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The day BCS junction stood still for all-woman police station inauguration

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SHIMLA- Today morning life in Shimla, BCS and adjoining areas to be specific, came to a standstill for public, only VVIP were on the move. It was the occasion of inauguration of the first all- woman police station (at BCS) by the honorable chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri. Virbhadra Singh.

The traffic police was ultra- active due to the VIP movement towards BCS. The IPS, HPPS, the Mayor of Shimla, Deputy Mayor, all awaited the arrival of the CM under heavy deployment of police on multiple spots on all roads leading to BCS. BCS bus stoppage was just not for the public today, hundreds of policemen were seen hurled vehicles anywhere and anyhow they could.

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One of the cops was seen literally pushing passengers into a bus asking them to climb-in hastily. The rain-shelter, opposite the police station, accommodated the Himachal Police Orchestra while the public were stranded on the road.

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The scenario was such that the bus stoppage was transformed it a area of utter commotion and the public was found completely zapped.

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The whole area was looking cleaner, properly swept, and even the usual garbage heap on the routine waste disposal spot was also missing,which is otherwise an ugly sight, always stinking. The MC did not take notice even after HW had wrote regarding it many time along with some readers who had posted recent images of the condition. Take a look at the image above.

The policemen were in hyperactive state, around 8-9 of them restlessly cleared the traffic like their hands or head will be axed on possibility of any mistake. They are trying to show the best of their allegiance less towards the CM but more towards the person who holds the chair. The common crowd turned into insects crawling in the way of VVIPs, and nothing more.

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When asked from the cops at Vikasnagar as why the traffic was disabled towards BCS, they simply denied having any information regarding it. That’s a very lame excuse!

Later, the whole traffic including public transport was brought to complete halt as the CM neared the destination. Vehicles on the way towards BCS from Vikasnagar or Chota Shimla (via Broc Hurst) were asked to stop and queue up in middle of Vikasnagar and BCS until the CM is done with the ribbon cutting and the pooja.

People started taking to the road on foot (to their offices and schools) as public transport was disabled. It’ll be useless to protest against the organization of unnecessarily exaggerated ceremonious inauguration of a police station, but we wonder why the inauguration was scheduled at the busiest hours of morning when Shimlaites are gearing to reach their offices, colleges and schools.

To us, the whole thing about inauguration in the busiest hours seems completely absurd. The politicians and bureaucrats are concerned about the pomp and show, they’re obsessed to make it into the inauguration news that the newspapers would carry on the following day. For them, such inauguration and shows off ceremonies are always worth a shot to impress the public.

How the CM would ever experience what it feels to move in the traffic of Shimla during the busy hours when the traffic of whole Shimla is brought to halt to facilitate his movement? There is no respect for common man’s time, but the VVIP’s time is always given preference. In democracy, the public is the real ruler; therefore, the public should be put on the top, and then comes these representatives they elect to serve them. But, seriously, the public has no sense of it at all. They are ruled instead.

Their representatives have secured VVIP status, fleet of luxury vehicles with police sweeping the routine traffic out of their way, heavy security arrangements, and even the public transport is checked to make sure that these VVIPs don’t have to spend even a second in the traffic.

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Why this inauguration wasn’t organized on Sunday or at the later hours of the day when the traffic dilutes? This ceremonious affair caused huge discomfort to the public. Wasn’t it necessary to keep in mind that this inauguration show off doesn’t cause inconvenience to the public? Wasn’t it necessary to keep in mind the fact that the BCS chowk is one of the busiest spots in Shimla, and therefore, the event should have been wrapped up in a simpler way?

Well, the police isn’t at fault. Who would not fear the man (the CM) who had ordered on the spot suspension of CMO on seeing the name of health minister Kaul Singh, his political rival, on the inauguration board? Take a look at the video:

The VIP and VVIP culture is one the most unwanted privilege that is entertained in the name of dignity towards Indian constitution and on the cost of public inconvenience. Will India ever see a day when the deserving common men would get invitation for inaugurations instead of these VVIPs? Nothing seems to have changed in India even in 21th century. Now the caste system is being replaced by the lines drawn on the bases economical status or on the base of any power a group holds and enjoy in the society. The gap between the group of common men and that of VIP and VVIP categories is widening. The modern India is growing more discriminatory, but this time, it’s happening in disguise of VVIP culture.

To get the read beacons back, the HP MLAs are trying to play on sentiments associated with the Indian constitution. They talk of preserving the dignity of their highly responsible position while inside the assembly they behave no better than irked monkeys growling on the opposition, they take off their clothes in the parliament, use paper spray, brandish knives etc. About what dignity they talk about then.

More than the Govt., the public need to awake and question the preferences made up for the convenience of a few groups. Our society doesn’t need show offs. It needs decent, persistent efforts to serve the public on the part of its administrators and public representatives.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Kasauli Shootout: IPS Mohit Chawla with 4 other officials suspended, 9 others charge-sheeted

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Solan: The Himachal Pradesh Government has today suspended five officials including the then Superintendent of Police, Solan, with immediate effect as a disciplinary action against them for displaying negligent, unprofessional, and unconcerned attitude while discharging their duties in Kasauli firing incident. The suspensions came on the recommendation of inquiry report submitted by Divisional Commissioner, Shimla.

Along with Mohit Chawla, Ramesh Sharma, the then SDPO Parwanoo, Jagpal Singh, Naib Tehsildar, Kasauli,  Madan Singh SHO Dharampur and Dalip Singh SHO Kasauli were also suspended. 

An action is being initiated against Mohit Chawala IPS under all India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.

The Government is also initiating disciplinary action against nine more officials under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 and action will be taken accordingly. These include HC Nagender PP Sairy, HHC Hem Raj PS Darlaghat, Constable Sanjeev PS Dharampur, Constable Sunil PS Dharmpur, L.C. Champa PS Dharampur, LC Usha PS Dharampur, LC Sharda, PS Dharampur, Constable Ishwar PL Solan and Constable Narinder PL Solan.

On May 1, 208, a guest house owner in Kasauli area of Solan district had shot dead an Assistant Planner of the State Town and Country Planning Department, Shail Bala, and injured a worker of the HP PWD, who later died at the hospital. 

The victims were part of the team that had reached the Naryani Guest House to conduct demolition of the illegally constructed building as directed by the Supreme  Court of India on April 17, 2018.

The accused Vijay Singh had fled the spot despite the presence of heavy and armed police officials. He was later arrested on a tip-off from the family

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HP Cabinet Decisions May 2018: Govt to fill up 333 posts in HP NHM, relax conditions for full pension, launch 2 schemes

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting, held on today on May 24, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, decided to give its approval to relax the condition prospectively for grant of full pension on completion of 33 years of qualifying service to all class-III and class-IV government employees who seek voluntary/premature retirement by modifying the notification issued by Finance Department on November 11, 2014.

Earlier, the State Government vide notification referred above has inserted a provision that the Government employees seeking voluntary/premature retirement in their own interest and have rendered minimum service of 20 years but less than 33 years shall be entitled to pro-rata pension against 33 years. Meaning thereby, such government employees shall be entitled to get a full pension only on completion of 33 years of qualifying service.

It also gave nod to the draft notification of ‘Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojana- 2018.  The scheme, the Government claimed, would promote self-employment opportunities in the State and provide livelihood to local youth by encouraging local entrepreneurship.

 It also decided to launch ‘Himachal Grihni Suvidha Yojna’ for women empowerment and environmental conservation in the State. Under this scheme, the State Government would provide security for LPG connections and Gas Stove to remaining households which were not covered under ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme being run by the Central Government.

Jobs in Various HP Government Departments

The Government would fill up 333 posts of different categories on contract basis in National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh.  Other than this, it was decided to fill up following posts in various departments:

  • 38 posts of teaching staff to man some of the educational institutions
  • 15 vacant posts of staff nurses in Kamla Nehru Mother and Child State Hospital, Shimla
  • 10 posts of drivers in Agriculture Department on a daily wage basis
  • 7 posts of Welfare Organizers in Sainik Welfare Department on a contract basis
  • 6 posts of Manual Assistant in Weight and Measure Organization of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
  • 7 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Scheduled Caste, Other Backwards Classes, Minorities and Specially Abled Empowerment Department through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur on a contract basis
  • 4 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis through direct recruitment in Electrical Inspectorate of MPP and Power Department
  • 5 posts of various categories in Panchayati Raj Department to man the Camp Office at Thunag in Home Constituency of the Chief Minister
  • One post pharmacist each and one post class-IV employee each in Primary Health Centres at Buhar, Marotan, Gahgori, Guru Ka Lahaur, Malyawar and Rishikesh in Bilaspur district and PHC Chakmoh in Hamirpur district

Regarding Education/Schools 

The annual scholarship under ‘Dr. Ambedkar Medhavi Chhatravriti Yojna’ has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12000. It also increased the number of students eligible for this scholarship in Class XI and XII from 2000 to 2500.

The Government has decided to fill up posts to match the need of some school, which were upgraded in the meeting. These institutes include Government Middle School, Jhudowal in Una district that was upgraded to Government High School and Government Middle Schools Piplagaloo, Naun, Janjhar and Burahta in Mandi district which were also upgraded to Government High Schools. It also decided to upgrade Government High School Tarour in Mandi district to Government Senior Secondary School, Government High Schools, Churdi and Sasan in Una district to Senior Secondary Schools.

Regarding HP Panchayati Raj Institutions

The Cabinet gave its approval to increase the honorarium of the following office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State:

  • For Chairman Zila Parishad from Rs. 8000 to Rs. 11000
  • For Vice Chairman of Zila Parishad from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7500
  • For Member Zila Parishad from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
  • For Chairman Panchayat Samiti from 5,000 to Rs. 6500
  • For Vice Chairman, Panchayat Samiti from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
  • For Member Panchayat Samiti from 3000 to Rs. 4000,
  • For Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000
  • For Up Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 2200 to Rs. 2500

Similarly, meeting allowance of member Gram Panchayat has been enhanced to Rs. 240 per meeting from existing Rs. 225 with maximum two meetings in a month.

Regarding Anganwari Workers/Helpers

The Government has enhanced State share of the honorarium of anganwari workers from Rs. 1450 to Rs. 1750, anganwari helpers from Rs. 600 to Rs.900 and mini anganwari workers from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1050 per month.

With this enhancement, now the anganwari workers will get an honorarium of Rs. 4750, anganwari helpers will get Rs. 2400 and mini anganwari workers will receive an honorarium of Rs. 3300 per month.

Related to Power

The Cabinet while reviewing the departmental working of MPP and Power Department decided to make electricity complaint system more effective, especially the installation of new connections. It also stressed to bring distribution losses on zero basis. It also stressed to form quick action team at the divisional level.

It also emphasized the need for making arrangements of Solar cookers in Mid Day meal programme and anganwari centres.

It stressed the need to solve the problem of low voltage and inventory system should be adopted so that there is no shortage.

The Cabinet also decided to open Health Sub Centre at Gram Panchayat Tharu and upgrade Primary Health Centre Baroh to Community Health Centre in Kangra district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts to manage these health institutes.

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HP Govt’s Jan Manch programme for on spot grievance redressal to be launched on 26 May

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Shimla: Amid Himachal Pradesh Government’s miserable state of public grievance redressal services, the State Government informed here today that in order to bring more efficiency in administration and ensuring good governance, the Government will be organizing ‘ Jan Manch ‘ programmes across the state.

This programme will be launched from Peterhoff in Shimla at 11 am on May 26, 2018, in the State Level Function.

Jan Manch programmes will be organised in remote areas of every district where Ministers will be present along with officers of all departments. They will hear the problems of people and try to resolve issues on the spot, informed the Spokesman.

He said that the main objective of this programme is to bridge the gap between people and government and to redress the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

He said it will reduce the labour and efforts of people of remote areas who travel long distances to reach district and state headquarters for getting various services.

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