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Himachal: Six COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours, New Strain More Lethal & Acute, say Health Officials   



Himachal Pradesh Daily COVId-19 report

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh reported six COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the highest this year in a day. The death tally has now jumped to 1032 in the state. Una reported three fatalities, while other three were reported from Kangra, Hamirpur, and Solan. Five of the deceased aged between 70-82 years and remaining one was only 36. View details of COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours below:

Himachal PRadesh daily covid-19 deaths update

According to the COVID-19 statistics released by the State Health Department, a total of 339 new cases were recorded today, taking the tally to 63,320 in the state.

 Kangra reported highest 90 cases, followed by Una at 84. The number of recorded cases in Shimla remained relatively low at 23. View more district-wise details below:

Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 update

Source: HP National Health Mission

According to the official statistics, a total of 1253169 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh till March 30, 2021.

The fatality ratio goes with the statements given by the Chief Minister and  Chief Medical Officer, Kangra, today, in which they admitted that the second wave is more lethal than the first one.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today said that “this time the virus had come back with more strength, energy and was more fatal.” 

The new strain was not domiciled in our nasopharyngeal region and had been directly affecting the lungs, which means window periods were shortened. 

The health experts have observed that after the advent of new variants of Corona, there were no traces of cough or fever and the patients were just complaining of joint pains, weakness and loss of appetite and COVID-19 pneumonia.

“It was taking less time to get to the extreme in comparison to the past and sometimes, there were no symptoms even,” the Chief Minister said.

Earlier, Chief Medical Officer, Kangra Dr Gurudarshan Gupta, said that after the new strain of the virus hit the country, several patients were being seen without fever, but an x-ray report showed moderate chest pneumonia.

“It means that the virus spreads directly to the lungs causing acute respiratory distress due to viral pneumonia,” Gupta said.

“It simply explains why the new strain has become acute and more fatal. The new wave is more lethal than the first one and we should play safe by adopting the right health practices to beat this new unwanted guest,” he said.

The statements came during a review meeting held at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda, in district Kangra.

“Therefore it was better to be careful than remaining unguarded and putting ourselves, family and the society in danger,” the Chief Minister said.

Jairam Thakur without mask

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur during a political rally in poll-bound Dharamshala (MC)

However,  the Chief Minister is facing criticism over not following these norms at public gatherings at the political rallies in poll-bound Municipal Corporations. He is advising people to practice social distancing and wearing mask, but, in political rallies, party workers and even the Chief Minister can be seen violating these norms.

people not wearing mask in political rallies in himachal pradesh

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur adressing a political gathering in poll-bound Dharamshala (MC)

“No person should be allowed to walk without wearing a mask in public places. Shopkeepers should not allow people to enter their outlets without masks and proper hygiene habits should be practised to keep this virus at bay, “ he said during the meeting.

While no social distancing is visible in political gatherings and during canvassing, Chief Minister is urging people to follow COVID-19 norms.

“Without maintaining social distancing it was difficult to beat Corona. All the safety mantras given by the health authorities should be practised in the spirit,” he preached.

“Due to the negligence of the people, the number of new cases had been increasing daily putting the society in peril at large,” he said blaming the people for the surge in cases.

The Chief Minister asked the health department to encourage the people to take a jab at the high time so that they were less affected by this fatal virus.

Similarly, opposition MLAs and party workers were also seen violating COVID-19 norms.

आज हमारे निवास हॉली लॉज शिमला में “जाखू वार्ड” से सभी कांग्रेस जन से मुलाक़ात की , व इस वार्ड के विभिन विकास के लम्बित…

Posted by Vikramaditya Singh on Sunday, 28 March 2021


HP Govt Employees to Get Higher Pay Scale on Completion of Two Years of Service: CM Jairam



hp govt employess higher pay scale

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government employees working in different departments before January 3, 2022, would be given a higher scale at par with other employees on completion of two years tenure of regular service. A higher pay scale was also announced for the Junior Office Assistants (IT) on completion of two years of regular service.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur made these announcements during the Karamchari Maha Sammelan of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation at the hotel Peterhof on Sunday.

He appreciated the role played by the employee especially frontline workers in the battle against the pandemic.

He said most of the government employees in the state have been given revised pay scales and on average, every employee has got the benefit of a 12 to 15 percent salary hike. There has also been an increase in the pension of about 1.50 lakh pensioners of the state. The financial benefits of Rs. 7801 crore have been given to state government employees and pensioners from the year 2018 to 2022. The pensioners who retired before 2016 are getting the benefit of a 15 to 20 percent increase in the pension while around 40 thousand pensioners who retired after 2016 would be benefitted soon, he said.

He said the daily wages were Rs. 210 in the year 2017 which has been increased by the present state government to Rs. 350. Similarly, 12 per cent interim relief annually has been provided to government employees and pensioners during the present government’s tenure. He said the Himachal government has provided Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners on the lines of Punjab and Central governments from the due date. The Punjab government has given only 5 percent interim relief to the employees while the Himachal government has provided 21 percent interim relief to its employees.

“Out of the total interim relief amount given to the employees and pensioners amounting to about Rs. 6500 crore, Rs. 3500 crore has been paid during the tenure of our government” added the Chief Minister.

He said that the state government has increased the government contribution for NPS employees from 10 percent to 14 percent benefitting more than one lakh employees. The NPS employees are being given the benefits of retirement and death gratuity at par with employees falling under the old pension scheme. The government has also increased the upper limit of death gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.

The Chief Minister said the state government has also increased the honorarium of para-workers working in various departments. The salary of outsource workers has been hiked by Rs 1,500 per month.

Non-Gazetted Employees Federation President Ashwani Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for providing various financial and other benefits to different categories of government employees.

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Most Covid Restrictions to be Lifted From March 31, Mask and Hand Hygiene to Continue



all caovid restriction lifted in himachal pradesh

New Delhi-The Centre has issued a notification to the States informing that the provisions of the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005 will not be invoked in the country after March 31. The Union Health Ministry said that the use of face masks and following hand hygiene will continue.

It implies that most of the Covid-related rules and restrictions would end.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the notification which said that the decision was taken following the overall improvement in the situation and the preparedness of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, local authorities and State police can still invoke fines and criminal cases against persons violating COVID-19 norms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior government official said.

The DM Act was invoked on March 24, 2020, due to the pandemic

“Over the last seven weeks or so there has been a steep decline in the number of cases. The total caseload in the country stands at 23,913 only and the daily positivity rate has declined to 0.28%. It is also worth mentioning that with the combined efforts, a total of 181.56 Cr vaccine doses have been administered,” the notification said.

“I would like to mention that in view of the nature of the disease, we still need to remain watchful of the situation. Wherever any surge in the number of cases is observed, the States/UTs may consider taking prompt and proactive action at a local level, as advised by MoHFW (Health Ministry) from time to time,” the notification said.

The Indian government had issued various guidelines and measures for the first time on March 24, 2020, under the Disaster Management Act to curb the COVID-19 situation in the country, which have been modified several times thereafter.

India currently has 23,087 active COVID-19 cases and recorded 1,778 new cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has also declined to 0.28%.

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Country Liquor Made Cheaper in New Excise Policy, Read All Decisions




Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on March 20, 2022, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

The excise policy for the financial year 2022-23 was approved. Approval was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state for the financial year 2022-23 at the renewal fees of 4% of the value of unit/vend.

The State Government said that wants to enhance the government revenue and curb the smuggling of country liquor from the neighbouring states by a reduction in its price.

The brands of Country Liquor will be cheaper as license fees have been reduced. This will help in providing good quality liquor at a cheaper rate to the consumers.

In the new excise policy, the 15% fixed quota of country liquor for manufacturers and bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees has been abolished. According to the government, this step will give the retail licensees to lift their quota from the suppliers of their choice and further assure the supply of good quality country liquor at competitive prices. The MRP of country liquor will be cheaper by 16% of the existing price.

In this year’s policy, the Gaudhan Vikas Nidhi Fund has been enhanced by Re.1/- from the existing Rs.1.50 to Rs.2.50.

The fixed annual license fee of Bars has been rationalized by abolishing the area-specific slabs of license fee. Now throughout the State, there will be uniform license slabs based upon the room capacity in hotels.

Rates of the annual fixed license fee of Bars in the tribal areas has been reduced considerably.

Further, all the above stakeholders will have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments as it was made mandatory for them.

Wholesale vends and retail vends, the penalty provisions under the H.P. Excise Act, 2011 have been made more stringent.

An end to end online Excise Administration System would be established in Himachal Pradesh, the government said.

HP Government estimates a collection of Rs 2131 crore revenue during the year, which will be Rs. 264 crores higher than the financial year 2021-22 – growth of 14% in state excise revenues.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Disaster Relief Manual-2012 to include deaths due to biting of honey bees, hornet and wasps, accidental drowning and deaths due to accidents of vehicles (including land, water and air) under this Manual.

The Cabinet gave its approval for filling up 11 posts of ‘A’ Class Tehsildar in Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

HP State Toll Policy 2022-23

The HP Cabinet also gave its nod to HP State Toll Policy for the year 2022-23 which envisages auction cum tender for all the toll barriers in the State. During the year 2021-22, toll revenue has registered a growth of 20 percent of the previous year’s revenue.

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