corporation would provide fuelwood in other areas. All the MCs would be allowed to hire dead body vans.

The Cabinet also decided that no marriages would be allowed to hire marriage palaces, community halls and tent houses and outside catering and DJ/Band. Marriage would be only held in houses or Courts with the restriction of 20 persons. There will also be no procession of Barat.

The Cabinet gave its consent to fill up 219 posts of different categories on a contract basis under the National Health Mission in the State to provide better health care facilities to the people.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to procure CT Scan 128 slice and MRI 1.5 Tesla Machines worth Rs. 20 crore in Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba to facilitate the people.

It accorded its approval its ex-post-facto permission to the executing agency of Makeshift Covid-19 Hospital at Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Ner Chowk Mandi to include construction of one labour room and one operation theatre etc. to facilitate the people.

It also decided to open Health Sub Centre at Sartyaula in Mandi district alongwith creation of requisite posts to man the Sub Centre.

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Himachal’s Distressed Tourism Industry Stakeholders Write to CM Jairam Thakur, Seeks Financial Package

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Shimla-Tourism Industry Stake Holders Association on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur seeking financial aid from the state government to save the industry amid COVID-19 resurgence. They also highlighted the shared plight of hotels and restaurants falling in debt and failing to provide for the expenses.

“Since the beginning of last year, hotel industry continues to take hits due to the coronavirus. A seven-to-eight-month long lockdown in the entire country affected industry stakeholders. Tourism industry appeared to have revived in the month of October and expectations were high for the next tourist season” the association said.

Several hoteliers and restaurants had spent on maintenance hoping for a good season this year. But since most of the states have now imposed lockdowns, all hopes were dashed to the ground and the industry is facing a huge financial crisis.

The tourism units are not able to pay the interest and EMI of loans raised by them due to loss faced by the industry for the consecutive second year. The stakeholders fearthat  the loan raised by them may slip to NPA

The Association said that hoteliers and businessmen involved in the hospitality industry did not receive any relief from the government and managed their units/services by spending from savings or by raising loans.

The units have somehow managed to pay salaries and other expenses for the April month, the association said, but expressed inability to do so for the May month as the working capital has dropped to zero.

Mohinder Seth, President, Tourism Industry Stake Holders Association, has written to the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and Governor, RBI, requesting for the deferment of loans and to save the loans from becoming NPA.

Seth has also requested the central government to provide Himachal Pradesh’s tourism industry with a financial package to deal with the devastation caused by the second wave of COVID-19.

“We support the measures taken by the government to break the chain of coronavirus. If the government plans on extending the lockdown to seventeen more days, we will support the decision because we understand the need to save people’s life is important. Similarly, it is important to save the industry – source of employment to lakhs of people. We request honorable CM to extend financial aid to the industry stakeholders,” Mohinder Seth concluded.

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