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Missing Pakistani woman trapped in Himachal shelter home due to ignorance of Govt.

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SHIMLA – Umang Foundation, a public welfare trust, has urged the Government of Himachal Pradesh to immediately inquire about a Muslim woman lodged in Nari Sewa Sadan, Mashobra since August last, who claims herself to be a Pakistani. Mahammada (45) says that she is from Mohalla Noorana, District Gujarat of Pakistan. But the Directorate of Women and Child Welfare of Himachal Pradesh which run the Shelter Home did not bother to verify the address as told by the woman.

Ajai Srivastava, a human rights activist and chairman of Umang Foundation, who had filed a PIL in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in January this year to save the innocent mentally sick inmates of State run Shelter from gross violation of human rights, while addressing a press conference here today disclosed the story of Mahammada. He said that he visited the Shelter Home two days ago with Ms. Jyoti Gutam and Rhythm Goswami, both young volunteers of the Foundation to inquire about the well-being of the all the 34 inmates. There are a number of innocent women lodged in the Shelter Home who gives clues about their native places and kith and kin.
Mahammada was brought to the Shelter Home by the Police from Kasauli by the order of an executive magistrate. The Director of Women and Child Development stated that she belonged to Gujarat State of India.

When Ajai Srivastava communicated with Mahammada, she said told that she was from Gujarat. But he felt that her language and accent was not that of Gujarati people. When he asked about her mother tongue, she said it was neither Gujarati. In the record of the Shelter Home, her name has been entered as “Mamta alias Mahammada, w/o Rajaah, Mohalla Noorana, Gujarat.” She was admitted to the Home on 10th August, 2015 on the orders of the Director when she was presented before him by the police.

As per Police record, she was found in a rain shelter near Kasauli on 7th August, 2015 and Police brought her to the Director of Women and Child Development in Shimla on 10th August who sent her to the Shelter Home. But no one knew the Pakistani connection of this innocent woman.

When Ajai Srivastava asked her whether she was from the Gujarat State of India or the District Gujarat of Pakistan, she immediately smiled and gave a stunning reply, “Zila Gujarat, Pakistan. Main Pakistani hun Hindustani nahin. (I am a Pakastani, not Hindustani)”.

She repeatedly said that she was a Pakistani. She also said that she was married to one Mr. Rajjak when she was 20 and her nikah was performed in District Gujarat of Pakistan. On a question, she said, “Mere do bachche hain (I have two kids) – Raul (14) and Jamila(16) who live with her father in Bihar.” But she could not explain that how her husband lives in Bihar when she was married in Pakistan.

Mahammada says, “I don’t remember how I came to the hills. Police brought me to this Home.” She repeatedly said that she wanted to go to her home in Pakistan. Unfortunately the Directorate of Women and Child Development did nothing in the last two and half months to trace her roots. She offers namaz and says, I am a Muslim. But I don’t know why people call me by a new name Mamta? Srivastava also emphasized on the proper mental health check-up and counselling of the woman to enable her to reveal more about her background.

Interestingly, in its judgment dated 4th June, 2015, on Srivastava’s PIL on gross violation of human rights at Nari Sewa Sadan, the Division Bench of High Court comprising Justices Rajiv Sharma and Tarlok Singh Chauhan had categorically ordered the government that “efforts be made to find out the next kith and kin of inmates by constituting a committee by the Superintendent of Police, Shimla within a period of two weeks from today.” The committee was constituted but no serious efforts are visible by the government to trace the roots of the inmates, he alleged.

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

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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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Will tar 1100 km roads, construct 600 km new motorable roads, 750 km cross drainage, 35 bridges in 2018: HP Govt

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Shimla: During review meeting of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department held today, the Government informed that it has set up a target of construction of 600 km new motorable roads, providing cross drainage facilities on 750 km road length, metalling and tarring of 1100 km roads, construction of 35 bridges and providing road connectivity to 40 villages during the current financial year.

The Government said all the formalities regarding the allocation of road and bridge projects would be completed within a stipulated period to facilitate work- allocation within 51 days to concerned executing agencies.  

The e-tendering is expected to speed up the process of allocation of projects.

It has been felt that delay in Forest clearances was one of the major bottlenecks for starting of different road and bridge projects. Therefore, the Government would take up the matter with the Union Government to expedite forest clearances for these projects,

said the Chief Minister, who was presiding over the meeting.

It was informed that the target has been fixed to execute 414 works with a total length of 2400 km, under PMGSY with an outlay of Rs 600 crore during the current financial year.

On completion, 150 habitations would be connected with roads. Similarly, the target has been fixed to complete 209 works under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)-NABARD, which include 77 works in Shimla zone, 20 in Mandi Zone, 70 in Kangra zone and 4 in Hamirpur Zone, it was informed.

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During HPPWD review meeting 2018

It was informed that that out of 90 black spots identified in the State, 58 had been rectified and work on remaining black spots was in progress.

The State Government has allocated Rs. 200 crore for maintenance and repair of roads in the State besides Rs. 50 crore additionality for providing drainage facilities on the roads, claimed the Government.

Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda said that 34394 officers and officials were working in the Public Works Department and “were doing their best” to ensure best road connectivity to the people of the State.  

The State today has total 35638 km of roads providing road connectivity to the remotest part of the State, informed the Engineer-in-Chief R.P Verma.

Opposed to the work-culture of the HP PWD, the Chief Minister, who holds Department, is claiming that regular monitoring and inspection of roads and bridges constructed particularly under NABARD, Central Road Fund etc. will be ensured.

 He said that for this, standard quality parameters should be laid down and responsibility of the defaulters must be fixed and strict action taken against the person, which rarely happens.

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