SHIMLA -24 May, 2018

 No case of NiV disease reported in HP

A Spokesman of Health Department informed here today that as of now, no suspected or confirmed case of NiV ( Nipah Virus Disease  ) has been reported from any part of the State. He said that there was no need to panic as there was no relation between death of bats and NiV infection in human beings.

 He said that advisory has been issued to all the Chief Medical Officers in Himachal Pradesh for active surveillance and daily reporting of suspected Nipah Virus cases, if any. He said that Health department is on alert and in case of any query or suggestion one can contact on Toll Free number 104.

He said that death of few Bats in village Barmapapadi, Block Dhagera in district Sirmaur was reported on 23rd   May, 2018. On the direction of Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, a team headed by Chief Medical Officer of the district along with Veterinarians visited the spot on same day and collected samples to be tested at NIV Pune and Jalandhar.  Dead birds were buried properly, he said.

Death of few Bats was reported from district Una today and Investigation was being done by local authorities as per standard Guidelines, he added.


 SSWC&MA approves 19 proposals

Second meeting of the State Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority (SSWC&MA) was held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur.

The Authority approved 19 proposals for setting up new industrial units and for expansion of existing units involving a total proposed investment of approximately Rs. 588. 58 crore with an employment potential of about 1530 persons which shows that the State continues to attract investment despite overall slowdown in the economy.

New proposals approved by the Authority include proposal of M/s BS Paras Spices Cold Chain Pvt. Ltd., Shyampura, Una for manufacturing of Juices, M/s UR Sinter Private Limited Unit-II, Gagret, Una for manufacturing of Manganese casting, M/s Shantnu Investments India Limited, Kumarsain, Shimla for CA Store and manufacturing of Apples Concentrate, M/s Maa Bhanbhori Steel and Alloys, Nahan, Sirmaur for manufacturing of SS Ingot, M/s HSD Flour Mills, Amb, Una for manufacturing of Maida, Atta, Suzi etc. M/s Manimahesh Enterprises, Tehsil Balh, District Mandi for manufacturing of Ceder Oil, Essential Oils etc., M/s R R Biotec India Private Limited, Nahan, Sirmaur for manufacturing of liquid injectables, Eye/Ear Drops etc. M/s Shree Rudra Foods, Ispur, Una for manufacturing of Aata, Maida and Basen, Suji etc.

Among the expansion proposals, the proposals of M/s Tirupati Medicare Ltd., Paonta Sahib, Sirmour for manufacturing of Tablet, Capsule, Liquid, Powder, Oil, Cream, Shampoo, M/s Godrej Consumer Product Ltd., Baddi, Solan for manufacturing of Personal and Hair Care products, M/s Rahul  Bakery, Parwanoo for manufacturing of Bakery Biscuits, Fruit Wine etc., M/s R M Cemicals Private Limited Unit-II, Jharmajri, Baddi for manufacturing of Detergent Powder, Toilet Soap, Liquid Shampoo etc., M/s Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare India Private Limited, Baddi, Solan for manufacturing of Dettol Liquid, Allopathic Tablet, Ointment, Liquid and Ayurvedic Cream Ointments etc., M/s Micro Turner Unit-VI, Nalagarh, Solan for manufacturing of Fastner, Axels, Studs, Nuts, Pinion, M/s Sobhagia Clothing Company, Baddi, Solan for manufacturing of Hosiery Goods, M/s Akom India Private Limited, Paonta Sahib, Sirmaur for manufacturing of Liquid injection, Power injection, Liquid Oral, M/s Munix India Private Limited, Nalagarh, Solan for manufacturing of Staplers, Staplers Remover, M/s Godrej Consumer Products Limited, Baddi for manufacturing of Toilet Soap, Hand Wash, M/s G C Fibres Limited, Nalagarh, Solan for manufacturing of Cotton Yarn were approved by the Authority.

Director Industries Shri Rajesh Sharma conducted the proceedings of the meeting.

Industries Minister Shri Bikram Singh, Chief Secretary  Shri Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Smt. Manisha Nanda and  Shri Tarun Kapoor, Principal Secretary Shri R.D. Dhiman, Secretary Shri Devesh Kumar and other senior officers also attended the meeting.


 CM asks IPH officials to ensure adequate water for Shimla town

Pragmatic and collective steps should be taken to ensure adequate supply of drinking water to people of Shimla town. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over a meeting of senior officers of the State Government to review status of water supply to the Shimla town here today.

Chief Minister directed the officers of the Irrigation and Public Health Department, District administration and the Municipal Corporation Shimla to take all measures to ensure that there was no inconvenience to the residents and tourists of the Shimla town due to shortage of water during the summer season. He said that water tankers would be pressed into service to supply water in water scarcity areas. He said that tankers would supply water from Chabba and from Borewell at Sunni.

Shri Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to check  water losses due to leakage in the pipes and also plug all water connections used for construction purposes. He also appealed to the consumers to use water judiciously. He also asked the officers to explore the possibilities for installation of new bore well at Gumma.

Chief Minister asked the officers to stop kuhls drawing water upstream of lift water supply scheme Gumma to augment the water availability at the intake of lift water supply scheme Gumma. He said that a new pump was being installed in Nauti khad downstream the intake of Nauti khad pumping station to collect about 1 MLD residual water.

He said that water supply to Tutu Majiath Chakkar and Gora Chowki would be augmented from lift water supply scheme Groh Gandal by adding 4.5 lakh litre from Tawi  tank.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Shri Mahender Singh Thakur, Chief Secretary Shri Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary -cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Shri Ram Subhag Singh, Secretary IPH Shri Devesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla Shri Amit Kashyap, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Shimla  and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.


 CM thanks PM for releasing ex gratia of 61 lakh for bus accident victims


Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has thanked the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for releasing ex gratia of Rs 61 lakh to the deceased and seriously injured persons in the bus accident that took place in Kangra district on 9th April, 2018. An amount of Rs two lakh each for the next of kin of deceased and Rs 50,000/- each for those who got injured has been released by the Prime Minister Office to be disbursed through the Deputy Commissioner Kangra.


Chief Minister expressed gratitude towards the Prime Minister for this kind and compassionate gesture, who has a special attachment towards the State and concern for welfare of Himachalis. The state Government has already provided relief of Rs. 1.40 crore to the next of kin of deceased besides Rs. 1.50 lakh to injured persons in the bus accident.


SHIMLA-24 May, 2018

H.P. Cabinet decisions

The State Cabinet meeting, held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur decided to give its approval to ‘Mukhya Mantri Swalvlamban Yojana- 2018 to promote self employment opportunities in the State in order to 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.

          The Cabinet gave its approval to increase the honorarium of office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State. The honorarium of Chairman Zila Parishad has been increased from Rs. 8000 to Rs. 11000, Vice Chairman of Zila Parishad from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7500, Member Zila Parishad from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500, Chairman Panchayat Samiti from 5,000 to Rs. 6500, Vice Chairman, Panchayat Samiti from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500, Member Panchayat Samiti from 3000 to Rs. 4000, Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000 and honorarium of  Up Pradhan Gram Panchayat has been enhanced 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. 

          It gave its nod to enhance State share of honorarium of anganwari workers, anganwari helpers and mini anganwari workers from Rs. 1450 to Rs. 1750, from Rs. 600 to Rs.900 and from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1050 per month respectively. With this enhancement, now the anganwari workers will get honorarium of Rs. 4750, anganwari helpers will get Rs. 2400 and mini anganwari workers will receive honorarium of Rs. 3300 per month.

          The Cabinet decided to increase annual scholarship under ‘Dr. Ambedkar Medhavi Chhatravriti Yojna’ from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12000 and increase the number of students eligible for this scholarship in 10+1+2 classes from 2000 to 2500.

          The Cabinet gave its approval to relax the condition prospectively for grant of full pension on completion of 20 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 11th November, 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 were entitled to pro-rata pension against 33 years. Meaning thereby, such government employees shall be entitled to get full pension only on completion of 33 years of qualifying service.

It also gave its approval to fill up 333 posts of different categories on contract basis in National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh to provide better health care facilities to the people of the State.

          The Cabinet while reviewing the departmental working of MPP and Power Department decided to make electricity complaint system more effective especially installation of new connections. It also stressed to bring distribution losses on zero basis.  It also stressed to form quick action team at divisional level so that action could be taken immediately in case of emergent situation.

The Cabinet also stressed that all projects nearing completion should be commissioned at the earliest and work on other projects should be speeded up. It  also emphasized the need for making arrangements of Solar cookers in Mid Day meal programme and anganwari centres.

          It  also emhpasised that department should work on the targets that there is no power cuts in industrial units as well as in rural areas.

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

          It decided to upgrade Government Middle School, Jhudowal in Una district to Government High School, Government Middle Schools Piplagaloo,  Naun, Janjhar and Burahta in Mandi district 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.  Approval was also accorded to create and fill up as many as 38 posts of teaching staff to man these educational institutions.

          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.

          It also gave its consent to create and fill up 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 for smooth functioning of these health institutions. 

          It decided to fill up 15 vacant posts of staff nurses in Kamla Nehru Mother and Child State Hospital, Shimla.

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 10 posts of drivers in Agriculture Department on daily wage basis.

It decided to fill up seven posts of Welfare Organizers in Sainik Welfare Department on contract basis.

          It also gave its nod to fill up six posts of Manual Assistant in Weight and Measure Organization of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.

          The Cabinet accorded its approval to fill up seven 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 contract basis.

          It gave its consent to create and fill up four posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis through direct recruitment in Electrical Inspectorate of MPP and Power Department.

          The Cabinet decided to create and fill up five posts of various categories in  Panchayati Raj Department to man the Camp Office  at Thunag in Home Constituency of the Chief Minister.

          It also gave its approve to bring Gram Panchayat Gadaparli, Shanghad, Dehuridhar, Shesher presently under   Police Post  Neuli  (Sainj)  to Police Station Bhunter in Kullu district.

          It also approved to transfer  Gram Panchayat Harnota, Dasoli, Bhol, Vanoli under Police Station Nurpur to Police Station Jwali in Kangra district. 



State Government suspends  five officers in Kasauli incident


The State Government has initiated disciplinary action against 14 officers and officials who displayed negligent, unprofessional and unconcerned attitude while discharging their duties in Kasauli firing incident on the recommendation of inquiry report submitted by Divisional Commissioner, Shimla.


The Government has decided to suspend Shri Mohit Chawla, the then Superintendent of Police Solan, Shri Ramesh Sharma, the then SDPO Parwanoo, Shri Jagpal Singh, Naib Tehsildar, Kasauli, Shri Madan Singh SHO Dharampur and Shri Dalip Singh SHO Kasauli with immediate effect.


Action is being initiated against Shri Mohit Chawala IPS under all India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.


The Government is also initiating disciplinary action against nine more officials under CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965 and action will be taken accordingly. These include HC Nagender PP Sairy, HHC Hem Raj PS Darlaghat, Constable Sanjeev PS Dharampur, Constable Sunil PS Dharmpur, L.C. Champa PS Dharampur, LC Usha PS Dharampur, LC Sharda, PS Dharampur, Constable Ishwar PL Solan and Constable Narinder PL Solan.


 Ensure effective implementation of Eco-tourism Project : Govind Thakur

 While presiding over the Review Meeting of Eco-tourism here today, Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that effective implementation of Eco-tourism Project should be ensured so that Himachal could become a leading state in this area. He said that the State has a potential to become a premier eco-destination, so concerted efforts are required to be taken in this direction.


 Shri Thakur said that possibilities of public, private participation (PPP) for the development of Eco-tourism in the State at large scale would also be explored which will prove a mile stone in this sector. He said that under the Eco-tourism activities, thrust should be given to involve panchayats to encourage them to become stakeholders and circle, division level societies should also be formed and evolved for the effective implementation of this project.                                 


 Forest minister has directed the concerned officers that Eco-tourism designs with completed case could be prepared within a stipulated period of time so that it could be discussed with the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India in order to proceed further in the matter. He also directed to complete tender documents so that tender process could be started to award eco-sites in the 10 identified territorial sites to stakeholders or others. He also directed the Conservator of Forests Mandi and DFO Kullu to start the Eco-tourism activities immediately as desired by the Chief Minister.


                   The measures to prevent forests from fire were also discussed in the meeting. In this regard, Minister has directed officers that a concerted plan may be prepared so that forest wealth of the State could be saved from fire. He also exhorted the officers that all out measures could be taken to protect the forests from fire incidents.


                   Additional Chief Secretary Forests, Tarun Kapoor, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HOFF) Dr. G.S. Goraya, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wild life Dr. Ramesh Kang, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Finance Ajay Kumar, CEO-cum-CCF Eco-tourism, Dr. Sanjay Sood, CF Mandi, Upasna Patial, DCF from Ministry of Environment & Forests GOI Sandeep Sharma, DFO Kullu and Shimla, Dr. Neeraj Chadda and Anish Sharma, Kapil from Infrastructure Board and Satpal Dhiman were also present in the meeting among othe