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Congress in Himachal is Directionless, Leaderless and Issueless Political Party: CM Jairam

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Dharamshala: While addressing the concluding session of the HP BJP Executive Committee meeting at Dharamshala in Kangra district, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur counted its achievements and mocked the state of the opposition party.

Jai Ram Thakur said, “opposition in the State was a directionless, leaderless and issueless political party.”

The Congress leaders were desperately trying to find an issue against the State Government in a bid to remain politically alive, he added.

It’s pertinent to mention that opposition in Himachal had been struggling to revive itself. Effective and strategic use of social media and media by the ruling party has played a major part in paralysing the opposition. Also, it appears that the opposition has been hesitating on spending on setting up an organized IT cell as compared to the ruling party.  

“Congress leaders in the State even did not spare their own party and raised a bill of Rs. 12 crores before the High Command, claiming that this amount was spent by the party to help the needy during the pandemic,” he said taking a jibe.

He said that it was for the first time that the State Government created three new Municipal Corporations and 389 panchayats in the State to ensure better development of the State. “The Congress Government during all these years made only one Municipal Corporation at Dharamshala, but the present State Government created three Municipal Corporations of Palampur, Solan and Mandi.”

Counting his achievements, he claimed that the Himachal Model was today being appreciated even by the Prime Minister, Home Minister and National BJP President. Initiatives like ‘Panna Pramukh Sammelan’, ‘Tridev Sammelan’ etc were being adopted by other BJP organisations in several States, he claimed.

He claimed said that the present State Government has launched about fifty new schemes for the welfare of every section of the society and the development of every area of the State.      

In Himachal Pradesh, he said, there were only 50 ventilators and today there were more than 600 ventilators in the State. State Government also brought back over 2.50 lakh Himachalis stranded in various parts of the country due to the covid-19 pandemic, he said.  

Foundation stones and inaugurations worth Rs 3500 crore were performed by him virtually and actually in about 42 Assembly Constituencies of the State. The State was about to achieve the target of vaccinating 93,000 people in the first phase of the vaccination, he added. 

He thanked the Union Government for providing an interest-free loan worth Rs 450 crore to the State. He also thanked the Finance Commission for recommending Rs 1000 crore for Green Field Airport Mandi and Rs 400 crore for the expansion of Gaggal airport in Kangra district.

He claimed that the State Government was first to start e-Budget and e-Cabinet and ensure greater use of modern technology.

On contentious farm bills, he said that the Bills were aimed at the welfare and betterment of the farmers.

Jai Ram Thakur also urged the party workers to ensure the use of social media to disseminate policies and programmes of the Centre and the State Governments.

Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, State BJP In-charge Avinash Rai Khanna were also present among several others.

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Corona Curfew in Himachal Pradesh From May 7, Public Transport to Remain Operational, Educational Institutes Closed Till May 31

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Shimla-A corona curfew in Himachal Pradesh would be imposed from May 7, the State Government decided today in a meeting of HP Cabinet held today.

The state government said that in order to break the virus chain, the Cabinet decided to impose Corona curfew in the whole State.

“All the government and private offices/ establishments would remain closed from 7 May, 2021 to midnight of 16 May, 2021. It was also decided that all essential services such as health, electricity, telecommunication, water supply, sanitation etc. would remain open,” the government said.

The Cabinet decided that work would continue at civil work sites, horticultural/agricultural and other project sites. Educational institutions in the State would remain closed till 31 May, 2021. All government and private transport would ply at 50 percent of occupancy and inter-state transport would continue. Industrial establishments would work as per the guidelines issued by the State Government.

The government said that detailed SOPs would be issued by today evening. 

Also Read: Situation Grim in Himachal With Record 48 Deaths in a Day, Senior Leader Shanta Kumar Advises Govt to Impose Lockdown

Keeping in view the sharp surge of covid-19 cases in the State, it was also decided in the meeting that the annual examination of 10th standard of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education would stand cancelled. All the students would be promoted to 11th class by the Board as per the norms suggested by CBSE for its students for the 10th standard examination. It was also decided that 12th standard examination of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and annual examination of colleges would also remain suspended till further orders. 

For the department of Excise and Taxation that handles work related to collection of the revenue, which form major part of revenue earned by the State and to properly administer and regulate, the various tax laws in the State, the Cabinet gave its nod to create a specialized and dedicated separate service in the State ‘H.P. Revenue (State Taxes and Excise) Services in place of existing posts of the officers in the department.

The Cabinet gave its approval to upgrade regional hospital Una as 300 bedded regional hospital along-with creation of 76 posts of different categories to ensure better health care facilities hospital to the people of the area.

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Situation Grim in Himachal With Record 48 Deaths in a Day, Senior Leader Shanta Kumar Advises Govt to Impose Lockdown

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Shimla- While the state government remains indecisive over imposing more restrictive measures to check the COVID-19 spread, the state lost 48 more lives – the highest in a day so far. On Tuesday, with the increase in sampling to 15954 from 8511 on Monday, the number of daily cases also jumped to 3824 in the state. According to the official statistics of the state health department, Kangra districts reported the highest 877 cases and 16 fatalities. Solan district reported 11 fatalities and 411 new infections.  Mandi district reported  807 cases and one fatality. (Scroll down to view all details of deceased)

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 4, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Source: HP NHM

Pertinent to mention that Himachal Watcher had been raising questions over a very low sampling in the state when the fatality rate has reached an alarming level. The sampling was decreased from 14649 on April 29 to 8511 on May 3 while the fatality rate rose continuously. Also, the state government didn’t provide any clarification over this decreasing number of sampling. But health experts believe that sampling needs to be boosted further to assess the true scale of the spread.

Also Read:  Testing Increases in Govt’s Statements Only

Speaking on the worsening situation in the state, especially Kangra district, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar has advised the state government to impose a lockdown.

Meanwhile, some reports of mismanagement and unpreparedness of the COVID are hospitals are appearing on various media platforms, especially on social media. A citizen in Shimla yesterday complained that the Ayurvedic Hospital, Chotta Shimla, did not admit his mother who needed immediate oxygen support.

A 53-year-old woman in Ramshahar, Solan district, died as she failed to receive ventilator support. According to a report in a daily, the patient was referred to the government hospital in Katha where ventilators were available but weren’t operational. Chief Medical Officer said that there is a shortage of staff, regarding which higher officials had been informed, the report said.

Claims of contact tracing also proved to be empty as a report appeared which said a bus conductor (HRTC) was on duty when he received information that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Questions are being raised as to how the conductor was allowed to carry on with his duty in a bus and why he wasn’t isolated after his sample was taken.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 4, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in Himachal PRadesh on May 4, 2021

Source: HP NHM

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Himachal’s Current Bed Capacity 3346, Daily Oxygen Availability 53 MT, Says HP Govt, But No Clarification on Low Testing

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Shimla- A Spokesperson of the state government said here today that there was no shortage of oxygen supply and beds in the hospitals and efforts were being made to enhance the bed capacity and oxygen supply day by day. As of now, 3346 beds were available in various health institutes of the state.

He said that keeping in view the increasing cases of Covid-19, the state government has increased the number of beds to 1924 in various Covid dedicated health institutes, hospitals and Covid centres. He said that 1422 beds were available in various Covid hospitals in the state on 21 April 2021 while presently the bed capacity has been enhanced to 3346.

The Spokesperson said that the per day availability of oxygen in the hospitals was 53 MT while the requirement was 23 MT. The PSA plant would be made functional in Chamba Medical College within a week which would meet the oxygen requirement in the Chamba district, he said.

Also Read: Himachal: 115 COVID-19 Fatalities in 3 Days, Testing Increases in Govt’s Statements Only

The state government, however, did not clarified on the low number of sampling/testing. Pertinent to mention that while the fatality rate has witnessed a massive surge, the sampling in the state had fallen to below 8000 on Monday. The rate of daily sampling has come down continuously with the surge in deaths. On April 29, according to the official data, 14649 samples were taken, on April 30 it dropped to 13715, to 10804 on May 1st, to 9684 on May 2, and to 8511 on May 3.

Also Read: Himachal Sees 44 Deaths in 24 Hours, Sampling Drops as COVID-19 Fatality Rate Rises  

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been issuing repeated directions to increase testing in statements, but according to the government’s statistics, the reality is contrary to them.

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