SHIMLA -22 May, 2020

Primary and Gramin Vidya Upasak teachers association contribute Rs. 11 lakh towards HP SDMA COVID-19 SDRF

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was presented a cheque of Rs. 11 lakh by President, Government Primary Teachers Association, Himachal Pradesh Hemraj Thakur on behalf of primary teachers and Gramin Vidya Upasak teachers as contribution towards ‘HP SDMA COVID-19 State Disaster Response Fund’ here today.

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CM directs DC's to create additional facilities for institutional quarantine

Home quarantine mechanism to be made robust and effective

While presiding over the video conference with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendent of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to provide all protective equipments to the doctors, paramedical staff, police personnel and other staff dealing with the persons arriving in the State by trains from various parts of the country.

Chief Minister said that better facilities must be provided in quarantine centres so that people staying there do not face any inconvenience. He said that aged people and chronic patients should be provided all the required health care facilities and if required they should be shifted to health institutions. He said that proper facilities such as separate wash room facilities must be ensured in these institutions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that over 1.30 lakh Himachalis stranded in various parts of the country have reached the State from 25th April till now. He said that about 81000 have been kept under home quarantine and over 6500 have been kept under institutional quarantine. He said that the remaining have completed their quarantine period. He said that people of the State need not to worry about the arrival of the Himachalis stranded in various parts of the country as the State Government was ensuring that nobody would be allowed to go home without proper check up and medical test. He said that safety of the people of the State was topmost priority of the State Government.

Chief Minister also directed the Deputy Commissioners to create additional facilities for institutional quarantine in their respective districts keeping in view large number of people still expected to reach the State in coming days. He said that the State Government had also made elaborate arrangements of PPE kits and other materials for safety of the corona warriors. He said that since all the people coming from other parts of the country would have to be kept in institutional quarantine till they are not tested for COVID and this would be additional burden on the quarantine centers.

Jai Ram Thakur said that complete data should also be compiled of Himachalis visiting from other parts of the country. He said that main focus should be laid on tracing and screening of all the contacts of COVID positive patients to ensure their timely treatment and check spread of this virus. He said that all these persons should be asked to download ‘Corona Mukt App’ to effectively monitor the movement of quarantine persons.

Chief Minister said that home quarantine mechanism must also be made robust and effective so that persons in home quarantine remain isolated and help in breaking the cycle of the virus. He said that the staff engaged in institutional quarantine should also be provided all necessary protective equipments so that they could work without any fear.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi assured that steps would be initiated for better equipping the institutional quarantine facilities to facilitate the persons stay there.

Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretaries J.C. Sharma, Onkar Sharma and Sanjay Kundu were present on the occasion.

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Employees of SJVNL contribute Rs. 45 lakh towards CM Relief Fund

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was presented a cheque of Rs. 45 lakh by Chairman and Managing Director, SJVNL Nand Lal Sharma, towards ‘Chief Minister Relief Fund’ here today as one day salary of the employees of SJVNL.

Chief Minister thanked the contributors for their noble gesture and said that this would go a long way in fighting the corona pandemic in an effective manner.

Director (Electrical) R.K. Bansal, Director (Personnel) Geeta Kapur, Director (Civil) S.P. Bansal and Director (Finance) A.K. Singh were also present on the occasion.

Chief Minister thanked this noble gesture.

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CM congratulates Dr. Harsh Vardhan for taking over as WHO Executive Board Chairman

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan for taking over as the Chairman of the 34-member World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board today which was an honour for the whole nation.

Chief Minister said that Dr. Harsh Vardhan was a seasoned politician and capable administrator which would prove fruitful to the whole world in general and for India in particular. He expressed the hope that his tenure as Chairman of WHO Executive Board would be eventful.

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CM urges Union Defence Minister for CSD depot in Kangra district

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has urged the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for establishing a CSD depot in Kangra district of the State to facilitate the veterans and serving soldiers.

In a letter written to the Union Defence Minister, Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh has a large number of veterans and serving soldiers who have served and were serving the country with utmost loyalty and dedication. He said that there were many defence establishments and units alongwith their dependent Units Run Canteens in the State. He said that there was no CSD Depot in Himachal Pradesh due to which the Unit Run Canteens were dependent on the CSD Depots located in Ambala in Haryana and Pathankot in Punjab.

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Special Window for Submission of Thesis at PU

In order to facilitate the research scholars of Panjab University, the submission of Phd/M.Phil desertations have been allowed through a special window made operative wef today, 22/5/20 for one hour from 11am to 12pm daily at Administrative Block of PU, informed Prof Karamjeet Singh,Registrar.


Keeping in mind, the necessary guidelines issued for Covid19, special marking has been made on the floor to maintain the required social distancing, he added.
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Three PWD Engineers placed under suspension for dereliction in duties

The State Government has placed under suspension the then Executive Engineer, HPPWD, Division Rohru and presently posted at Theog Ravi Bhatti, Assistant Engineer, Rohru Narender Singh Naik and Junior Engineer, Civil, HPPWD, Rohru Section Vijay Kumar for their negligence in proper supervision and monitoring in construction of double lane bridge over River Pabbar at Bakhirna in Rohru of Shimla district which collapsed/damaged on 13th of this month.

Disclosing this, Principal Secretary PWD J.C. Sharma said here today that on the directions of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the State Government constituted a three members committee to inquire into the reasons of its collapse. He said that as per the report in addition to technical shortcomings in construction of the said bridge, negligence in proper supervision and monitoring was also pointed out. He said that a detailed inquiry in the matter was conducted and all these three engineers were found primarily responsible for this lapse. He said that these officers have been put under suspension and show cause notices were being issued to remaining officers/officials posted and associated with the said construction work.

J.C. Sharma said that the State Government led by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was committed for ensuring quality construction of developmental works and any laxity in this regard would be viewed seriously and strict action would be taken against the erring officials.