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‘SDM Saheb’ common man’s time is valuable too, don’t take it for granted

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Apathy of SDM Shimla (Rural) and MVI, didn’t show up at driving test site while hundreds applicant put on hold, spend the day waiting for about 4-5 hours

SHIMLA-In what people alleged as a disgraceful gesture, SDM Shimla (Rural) Gyan Chand Negi and Motor Vehicle Inspector or any other official didn’t show up to conduct driving test scheduled on September 15, 2016. About 200 applicants waited for over four hours because they weren’t provided any information about cancellation at all. Applicants had to call up the SDM office. They were told the test was cancelled. Candidates included people who were applying for license, renewal of license, and upgrade of LMV license.

As per official notification, trial was scheduled to start from 9 AM near Taradevi in Shimla. However, applicants were kept on hold by assuring arrival of concerned officials by 10 AM or so. After a wait of hours, anger burst out among frustrated people who then shouted slogans against administration to express it. Still, no official bothered to attend to the people in unrest.

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A youth, who had travelled from Dhalli for the trial, told Himachal Watcher,

“They should at least issue some kind of notice in advance if trial had to be canceled.”

“There were people from SUNNI, two men had come from Chandigarh on leave, or some others had hired a taxi or drove their cars. Loss of time and money is an obvious issue here. Such sense of irresponsibility reflected on the part of officials is overwhelming,”
 the youth added.

“This is not the first time and trial was cancelled,” alleged another man. On Rakhsha Bandhan people had faced similar inconvenience. On another occasion, he alleged, “trail was cancelled abruptly for the Chief Minister was visiting the area”.

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It is noticeable that similar instances have been reported regularly when driving tests were cancelled without bothering to disseminate timely information to candidates. ‘Saheb log’ take people for granted like time they waste in travelling to the site of trial and waiting for hours on a roadside doesn’t matter at all.

In the current instance, people who had travelled from various rural regions like Sunni, Basantpur, Mashobra, Koti etc. or those who had taken leave from office in order to take the test. Some candidates, who are living outside Himachal, had also reached Shimla to take the test for renewal of their license.

Truck drivers and others working on daily wages or facing deadlines apparently faced monetary loss for which administration is responsible.

“When people go by procedure, the officials should stick to it too. No wonder why so many people bypass the system and hire a middleman for some 4000 odd rupees and get the license without even appearing for the trial. It is an act that encourages corruption in government system,” said the youth.

SDM Saheb’s Justification
When asked about reason for such callous attitude towards public convenience and punctuality that reflect blunt disrespect to dignity of individuals, to value of their time, the SDM replied that officials were busy in a meeting. He further shifted the blame on people saying they should not wait for last date of driving test.The date of trial is decided by the HP Transport Department, he said.

The matter is highly condemnable and concerned officials are responsible for wastage of common man’s time and money. Moreover, such cases have also been reported in past when the officials didn’t show up, neither did inform people who waited for hours before returning empty-handed. It is the duty of officials to timely inform the people, even at the last moment. Being busy in meeting and keep so many people on hold for hours only to tell them that the trail was cancelled isn’t justifiable

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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.

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Rave Party in Kasol Busted, Organizer Nabbed, Suspected Addictive Substances Seized

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Kullu-A rave party organized illegally in the middle of a jungle in Kasol of Parvati Valley in Kullu district was raided by a Special Investigation Unit on Thursday. The team raided the spot on a tip and found about 200 tourists participating in the party.

According to the inspector, SIU, Sunil Sankhyan, most of the tourists were Israeli and also included about 50 women.  

 The team succeeded in nabbing the organizers of the party, who was identified as Pratap Singh, a resident of village Chalaal, Kasol.  

The police have filed a case against accused under Section 113 of Police Act 2007, Section 6 of HP Instruments Act, and Section 188 of Indian Penal Code

The Superintendent of Police, Gaurav Singh, confirmed the news.  

As per the inspector Sankhyan, the police received a tip that a party was being organized in the jungle between Choz and Kasol.

“Yesterday, when the Special Investigation Team was present in Kasol at 11:30 PM, information was received that Pratap Singh will be organising a rave party with foreign tourists in the jungles between Kasol and Choz without permission and that drugs and alcohol will be consumed during the party,”

an official told ANI

The team reached the spot at about 2:30 AM and it took over two and a half hours for it to reach the spot. Chaos broke out among tourists as they saw the police.

The SIU team succeeded in nabbing the organizer and seizing electronic equipment, generator, and some substances, which were believed to be addictive drugs. These substances would be sent for forensic testing, the police said.   

Further, the police said while most of the tourists managed to flee the spot, some of them were apprehended and are being questioned.   

 

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ABVP HPU Celebrates Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan With SSB jawans

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh University unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today celebrated the 73rd Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan with the jawans of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at the Shimla cant.

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Girl students remained present during this celebration.  They tied Rakhis on the wrists of jawans to celebrate Rakhi.

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The campus secretary, HPU, Ankit Chandel, said that being a social organization, ABVP keeps organizing such events.

While conversing with jawans of SSB, ABVP said that like the Indian armed forces remain deployed in service and security of the nation from both internal and external enemies, ABVP is also working towards preparing citizens ideologically to ensure internal security of the nation since 1949.

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ABVP said, it has organized such events time and again and tried to support the armed forces whether it is the war of 1962 or Kargil war of 1999.

 

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HP Govt Announces 4% DA to Employees, Fee Exemption to Girls Appearing in HPPSC, HPSSSB Exams, Hike in Financial Assistance to Ex-Servicemen

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Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Government, on 73rd Independence Day, made several announcements. The Independence Day was celebrated throughout Himachal Pradesh. Functions were organised at State, District and Sub-Divisional levels.

While presiding over the State Level Independence day celebration function at historic Ridge Shimla, the  Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur hoisted the National Flag and took the salute from the impressive march past by contingents of Police, Home-Guards, NCC, scouts and guides and NSS cadets including school Children.

Chief Minister announced 4 per cent Dearness Allowance to the employees and pensioners of the state government to be paid from January 2019 onwards. This decision would provide an annual additional financial benefit of Rs 260 crore to the employees of the State.

Chief Minister also announced that in future, the girl candidates of the State would not have to deposit examination fee for appearing in the entrance tests conducted by the State Public Service Commission and State Subordinate Services Selection Board.

He also announced free textbooks to government school students of 9th and 10th class, which would benefit over 65,000 students of the State.

He announced enhancement in financial assistance being given to ex-servicemen, widows of ex-servicemen and their dependants above the years of 60 years and those who were not getting old age or any another pension from existing 10,000 to Rs 20,000 per annum.  

The Chief Minister announced an enhancement of financial assistance from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 10,000 per month to fighters of Second World War and from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 to the war widows.

Awards

The Chief Minister presented Himachal Gaurav Purskar to Nishad Kumar and Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal. He gave away Prarena Satrot Puraskars to Subedar Rinjin Dorje (posthumously),  Alikya and Himkara Organisation.

He presented the Civil Services Award to HP State Disaster Management Authority, which was received by former Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda.

The district-level Disaster Management Authority awards were presented to Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti districts which were received by the then Deputy Commissioners Yunus Khan and Ashwini Kumar respectively.

 

 

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