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CM dedicates projects worth more than 50 crores in Haroli constituency

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CM dedicates projects worth more than 50 crores in Haroli constituency

CM dedicates projects worth more than 50 crores in Haroli constituency

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Bathu in Haroli assembly segment of Una district today said that though many big industrial houses were coming up in the State but main-stay of the economy of the people comes from agriculture and similar allied sectors. As much of the population of the State was residing in villages, the people were more dependent upon cultivating crops said he adding that many were now in the business of producing off-season vegetables and fruits which yields them good profits. He said that the agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, which were the backbone of the economy of the hill people needs to be strengthened more.

Referring to Haroli assembly segment, the Chief Minister said that it has witnessed massive development due to hard-work of its MLA. “It is not like the development was being carried out in Haroli alone but the Government was equally concerned about all the regions of the State”, he said adding our State should be cited elsewhere as a new model of development in the country.

He said that much more is required to be done in the field of development and the participation and co-operation of the people is must. It is wrong to say that the State Government was giving added attention to the Haroli as being claimed by the opposition, he said adding that the Government was endeavouring to equally develop all regions of the State irrespective of region and religion.

“We don’t create divide amongst the people on the issues of development” he added and cautioned few bent upon to carve up the differences and misguide the people.

He said that development in Una was due to successive congress policies in their regimes. More projects were coming up in the State and the Government had taken up the major Swan River project and will finish the work successfully in a time bound manner. He said that all 73 tributaries of the Swan were also being channelized. “In India, Swan was only such a project where not only the main river but also the tributaries of the main river were also being channelized”, he said.

Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated Rs. 27 crore, 132 KV Sub-Station at Bathu which will improve the low voltage problem of the area and also the transmission and distribution losses would be reduced to the minimum. Not only this, the industrial belts of Tahliwal and Santoshgarh, Gurplah, Gondpur, Pubowal, Kuthar, Dulehar, Laleri and in the periphery would be benefited from this. Besides, as many as 25360 domestic, commercial and agricultural consumers of the area will also reap its benefits, added he.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 33 KV Electricity Sub-Centre at Bathu to be constructed at a cost of Eight crore which will benefit Eight Panchayats of the area with a population of around 8600. He directed the authorities to complete the work of the substation within a year.

He also performed the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of improvement and strengthening of Rs 17.50 crore Bankhandi-Jhalera Road, from Punjab border at Santoshgarh to Una.

The Chief Minister announced the office of Sub Divisional Police Officer at Haroli and said that the matter for setting up Electrical division at Haroli would be taken care of after consulting the concerned Minister. The Chief Minister also agreed in-principle for opening tourism Hotel at Una. He announced setting up of Primary Health Centre at Palakwah and up-gradation of Ispur Ayurveda Hospital’s bed capacity from 10 to 20. He also announced to open an Auditorium at Haroli.

Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister while thanking the Chief Minister for dedicating the works worth more than 50 crores in the Haroli constituency and also thanked the MPP and Agriculture Minister for gracing the occasion and for 133 KV and 33 KV sub stations at Bathu in Haroli.

Taking a jibe over the statements of the opposition the Minister said that the BJP had started criticizing the Chief Ministers tour of the area and at last have started analyzing and realizing that development worth crores was taking place in Haroli. He said that it was wrong on the part of the opposition to air the rumours and terming the developments works as “Nautanki’(Drama). Referring to the opposition, he said that why not they took over the charge of the development of the Una district during their tenure? He said that Rs 15.15 crore Ajoli- Laluwal road was under construction and also the 922.48 crore Swan Channelisation project was underway.

Besides, IIIT, number of bridges, Health and Education Institutes in the area were enough to make the opposition realize that equal development was being ensured in all constituencies of the district. He said that Industry worth Rs. 300 crore in Amb in Una district was also coming up soon.

He placed the local demands of the area and listed the development activities in Una district.

Sujan Singh Pathania, MPP and Agriculture Minister, Kuldeep Kumar, Chairman, HP State Finance Commission also spoke on the occasion.

Sh Rakesh Kalia, Secretary, All India Congress Committee, while welcoming the Chief Minister thanked him for undertaking Daulatpur College in Government sector and also appreciated the efforts of Industries Minister for making his constituency a Model of development.

Dr. Simi Agnihotri honoured the Chief Minister and other distinguished guests present on the occasion.

Virendar Dharmani, Member, Board of Directors, HPTDC and District Congress Committee president also spoke on the occasion. Block Congress President Haroli, Ranjeet Singh Rana and Suman Thakur Zila Parishad member also spoke on the occasion and thanked the Chief Minister for dedicating the development works in the area.

Earlier, Smt Surekha Rana, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Bathu and President District Mahila Congress thanked the Chief Minister for dedicating 132 KV electric Sub Station and said that the low voltage problem of the area would be solved and also placed the local demands of the area on the occasion.

Subhash Manglet, Chairman HP State Agriculture Marketing Board, Hardeep Singh Bawa, Chairman, Building Works and Other Construction Welfare Board, Jagdish Chand Saphiya, Chairman, Kangra Central Co-operative Bank, Onkar Sharma, Ex-Vice-chairman HP Agro Packaging Board, Chairman, District Marketing Committee, Shiv Kumar Saini Senior officers of the district, Pradhans, Up-Pradhans, Members of Panchayat Samiti were present on the occasion amongst others

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HP Health Dept Scam: Vigilance Probe an Eyewash, ‘Medical Mafia’ Given Time to Destroy Evidence, Alleges CPI(M)

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Himachal PRadesh Health department scam vigilance probe

Shimla-The alleged scams in the Health Department of Himachal Pradesh Government in the purchase of medical equipment like PPE kits, ventilators, sanitizers etc. in a time of a pandemic has shocked the people. Alleged corruption in the Government Departments has come as a shock because during an emergency like corona pandemic when the positive cases are still spiraling upward in the State, it was expected that corrupt officials and politicians would spare the people as it was about their lives.  

Also Read: HP Health Dept Scam: Accused Director Granted Bail

The State Government led by the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur might have ordered a probe into the scam but questions are being raised over the authenticity of these investigations as influential politicians from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have been linked to these scams.

Also Read: Official Suspended in ‘HP Secretariat Sanitizer Scam’

The opposition, some senior leaders of the ruling party, MLAs, and activists in the State are of the opinion that the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau is just another tool under the State Government. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is running the Health Ministry, and the sudden resignation of BJP Chief Rajeev Bindal after a week the scam came to light has already raised several questions.

Also Read: HP Health Dept Scam: There is More to It Than Just Alleged Bribery

The opposition Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been expressing fears of biased investigations in which justice won’t be served. Both had been demanding transfer of the case to the State High Court. Congress has already submitted a memorandum regarding the same to the Governor. On June 3, 2020, Theog MLA Rakesh Singha with a delegation of CPI(M) also met the Governor with a demand of transferring the case to the State High Court for a fair probe.   

In its memorandum, the party said that there is prima facie evidence to establish the failure of the government to prevent corruption in the purchase of vital health equipment required to combat corona pandemic. 

Also Read: HP Health Dept Issues Clarification Over Alleged Irregularities in ‘Ventilator Purchase’

In the memorandum, the party cited several reasons to convince the Governor that the Vigilance Inquiry instituted by the HP Government is just an eye wash.

Following are the reasons/facts cited in the memorandum:

(Note: The below-given information has not been edited by Himachal Watcher and published as mentioned in the memorandum)

  1. The Vigilance investigation failed to take steps between 21.05.2020 and 25.05.2020 to siege relevant documents, question the possible chain of culprits, and take relevant persons in their custody when one of the accused Dr. AK Gupta was allowed admission in IGMC. In fact, it is with the tacit approval of the Vigilance that the accused was permitted to avoid investigation at the earliest point of time and opportunity was given to the “Medical Mafia” to destroy relevant evidence available. Political Powerful of the ruling party are remote controlling the Corruption Gangsters.
  2. It is indigestible that Mr. Prithvi Singh the Marketing Manager of Apex Diagnostics and Former President (SC Morcha) BJP, District Sirmour was not taken into custody under the provisions of Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption (Amended) Act 2018. He has been given preferential treatment for obvious reasons.
  3. The of the Vigilance team is determined to exonerate the accused, which is evident from the fact that by examination of the purchase of various items essential for dealing COVID19 pandemic would have unearthed another corruption deal of the 10 ventilators purchased by the Health Department. Which, as per the report of the Danik Jagran, the so-called ventilator were purchased for approximately Rupees Ten lacs each while the same ventilator cost approximately Rupees 3 lacs only. Had it not been for the vigilante media, this vital fact would also have been brushed under the carpet.

Moreover, historically the organ of Vigilance department has been used as a tool by successive governments:

(i) To dilute the obvious resentment of the people whenever corruption cases are brought to light by the media, by competing groups attempting to corner the fruits of corrupt practices, or unearthing corrupt deals by progressive forces in the society.

(ii) To shield the corrupt but at the same time create illusions amongst the people that the government is serious on the issue of corrupt practices and the culprits would not be spared.

“ You are also well aware under the era of crony capitalism the nexus of the corporate, bureaucracy and politicians needs to be smashed to save the system from a total collapse which is heading towards given the depth and intensity of the crises which is the visible world over,”

the memorandum stated.

Therefore, the party requested the Governor to intervene under the special  powers bestowed  on his honorable office  by the Constitution  of India to direct the government  on specific  issues i.e.:

  1. To direct the Government to hand over the corruption case of purchase of medical items and equipment (e.g. Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), sanitizers etc.) being investigated by the Himachal Pradesh Vigilance department to the Hon’ble High Court for appropriate directions as well as investigations.
  2. To direct the Himachal Pradesh Government to place all fund collections received by it for combating COVID-19 pandemic in the public domain by publishing a white paper.
  3. To advice the Government to constitute an Ethical Committee for approval of all medical equipment purchased for dealing with COVID-19 as mandated per the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 and abide by the guidelines of the Drug Controller General of India in relation to items which fall within its purview. The system should be placed to put all the details of purchases, tenders and stock be placed in the public domain, preferably on Government web site.

 

 

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Patwari Recruitment: High Court Dismisses Petition Alleging Irregularities in Holding Exam

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Himachal PRadesh Patwari Recruitment Cleared by High Court

Shimla-While hearing a petition, the State High Court, Himachal Pradesh, on June 3, 2020, cleared the State Government of allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of Patwaris.

More than three lakh candidates had applied for appearing in this examination and about three lakh candidates appeared in it for approximately 1200 vacancies.  As many as 1150 candidates passed the examination but the further process remained pending due to the petition.

On November 17, 2019, a written examination was conducted through various Deputy Commissioners in different districts. Some candidates challenged the recruitment of the Patwaris in the State High Court, alleging irregularities in the recruitment.

State Government filed a detailed reply on this appeal and stated that there was no irregularity. One of the candidates, who had challenged the appeal had not even appeared in the examination, the State Government said.

Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that on January 8, 2020, State High Court asked to further investigate the matter.  CBI filed a detailed investigation report in this regard on May 29, 2020. High Court observed that as per CBI’s report, nothing objectionable was about the conduction of the examination and selection process. The court then dismissed the petition.

“The leaders of the opposition were raising unnecessary hue and cry in this regard, which was completely baseless,”

said Mahender Singh and Suresh Bhardwaj in a joint statement.

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Kinnaur Reports Its First Two Cases, 10 Others Reported from Five Districts  

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 cases on June 3, 2020

Shimla– According to the daily COVID-19 bulletin (5:00 PM) released by the Health Department for June 3, 2020, 12 cases were reported from Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Shimla, Mandi, and Kinnaur district, taking tally for the Himachal Pradesh to 357.

Kinnaur entered the list of COVID-19 affected districts as it reported its first two cases – a man and his wife who had returned from Delhi. Their 10-year-old son also accompanied the parents during the travel but was tested negative.  They were under institutional quarantine. Now, Lahaul-Spiti is the only district where no case has been reported so far.

Kangra district reported four new cases. While Hamirpur reported two new cases, Bilaspur and Shimla reported one case each. Shimla reported its 10th case as a returnee from Delhi who belongs to Rampur tested positive. He was under institutional quarantine at a centre in Juri.

In Kangra district, the COVID-19 tally has reached 96 with four new cases. One of the persons, a resident of Golwan village in Fatehpur, was said to have no travel history, which has become a matter of worry for the district administration. Another person out of these four, who had returned from Delhi in an Air India flight, also tested positive. The Superintendent of Police, Vimukt Ranjan, has confirmed the report. Further, a girl from the Shahpur area was also tested positive. She had returned from Delhi in a Spice Jet flight. The fourth person had returned from Madhya Pradesh on May 27. He was identified as a resident of Fatehpur.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till June 3, 2020 (5:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh First COVID-19 cases in Kinnaur

Mandi also reported two cases in which 23-year-old and 26-year-old residents of Sundernagar testes positive for COVID-19.

In Hamirpur, two persons who had returned from Delhi and Chandigarh were tested positive. Both were under institutional quarantine. With these new cases, the total number has risen to 114 in Hamirpur, of which 74 are active.

In Bilaspur district, a 31-year-old tested positive. The person was identified as a resident of Solan, who was stopped at Bilaspur-Punjab border while he was returning from Delhi in his vehicle and was placed under institutional quarantine at Swarghat.

Further, eight patients – two in Una and six in Kangra district – have recovered. So far, 144 patients have recovered and 204 cases are still active. Result of 1061 samples sent for testing on Wednesday was awaited.  

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