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Himachal to auction apple crop harvested from encroached land amidst protest from growers

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Apple cultivation on encroached forest land


HP Apple Growers Association criticises Govt. for mechanical implemented of orders, Opposition parties blame the Virbhadra government for not pleading the case of farmers strongly in the High Court.

The Himachal Pradesh Government on Thursday in a reply in the High Court stated that it had registered 2509 FIRs out of 2527 cases of illegal encroachments of more than 10 bighas of forest land by encroachers. The demarcation has been done in at least 2520 cases and 2515 cases have been challaned in the judicial courts.

Just seven cases are left for demarcation. And in less than 10 bigha category of illegal possessions out of a total 9735 cases, proceedings have been completed by the forest and revenue officials under the Himachal Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction and Rent Recovery) Act 1971. Out of a total of 7244 cases the officials have evicted 3893 cases of the encroached forest lands from the illegal possessors.

In the status report filed before the division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan the government maintained that it had conducted the high-level meeting and had taken a decision to comply with the orders of the Court in letter and spirit. The government has decided to conduct on the spot auction of apples and other fruits bearing orchards on encroached forest land immediately without further loss of time, since these crops are about to reach the ripening stage and any delay in the process shall only cause these crops to perish.

The Court on Thursday ordered to videograph the entire process of auction proceedings and the standing apple and other fruit trees on the encroached lands. It has categorically said in the order that “lodging of FIRs does not mean that the encroachment proceedings have come to an end, are to be kept under eclipse. FIR relates to trespass and other offences punishable under the applicable penal laws, but the apple trees, other fruit bearing trees, crops and other encroachments made on the forest land are to be removed in terms of the mandate of law read with the orders passed by this Court from time to time and the fruits or crops are to be dealt with in terms of the said orders”.

Encroachment on one inch or on thousand inches is an encroachment and the encroachers are liable to be evicted and dealt with under law

,said the Court.

The Congress-led government had pleaded in the Court for a modified order in case of the eviction ordered by the High Court of all types of encroachments.

On the other hand apple growers alleged the Govt. for mechanical implementation of orders, Rakesh Singha, president, HP Apple Growers Association, said,

If the 10-storey High Court building and 12-storey Jagson ropeways building have violated the municipal law, should the extra portion be demolished. It is a matter of grave concern that the state government is evicting poor and small farmers and disconnecting water and electricity connections in the state.

The Opposition parties who have blamed the Virbhadra government for not pleading the case of farmers strongly in the High Court are now demanding from it to file a review petition in the High Court or to approach the apex court to save the small and marginal peasants. They have demanded that small encroachments of the poor farmers should be regularised and another derive for land reforms should be conducted in the State.

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

HP Police Presidents Colours award ceremony

The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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