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UPA’s stance on Tibet meek: Mankotia
Dharamsala, July 5
With the the Dalai Lama turning 74 tomorrow, sympathisers have started efforts to celebrate the occasion by highlighting the Tibet issue.

Babus to monitor schemes
Shimla, July 5
Taking a leaf out of Gujarat Chief Minister Narinder Modi’s book, the Dhumal government has decided to ensure personal involvement of bureaucrats for effective monitoring of the implementation of major development schemes.

Medical Negligence
Women’s panel seeks explanation
Mandi, July 5
The State Women Commission has directed director health services (DHS) to reply within a week’s time in the alleged case of medical negligence in which a patient Anita had delivered a “premature baby brought dead to labour room” on June 29.

Govt urged to implement revised pay scales
Shimla, July 5
The Himachal Pradesh Employees’ Confederation has urged the government to implement the revised pay scales to the employees of the state in accordance with the recommendations of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission.President of the confederation Vinod Kumar said the state was committed to follow the pay scales of Punjab and as such there should be no delay in implementing the report of the commission. 

 

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Samridhi Yojna boost for farmers
Shimla, July 5
The Rs 353-crore Pandit Deen Dayal Kisan Bagwan Samridhi Yojna, a flagship programme of the BJP government, will go a long way in improving the economic conditions of farmers in the state whose fortunes have been oscillating between drought and deluge.

Recruitment policy of teachers must not change: Experts
Kangra, July 5
Political parties should desist from changing the recruitment policies in the Education Department as it adversely affected academics of the state and thus the future of students.

Guv helps mechanic get patent
Hamirpur, July 5
Madan Lal, a local mechanic from Baldwara village, had drawn the attention of Governor Prabha Rau towards an engine designed by him which he claimed ran on recycled fuel and did not need any refilling after its initial filling.

Villagers gherao police station
Bilaspur, July 5
Hundreds of villagers, including women, gheraoed the police station at Talai yesterday, about 70 km from here, for about four hours and demanded action against persons who, they alleged, came in a vehicle and attacked panchayat president Vijay Kaushal of Gandhir.

Filling of post sought
Shimla, July 5
The Himachal Urban Development Authority Employees’ Association (HIMUDA) has urged the government to fill the post of chief executive officer of the authority by promoting the senior-most official in the organisation.

‘Devdas’ to be staged at Gaiety
Clouds hovering above the historic Gaiety Theatre in Shimla.
Clouds hovering above the historic Gaiety Theatre in Shimla.Tribune photo: Amit Sharma
 

Shimla, July 5
A play based on the legendary love story of “Devdas” by eminent playwright Sharat Chander will be staged for the first time in the country at the historic Gaiety Theatre, here on July 6. While films have been made on the tragic protagonist thrice, it has not been staged as a play till date.

Blood donation camp
Shimla, July 5
The Umang Foundation for Children with thalassemia organised a blood donation camp here today at which 60 persons donated blood. President of the “Drishtiheen Jan Sanghthan” Shobhu Ram inaugurated the camp by donating blood. Some other blind persons also donated blood on the occasion demonstrating their concern for society.

 

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UPA’s stance on Tibet meek: Mankotia
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, July 5
With the the Dalai Lama turning 74 tomorrow, sympathisers have started efforts to celebrate the occasion by highlighting the Tibet issue.

Former senior Congress leader and ex-president of the state ex-servicemen forum Vijay Singh Mankotia, while taking to The Tribune, said Jawahar Lal Nehru had welcomed the Dalai Lama and his followers in the country 50 years ago. He had maintained the stance for rights of the Tibetans and the Dalai Lama.

However, the stance of the present UPA government over the issue of Tibet had gone meek. The Indian government should support the middle path proposed by the Dalai Lama at the international level, he added. He said the government was maintaining a meek stance over the issue of Tibet despite the fact that China had been openly maintaining aggressive foreign policy against India.

The Air Chief Marshal had recently stated openly that India faced more threat from China than Pakistan. 

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Babus to monitor schemes
Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 5
Taking a leaf out of Gujarat Chief Minister Narinder Modi’s book, the Dhumal government has decided to ensure personal involvement of bureaucrats for effective monitoring of the implementation of major development schemes.

Each officer, right from the senior-most bureaucrat and additional chief secretary Avay Shukla, has been assigned a district for the purpose. There are 12 districts in all in the state. The officials concerned will, in their respective district, monitor the implementation of all major schemes, including the National Rural Employment Guarantee programme, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, Indira Awas Yojna, Deen Dayal Kisan Bagwan Samridhi Yojna and important components of the 20-point programme.

Besides, the officials concerned have also been asked to keep a close watch on the progress of priority programmes of the government like computerisation of revenue records, Information Technology (IT)-enabled services and other initiatives on the governance front aimed at bringing transparency in administration and toning up public services.

The bureaucrats will visit the district assigned to them and interact with both the people and the field officials responsible for the implementation of various programmes to get authentic feedback. They will also hold frequent video conferences to monitor the programmes on a regular basis.

The officials will apprise the government about the progress of the programmes and discuss problems, if any, at meetings chaired by the Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister.

Districts have been assigned to officials keeping in view their familiarity with the region and field experience. For instance, Avay Shukla will monitor the Kullu district and Subhash Negi, the Chamba district.

Himachal Pradesh is the second state in the country to adopt such system for monitoring the implementation of government programmes. Gujarat, which is known for its good governance, was the first state to introduce the system. 

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Medical Negligence
Women’s panel seeks explanation
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Mandi, July 5
The State Women Commission has directed director health services (DHS) to reply within a week’s time in the alleged case of medical negligence in which a patient Anita had delivered a “premature baby brought dead to labour room” on June 29.

On the other hand, the chief medical officer (CMO), Mandi, an inquiry officer in the case, gave a “clean chit” to the zonal hospital in this case.

Taking note of the case, Ambika Sud of the Women Commission, has directed the health director to file a reply on the alleged case of medical negligence as to why action should not be taken against the staff responsible for it.

Meanwhile, recalling her nightmarish experience, Anita and her husband alleged that on June 29 they came rushing in a vehicle to the hospital from Nagchala around 10.40 am, but found the gate leading to the labour room on the ground floor closed. Before they could enter the labour room, in a gap of 20 minutes, she delivered on the doorstep itself, they charged.

Pleading his case, medical superintendence Dr DP Handa said there was no negligence on the part of the staff as the patient had probably delivered the 31-week-old premature baby much before. Moreover, they tried to enter in panic through the ground floor gate which was shut most of the time due to interference to labour room and gynae ward, he claimed.

Handa said the patient had suffered acute pain a day before and her attending nurse told them that there was no movement of baby before she was rushed to the hospital. “The baby was dead before the patient was rushed to the labour room and her placenta was intact. She left the hospital against medical advise on the same day,” he added.

Even Mandi CMO DK Arora, who was asked to conduct an inquiry by the district administration, said the inquiry found “no negligence on the part of the staff on duty”.

Dr Arora said before the door was opened, the patient had already delivered the baby, which was brought dead to the labour room.

Sulakshna Puri, director, health services, said she had already asked for a detailed report from the Mandi CMO and would take appropriate action thereafter.

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Govt urged to implement revised pay scales
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 5
The Himachal Pradesh Employees’ Confederation has urged the government to implement the revised pay scales to the employees of the state in accordance with the recommendations of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission.

President of the confederation Vinod Kumar said the state was committed to follow the pay scales of Punjab and as such there should be no delay in implementing the report of the commission. The employees of the Central government and officials of all-India services had already been given revised pay scales recommended by the Sixth Central Pay Commission, he added.

He maintained that the Punjab Pay Commission had not done justice to the lower-rank employees and there were large-scale anomalies in the new pay scales, which needed to be rectified. The state government had already granted 20 per cent interim relief to employees, but they were becoming restive due to delay in implementation of the revised pay scales.

The confederation urged the Union Finance Minister to provide funds to the state for implementation of pay scales, which would put an additional burden of Rs 800 crore on the state. It would submit a memorandum to the two Union ministers from the state — Virbhadra Singh and Anand Sharma — in this regard.

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Samridhi Yojna boost for farmers
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 5
The Rs 353-crore Pandit Deen Dayal Kisan Bagwan Samridhi Yojna, a flagship programme of the BJP government, will go a long way in improving the economic conditions of farmers in the state whose fortunes have been oscillating between drought and deluge.

The scheme, being implemented in two phases, will help bring 14.70 lakh sq mt land under protected cultivation and 20,000 hectares under drip and sprinkler irrigation to help reduce the dependence of farmers on weather.

In the Rs 154.92-crore first phase, emphasis was on production of cash crops by adopting precision farming practices through poly-house cultivation, while in the Rs 198.09-crore second phase, the focus will be on diversification of agriculture through micro-irrigation and other related infrastructure.

As many 16,500 poly houses and 12,320 sprinklers will be installed in the first phase for which farmers are being provided 80 per cent subsidy.

Besides, 2,650 tanks and wells will also be constructed under this project for which 50 per cent subsidy is being provided. The project will generate employment to more than 10,000 persons and increase vegetable production by four to 10 times. So far, 929 poly houses have been sanctioned and work has started on 219 of them. Modules for imparting training to farmers, masons, artisans and officials engaged in implementation of the project have been drawn and 407 farmers, 117 masons and artisans and 351 agriculture officials have been trained in poly-house technology till date.

In the second phase, 17,312 micro-irrigation units will be installed and 16,020 water sources will be developed. A time frame has been drawn for disposal of applications at various levels by the agriculture department under which the entire process has to be completed within 25 days.

Specialist of the concerned block will visit the site and verify the feasibility and viability of the scheme within 10 days of the submission of application and make recommendations within five days to the district nodal officer who will issue authorisation to the beneficiary after scrutinising the application within 10 days.

Soil health card will be issued after testing samples to each poly-house grower with suitable recommendations about management of nutrition and biological properties of soil.

Vermi-compost units are being encouraged to ward off the biotic pressure due to pest and diseases and also to keep the soil healthy. In the past one year, 21,7565 vermi-compost unit have been established and 3,000 farmers have been registered for organic farming. As many as 1.6 lakh vermi-compost units will be established during the current financial year.

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Recruitment policy of teachers must not change: Experts
Our Correspondent

Kangra, July 5
Political parties should desist from changing the recruitment policies in the Education Department as it adversely affected academics of the state and thus the future of students.

This was stated by Dr RD Sharma, a noted educationist and chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Educational Consultants Forum, here today.

He said PTA teachers’ appointments by the previous government was against the rules. This was evident from the letter written regarding the PTA policy by the Advocate General to the Secretary Education which stated that the policy framed by the government on this behalf would not be of any assistance as no policy could be allowed to prevail against the R&P rules.

Four former deputy directors of education: RD Sharma (Kangra), SK Sharma (Shimla), JP Sharma (Chamba) and OC Kaundal (Una), said the educational system was spoilt by the faulty recruitment policies of the consecutive governments.

They suggested that the state governments should not change the recruitment policies of teachers with the change of the government. The recruitment by one government and sacking by the other was adversely affecting the academic atmosphere of the schools.

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Guv helps mechanic get patent
Tribune News Service

Hamirpur, July 5
Madan Lal, a local mechanic from Baldwara village, had drawn the attention of Governor Prabha Rau towards an engine designed by him which he claimed ran on recycled fuel and did not need any refilling after its initial filling.

Madan Lal, who was trying to get patent for his design of this engine, had approached the Governor for helping him in patenting his design.

After receiving his request, the Governor had asked the Science and Technology Department to verify the claim of Madan Lal and help him in getting patent for the engine designed by him.

The invention of Madan Lal was also highlighted in The Tribune some time back where in he had claimed that the engine designed by him was the most fuel-efficient engine, which ran on the principle of recycling of gases.

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Villagers gherao police station
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, July 5
Hundreds of villagers, including women, gheraoed the police station at Talai yesterday, about 70 km from here, for about four hours and demanded action against persons who, they alleged, came in a vehicle and attacked panchayat president Vijay Kaushal of Gandhir.

According to sources, there was a clash between two groups over some issue and both sides had got FIRs registered against each other. The group led by the panchayat president alleged that the police was not taking any action due to political pressure and thus was ignoring the crime of the opposite party.

The demonstrators were led by former MLA Dr Biru Ram Kishore, a prominent Congress leader, and shouted slogans against the police’s inaction.

Later, the matter was settled and peace restored after the intervention of SP Kuldip Sharma who rushed to the spot accompanied by DSP Yogesh Guleria. 

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Filling of post sought
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 5
The Himachal Urban Development Authority Employees’ Association (HIMUDA) has urged the government to fill the post of chief executive officer of the authority by promoting the senior-most official in the organisation.

General secretary of the association Rameshwar Gripta appreciated the decision of the government of not granting extension in service to the outgoing incumbent and said in a small organisation like HIMUDA, with few promotional avenues, the post should be filled from within the organisation.

He said a deputation of the association would meet Chief Minister PK Dhumal on Tuesday and urge him to fill the slot at the earliest by promoting the senior-most official. The association had already taken up the matter with KK Kapoor, the concerned minister. 

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‘Devdas’ to be staged at Gaiety
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 5
A play based on the legendary love story of “Devdas” by eminent playwright Sharat Chander will be staged for the first time in the country at the historic Gaiety Theatre, here on July 6. While films have been made on the tragic protagonist thrice, it has not been staged as a play till date.

Design India, an all-India theatre and art ensemble, will stage the play written by cine writer Jagdamba Prasad Dixit. A mix star cast of Bollywood and Himachali artistes will act in the play.

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Blood donation camp

Shimla, July 5
The Umang Foundation for Children with thalassemia organised a blood donation camp here today at which 60 persons donated blood. President of the “Drishtiheen Jan Sanghthan” Shobhu Ram inaugurated the camp by donating blood. Some other blind persons also donated blood on the occasion demonstrating their concern for society.

Chief Minister PK Dhumal also visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of the foundation in helping the thalassemia-afflicted children. — TNS

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