Himachali Scripting Success Stories In Chandigarh

* Bikram Rana gave outstanding contribution in spreading awareness and motivation for organ donation campaign helping ROTTO-PGI to top the list of organ transplantation in the country

* He brought back dead NSS cell to life which is now one of the best cells in the country

* Contributed immensely in Chandigarh adminstration’s cashless mission

Y.S. Rana

The writer is a Hamirpur based Himachali settled in Chandigarh

newsThe real award is when one’s services are recognized by the society, said Bikram Rana, State Liaison Officer, NSS Cell, Chandigarh Administration while talking to Himachal This Week. He was honoured by the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO) -PGI for his outstanding contribution in spreading awareness and motivation for organ donation campaign on August 21. Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI has special mention about Bikram Rana. Bikram belongs to Patlandhar, a village in district Hamirpur of Himachal Pradesh. Because of this effort, ROTTO-PGI has topped the list of organ transplantation in the country.

Bikram has a number of feathers in his cap. He brought back dead NSS Cell to life which is now one of the best Cells in the country. He has been patted a number of times by the Ministry of HRD and Chandigarh Administration. Himachal Youth Brigade also played key role in the campaign started on August 3. Established in March, 2016 under the aegis of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the Union Ministry of Health, PGIMER designated as ROTTO comprising seven states –Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh has been spreading awareness among people on deceased organ donation to garner traction for the cause, said Bikram. “I always want to contribute my bit for the welfare of student community and society,” says he.

As an outcome of these consistent efforts, PGIMER is witnessing an increasing trend in organ donation with 33 cadaver organ donations already in this year till date as compared to 27 throughout in 2016. Till date, the transplants done by PGIMER are as follows: Kidney: 3586 (Live 3340; Cadaver 246), Liver: 32, Heart: 4, Pancreas:11, Lung: 1 and Cornea: 3405, stated Dr Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO-PGI.

Bikram has also contributed his part in cashless initiative. Buoyed up with the success and overwhelming response to its e-Governance experiment, the Chandigarh Administration decided to make it cashless city. On experimental basis, onus was given to Rana who implemented it in the education department successfully. With start of this academic session, Chandigarh Administration has decided all admissions in government as well as private colleges in Chandigarh would be done online. Rana was made nodal officer of the project. He had successfully implemented online admission and over Rs 18 crore admission fees was deposited online thus saving the parents and students from time consuming admission process.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded efforts of Chandigarh Administration for doing away with public distribution system (PDS) and successfully implementing DBT scheme. It enabled the Administration to plug leakage of lakh of rupee which is being diverted to social welfare schemes and since then amount is being released to eligible beneficiaries through Aadhaar linked bank accounts, said Rana. Apart from foodgrains, the Chandigarh Administration has made Rana as nodal officer for implementing 24 centrally sponsored schemes which included post-matric scholarships to SC, OBC, disabled students, minority and UT merit scholarships along with pre-matric scholarship for SC students.

Under these Schemes, Rana revealed that a sum of Rs 8.80 crore has been directly transferred to 23,785 beneficiaries to their bank accounts in 2014-15. In 2015-16, Rs 8.27 crore has been transferred directly in the bank accounts of 20,825 beneficiaries while in 2016-17, Rs 7.05 crore has been transferred in the bank accounts of 21538 beneficiaries, stated he. With the optimistic results coming their way and enthusiastic approach of officers like Bikram Rana to complete the assigned jobs successfully, the Chandigarh Administration is pacing up the process of achieving distinction from smoke-free city to first ‘cashless city.’


The state’s ups and downs this week

HP Earns Rs. 950 Crore From Hydropower Sector

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh has earned Rs. 950 crore by selling its share of electricity from various hydropower projects operating in the state. However two years ago, the same income for Himachal government from hydropower was close to about Rs. 1400 crore, that has now witnessed a sharp decline. But still it is much better as compared to last years as the state has earned about Rs. 100 crores more this year. Notably the state government had earned Rs. 863 crore last year by selling its share of electricity to neighbouring states. According to sources, the government got about 1000 million units of electricity as its share from different hydropower projects which the government sold to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. However the declining rates of the hydropowewr in the market is increasing worrying of state government. Besides this, the electricity production has started declining 15 years earlier as compared to yesteryears. According to sources, electricity production has declined by about 30% that could pose electricity problem in winters.

Scrub Typhus Claims 12 Lives In Himachal

Shimla : After swine flu, scrub typhus has started claiming lives in Himachal. Four more persons, including three men and one woman, have died off scrub typhus in Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla while a child succumbed to the disease at Dr. Rajender Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda. They were admitted with fever and getting treatment at the hospitals. With this the total figure of persons succumbing to scrub typhus this year in Himachal has gone up to 12. Last year also, 37 persons had died in the IGMC alone. Till now, 250 persons have been found positive for scrub typhus in IGMC, Shimla alone. However most of them have been treated and sent home. The Tanda Medical College witnessed its first scrub typhus death this year. Here 600 patients were reported with suspected scrub typhus symptoms. Of these, 73 tested positive. Six patients are undergoing treatment.

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