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Dear HRTC staff stop harassing people because you are angry with Govt.



KULLU- I would like to share what I faced today. I am a Himachali and always used to wonder why my other friends always felt inconvenient on the name of traveling to Himachal. Today I had to go to Chandigarh for an emergency meeting. I went to Kullu bus stand and came to know that HRTC staff was on strike. I approached the staff present on the counter and tried to enquire about status of service as I had not idea about the strike. To my shock the people sitting on counters were very rude. They made me feel like I have asked for something that was offensive or blasphemous or like I was a criminal. I humbly asked for help from the staff, but they chose to remain rude and ignorant. It was an embarrassing moment for me. I was ashamed after I realized what tourists go through. After that I tried numbers of several bus operators but no one replied.

Nobody showed any interest in helping me even for being a girl who is travelling alone. I felt I was not all correct when I used to tell people that Himachal is the safest place and people are always eager to help others. Today, after so many years when I had to deal with them myself, I came to know the dark side of reality.

I am a Himachali who mostly stays out, and I have always praised people of Himachal regardless to what other people say, even when they had been through such rude people.

I express my sympathy and support to HRTC staff if the Govt. isn’t doing justice to them. They have the right to on strike or protest to show their unrest. However, do not harass people for you are angry.

Rash Driving HRTC: Rash HRTC bus driver almost threw pedestrians off the road

Rash HRTC bus driver almost threw pedestrians off the road

SHIMLA- Rash HRTC driver almost threw school kids and pedestrians off the road as he drove the bus insanely on Shimla roads. He was overtaking vehicles very dangerously. Some pedestrians even hurled abuses on him near Sarasvati Vidya Mandir School (if you notice it in video). To make the situation more lethal, our government hasn’t put even a single safety railing on dangerous curves. The school girls and pedestrians were pushed to edges of the roads, which is clearly visible in the video clip. HRTC drivers and pick-up drivers in particular do daily driver on busy roads. The license of such drivers must be cancelled before they cause any damage and inconvenience to others. Video recorded by my friend with his mobile on Saturday afternoon at about 3:30 PM an HRTC bus near #Vikasnagar to #Panthaghati road.#HRTC #RashDriving #HPPWD #GSBali

Posted by Himachal Watcher on Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Red Cross Starts Counselling Service in Himachal Pradesh for Home-Isolated Persons



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Himachal Pradesh State Red Cross has taken has started the counselling service for home-isolated individuals to prevent mental health-related issues.

A spokesman of the state Red Cross on May 11 informed that a control room has been set up at the headquarters level where the staff and volunteers of the Red Cross would be stationed from 9 am to 5 pm.

Anyone living in home isolation can contact the control room on landline numbers 0177-2621868 and 0177-2629969 and 94599-77733. The staff members and volunteers will receive the call and provide the contact with the number of the doctor available.

The specialist doctors from various faculties will also be available in this team of doctors. This counselling service will be available from 9 am to 5 pm. Patients can also send audio or video clips to physicians so that they can assess and give advice.

The doctors besides advising on the Corona pandemic will also answer queries of such persons. The control room will also provide the contact number of the Red Cross Center of the concerned district so that any assistance can be taken in collaboration with the district administration.

Chairperson of the State Red Cross Hospital Welfare Branch Dr Sadhna Thakur has thanked the doctors who are playing an active role in the counselling facility. She said that despite being busy performing their duties during this pandemic, they have taken a step to cooperate with the counselling service started by the Red Cross, which is commendable.

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Free Covid-19 Treatment in Himachal’s Private Hospitals to Beneficiaries of Two Govt Schemes



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Shimla-The beneficiaries of Himcare and Ayushman Bharat Schemes in Himachal Pradesh would be given free treatment in registered private hospitals dedicated as Covid Hospitals, the state government announced today.

According to the government, as many as 4.16 lakh are registered under Ayushman Bharat and 5.13 lakh families under the State-sponsored Himcare scheme to date. All these families would now be eligible for the free treatment of covid-19, it was informed.

The State Government has also decided to prioritize few sections of the society for getting vaccinated keeping in view their nature of duty. Drivers and conductors of HRTC buses, drivers and conductors of private trucks and buses, fuel pump operators, PDS depot holders, teachers on Covid duty, banks and finances service staff, staff of Food and Civil Supplies, chemists and Lok Mitra Kendras operators would be provided covid vaccine on priority, the government informed.

Also Read: Himachal’s Covid Death Toll Crosses 2,000 Mark With 66 Casualties in 24-hours; 4,977 New Cases Reported 

The government said the registration process for vaccination of the 18 to 44 age group is in progress. The State has been allocated 1.07 lakh vaccine doses for this age group and the vaccination process would be started from the 17th of this month, it was informed.  Vaccination would be done on a first come first served basis as per the time of registration, it was further informed.

The government also said that a dedicated district-level control room would be established in the district to facilitate the Covid patients in getting ambulances for hospitals and also drop back vehicles. The ambulances would have sufficient oxygen and other equipment, it said.

Also Read: Video: Patient at Shimla’s Covid-Care Facility Complains of Mismanagement, Spending from Pocket for Medicines

The state government has urged the various industrial houses to come forward for contributing generously towards Chief Minister Covid Fund.

The oxygen storage capacity has been increased by about 25 MT during the last few days, the government claimed. A total of 3080 beds are available for the Covid patients in the State and more 1100 beds would be added in the next few days, it claimed. The current capacity of the oxygenated bed was  2505.

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Himachal’s Covid Death Toll Crosses 2,000 Mark With 66 Casualties in 24-hours; 4,977 New Cases Reported 




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Shimla-In the last 24 hours, 66 patients of coronavirus succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total death toll to 2,055. A total of 4,977 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state on Wednesday, taking the total Covid cases in the state to 1,45,736.

15 casualties were reported from the Kangra district while 12 deaths were reported from Hamirpur district, and 10 were reported from Solan district. Nine casualties who died in the last 24 hours were below the age of 50; while 54 out of 66 patients – over 80 %- who died had no comorbidities.

16859 people were sampled for the infection on Wednesday out of which 2900 Covid test results were awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 12, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

Covid-19 cases on may 12

The vaccination drive for people above the age of 45 is continuing in the state. Till Wednesday 4,03,140 people across the state have received both the Covid vaccine shots while 16,76,188 people have received their first jabs.

Himachal has placed the order for vaccines for the age group of 18 to 44. According to a report, Special Health Secretary Nipun Jindal had said that the state placed an order with the Serum Institute of India for procuring 73 lakh doses of the vaccine. The procurement will take place in a phased manner over the course of the next three to four months. However, Jindal said in April that the state would have to wait for three to four weeks for the supplies to reach, following which the third phase of vaccination will start at COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs) across the state where citizens from the 18-44 age group can receive their jabs.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur held a virtual meeting with the Panchayati Raj Institutions and urged them to come forward to help in transportation of Covid-19 patients who are under home isolation to the hospital well in time in case their health condition deteriorates so that they could be given proper medical treatment.

Thakur also asked representatives of the PRIs to keep a strict check on people who are coming to the villages from outside the State so that they could be asked to remain in-home quarantine. PRI representatives were also asked to inform the district administration regarding people coming from outside and also about events in which large gatherings were expected.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Casualties for May 12, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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