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Kalabag to get helipad to facilitate pilgrims visiting Choordhar temple

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CM Virbhadra Singh announced the construction of new helipad at Kalabag in Chaupal to facilitate visitors, tourists, pilgrims visiting famous Choordhar temple, proposes a ropeway, also granted 10 lack for construction of Shirgul Devta temple.

Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh said that a helipad would be constructed at Kalabag to facilitate the pilgrims visiting famous Choordhar temple. He said that the helipad would be constructed during current fiscal. He also announced a grant of Rs. 10 lac for the construction of Shirgul Devta temple.

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Virbhadra Singh was speaking on the occasion of 12th annual convention of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Choordhar at Gaiety Theatre here, today. He said that the construction work of Shirgul Devta temple would be speeded up and completed by the end of this year.

Chief Minister said that Choordhar was one the important religious and tourist destination of the State and all efforts would be made to provide various facilities to the pilgrims and the tourists at this place.

Virbhadra Singh directed the Tourism and Forest department to submit the feasibility report for setting up rope way from Sarahan to Kalabag in Sirmour district. Adding that the construction work on Nohradhar to Choordhar road would be resumed soon.

Chief Minister directed the Irrigation and Public Health department and H.P Electricity Board to complete the construction work of lift water supply scheme for Choordhar from Tarahan Khad. He also directed the District Administration for improving the condition of the pedestrian path from Kupwi to Choordhar and Sarahan Bigit Maharaj Temple to Choordhar. He also directed the Forest department to take appropriate steps for the constriction of motorable road from Mandah Ghati (Chopal) to Khadach, which would reduce the distance by five kilometres. He stressed the need to improve the trails and paths leading towards Choordhar temple.

Virbhadra Singh said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the prime tourist destinations in the world because of its serene environment and natural beauty. The State government was doing its best to preserve the precious environment besides giving boost to the pilgrimage tourism at large scale.

He lauded the efforts of the Chooreshwar Seva Samiti for generating various facilities for the pilgrims at Choordhar.

Virbhadra Singh said that government had taken significant steps to promote the tourism along-with creating employment opportunities in this sector. He said that 1000 tourists guide and driving training would be imparted to the 3900 youth this year to link the local youth with tourism activities and to create more avenues of self-employment. Efforts were being made to open hotels and providing basic amenities in the backward Panchayats to promote the tourism in the State, he added.

Chief Minister said that the State Government would make efforts for scientific harnessing of herbs which were present in the State so that these could be utilized for human welfare.

Virbhadra Singh released a souvenir and a audio CD brought out by the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti. Famous folk singer of the State Dr. K.L. Sehgal and his daughter Dr. Savita Sehgal have rendered the voice in this audio album. This album contains ten Hindi-Pahari songs composed by Dr. K.L. Sehgal and written by Shri Vidya Nand Saraik.

Chief Minister also released two books written by eminent writer Shri Som P Ranchan titled ‘Buddha Buddhatva Buddhichita Vajraiad’ and ‘ Virbhadra, the Magus Mystic Positiva’.

Chief Minister also honoured outstanding members of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Col. Dhani Ram Shandil said that Churdhar was famous religious destination of the State and thousand of people especially of Solan, Shimla and Sirmour visits every year. He said that joint survey by Language, Art and Culture and Tourism department would be done to harness and promote Churdhar as favourite tourism destination.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Vinay Kumar apprised the Chief Minister about various demands of the area. He said that he would be the life member of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti and efforts would be done to improve the various facilities at Churdhar.

District Sirmour Congress Committee President and Former CPS Shri Harshwardhan Chauhan presented vote of thanks.

Chairman, Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Shri I.N. Mehta detailed about the various activities of the Samiti and he urged the Chief Minister to improve the various facilities at Choordhar.

Kapil Mahashe, President Shimla Unit welcomed the Chief Minister and apprised about the various activities of the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti.

Patron of the Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti Amar Singh Chauhan also spoke on the occasion.

A colourful cultural programme was presented by Chooreshwar Kala Manch, Rajgarh.

MLA’s Balbir Verma and Baldev Tomar, Former Speaker G.R. Musafir, Retd. IAS, Dr. CRB Lalit, DC Shri Dinesh Malhotra, Shri BM Nanta, MD, Civil Supplies Corporation, Advocate General,Shrawan Dogra, SP Kangra, Balbir Thakur, President Shimla District Rural Congress,Kehar Singh Khachi, Spokesman Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti, Advocate I.N.Mehta and Members and office bearers of all 28 units of Chooreshwar Sewa Samiti were present in large number on this occasion.

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HP Statehood Day 2022: Relaxation in Electricity Charges, Third Option in New Pay scale, Higher Pay scale to Constables and other Announcements

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government, on the 52nd Statehood Day, has made several announcements. It announced 31 percent DA to employees, relaxation on electricity charges up to 60 units, enhancement of annual income for availing benefit of pensions and welfare schemes.

Benefits of higher scales would be provided immediately to all those constables who were eligible for higher scales. All the constables appointed after 2015 would be eligible for higher scale as per other categories of employees, the government announced.

The State Government announced that now while implementing the new pay scale, the employees would be given a third option besides two options already given to them. The State has recently implemented new pay scales for employees of the State Government. The state government said it felt that few disparities existed in the new pay scales of few categories.

Pensioners of the State Government would also be given pension as per the new pay scales of the Punjab government, the government announced.

The government also announced 31 per cent DA to all the employees of the State at par with the Central Government employees. Also, an increase in annual income for availing the benefits of various welfare schemes and pensions for the weaker sections of the society from existing Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 was announced.

Now, the domestic consumers of the state whose electricity consumption is up to 60 units per month would not be charged any fee per electricity unit.  They would be incurred zero cost per unit of electricity consumed. With this decision, domestic consumers whose electricity consumption is up to 125 units, would be charged only one rupee per unit cost.  Over 11 lakh domestic consumers would be benefitted from this decision and the State government would incur an additional expenditure of Rs 60 crore on providing this relief, the government informed.

For the farmers in the state, the government announced to reduce the present per unit cost of electricity from 50 paise to 30 paise.  This benefit will be payable from April 2022.

Further, the HP Government said that in the year 1971, the per capita income of the state was only Rs 651 which has increased to Rs. 1,83,286, the GDP of the State has gone up from Rs 223 crore in 1971 to Rs 1,56,522 crore. The literacy rate of the State has gone up to 82.80 percent which was 23 percent in 1971. The agricultural production in the state has increased from 954 metric tons to 1500 metric tons and food grain production in 1971 was 9.40 lakh MT which has increased to 16.74 lakh MT, the state government said.

The state-level function of 52nd Statehood Day was celebrated at historic Thodo ground in Solan, where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unfurled the Tricolor and took salute from the contingents of Police, IRB Jungalberi, Home Guards and, NCC girls etc.

The parade was commanded by DSP Pranav Chauhan.

The Chief Minister also honoured three war widows of Solan District including Dil Kumari Thapa, Savitri Devi and Nirmala Devi on this occasion. Head constable Sandeep Chandel was also felicitated by the Chief Minister who has been awarded Prime Ministers Police Medal for life-saving for the year 2018.  

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Covid Restrictions in Himachal Extended Till Jan 31st, State Reports 11 Deaths in 24 Hours

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Shimla-Covid-19 restrictions in Himachal Pradesh has been extended till January 31, 2022. Currently, the state is witnessing a sharp spike in daily Covid-19 cases and deaths. Today, despite a low sampling of 7896, the State reported 1766 new cases and 11 Covid-related deaths. During the last eight days,  the State has recorded over 50 deaths due to Covid-19.

The deceased included a 2-year-old female child too. Shimla district reported the highest five deaths. The Covid death toll in the state had risen to 3927 according to the latest update. But the State did not impose any new restrictions, like on the entry of visitors and curtailing capacity of public transport. Further, during the last 24 hours, Shimla, Solan, and Kangra districts reported more than 250 cases each. 

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 A notification in this regard was issued by the Government of Himachal Pradesh (Revenue Department – Disaster Management Cell) on Monday. 

“Taking note of the present situation of Covid-19 in the State, the restrictions announced on January 5th, 8th, 9th, and 13th will continue to remain in effect till 6 am of 31st January 2022,” the notification said.

Programs scheduled on the occasion of Himachal Pradesh Statehood Day ( 25th January) and Republic Day (26th January) would be held on the condition of 50% capacity of indoor/outdoor spaces.

The educational institutes, including ITI, polytechnic colleges, and coaching institutes, would remain closed. Online classes, however, would continue in schools.

With the ongoing surge in daily cases and deaths, more restrictions could be in stock.

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Mandi Hooch Case: Political Storm Over Arrest and Expulsion of Hamirpur Congress Leader

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Mandi-On Sunday, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee expelled General Secretary of the Hamirpur District Congress Committee following his arrest from Chandigarh in alleged connection with the Mandi hooch case.

It’s pertinent to mention that last week seven persons had lost their lives in two days and eight others are still hospitalized due to consumption of spurious liquor in Salapar area of Sundernagar Tehsil, Mandi district. Following this tragedy, a police SIT was formed, various places were raided, seizures of incriminating materials were made, several persons were arrested. So far, the police have arrested 13 persons in this connection and more arrests could be made as the SIT unfolds layers of people involved.

Neeraj Thakur, who was said to have risen to a political leader from a salesman at a liquor shop, had created an empire for himself allegedly from the illicit trade of spurious liquor. The worth of his properties and assets is being assessed, but the initial reports suggested his assets were disproportionate to his income. Now every political leader he was in contact with is under the scanner of the police SIT.

Also Read: Mandi Hooch Case: HP Police Claim Bursting Large-Scale Illicit Liquor Trade, Nabs Kingpin

According to Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Shalini Agnihotri, on Sunday, police detained Praveen Thakur, who is a resident of Hamirpur, two persons, identified as Sunny and Pushpender of Uttar Pradesh, AK Tripathi of Jammu and Kashmir, and Sagar Saini of Delhi. The police have claimed that it has also apprehended the kingpin.

The state Congress chief and the opposition leader Mukesh Agnihotri who had been issuing statements holding the BJP government responsible for the Mandi hooch tragedy is on backfoot following the expulsion of Neeraj. At the same time, the failure of the state Excise and Taxation Department in checking this flourishing illicit trade of spurious liquor right under its nose is also evident.

State BJP general secretary Trilok Jamwal, State BJP spokesperson Baldev Tomar and co-media-in-charge Karan Nadda on Sunday issued statements referring to the expulsion of Neeraj as evidence that the Congress leaders were involved in, as well as, patron of liquor mafia in the State.

Further, with elections to the Shimla Municipal Corporation and elections to the state Assembly later this year, this issue has turned into a political storm.  

According to the SIT investigation, the illicit liquor factory was operating in Hamirpur District and raw materials were procured from both within and outside the State. The police said that Gaurav Manhas appears to be the kingpin of the illegal trade. Gaurav, with the assistance of Praveen, Pushpender and Sunny from UP, was running this illegal bottling plant at Hamirpur building owned by Praveen.

In addition, the DGP informed, Manu and Gagan were his partners in the bottling plant busted under the jurisdiction of Police Station Nalagarh. Gaurav has a strong network of distributors and supply chains for raw materials and finished liquor.

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