The oath-taking ceremony of Thakur on the historic Shimla Ridge Maidan will be attended by the Prime Minister, BJP Chief Amit Shah, and over a dozen of Chief Ministers of other states.
Shimla: The Chief Minister-designate Jairam Thakur, in his first media interaction, made admirable announcements over vital issues like firing “retired and tired” officials and abolishing the VIP culture. The first thing the new government would do is to send all those employees home who were re-appointed by giving them extensions after their retirement, said Thakur.
Secondly, the new BJP government would abolish the prevailing VIP culture, he told the media.
Firing unworthy, retired bureaucrats, who were granted extension as incentives for their loyalty to the ruling Congress party, is a much-needed action to cut-lose the additional financial burned on the State and to pave way for promotion of worthy and deserving officials.
All the retired and blue-eyed bureaucrats who were re-employed by the previous government will have to go now,
he told the media.
Further, all decision taken by the government during the period of three months before elections would be scrutinized and reviewed, Thakur told the media, which means re-shuffling of the bureaucrats as per the suitability of the party. It is not about political vendetta or revenge, he explained.
The oath-taking ceremony of Thakur will be held on December 27 on the historic Shimla Ridge Maidan, which will be attended by the Prime Minister, BJP Chief Amit Shah, and over a dozen of Chief Ministers of other states.
Though still to sworn in, Thakur has been given all facilities provided to the CM, and his mobility has also increased as the CM.
On December 25, Thakur visited the patients at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital on the occasion of the birthday of the former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Pursing works of “social good and alleviate suffering” was cited to be the main motto of his government.
Meanwhile, after a boisterous show and lobbying for the top post, the elected MLAs are eyeing seats in the 11-membered cabinet of Himachal.
Thakur says his cabinet would incorporate both new and old generation leaders.
The cabinet will have both experienced and new faces, he said.
The speculated names for the Cabinet includes Rajeev Bindal, Kishan Kapoor, Sarveen Chaudhary, Mohinder Singh, Anil Sharma, Narinder Bragta and Ramesh Dhawala. Among the new faces, Gobind Thakur, Vikram Jaryal, Rakesh Pathania and Rajeev Sahjal are believed to be the eligible candidates that the government could include in the Cabinet.
The State Transport Authority Secretary Vinay Singh has been appointed Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Ministers.
The hopes of the people from the new, younger Chief Minister are sky-high owing to his individual image and political history.
The 13th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, a five-time Member of the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur hails from a poor family of farmers in Tandi village of Mandi’s Thunag region, and he has struggled a lot for education. This is what Thakur and his octogenarian mother, Biri Singh, told the media about the family background.
His mother is the happiest of all among those who wanted to see Jairam Thakur as the Chief Minister.
My son has seen extreme poverty in his childhood,
My childhood was like any other village lads. My parents worked in the fields, and for us (three brothers and two sisters) life was not a luxury due to our father’s limited earning,
Thakur told the English daily Indian Express.
I realised my parents could not have afforded my college education, so I did not force them to. I used to work with my parents and helped augment the family income until I managed to collect money for college,
The new to be Chief Minister has an image of clean politician, and hardly any controversy surrounds him despite a long political career in which he has not only represent the Seraj constituency as the elected MLA but also held the command of the State unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party in Himachal from the year 2009 to 2013.
Thakur had done a much better job as the party president than the current chief and defeated candidate Satpal Singh Satti.
Pics of This Policeman Are Making HP Police Deptt Proud, Melting Hearts
Solan-Pictures of a policeman approaching an elderly woman and later carrying a heavy bundle of fodder for her are making Himachal Pradesh Police proud. This policeman is being applauded by not only the people but also by his department.
The pictures are taken in Chail area of the district where an elderly lady was carrying fodder for livestock from jungle during the relaxation period in curfew.
On seeing the elderly lady struggling with a bundle of fodder (green tree-leaves), which appeared to be heavy for her, an on-duty policeman carried the bundle on his back for her.
A resident of Kunihar in Solan district posted these pictures on his social media handle. He recognized this policeman as Head-Constable Jasvir Singh, who was also his classmate 17 years ago.
We don’t know about this policeman in his personal life, but a mention of this gesture is important if seen symbolically in context to the police-citizens relationship.
This compassionate gesture of a policeman, in a time when the police is enforcing curfew and mostly seen dealing strictly with people to make them comply with the law, is melting hearts.
Visuals of people either being beaten or punished physically for breaking curfew did attract criticism not only from the people but also from the DGP SR Mardi.
However, the same policemen are also going a step ahead to help people in various ways during the COVID-19 crisis. In various districts, there are instances where policemen are even spending from their own pockets to help the needy around them. Perhaps, pictures of all of them won’t appear on social media but good policemen are there helping people while discharging their duty.
These pictures remind us that policemen aren’t devoid of emotion and compassion. Therefore it becomes duty of every citizen to support the police and make its job of maintaining law and order easier.
PPE Kits Prepared by Himachal’s Self-Help Groups Cost Only Rs 700: Govt
Shimla- As the World is struggling in its fight against COVID-19, availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits for health professionals has also become a matter of prime concern. In this hour distress, Self Help Groups in Himachal Pradesh working under the Rural Livelihood Mission have geared up to meet the demand, the State Government Claimed today.
Director of Rural Development and State Head Livelihood Mission Lalit Jain said that the Personal Protection Equipment kit prepared by SHGs would cost Rs. 700 and three SHGs have been trained so far with a capacity of 100 kits per day, he added.
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar said that more than 50 Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the State were preparing and producing about 15000 masks everyday to give a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19. He said that 2000 women were involved in this task through various SHGs.
He said that about one lakh masks have been provided to various departments and organizations. The task of producing masks was being done on a war footing, he added.
He said that 3000 women farmers were being encouraged to develop kitchen gardens by utilizing minimum land so that fresh vegetables could be produced. He said that 11 young professionals have been given responsibility for guiding these women farmers and to ensure the marketing of their produce so that they could get a fair price.
He claimed that an SHG in Sirmaur district has successfully prepared a sanitizer, which costs Rupees one hundred per 200 ml. He said that stress is being laid to train more SHGs to produce more masks.
COVID-19 Himahcal: Govt to Launch Extensive Campaign for Tablighi Jamaat Contact Mapping
Shimla-For contact mapping of Tablighi Jamaat coronavirus infected persons in Himachal Pradesh, the State Government is launching an extensive campaign. The Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that due to those who have symptoms of the infection and those having any connection with Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat of Delhi besides their close contacts, figure of coronavirus is increasing day by day sharply in the country as well as in the State.
The Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State have already been directed to launch this campaign. Such persons, if found, would be kept in quarantine till they are not medically examined.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur urged the people to come forward to identify such people in their areas to check further spread of coronavirus. He said that the State Government would not hesitate in taking strict action against those who would conceal information about their travel history and those who give shelter to them.
Other than that Hospital Katha in Baddi area of Solan district has been notified as Hospital for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients. Patients from Solan and Sirmaur districts would be treated in this hospital.
He also claimed said that the State Government had started tele-medicine consultancy facilities in Health and Wellness centres to facilitate the people in getting treatment advise from specialists.
Chief Minister said that no laxity should be permitted in curfew. He said that vehicles must also be restricted besides ensuring that people do not step out un-necessarily during the relaxation of curfew.
COVID-19 Himachal Update
As of now, the Department of Health and Family Welfare confirmed that as many as 4855 persons have been kept under surveillance for coronavirus in the State. Out of it, 2387 persons have completed a surveillance period of 28 days. Today, a total of 128 samples were tested, out of which 126 have tested negative. Report of the remaining two is awaited.
So far, the Department confirmed, 662 persons have been tested in the State for coronavirus. Report of 27 has been confirmed as positive cases. The State has reported one death, migration of four patients, and recovery of two persons. With this, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Himachal is 20.
Four of the 27 cases have been reported from Chamba district, four from Kangra, seven from Solan, and 12 from Una district.
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