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Now HP Govt. School staff stealing donated plates, serving mid-day meals on paper pieces ?



Himachal Government School Condition

BILASPUR- Last year in August, taking serious note of pathetic condition of government schools in the state, the High Court of Allahabad had ordered UP officials and politicians to send their kids to government primary schools. No doubt, Himachals needs to strictly implement it too. The picture posted above depicts reality of what government of Himachal Pradesh has provided to its people on the name of school education institutes since the formation of the State.

As per the complainant, Dolan government middle school in district Bilaspur, is allegedly serving mid-day meals on pieces of paper. Surprisingly, a local resident, Jagdev Sharma, on his retirement, had donated 150 plates to the school specially for serving mid-day meal to children, but all of them disappeared. Secondly, the students haven’t been provided with ‘Taat-Patti’– the trademark of Indian government schools. The children have their meals on pieces of paper, sitting on dusty floor, which highly unhygienic. As per the complainant, the number of plates was more than enough to serve all students considering the strength of the school.

So, where are these plates? Did the headmaster distribute it to teachers, his relatives, and kept remaining for himself or sold the plates back in market, or something similar to that?

The complainant had reported the same to the Deputy Director of the Elementary Education Department. On January 7, 2016, the Dy. Director had issued a show cause notice to the headmaster incharge of the school for such a insensitive carelessness, asking him to submit a reply within three days. The headmaster was warned that in case of failure of doing so, a disciplinary action will be taken against him.

A month has passed, but no action was initiated against the erring person in reality, and the show cause notice and the warning disappeared in the pile of official files and papers. So, the complainant turned to media to highlight the issue.

Apparently, both the school staff and the Department are apathetic toward children’s health and showed no hesitation in depriving them of the facilities which are their right and are promised by government every five years. Despite written complaint, same business continues and the Department, too, has forgotten it because there is nothing new in it. Government schools has always and are mostly in poor condition.

So, in nutshell, the Elementary Education Department staff didn’t spare even the donated plates.

It appears that our society has lost respect to the moral and the ethical values with no or little sense of guilt for corrupt practices they follow. On any level of governance, corruption is omnipresent.

There is no dearth of funds when it’s about legislature luxuries, allowances, and 60 % salary hikes. There is no record how much of tax-payer’s money is spent on official vehicles deployed in dropping children of officials to convent schools and back home from schools. No government officer or legislature ever enrolls their children in government schools because they don’t wish poor quality education in deprived government schools.

But, for those who can’t afford private schools, especially in villages, the children have no option but to depend on what government spares for them, which is not much.

The issue was raised by a local resident and Ashok Thakur, member of the State Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).

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 9 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 the world around him in his DSLR lens.


Gudiya Case: Ex-SP Shimla joins 8 other accused at Model Central Jail Kanda



Gudiya Gangrape Case

Shimla: The former Superintendent of Shimla Police, D.W. Negi, finally joined eight other police officials including the ex-Inspector General, Southern Range, Zahur H. Zaidi, and the ex-Deputy Superintendent, Theog, at the Model Central Jail, Kanda.

The Court of Judicial Magistrate Ranjeet Singh Thakur on November 21, sent Negi in a judicial custody till November 23. He will be produced in the  court along with eight other accused on the same date. 

As per the report, the Central Bureau of Investigation sought his remand for five more days, which was denied by the court. 

The CBI had arrested Negi on November 16 in case relating to the custodial killing of a Nepalese laborer, who was arrested by State Police SIT in relation to the rape and murder of  a minor and was on remand till November 21.  

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, gangraped, and murdered savagely in the Halaila woods of the Kotkhai region in Shimla district. Her naked dead body was found in the woods on July 6, 2017. 

The HP Police SIT claimed a breakthrough on July 13 after arresting six accused including the deceased Suraj. Suraj was killed at the Kotkhai Police station under mysterious circumstances. 

On August 29, the CBI arrested eight police officials for the alleged killing of the accused. Negi was arrested for forging FIR in custodial killing of Suraj.  As per this FIR, local police had framed a co-accused Raju for he killing of Suraj.   

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Candidates in Shimla (U) served notices for defacing public property



Defacing public property in Shimla

He removed the promotional material along with his team. He said the political parties will have to pay the expenditure made by the district administration on removal of the posters/flyers/banners.

Shimla: With the elections come usual visual pollution and defacing of the public property because the political parties or the candidates are ignorant and possess little or no respect towards the rules. Neither they care about maintaining remaining beauty of Himachal’s towns. 

As an appreciable step, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Shimal (Urban) Ajit Bhardwaj on Wednesday issued a notice to candidates of various parties who are defacing the public property in the city by pasting their posters, flyers, banners etc.

These candidates include Suresh Bhardwaj, Harish Janartha, Harbhajan Singh Bhajji, and Sanjay Chauhan.

The SDM visited some localities of Shimla and found that parties are not adhering to the places specifically marked for placement of such posters/banners.

He removed the promotional material along with his team. He said the political parties will have to pay the expenditure made by the district administration on removal of the same.

On Tuesday, the district administration and the Municipal Corporation of Shimla had asked these candidates to remove their promotional material from the public property.

The candidates were warned of appropriate legal action as per the rules related to defacing of the public property.

It is an ethical duty of all the political parties and candidates that they show respect to laws and refrain from creating cluttered scene in their respective constituencies.

There is no justification for defacing public property if the administration has already marked specific zones or places for this purpose. 

Photo: Representational/HT

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Theog Constituency drama leaves Congress perplexed as Stokes’ nomination rejected



Theog Constituency congress candidate
Shimla: The Returning officer of the Theog Constituency has rejected the nomination filed by the veteran Congress leader Vidya Stokes (89) on the last date. Now, she won’t be able to fight as an independent candidate either. 
The set-back came following an intense drama over the Theog seat. Not only Congress faced distress in one section of party workers, but also exposed the party’s internal politics and miscommunication.
Here is what happened
A day before the last date for the filing of nomination, the list of final candidates included the name of Deepak Rathore as the ticket-holder from Theog, while the Chief Minister were seen congratulating Mr. Khachi .
As per the political critics and experts, Stokes had vacated the seat for the Chief Minster who had sacrificed Shimla-rural constituency to introduce his son. However, after Virbhadra Singh moved to Arki, Stokes expressed her right to nominate a candidate of her choice, which was Vijaypal Khachi, son of late Congress leader JBL Khachi,
However, the high-command and state committee gave the ticket to Deepak Rathore, who even filed the nomination.
At the same time, Virbhadra Singh tweeted a photo in which he was congratulating Khachi for securing a ticket. The tweet was later deleted, however.
Stokes had even announced her retirement but on the last date, she files her nomination as a Candidate representing Congress party. It was speculated that Rathore would contest as an independent candidate as Stokes would take back the charge as the official candidate from Theog.
Congress was left red-faced after her nomination was rejected today. As per the rule there could be only one official claimant for the party symbol. Moreover, she had failed to produce 10 proposers, as mentioned in the RO handbook. Also, Rathore had filed the nomination with party authority letter first.
As per critics, it is a blunder that could affect the results because Stokes had won past three elections successively.
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