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HP Budget 2017-18: As expected, govt. announces Rs. 150 crore for unemployment allowance to youth

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SHIMLA- The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, on Friday, announced unemployment allowance to  educated, but unemployed youth of Himachal Pradesh. The announcement came during his budget speech for 2017-18 session in which Rs.150 crore were set aside for the said allowance. As per the scheme, a youth who is, at least, 10+2 pass or above will receive Rs. 1000 per month as unemployment allowance. For physically challenged youth, the allowance will be Rs.1500. As per the data provided by the employment exchange, Himachal has estimated 8.5 lakh educated youth. Earlier, the CM had shown resistance to the demand and had said that the government would prefer to provide employment to the youth instead of making them dependent on allowance. Please, click here to read the detailed budget with other announcements for the session.

Critics are of the opinion that the announcement is likely to kill two birds with one stone. Congress had promised the allowance to unemployed youth before 2012 Assembly elections. However, government didn’t implement it during four years of its tenure. Now, ahead of assembly elections, in the last year of its tenure, the announcement was made after preparing a dramatic atmosphere, suggest critics. Congress MLA G.S. Bali and Sukvinder Singh Sukhu recently raised the demand like rebellious,true leaders of people. Mr. Bali reminded the CM regarding the promise made in the previous assembly elections and even announced a protest rally in Nagroata, Kangra. It was pointed out that political parties always tend to conceal their internal disputes and disagreements, especially ahead of the assembly election. So, it’s obvious to doubt the liberty taken by Congress’s own leaders to come after the CM towards the end of government’s tenure.

Nevertheless, the opposition was already after the Congress government over the issue of allowance. Initially, the Chief Minister showed some resistance and said that only one of two allowances, namely skill development and unemployment allowance, would be given. The resistance was followed by fight for justice by Congress’s own leaders. Now, as the harvest of this plot was ready, the government has reaped it on time. Mr. Bali is taking credit for bringing the matter to justice as promised before previous election. Mr. Bali believes Rs. 1000 allowance would be sufficient for expenses on amenities like Internet connection, monthly magazines, and travel for job interviews. That’s what his Facebook status said.

The government, too, is claiming credit for it. Moreover, it’s another setback for the opposition who earlier had something to criticize. It would not be inappropriate if now BJP seek answer for the delay in fulfilling the promise. In that sense, it does appear to be a political plank.

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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 7 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 world around him in his DSLR lens.

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HP Govt’s another major administrative re-shuffle: 91 HPAS,11 IAS officers transferred

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List of HP Administrative transferes

Shimla: The newly formed government of Bhartiya Janata Party in Himachal Pradesh, which had re-shuffled 34 officials a few weeks ago, has carried out a major re-shuffle of 102 officials.

This time, with an immediate effect, 91 officials of the HP Administrative Services (HPAS) are also re-shuffled. Some of the Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs) were promoted.

Complete List of HPAS, IAS Transfers

Kadam Sandeep Vasant  Commissioner, Dharamsala Municipal Corporation with an additional charge of Managing Director-cum-Chief Executive officer of Dharamsala Smart City Project.
Hans Raj Chauhan a Given additional charge of director, Women and Child Development department along with director, Public Finance and Public Enterprise-cum-Special Secretary (Finance) 
Debasweta Banik Promoted to Additional Deputy Commissioner, ADC (Development) at Shimla
Raghav Sharma Promoted from  SDO to ADC (Development), Mandi while Kritika Kumari SDO (Civil), as ADC (Development), Chamba.
Hemraj Balwara  Promoted from SDO (Civil), Manali to DC-com-Project officer DRDA, Una, 
Aditya Negi Promoted from Additional Controller of Stores, Industries department to  ADC (Development) at Nahan

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Other Recent Appointments 

Other than this, yesterday on January 16, the Government appointed Dr. Rachna Gupta as the member of Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

Dr. Daisy Thakur was appointed as Chairperson of the Himachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (HPSCW) for a term of three years.

The Government also nominated non-official members of the commission. Indu Bala, Sushma Bhatt and  Manjri Negi were nominated as non-official members.

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After BJP MLA booked for forgery, now sitting MP charge-sheeted in corruption case

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BJP Virender kashyap sting operation

Earlier on January 4, 2018, sitting MLA of BJP, Jeet Ram Katwal, was booked for alleged forgery

Shimla: Another state leader of Bhartiya Janata Party in Himachal Pradesh is in trouble in relation to the alleged case of bribery that dates back to 2009.

Earlier on January 4, 2018, sitting MLA of BJP, Jeet Ram Katwal, was booked for alleged forgery in providing information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Chotta Shimla police station has registered a case of forgery on January 4, 2018, under Section 465, 466 and 469 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)on the complaint of Pratap Singh Verma.

As another jolt to the BJP, which had made the corruption charges against then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh a major issue before the recent assembly elections.

The sitting Member of Parliament from Shimla and BJP leader, Virender Kashyap, has been charge-sheeted in a case relating to a sting operation conducted by a TV channel on April 20, 2009 assembly polls. The sting had created a huge political controversy back then.  

The BJP came to power in the State right after the sting broke out and Kashyap also won the elections on a BJP ticket. The case was allegedly hushed up by the district police, Solan, due to political pressure.

However, owing to the petition filed in the High Court by an RTI activist, Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, the case was re-opened in 2013.

Let us remind you that in the newly elected Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh include 22 MLAs who are facing criminal cases. As per a report of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), two of the 21 Congress MLAs and 18 of the 44 BJP MLAs and 1 CPM MLA and one of the two independent MLAs have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

About Virender Kashyap Sting Operation

As per the reported contents of the CD of the said sting operation conducted by a TV channel, Kashyap was seen allegedly accepting a packet of money in exchange of some favour.

As per the audio, it was an alleged bribe from a private party about setting up of an educational institution. However, Kashyap was not holding any official position at that time.

After the sting created a huge political drama, Kashyap claimed that he had found the money in the hotel saying someone might have forgotten it there. A BJP party-worker even handed over the money to the local police next day.

The matter was allegedly hushed up initially, but ruling BJP government had to order an inquiry in 2010 under pressure. The Solan police formed a special team in February and filed a probe report on March 2

The police findings claimed no offence was committed by Kashyap. As expected, the BJP leader was given a clean-chit.

Later in 2013, Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, an RTI activist, challenged the finding of the inquiry conducted by the government in the court. The division bench comprising Justice D.D. Sood and Justice Kuldeep Singh had quashed the investigation report of the police.

In the same year, the court had also served a notice to Kashyap to file a reply within four weeks.

The activist had alleged that the police gave the BJP leader a clean chit without forensic testing like matching the audio with the voice-sample of Kashyap. He alleged the district police did not conduct a fair probe due to high political pressure.  

On gaining back the power in 2012 assembly polls, the Congress government also ordered a probe by the Vigilance Department.

The Vigilance sent the said CD for forensic testing. After receiving positive results, the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau filed an FIR under Section 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

Now, the District and Session Court, Solan, has finally framed the charges against the sitting MP.       

The MP, however, is still refuting the charges and calling it a conspiracy.

The State Congress party, which faced a humiliating defeat in the 13th assembly polls in 2017, has found it as an opportunity to poke the BJP government over the corruption charges on the sitting MP and FIR against a sitting MLA.

The Congress is questioning the silence of the BJP over the said case.

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SJVN donates Rs. 1,00,00,000 towards CM relief fund  

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SJVN donation towards HP CM relief Fund

Shimla:  (SJVN) donated a cheque of rupees one crore towards Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Sutlej Jal Vidyut NigamCMRF).

The SJVN Chairman-cum-Chief Managing Director, Nand Lal Sharma, on January 6, 2018, presented the cheque to the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who expressed gratitude towards SJVN terming it a noble gesture.

The funds would go a long way to help the poor to meet the medical expenses, he assured. In 2016, SJVN had donated Rs. 50 lakh towards the CMRF. 

The Chief Minister has urged all the boards and corporations to voluntarily come ahead and contribute towards CM Relief Fund.

Earlier, the Cabinet Ministers had also donated Rs. 1 lakh each towards the CMRF.

The new government has been blaming the previous Congress government for emptying the state treasury in wake of assembly elections. 

SJVNL Revenue and Profit for 2016-17

Against the MoU target of generation of 8700 million units, SJVN has generated 9045 million units of electricity for the financial year 2016-17, the CMD told the Chief Minister.

SJVN has generated more than 8660 million units during current financial year till date, he added. The CMD said the financial position of SJVN is healthy.

 The revenue from operation was Rs. 2468.66 crore and net-profit after paying the tax was Rs. 1544.14 crore in fiscal 2016-17, said the CMD.

The SJVN has paid a dividend of Rs.290.13 Crores to Government for the financial year 2016-17. The State government holds a share of 25.51% in the SJVN.

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