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BJP accused of ineligible entries in BPL list, Govt to review it next month



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Himachal state govt assured to review the list of BPL (below poverty line) families next month, after the allegations that the previous BJP government included certain ineligible persons in BPL list using political influence and muscle power.

Shimla-The list of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families would be revised and updated at meetings of Gram Sabha in all 3,243 Panchayats of the state, the Himachal Pradesh Assembly was informed today. The government will send its representatives to supervise the process for inclusion of all left-out poor families in a transparent manner, state Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Anil Sharma said during Question Hour.

Replying to a question of Maheshwar Singh (HLP), Sharma said the government will consider all suggestions of the MLAs to ensure that ineligible families, wrongly included in the list, are deleted and those meeting the criteria are included and given the benefits of government schemes for the poor. The Gram Sabhas would be asked to adopt most transparent mechanism, leaving no room for any ineligible persons to take advantage and provide opportunity to left out eligible people to file an appeal get their names included, he said.

The assurance came in the wake of allegations made by Jagjivan Pal (Congress) that the previous BJP government included certain ineligible persons in BPL list using political influence and muscle power. In his intervention, Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal admitted that despite state government’s best efforts to clean up and updates the list, several irregularities have been reported in the BPL list.

“One way to update the list and include eligible left out families is to invite written recommendations for consideration and scrutiny in the Gram Sabhas,” he suggested.

Former Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Jairam Thakur said the list was updated but it is also a fact that some poor people did not raise their voices in the Gram Sabhas to file objections against influential people and were excluded from BPL list.
Moreover, the government has fixed the number of BPL families at 2.85 lakh, leaving no scope for inclusion of more people, he said.

Sharma said, “In 2008 and 2011, when the BPL lists were updated, there was deletion of 15,669 families and 31,209 families which were wrongly included in the list”.

“All suggestions given by the MLAs in the House will be considered to make the process absolutely transparent,” he said. PTI

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone



108 ambulance accident near IGMC Shimla

Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 


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



HP irrigation and drinking water schemes

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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