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Read about all ministers of Jairam’s newly formed HP Cabinet



Shimla: Today, the new Cabinet of the Himachal Government was formed. Along with Jairam Thakur, who sworn-in as the Chief Minister, 11 other ministers also assumed their offices. Right after the oath-taking ceremony, Jairam Thakur held first meeting with his cabinet ministers.

As per the analysis of the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) Three ministers are 12th pass, eight are graduates, and one minister is PhD. Five ministers, Anil Sharma, Govind Singh Thakur, Mahender Singh, Kishan Kapoor, and Bikram Singh have criminal cases against them.

The new cabinet has two ministers in the age group of 41 to 50 years, while six are in the age group of 61 to 70 years. Remaining four are in age group of 61 to 70 years.

Let us take a brief look at the new cabinet:

Jairam Thakur

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It is obvious that Jairam Thakur is the leader of the council of the ministers. He was born on 6 January 1965 in Tandi village of Murahag panchayat of Seraj Assembly constituency in Mandi district. His father’s name was Jethu Ram and mother’s name is Briku Devi. Thakur did his primary education from Kurani School and studied in High School Bagsyad near Thunag. 

In 1998, he won his election from Chachiot Assembly constituency and has been MLA from Chachiot (which after delimitation was known as Seraj Assembly constituency).

He won for five consecutive terms as an MLA. He remained State BJP President and was Cabinet Minister in previous BJP government. He has also remained as Vice Chairman, State Civil Supplies Corporation. He also remained as President of BJYM. He has declared total assets worth  Rs 3.28 crore.

Mahender Singh

Mahender Singh


  • Mahender Singh was born on 22 February 1950.
  • He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in February 1990 as an Independent.
  • Elected again in 1993 as Congress candidate.
  • In 1998 elected on HVC ticket in 2003 as Lok Tantrik Morcha (H.P.) candidate.
  • Won in 2007 on BJP ticket.
  • He also won 2012 Assembly election as BJP candidate.
  • For being elected to the Assembly in five consecutive elections, on five different election symbols has been recommended for entry in the Guinness Book of World Record.
  • He remained Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and PWD from March 1998. 
  • He resigned from the Council of Ministers in December 2004.
  • He also remained Chairman, Estimate Committee besides being Member of various other House Committee.
  • Total Assets declared Rs 15.38 crore

Kishan Kapoor

Kishan Kapoor

  • Kishan Kapoor was born on 25 June, 1951.
  • Remained Member Bhartiya Jan Sangh and Janata Party before being associated with the BJP.
  • Kapoor was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1990 as BJP candidate.
  • He was re-elected to the Assembly in 1993 and 1998.
  • Elected to State Assembly again in December 2007 and appointed Transport Minister.
  • Total Assets declared Rs 7.99 crore

Suresh Bhardwaj

Suresh Bhardwaj

Suresh Bhardwaj was born on 15 March 1952 at Village Bhamnoli, PO Summerkot, Tehsil Rohru, district Shimla

  • He had also won the last Assembly election 1n 2012.
  • He is a BSc and LLB and remained actively involved in student movement during college days
  • He was the National Secretary of ABVP from 1973-74.
  • He remained in jail on several occasions, particularly during the emergency.
  • He was elected as the Convener, Himachal Pradesh Loktantrik Morcha in 1977
  • He was elected President of the Janata Yuva Morcha from 1978-81.
  • He was elected as the Himachal Pradesh BJYM National Treasurer in 1987-88.
  • He was elected as the President State Bhartiya Janata Party from 2003-2006.
  • He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 1990 and to Rajya Sabha in 2002.
  • He remained Member of various standing Committees of the house as also the Consultative Committee of various ministers.
  • Returned to the State Legislative Assembly in December 2007 and appointed Chief Whip of Bhartiya Janata Legislature Party and Chairman, Human Development Committee of the house.
  • Total Assets declared Rs 93.53 lakh

Anil Sharma

Anil Sharma

  • Anil Sharma was born on June 30, 1956.
  • He is BSc (Diary Technology).
  • Sharma was elected to State Legislative Assembly in November 1993
  • He remained Minister of State for Youth Services, Sports and Forest from 1993-96
  • He remained Member Rajya Sabha, 1998-2004.
  • He was elected again to the State Legislative Assembly in December 2007.
  • He remained General Secretary Pradesh Congress Committee and Chief Whip, Congress Legislative Party.
  • He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in December 2012 and remained Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister.
  • Total Assets declared  Rs 40.20 crore

Sarveen Chaudhary

Sarveen Chaudhary

  • Sarveen Chaudhary was born on 21 January, 1966 at Dharamshala
  • She did MA in classical dance and Diploma in Yoga, Painting and Cookery
  • She took part in Nehru Yuva Kendra and NSS activities during student life
  • She remained an active worker of R.S.S.
  • She entered politics in the year 1992
  • She remained Mandal Pradhan of BJP Mahila Morcha in 1992 to 1994
  • She remained the president of the Bhartiya Janata Party, district Kangra from 1995-97
  • She was elected to the State Assembly on BJP ticket in 1998 and remained Parliamentary Secretary from 3 November 1998 to March 2003
  • She was elected again to the State Assembly in December 2007 and was appointed Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment
  • She again won 2012 Assembly election
  • Total Assets declared Rs 4.19 crore

Ram Lal Markanda

Ram Lal Markanda

  • Dr. Ram Lal Markanda was born on 17 October 1966.
  • He remained active in State NSUI during 1989-93
  • He remained General Secretary H.P. Youth Congress,
  • He remained President Himachal Vikas Congress, District Lahaul & Spiti
  • He remained Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (Independent charge)
  • He remained Minister for State for Animal Husbandry (Independent Charge) and attached with the IPH and Minister for IPH
  • He was given additional charge of PWD (attached with the CM) in 2001 and resigned from the Council of Ministers on 3.2.2003.
  • Total Assets declared Rs 87 lakh

 Vipin Singh Parmar


  • Vipin Parmar was born on 15 March 1964.
  • He was active worker of Rashtriya Sevak Sangh (RSS)
  • He remained organizing secretary State Akhil Vidyarthi Parishad
  • He remained the Secretary of All India Akhil Vidyarthi Parishad
  • Elected to State Legislative Assembly in 1998
  • He was  re-elected in December 2007
  • Total Assets declared Rs 1.44 crore 

Virender Kanwar

Virender Kanwar

  • Virender Kanwar was born on 29 January 1964.
  • He is BA, LL.B. and Diploma in Pharmacy.
  • He remained a member of RSS since childhood
  • He remained convener of ABVP, district Hamirpur between 1981-85
  • He remained General Secretary and President of BJYM, district Una from 1992-95 and 1995-2000 respectively
  • He remained Member of the State Bhartiya Janata Party, Executive during 2003-06
  • He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 2003.
  • He was re-elected in December 2007
  • Total Assets declared 3.38 crore

Bikram Singh

Bikram Singh

  • He is the Son of Kishan Chand, and was born on 28 August 1964 at village Jole, Tehsil Jaswan, District. Kangra
  • He is a B.Sc., B.Ed
  • He was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2003 from Jaswan Assembly segment which has now been renamed as Jaswan-Pragpur after delimitation.
  • He remained Vice Chairman of  H.P. Khadi & Gramudyog Board during1999-2003
  • He remained the  President of the State BJYM in 2000, and Vice President State BJP 2008
  • He was re-elected to the State Legislative Assembly in December 2012
  • Total Assets declared 74 lakh 

Govind Singh Thakur

Govind Singh Thakur

  • He is the Son of Kunj Lal Thakur (Ex. Minister)
  • He was  born on 3 October 1968 at Village Kanyal, Tehsil Manali, District Kullu
  • He is a  Graduate


Dr. Rajiv Saizal

Dr Rajiv Saizal

  • Dr Rajiv Saizal was born on 11 July 1971.
  • He is a BAMS.
  • He remained the General Secretary of Doctors Cell, BJP, district Solan
  •  He was first elected to the State Legislative Assembly in December in 2007
  • He was re-elected in 2012
  • Total Assets declared 77 lakh

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A dozen of BJP Councillors demand removal of Kusum Sadrate as Mayor, warn of boycott



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Shimla: The Shimla city is facing more neglect from the Municipal Corporation as it continues to be in a defunct state owing to the internal feud between the Ward Councilors and the current Mayor Kusum Sadrate and Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma.

The Mayor was seen running after the annoyed Councillors to save her seat while the Deputy Mayor has no say.

A couple of days ago, about 11 BJP Councilors had reportedly expressed their disappointment with the performance of the Mayor by submitting a written complaint to the government.

The Councillors have warned the government that they will boycott the upcoming monthly meeting of the SMC House if the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were not removed.

The Sadrate has completed one year in the office of the Mayor on June 20, which made the situation more awkward for the party. 

In order to avert an embarrassment, the duo would have to make sure that majority of BJP Councillors attend this meeting.

The Councillors alleged the Mayor of displaying arbitrary attitude while conducting the business of the house. They also complained that majority of the developmental projects in their wards are either stuck or progressing at a snail’s pace.

The Councillors say they are not able to face the people of their respective wards, especially after what happened during the water-paucity.

Moreover, the Councillors were not happy with Mayor’s decision to leave the city for about a week to attend a conference in China amid an acute shortage of drinking water supply.

If that was not enough, she denied the suffering of the people by rejecting reports of a water-crisis situation in the town. According to the Mayor, the crisis was just a media hike and propaganda of the opposition.

At the same time, the Councillors are complaining that despite such clamour in the city, the Mayor is still not available even for them as she hardly stays at the office.

The Mayor reportedly joined the Chief Minister’s visit to Sawada while the Councillors were waiting for her to arrive at the office.

The Councillors said the Mayor is seen attending events or photo-shoots with Chief Minister or the Ministers, and rest of the time is spent in visits to the party office and Secretariat.

Further, these Councillors have been maintaining that the Mayor was not able to run the business of the MC House properly. The meetings of the House were not conducted regularly, and whenever they are conducted, there was hardly any time to debate the issues of the public interest. The last meeting did not last for even half-an-hour, said one of the offended Councilors.

Councillor Arti Chauhan has asked the Mayor to resign by taking moral responsibility of failure to fulfill the commitments made to the people before the elections.

Another Councillor said they had not elected Sadrate to enjoy tours and photo-shoots.

While the Mayor was in China, for the first time, Councillors and the Deputy Mayor of the ruling party had staged a walked out from a meeting when they were cornered by the opposition over the issue of failure to respond properly to the water crisis.

The rebel Councillors also expressed concern over degrading state of sanitation as the workers remained on strikes as many as four times during last one year. Further, the workers are now annoyed with the MC for its decision to out-source the door-to-door garbage collection in five Wards to a private contractor.

The Mayor, however, said she has done the best she could do. She showed faith in the government and her organization by denying news of revolt among the Councilors.

In the 34-member SMC, BJP had managed to grab power of the civic body for the first time in the elections held in 2017. While BJP has a support of 19 Councillors including two independent, Congress is not far behind at 14. The CPI (M) has one elected Councillor in the house too.

Earlier, the opposition Congress had almost convinced one of the BJP’s Councillor to support a motion to dissolve the MC and dethrone the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The Councillor was reportedly offered the Deputy Mayor’s chair as an incentive. The opposition had even taken signatures of 14 Councillors who were supporting the dissolution of SMC.

However, the party high command had somehow managed to silence this Councillor as well others protesting against the current Mayor.  As it turned out, the situation has now become more complicated as the Councillors report no change in the attitude of the Mayor. 

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Meet Himachal’s Virender who bagged silver for India in his first international boxing tournament



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Mandi: Virender Kumar (25), a resident of Bobar (बोबर) village of Sundernagar in Mandi district, has made Himachal Pradesh proud by bagging a silver medal at the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia. The tournament was held between June 5 to 13, 2018.

Virender, who is currently serving in the Indian Army, was one of the three Indian boxers who bagged medals for India in their respective categories. Other two were Brijesh Yadav and Gaurav Bidhuri who won a silver and bronze in 86 kg and 56 kg categories respectively.

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It was Virender’s first foreign tournament and he made it count. Kumar had entered the finals after defeating Azerbaijan’s Gulguseyn Agazade in 91 kg category by a score of 5-0.

He was not born with a silver spoon and he completed his education from Government Senior Secondary School Jarol. He continued his college education at Maharaja Lakshman Sen Memorial College, Sundernagar.

Himachal Boxer Virender

His first experience with boxing dates back to his school days. However, it was not his school that encouraged him or offered any sort of assistance in his training. The spark for boxing in Virender grew as his parents supported him.

Virender has trained in Sundernagar under the guidance of his coach Mr. Naresh Kumar, who is also a local.

Virender had first come to me when he was a class IX student, thereafter, he trained under me until his college was finished. I have several students who have won medals at national level tournaments, but Virender made me proud by claiming a medal at his first international tournament,

the coach Mr Naresh told Himachal Watcher.

Mr. Naresh had begun his own career back in 1989, but the scope of boxing was very bleak in the State at that time. However, Mr Naresh still decided to develop this sport in his native place. He started his journey with 12 pairs of boxing gloves, and today he is training over 60 students daily.

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Virender has won medals for his university, which was followed by several medals at the national tournaments.

After completion of his college education, he joined the Army in 2013 and trained further at the Army Sports Institute, Pune. There he bagged a gold medal at the Inter Command boxing championship organized by Indian Army at the national level.

His father Mr. Prakash Chand(54) is serving with the State Electricity Board while his mother is a housewife.

Other than his parents, Virender gave credit of his success to the Army Officials and Boxing Federation of India too. 

It was an incredible experience for me to compete in Russia. I settled with a silver medal this time, but I will try my best to perform better in future,

said Virender.

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Linking Digital Ration Cards to Adhaar caused automatic cancellation of bogus cards: CM



digital ration card holders in Himachal pRadesh

Shimla: As a step to make Public Distribution System more effective against diversions, leakages and inefficiency and to ensure benefit of subsidy to the genuine beneficiaries, the Himachal Pradesh Government has provided as many as 18.26 lakh QR Based PVC digital Ration Cards to the consumers of the State, informed the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday.

About 87 per cent ration cards have been linked with Aadhar Number of the beneficiaries. This has resulted in an automatic cancellation of bogus ration cards and fake beneficiaries, he further informed. He said that this would reduce the diversion/pilferage of food articles, which in turn would reduce the burden of subsidy on the State Government.

In order to ensure easy availability of essential commodities to the consumers at subsidized rates and quality of products being supplied, ‘e-PDS’, ‘HP Mobile App’ has been introduced for mobiles of the consumers, he informed adding this initiative has further strengthened the PDS in the State.

He said the consumers can obtain a print of their duplicate ration cards through the official website of PDS, if they don’t have PVC ration cards.

After getting these cards signed by the specified authority i.e concerned Panchayat Secretary or Inspector Food and Supplies, the consumer can receive their monthly quota of ration from the Fair Price Shops, he said.

Chief Minister said that cashless transaction at Fair Price Shops was also underway and was likely to be implemented very shortly, which would further facilitate the consumers in getting ration from the Fair Price Shops.

He said that in order to educate and motivate the general public about their Digital Ration Card and Aadhar Seeding, video tutorials in simple Hindi have been posted in the transparency portal of the department at the website.

He said the entire digitization process and seeding ration cards with Aadhar Number of the beneficiaries would go a long way in eradicating ghost/bogus and duplicate ration cards. This would help the genuine consumers in getting food grains and other essential commodities at subsidized rates easily.

He said that a Toll-Free No 1967/1800-180-8026 has been established at the ePDS Call Centre to redress grievances of the general public. This facility is functional on all working days from 10 am to 5 pm.

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