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.
Govt declares 7-days State Mourning, 2-days public holiday in Himachal
Shimla:The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Ministers, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the Governor Acharya Devvrat, and several leaders of the Bhartiya Janata Party and oppositions mourned the sad demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (93).
He passed away today in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi after a long illness.
The State Government has declared seven days State Mourning. The national flag would remain to fly at half mast.
The State Government has also declared public holidays for 17th and 18th August 2018.
He was born in Gwalior on December 25, 1924, and joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1939. was one of the founding members of the BJP.
He Vajpayee was thrice elected the prime minister between 1996 and 1999 and was the only non-Congress prime minister to complete the full term of five years, from 1999 to 2004.
He was also conferred prestigious Bharat Ratan award too.
Nation has today lost a great leader and a noble soul. This loss cannot be compensated. Himachal Pradesh had been a special place for Atal Ji and he always considered it as his own home as he used to come and stay at Prini in Kullu District frequently
, in their condolence message, the Ministers said.
He was a statesman and a visionary leader, whose demise is a great loss to the nation. He said that Shri Vajpayee always considered Himachal Pradesh as his second home and has a house at Prini in Kullu district,
Chief Minister Jai Ram said in his condolence message.
The Chief Minister also shared an old picture taken with Shri Vajpayee.
यकीन नहीं हो रहा है कि श्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी जी हमे छोड़कर हमेशा के लिए चले गए। अभी भी उनके साथ बिताया गया हर पल एवं हर लम्हें आंखों के सामने आ रहे हैं। उनके जाने से बहुत दुखी हूं, अटल जी की कमी पूरी नहीं हो सकेगी। भगवान उनकी आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करें। pic.twitter.com/Xu3cmKCQLb
— Jairam Thakur (@jairamthakurbjp) August 16, 2018
Chief Minister said that the idea to construct Rohtang tunnel connecting landlocked hinterland Lahaul valley with rest of the world was conceived in 1998 by Shri Vajpayee and the project was announced by him on June 3, 2000. He said that this project was nearing completion and would be the biggest gift of Shri Vajpayee to the State.
He said that it was National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee that Himachal Pradesh got a special package for industrial development in 2003. He said that this resulted in an industrial investment of thousands of crores of Rupees and employment opportunities to lakhs of the youth of the State.
Jai Ram Thakur said one of the largest educational programs in the world, ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ was launched during his Prime Ministership. The program was a product of strong willpower of this statesman, he added.
Chief Minister said that it was during the tenure of Shri Vajpayee that the Golden Quadrilateral, the lifeline of trade in India came into being. In addition, ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna’ (PMGSY) aimed at linking the 5 lakh villages of India to cities by all-weather roads, which in particular proved a boon to the hilly states like Himachal Pradesh, he added.
Shri Vajpayee was the great son of India in a real sense, who, with his simplicity and humility, ruled the hearts of millions of people. He always believed in value-based politics and always adhered to it. He said that Shri Vajpayee would always be remembered and respected by the people of the country for his simplicity, humanity and benevolence,
the Governor said in his message of condolence.
Further, leaders of the opposition are also paying their respects and praying to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul.
भारत में अटल जी वह शून्य छोड़ गए हैं, जिसकी भरपाई नहीं हो सकती। वह देश के सबसे बड़े नेता थे।
— Prem Kumar Dhumal (@DhumalHP) August 16, 2018
Landslide on Shimla-Dhalli bypass hit apple trucks & traffic plan, road likely to remain closed for 2-3 days
Shimla – A huge landslide on Shimla-Dhali bypass road (NH-5) between Mehli and Malyana on Thursday afternoon has come in a time when the apple growers have begun to reap their crops and transport to markets. It is the peak season for the growers. The Shimla-Dhali bypass is like a lifeline for the growers in the upper areas of the district.
As per the Traffic Police, Shimla, it may take about two to three days to clear the road and open it for traffic again. The landslide also uprooted three to four trees. There were no reports of anything being buried under the debris and rocks.
All vehicles on both sides of the road remained stuck in long jams before they had to turn back to take alternative routes.
This blockage has made another road inaccessible for the trucks – the Mehli-Shoghi bypass, which branches off from the Shimla-Dhali bypass. The Shimla Police had to change the traffic plan according to which the trucks arriving from the upper area of the district would have to take the Dhalli-IGMC-Lakkar Bazaar road during the night hours only.
As per the police, the trucks going towards the upper Shimla area would have to use the bifurcation at Khalini Chowk and take Khalini-Chhota Shimla-Dhalli route during night hours only.
As per the district administration, the work to clear the road is underway, but it might take a couple of days before it could be opened for traffic.
At the same time, the blockage of roads due to landslips at various other places has brought local vehicles as well as trucks carrying apple crop to halt, leading to a distress among the growers. Bad weather could delay the restoration work.
Lack of emergency in making emergency announcement troubles schoolchildren, parents
Shimla: On August 13, 2018, the district administration of Shimla like all other districts decided to keep the schools close owing to a heavy and continuous spell of rain. It continued raining on Sunday night and till early morning it had caused several landslides and uprooting of trees. The roads were blocked all over the city including the circular road.
As it was still raining on Monday morning, it was announced that the schools were to be kept closed for the day.
However, by the time this announcement was made, the majority of school students had already reached the school or on their way to school. The cabs had returned after dropping children at their respective schools.
It was still raining heavily when the schools sent children back home.
We had taken our seats in our classroom when the teacher told us that the school was to remain closed for the day,
said a student of a reputed private school while he was returning to the home on feet.
I received an SMS regarding the announcement when my children had already left for the school. The school said they had sent them back, but they did not reach home. There is no mean to communicate with them, and I fear they might have got stuck somewhere due to traffic jams,
said a mother of two while waiting for her children at a shop in Tutikandi.
The schoolteachers, when inquired about the same said they were also unaware of the announcement and had reached the school by the time this announcement reached them.
There were several other parents who were waiting for the safe return of their respective children. They believed, the schools should not have sent children back in heavy rain if they had arrived at school.
The campus would have been a safer place when it was raining heavy and roads were already blocked at several places,
said another woman while she inquired classmates of her son.
I had returned after dropping children at the school. I begin to receive calls from the parents to go back and bring the children back as the schools were closed. The Khalini-Shimla road was already closed due to a fallen tree, and even I was stuck in traffic,
said a cab driver.
It appears the State Government need to evolved faster and insured ways to reach the public via official announcements in times of emergencies like bad weather and natural disasters. Had this announcement reached an hour ago, which was possible as it had been raining heavily all night, the children and parents would not have faced such huge inconvenience.
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