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Uttarakhand: Om Prakash is new Chief Secretary

Om Prakash (IAS:1987:UD) was on Thursday late evening appointed as the 16th chief secretary (CS) of Uttarakhand. Reportedly, he may take charge on Friday evening from Utpal Kumar Singh (IAS:1986:UD); the outgoing CS. Presently, Om Prakash is working as the ACS looking after health, PWD and civil aviation etc.

It is understood that construction projects of national importance would be on top of his priority list namely; redevelopment of Kedarnath, the All-Weather Road for Char Dham and Rishikesh-Karnaprayag rail route - which are under progress in Uttarakhand. Among others bringing the tourism back on track will be on top of his priority list.

31 Jul 2020
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Sonika gets additional charge of MD, NHM

The Uttarakhand government has appointed Sonika (IAS:2010:Uttarakhand) as director of National Health Mission (NHM) and transferred Yugal Kishore Pant. The senior IAS officer is currently serving as an additional secretary, tourism, culture, religion, and civil aviation. She was also given additional charge of Mission Director, NHM.

25 Jun 2020
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Uttarakhand: Om Prakash is new Chief Secretary

By IndianMandarins 31 Jul 2020

Om Prakash (IAS:1987:UD) was on Thursday late evening appointed as the 16th chief secretary (CS) of Uttarakhand. Reportedly, he may take charge on Friday evening from Utpal Kumar Singh (IAS:1986:UD); the outgoing CS. Presently, Om Prakash is working as the ACS looking after health, PWD and civil aviation etc.

It is understood that construction projects of national importance would be on top of his priority list namely; redevelopment of Kedarnath, the All-Weather Road for Char Dham and Rishikesh-Karnaprayag rail route - which are under progress in Uttarakhand. Among others bringing the tourism back on track will be on top of his priority list.

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Sonika gets additional charge of MD, NHM

By IndianMandarins 25 Jun 2020

The Uttarakhand government has appointed Sonika (IAS:2010:Uttarakhand) as director of National Health Mission (NHM) and transferred Yugal Kishore Pant. The senior IAS officer is currently serving as an additional secretary, tourism, culture, religion, and civil aviation. She was also given additional charge of Mission Director, NHM.

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Uttarakhand CM, ministers and bureaucrats quarantined as COVID positive Satpal Mahraj attends meeting

By IndianMandarins 01 Jun 2020

After Uttarakhand tourism minister Satpal Maharaj being tested positive for Covid-19 along with two his sons and daughters-in-law and as many as 17 members of Maharaj’s staff on May 31, Uttarakhand chief minister and two other cabinet ministers have been put under quarantine

 

First Maharaj’s wife was tested positive for the infection. Maharaj had attended a cabinet meeting with the CM and senior bureaucrats including chief secretary and health secretary.

 

A total of 41 people including Maharaj and others who came in contact with his wife, were put in quarantine and tested for the viral infection as per the health norm on Saturday itself. The remaining have tested negative. Government spokesperson Madan Kaushik, who is among the Cabinet members to be quarantined, said, “All the norms issued by the health department will be followed by us according to which CM Rawat, minister of forest Harak Singh Rawat and I will go in quarantine.”

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One of the Biggest plant conservation report of its kind released: Will it cure Plant Blindness as well?

By Rakesh Ranjan 26 May 2020

One of the biggest reports on plant species conservation in India was on Sunday released making Uttarakhand the first state to release a unique report highlighting its conservation efforts to save over 1,145 rare plants from extinction.

 

The research and conservation project was conducted and compiled by the whistleblower IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi and his team of bright budding researchers. As per the report as many as 1,145 plant species have been conserved out of which 46 species are endemic to Uttarakhand and 68 species are rare, endangered or threatened, under the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or under state biodiversity board.

 

It covers all classes of plants - tree, shrub, herb, bamboo, wild climbers, fern, orchid, grass, cane, alpine flowers, palm, cycad, cactus, succulent, aquatic species, insectivorous plants and even lower plants like moss, lichen and algae, which have been documented, classified and conserved for the first time.

 

The project aimed at germplasm conservation so that species remain conserved with the forest department even if they disappear from their natural habitat in the wild. Conservation of endemic species is considered to be particularly important as they exist in one geographical region only.

 

The conservation programme includes herbs like Ashwagandha, Giloy, Kalmegh and Chitrak, Brahmkamal and mythological ‘Sanjeevani’ herb as well. Brahmkamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand is considered sacred. It is found at over 12,000 feet altitude in the Himalayan region bordering China, It is used as antiseptic and for treatment of other ailments.

 

Sanjeevani (Selaginella bryopteris) is another rare herb which has found a mention in Ramayan. Similarly, Thuner (Taxusbaccata), a tree found at very high altitude in Himalayan region and at the verge of extinction because of extraction of ‘taxol’, used in treating breast cancer, and Bhojpatra -- a holy tree on the bark of which ancient scriptures were written -- being the last species in tree line, are also conserved by the Uttarakhand forest department. Bhojpatra (Betulautilis) is found in the Himalayan region at around 10,000 ft altitude, before the start of glaciers.

 

Some of the famous and endangered plant species conserved are Chandan, Raktchandan, Ritha, Vajradanti, Jatamasi, Dhoop, Badritulsi, Sita Ashok, Mithavish, Sarpgandha, Brahmi, Salampanja (orchid), Kalmegha, and Buransh among others.

 

The project gathers importance because the present extinction rate of plant species has reached up to 5-7 species per year. Chaturvedi said that the ambitious conservation endeavor would end ‘plant blindness’, a term coined by US botanist Elisabeth Schussler and James Wandersee in 1998, which underlines the ironies of forest conservation regime. Presently most of the conservation efforts and public attention, funds are diverted into the conservation of glamorous megafauna species like tiger, elephant etc, completely neglecting plant conservation while they play a much more important ecological role. Chaturvedi further added that plants play a more important role in sustaining human life in terms of carbon sequestration, the supply of oxygen, air purification, for food security in terms of the gene pool of wild species, and providing valuable biochemical and bio-molecules in preparation of various medicines.

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Uttarakhand DGP: Show up or face murder charge

By IndianMandarins 06 Apr 2020

Uttarakhand DGP Anil Kumar Raturi (IPS:1987:UD) has warned the Tablighi Jamaat members and has asked them to report by April 6, 2020 or face an attempt to murder charges. There has been a rise in the case of COVID-19 in the hill state.

This warning has been made to such Jamaat evangelists who attended the congregation in New Delhi last month. This is just to understand that 16 out of the 26 COVID-19 cases are linked to the Jamaat's congregation in Uttarakhand.

Raturi said that anyone who has been part of the gatherings recently should produce themselves before the police and the administration by April 6. Their medical examination will be conducted and they will be put in quarantine and provided necessary medical assistance if the need be.

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U'Khand reassigns responsibilities of 25 IAS officers

By IndianMandarins 28 Jun 2019

25 IAS and nine Provincial Civil Services (PCS) officers of Uttarakhand have been reassigned responsibilities.

 

Additional chief secretary Radha Raturi stands relieved of the charge of women empowerment and child development while secretariat administration has been added to her existing responsibilities. Principal secretary Manisha Panwar is relieved of the post of chief project director of watershed management while her other responsibilities have remained unchanged.

 

Secretary Bhupinder Kaur Aulakh has been relieved of sports/youth welfare and given the posts of secretary and chief project director of watershed management. Secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram is given agriculture education, agriculture and agriculture marketing and horticulture in addition to his current responsibilities.

 

Secretary D Senthil Pandiyan is relieved of agriculture education, agriculture and agriculture marketing, horticulture, cane-sugar, Panchayati Raj, chief project director/project coordinator ILSP, project director UGVS and the additional charge of project coordinator/CPD.

 

The secretary of tourism, culture, civil aviation, and CEO of Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority, Dilip Jawalkar is given the additional charge of Garhwal commissioner.

 

Chief electoral officer and secretary of election and finance, Sowjanya is the new secretary of women empowerment and child development. Rural Engineering Services and labor secretary Harbans Singh Chugh is made the secretary of cane-sugar. Secretary (in-charge) of mining, Brijesh Kumar Sant has been relieved of this charge and handed the responsibilities of secretary (in-charge) sports/youth welfare and director of sports and youth welfare. In addition to this existing responsibilities, secretary (in-charge) Ranjit Kumar Sinha has been given Panchayati Raj and the post of chief project director/project coordinator of ILSP, project director of UGVS and the additional charge of project coordinator/CPD.

 

The Dehradun district magistrate SA Murugesan has been made secretary (in-charge) of disaster management, director of audit, project director- externally funded projects-2, additional CEO of State Disaster Management Authority, programme manager, PIU, public buildings, UDRP-World Bank, PM, PIU, construction of SDRF HQ, UDRP-II programme manager, PIU (road and bridge). C Ravishankar has been relieved of his responsibilities as SIIDCUL MD, additional secretary of tourism and culture, and additional CEO of UTDB. He has been made the Dehradun DM.

 

Nainital DM and additional commissioner Vinod Kumar Suman has been relieved of these responsibilities and made additional secretary of urban development, secretariat administration and director of urban development. Savin Bansal has been made the Nainital DM magistrate and relieved of the responsibilities of the additional secretary of finance, public works, disaster management, director of the audit and other tasks.

 

The Tehri DM Sonika has been relieved of this charge and made the MD of SIIDCUL, additional secretary of tourism, culture, additional CEO of UTDB and additional CEO of UCADA and PMU. Deependra Kumar Chaudhry has been made the Haridwar DM after being relieved of the responsibilities of excise commissioner, information director general and managing director of Uttarakhand sugar federation. Deepak Rawat has been relieved of his charge as Haridwar DM and made the Mela officer.

 

Additional secretary Chandresh Kumar Yadav has been relieved of the posts of urban development director and additional secretary and made additional secretary of census, Hindi academy secretary and Bhasha Sansthan director. R Rajesh Kumar has been relieved of the posts of additional secretary of civil aviation, secretariat administration, MD of Uttarakhand transport corporation and ACEO of UCADA and PMU.

 

Champawat DM Ranvir Singh Chauhan has been made the excise commissioner, additional secretary of transport and managing director of the transport corporation while additional secretary HC Semwal has been relieved of transport, his other tasks remaining unchanged. SN Pande has been made the Champawat DM while additional secretary Bal Mayank Mishra has been made member, judicial, Uttarakhand revenue board after being relieved of the posts of additional secretary, animal husbandry and fishery, and labor.

 

Himanshu Khurana has been relieved of the post of Kashipur municipal commissioner while retaining the charge of Udham Singh Nagar deputy collector. Among PCS officers, additional secretary to CM, horticulture revenue and mining, Meharban Singh Bisht has also been given the post of information DG. Banshidhar Tiwari has been made the vice chairman of district-level development authority of Udham Singh Nagar and Kashipur municipal commissioner.

 

DK Tiwari has been made additional secretary of animal husbandry and fishery, UN Pande has been given the responsibility of additional secretary labor and cooperatives registrar, PS Shah has been made additional secretary, secretariat administration and MD of Uttarakhand sugar federation, AK Pandey has been transferred from the post of Haridwar municipal commissioner and made joint chief administrator of Uttarakhand Housing and Urban Development Authority while US Rana has been made Haridwar municipal commissioner. AK Chanyal has been made the Chamoli deputy collector.

 

Among secretariat services officers, PS Rawat has been made the additional secretary of state estate and State estate officer in addition to his current tasks while additional secretary to CM and tribal directorate director SC Joshi has been made additional secretary, language also.

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U'Khand: showdown today between govt. and employees

By IndianMandarins 31 Jan 2019

The Uttarakhand government and its employees are headed for a showdown today on Thursday. While the government does not want them to go on strike for a day, the employees have threatened they would strike work today.

 

In a letter directed to all the heads of departments, the state's additional chief secretary, Radha Raturi, has sternly directed that leave to any employee should not be granted under any circumstances on January 31. Notably, the government has imposed a complete ban on the strike. ACS Om Prakash also convened a meeting of all the secretaries, additional secretaries and the heads of departments at the state secretariat on Tuesday afternoon to take stock of the situation.

 

Unperturbed by the stance of the government, the coordination committee, the umbrella organisations of all the unions of employees, teachers and contractual workers of Uttarakhand Purva Sainik Kalyan Nigam Limited (UPNL) held a meeting in Dehradun and reaffirmed that all of 3.5 lakh employees would go for the mass leave program on January 31 as decided earlier, come what may.

 

Recently the state government had cleared the payment of allowances due to the employees under the VII pay commission. The House Rent Allowance (HRA) of the employees was fixed at 5, 7 and 9 percent of the basic salary depending on the type of city the employee is posted. With it, the government abolished 15 types of allowances the employees used to receive.

 

However, the employees want the HRA to be given on the lines of the Union government where 8, 16 and 24 percent of HRA is paid to the employees.

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