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

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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

Jai thakur oath taking ceremony

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

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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Himachal First State to Complete Assessment of Snow Leopard and its Wild Prey

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Snow Leopard Population Assessment in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-The assessment of snow leopard population in Himachal Pradesh has been completed by the state wildlife wing in collaboration with Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) Bangalore following the protocol aligning with the SPAI (Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India) protocols of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. Himachal Pradesh has become the first state to complete assessment of snow leopard and its wild prey.

The state has an estimated population of up to 73 snow leopards.

It is the first scientifically robust estimate of snow leopards and its prey for the State. Since snow leopard is the state animal, the study assumes great significance for Himachal Pradesh.
The exercise revealed that snow leopard density ranged from 0.08 to 0.37 individuals per 100 sq.km., with the trans-Himalayan regions of Spiti, Pin valley and upper Kinnaur recording the highest densities, both of the predator and its prey, mainly ibex and blue sheep.

This study covered the entire potential snow leopard habitat of Himachal Pradesh: an area of 26,112 sq.km., utilising a stratified sampling design. Camera trapping surveys were conducted at 10 sites to representatively sample all the strata i.e. high, low and unknown. The camera trap deployment over the mountainous terrains was led by a team of eight local youth of Kibber village and more than 70 frontline staff of HPFD were trained in this technique as part of the project. Snow leopards were detected at all the 10 sites (Bhaga, Chandra, Bharmour, Kullu, Miyar, Pin, Baspa, Tabo, Hangrang & Spiti) suggesting that snow leopards are found in the entire snow leopard habitat in Himachal Pradesh either as resident individuals of a population or as dispersing individuals navigating through these connecting habitats.

Another revelation from the study is that a bulk of snow leopard occurrence is outside protected areas, reiterating the fact that local communities are the strongest allies for conservation in snow leopard landscapes.

The NCF and wildlife wing collaborated in the effort and it took three years to complete the assessment. MoEFCC had launched the First National Protocol on Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India, on the occasion of International Snow Leopard Day. You can read the complete protocol here.

Snow leopard is the icon of high mountains of Asia. In India, they inhabit the higher Himalayan and TransHimalayan landscape in an altitudinal range between approximately 3,000 m to 5,400 m above MSL, spanning c. 100,000 km2 in the five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. This area contributes to about 5% of the global snow leopard range.

Snow leopards occur over a vast, relatively remote and difficult to access mountainous area. Together with their elusive nature, this makes a complete population census of snow leopards an unfeasible goal. Even their distribution remains unclear. For example, recent surveys show that they do not occur in 25 % of the area that was thought to be their range in the state of Himachal Pradesh Their density is expected to be variable in space, dependent on several factors such as habitat suitability, prey availability, disturbance and connectivity. Variation in density across space also poses the risk of biased sampling, and, indeed, most of the snow leopard population assessments conducted so far across the world are biased towards the best habitats.

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Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Makes a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years

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third phase of Panchayat elections in himachal pradesh

Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission

District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).

 Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.

The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.

Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.

Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.

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Congress After Registering Victory in Theog MC Elections

The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support. 

Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda-  had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.

Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate. 

Parwanoo Counciloor Nisha sharma

Nisha Sharma Joins Congress

Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.   

While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff.  Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.  

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Second phase of Panchayat elections in himachal pradesh

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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