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SHIMLA- Flowering on Rhododendrons trees in Shimla announces the arrival of Spring season, and the forests begin to blaze with red color flowers. Mostly, the scene changes from winters into spring after mid-March, but this year, in 2015, the flowering is much earlier, and flowers might not last to welcome the spring anymore. So, we are likely to a colorless spring without red Rhododendrons. We already witnessed change in the pattern of snowfall in Shimla, and now this time it’s the flowering time and season. Isn’t it about climate change? Degrading ecological balance? Deforestation?

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HP Cabinet Decisions May 2018: Govt to fill up 333 posts in HP NHM, relax conditions for full pension, launch 2 schemes

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting, held on today on May 24, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, decided to give its approval to relax the condition prospectively for grant of full pension on completion of 33 years of qualifying service to all class-III and class-IV government employees who seek voluntary/premature retirement by modifying the notification issued by Finance Department on November 11, 2014.

Earlier, the State Government vide notification referred above has inserted a provision that the Government employees seeking voluntary/premature retirement in their own interest and have rendered minimum service of 20 years but less than 33 years shall be entitled to pro-rata pension against 33 years. Meaning thereby, such government employees shall be entitled to get a full pension only on completion of 33 years of qualifying service.

It also gave nod to the draft notification of ‘Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojana- 2018.  The scheme, the Government claimed, would promote self-employment opportunities in the State and provide livelihood to local youth by encouraging local entrepreneurship.

 It also decided to launch ‘Himachal Grihni Suvidha Yojna’ for women empowerment and environmental conservation in the State. Under this scheme, the State Government would provide security for LPG connections and Gas Stove to remaining households which were not covered under ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme being run by the Central Government.

Jobs in Various HP Government Departments

The Government would fill up 333 posts of different categories on contract basis in National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh.  Other than this, it was decided to fill up following posts in various departments:

  • 38 posts of teaching staff to man some of the educational institutions
  • 15 vacant posts of staff nurses in Kamla Nehru Mother and Child State Hospital, Shimla
  • 10 posts of drivers in Agriculture Department on a daily wage basis
  • 7 posts of Welfare Organizers in Sainik Welfare Department on a contract basis
  • 6 posts of Manual Assistant in Weight and Measure Organization of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
  • 7 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Scheduled Caste, Other Backwards Classes, Minorities and Specially Abled Empowerment Department through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur on a contract basis
  • 4 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis through direct recruitment in Electrical Inspectorate of MPP and Power Department
  • 5 posts of various categories in Panchayati Raj Department to man the Camp Office at Thunag in Home Constituency of the Chief Minister
  • One post pharmacist each and one post class-IV employee each in Primary Health Centres at Buhar, Marotan, Gahgori, Guru Ka Lahaur, Malyawar and Rishikesh in Bilaspur district and PHC Chakmoh in Hamirpur district

Regarding Education/Schools 

The annual scholarship under ‘Dr. Ambedkar Medhavi Chhatravriti Yojna’ has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12000. It also increased the number of students eligible for this scholarship in Class XI and XII from 2000 to 2500.

The Government has decided to fill up posts to match the need of some school, which were upgraded in the meeting. These institutes include Government Middle School, Jhudowal in Una district that was upgraded to Government High School and Government Middle Schools Piplagaloo, Naun, Janjhar and Burahta in Mandi district which were also upgraded to Government High Schools. It also decided to upgrade Government High School Tarour in Mandi district to Government Senior Secondary School, Government High Schools, Churdi and Sasan in Una district to Senior Secondary Schools.

Regarding HP Panchayati Raj Institutions

The Cabinet gave its approval to increase the honorarium of the following office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State:

  • For Chairman Zila Parishad from Rs. 8000 to Rs. 11000
  • For Vice Chairman of Zila Parishad from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7500
  • For Member Zila Parishad from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
  • For Chairman Panchayat Samiti from 5,000 to Rs. 6500
  • For Vice Chairman, Panchayat Samiti from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
  • For Member Panchayat Samiti from 3000 to Rs. 4000,
  • For Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000
  • For Up Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 2200 to Rs. 2500

Similarly, meeting allowance of member Gram Panchayat has been enhanced to Rs. 240 per meeting from existing Rs. 225 with maximum two meetings in a month.

Regarding Anganwari Workers/Helpers

The Government has enhanced State share of the honorarium of anganwari workers from Rs. 1450 to Rs. 1750, anganwari helpers from Rs. 600 to Rs.900 and mini anganwari workers from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1050 per month.

With this enhancement, now the anganwari workers will get an honorarium of Rs. 4750, anganwari helpers will get Rs. 2400 and mini anganwari workers will receive an honorarium of Rs. 3300 per month.

Related to Power

The Cabinet while reviewing the departmental working of MPP and Power Department decided to make electricity complaint system more effective, especially the installation of new connections. It also stressed to bring distribution losses on zero basis. It also stressed to form quick action team at the divisional level.

It also emphasized the need for making arrangements of Solar cookers in Mid Day meal programme and anganwari centres.

It stressed the need to solve the problem of low voltage and inventory system should be adopted so that there is no shortage.

The Cabinet also decided to open Health Sub Centre at Gram Panchayat Tharu and upgrade Primary Health Centre Baroh to Community Health Centre in Kangra district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts to manage these health institutes.

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HP Govt’s Jan Manch programme for on spot grievance redressal to be launched on 26 May

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Shimla: Amid Himachal Pradesh Government’s miserable state of public grievance redressal services, the State Government informed here today that in order to bring more efficiency in administration and ensuring good governance, the Government will be organizing ‘ Jan Manch ‘ programmes across the state.

This programme will be launched from Peterhoff in Shimla at 11 am on May 26, 2018, in the State Level Function.

Jan Manch programmes will be organised in remote areas of every district where Ministers will be present along with officers of all departments. They will hear the problems of people and try to resolve issues on the spot, informed the Spokesman.

He said that the main objective of this programme is to bridge the gap between people and government and to redress the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

He said it will reduce the labour and efforts of people of remote areas who travel long distances to reach district and state headquarters for getting various services.

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Himachal’s Dr Vivek Bindal performs India’s first robotic surgery on 14-year-old

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India's first robotic surgery by Dr. bindal

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh’s, Dr Vivek Bindal, at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, performed India’s first robotic surgery on a 14-year-old child and removed a large tumor from his left adrenal gland thus saving his life.

Dr Vivek Bindal hails from Solan and is the son of Rajeev Bindal, the five-time legislator and current Deputy Speaker of the HP Legislative Assembly. He is currently serving as a consultant and coordinator (Robotic Surgery), Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric.

It is believed that he is the most experienced Robotic and Bariatric Surgeon in South East Asia. He has published many research papers and book chapters in this field in reputed journals.

 

Dr. Vivek Bindal son of Rajiv Bindal

According to doctors, the procedure lasted for two hours and the child was kept in hospital for four days and discharged thereafter, without any blood pressure medication. Before surgery, he was taking three different tablets for blood pressure in high doses.

During this uphill task, Prof. Satish Aggarwal was also present. Experts claim that the surgery is first of its kind in India. Robotic surgery is rarely used on children because of the small size of the abdomen, especially for adrenal tumors, which are deep-seated and adjacent to big blood vessels.

The adrenal gland is a deep-seated gland in the human abdominal cavity above the kidney, adjacent to biggest blood vessels and important organs of our body.

India's first robotic surgery by Dr. bindal

“Pheochromocytoma” is a rare functional tumor of the adrenal gland which leads to very high blood pressure and other medical problems. It is usually removed by open surgery, which entails a big cut and long recovery,  the doctors said.

The child had symptoms like sweating, palpitations, breathlessness and high blood pressure. On investigations, he was found to have a large 8 cm tumor in the left adrenal gland, along with high catecholamine (hormone) levels, suggestive of pheochromocytoma,

said Prof. Satish Aggarwal, department of pediatric surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

The child was planned for excision of the tumor by robotic surgery, rather than open surgery.

The location and size of the tumor, its proximity to vital organs like pancreas and major blood vessels, coupled with a small abdominal cavity in a child made it a very challenging and robotic platform was chosen to overcome these problems. The additional benefits of small incisions, minimal blood loss and faster recovery in a child made us proceed with robotics,

said Dr Vivek Bindal.

Experts said the challenge was to maintain blood pressure before, during and after the surgery.

According to doctors, even minimal manipulation of the adrenal tumor during surgery can shoot the blood pressure to alarming levels, while it falls precipitously immediately after removal of the tumor.

The child underwent a successful removal of the left adrenal tumor, which turned out to be 8 cm tumor, stuck to kidney, pancreas, spleen and large intestine, Keyhole robotic surgery was performed and the structures were dissected one by one safely.

The tumor was very vascular and had multiple bold vessels supplying it, arising from renal vessels and aorta. They were isolated and divided in between clips. The tumor was removed in totality without any significant blood loss,

said Dr Bindal.

More About Dr Vivek Bindal

Dr Vivek Bindal is working as Consultant Robotic, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He has a keen interest in Robotic Bariatric (Weight loss) Surgery and has worked and published extensively in this field. He is among the pioneer surgeons in South East Asia to bring Robotic Surgery in the field of Obesity surgery.

Dr Bindal completed his MBBS and MS (General Surgery) from prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Thereafter, he did 2-year super speciality Fellowship of National Board (FNB) in Minimal Access Surgery from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Following this degree, Dr Bindal did an advanced fellowship in Robotic Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He also worked as a faculty member in Division of Metabolic & Weight Loss Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, USA.

He has also been trained in Robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery at centres of excellence around the world including IRCAD (Strasburg, France), International Robotic Training School (Grosseto, Italy), Celebration Health Florida Hospital (Florida, USA) etc.

He has been invited to speak on Laparoscopic, Robotic and Bariatric Surgery in various international and national conferences. He is actively involved in research in Bariatric surgery and is co-PI of many projects involving basic science research.

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