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BJP asks Governor to stop witch hunting by Himachal Congress

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Himachal BJP approaches Governor Urmila Singh with a plea to check Congress from changing names of schemes and targeting employees. Vribhadra hits back saying the previous BJP government tried to “sell Vajpayee’s name by misguiding people on centrally sponsored schemes

Shimla- BJP Monday sought immediate intervention of Governor Urmila Singh to stop Congress from changing names of ongoing schemes started by the earlier BJP regime and large-scale transfers of government servants on political grounds.
“In past two-and-half months, the Congress government has resorted to the worst kind of witch hunting, targeting not only political rivals but government employees. Schemes started by BJP government for consumers and school children (free uniforms) have either been stopped or their names changes. The PDS ration bags with photo of former Prime Minister Vajpayee, meant for free distribution to the consumers (costing Rs 45.5 lakhs) are proposed to be destroyed. Name of free ambulance scheme have been changed”, said Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal.

The delegation also submitted a memo to the Governor against UPA government seeking a probe into multicrore-scam in the loan-waiver scheme.

Justification from Congress for renaming schemes

Congress in Himachal Pradesh today sought to justify its move of changing names of some schemes, named after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying the previous BJP government had tried to “sell Vajpayee’s name by misguiding people on centrally sponsored schemes”.

“They had tried to sell Vajpayee’s name on centrally sponsored schemes like free ambulance scheme (108), which was funded under the National Rural Health Mission and the subsidised ration scheme started by Congress government by printing Vajpayee’s picture on the ration bags,” Himachal Congress Chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu said.

He said the free uniform scheme for school children was a also Centre’s scheme but named after Vajpayee.

“The Congress party has all regard for Vajpayee but the BJP misused his name and set a precedent by naming schemes after a person who is still alive. It’s a strange tradition,” he said.

He also refuted the allegations of BJP that the state government was targeting the opposition party and said former chief minister P K Dhumal should look back at his own tenure when political opponents were targeted and most of the actions of the then government were motivated by political vendetta.

“A person whose government indulged in large scale phone tapping and intruded into privacy of the people has no moral right to talk about conventions and democratic traditions,” Sukkhu said.

He said that the HPCC has already urged the government to make the name of persons public whose phones were kept under surveillance illegally tapped.

He asked the BJP to reconcile to the truth that it was out of power and gracefully accept the change. PTI/Indian Express

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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes

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Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     

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CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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Will tar 1100 km roads, construct 600 km new motorable roads, 750 km cross drainage, 35 bridges in 2018: HP Govt

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Shimla: During review meeting of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department held today, the Government informed that it has set up a target of construction of 600 km new motorable roads, providing cross drainage facilities on 750 km road length, metalling and tarring of 1100 km roads, construction of 35 bridges and providing road connectivity to 40 villages during the current financial year.

The Government said all the formalities regarding the allocation of road and bridge projects would be completed within a stipulated period to facilitate work- allocation within 51 days to concerned executing agencies.  

The e-tendering is expected to speed up the process of allocation of projects.

It has been felt that delay in Forest clearances was one of the major bottlenecks for starting of different road and bridge projects. Therefore, the Government would take up the matter with the Union Government to expedite forest clearances for these projects,

said the Chief Minister, who was presiding over the meeting.

It was informed that the target has been fixed to execute 414 works with a total length of 2400 km, under PMGSY with an outlay of Rs 600 crore during the current financial year.

On completion, 150 habitations would be connected with roads. Similarly, the target has been fixed to complete 209 works under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)-NABARD, which include 77 works in Shimla zone, 20 in Mandi Zone, 70 in Kangra zone and 4 in Hamirpur Zone, it was informed.

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During HPPWD review meeting 2018

It was informed that that out of 90 black spots identified in the State, 58 had been rectified and work on remaining black spots was in progress.

The State Government has allocated Rs. 200 crore for maintenance and repair of roads in the State besides Rs. 50 crore additionality for providing drainage facilities on the roads, claimed the Government.

Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda said that 34394 officers and officials were working in the Public Works Department and “were doing their best” to ensure best road connectivity to the people of the State.  

The State today has total 35638 km of roads providing road connectivity to the remotest part of the State, informed the Engineer-in-Chief R.P Verma.

Opposed to the work-culture of the HP PWD, the Chief Minister, who holds Department, is claiming that regular monitoring and inspection of roads and bridges constructed particularly under NABARD, Central Road Fund etc. will be ensured.

 He said that for this, standard quality parameters should be laid down and responsibility of the defaulters must be fixed and strict action taken against the person, which rarely happens.

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