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Shimla: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has placed several demands in front of the Centre government while speaking at the pre-budget meeting of Finance Ministers of all States and Union Territories held at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Dr Shrikant Baldi, ACS Finance and Manisha Nanda, ACS and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister also attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister urged the Centre government to provide 100 percent tax exemption to industries in the state for first five years and fifty percent for next five years.

He also urged to make a provision of interest subvention of seven percent for a period of seven years to promote industrial development in the hilly state.

The entrepreneurs of Himachal were denied the benefits of the capital investments’ subsidy, which ended in March 2017.

Although a special committee was constituted for preparing an extensive industrial policy for hill states, no announcements have been made so far, he said. He requested to continue central capital investment subsidy to the state till the new announcements are made.

List of Various Demands Raised by the HP Chief Minister at Pre-Budget Meeting

  1. Provide subsidy/viability gap fund for operating flights and heli-taxi services on the pattern of North Eastern states to promote tourism as well as enhance disaster management
  2. Assist in promotion of air traffic and expansion of helipads from the central budget
  3. Make budgetary provisions at the centre for expansion/construction of airports in hill states. 
  4. Reduce the corporate tax rate up to twenty percent for further industrial development
  5. Restrain Freight Subsidy scheme and reimburse a transport cost of about Rs five crore at the rate of 75%.
  6. Enhance import duty on apple as announced earlier in the union budget 2018-19
  7. Expansion and strengthening the rail network in the state
  8. Declare these projects as national projects Construct and construct Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line besides broad-gauging of Pathankot-Jogindernagar rail line
  9. Transfer power to accord environment clearances for hydel projects above 50 MW to the state government
  10. Increase the powers of the state government to grant sanction under FCA ACT -1980 from 1 hectare to 5 hectares under.
  11. Include areas having a population of more than 100 and below 250 under PMGSY
  12. Release Rs. 289 crore for 111 irrigation projects included under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna in 2017-18
  13. Include Finna Singh and Nadaun Irrigation projects under priority tasks of the ministry to complete them by December 2019. Out of total 338 crores, only Rs 49 crore were received so far
  14. Remove disparity in the wage rates in the tribal and non-tribal areas under MNREGA
  15. Announce Disaster Mitigation Fund in the union budget 2018-19 for the state as it falls under seismic zone IV and V

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IPS Gaurav and PSO to Chief Minister Suspended, Gurdev Sharma Posted as SP Kullu

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Kullu-IPS Gaurav Singh, former Superintendent of Police, Kullu, and Baljeet, PSO to Chief Minister Jairam Thakur were suspended over the unruly incident that occurred at the Bhuntar Airport on June 23.  The Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, confirmed the report.

ASP Brijesh Sood – one of the Chief Minister’s security personnel who was slapped by Gaurav during the brawl, was removed from the current duty and shifted.  

Earlier, these three were sent on compulsory leave following the incident where Singh allegedly slapped Sood. The PSO to CM was seen kicking the SP in a video that went viral and appeared on mainstream news channels, causing huge embarrassment to the State Police Department, as well as, the Chief Minister.

Also Read: IPS Gaurav Singh and CM’s Security Personnel Exchange Slaps & Kicks, Video Goes Viral, Inquiry Ordered

The DGP had to rush to the spot to take stock of the situation and an inquiry into the matter was ordered under DIG (Central Rage) Madhusudan. The report of the inquiry is expected to be submitted  today.

IPS Gurdev Sharma (HP 2009 batch) was posted as the SP, Kullu. Reacting to this decision, the people took social media expressing concern over the drug mafia of Kullu that was desperately waiting for his transfer.

It’s pertinent to mention that ex-SP of Kullu, Gaurav Singh, had been dealing strictly with the mafia and remained in news for seizing several high-quality consignments during his tenure. Before Kullu, as the ASP, Solan, Singh had garnered public support for his bold action against drug and sand mafia.

Though his act of slapping the security personal of the Chief Minister following heated arguments has been widely condemned, a large number of people are showing solidarity with the IPS officer.  Others are viewing it as an adverse effect of the conflict between bureaucracy and politicians.

At the same time, new video footage showed what caused Chief Minister to lose his calm as farmers expressed a discontent with the current government in front of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.  

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IPS Gaurav Singh and CM’s Security Personnel Exchange Slaps & Kicks, Video Goes Viral, Inquiry Ordered

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Kullu-Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Gaurav Singh, and Chief Minister’s Security Officers got into an ugly brawl outside the Bhuntar Airport in Kullu district on Wednesday. While Gaurav Singh reportedly slapped the security official, ASP, Brijesh Sood, after an argument broke out between the two, another security official of the Chief Minister was seen kicking Gaurav Singh.

The incident has jolted the State Police Department, as well as, the people as all of this ruckus occurred in the presence of Chief Minister and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Video clips of this incident where personnel of the Himachal Pradesh Police exchanged slaps and kicks appeared on social media and are going viral across the nation.  

The incident has attracted widespread criticism over such indisciplinary actions from these high-rank officials. 

It’s pertinent to mention that Gaurav Singh is considered one of the most honest IPS officials serving in the State. His strict action against sand and drug mafia in Baddi industrial area had won him praise from the people. He was hailed as Baddi’s Singham at that time. He continues to work with the same zeal against drug mafia as the SP of Kullu district too. 

What Happened At Bhuntar Airport

According to the initial information available, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had come to the Airport to welcome Gadkari, who is on a five-day visit to Kullu. When their convoy left the Airport, Gadkari noticed several people who had gathered outside to meet him and share their grievance related to insufficient compensation for the acquisition of land for the four-laning project. These people from the four-lane Sangharsh Samiti were waiting for the Minister outside the Airport.

Meanwhile, CM’s Security Official reportedly started arguing with the SP over allowing people to gather outside the Airport which caused an unscheduled halt for the Minister’s convoy. As per reports, Gadkari had himself asked to stop the car to listen to these people, which led to misunderstanding between the security of the Chief Minister and Chief of the local police. The argument turned into a violent brawl as the SP slapped Brijesh Sood.

Other officials present at the scene tried to intervene and control these officers. This entire episode occurred in front of the Chief Minister’s car.

The people at once rushed towards the spot shouting “ SP sahab ko kyon maar rahe ho (Why Are You Assaulting the SP)?”

Somehow, the remaining police personnel cleared the way for Chief Minister’s vehicle. The people were also heard shouting slogans in support of Gaurav Singh.  

Inquiry Ordered, Three Officials Removed from Duty Till Conclusion of Inquiry

Following this shocking incident, the PHQ came into action and the Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, left for the spot. DIG Central Range, Madhusudan, had already reached the spot to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

The inquiry would be conducted under Section 63 of the HP Police Act, it was informed. 

The IG Intelligence was asked to immediately depute someone to perform the duties of Balwant, HPP, PSO to the Chief Minister immediate effect.

Further, the PHQ, in a statement, informed that till the conclusion of the preliminary inquiry into the incident, Gaurav Singh, Brijesh Sood and  Balwant, will remain on compulsory leave. The headquarters for Gaurav Singh was fixed to be the Range Office Mandi and PHQ Shimla for Brajesh Sood and Balwant Singh.

Further, the DIG CR Madhusudan would perform the duties of the SP Kullu, while the duties of Addl SP, CM Security, will be performed by Addl SP, IIIrd Bn Pandoh, Puneet Raghu.

Himachal Kisan Sabha Alleges the State Govt Didn’t Want Farmers to Meet the Minister

The Himachal Kisan Sabha also issued a statement in which it referred to the incident as another example of the state government’s anti-farmer attitude. The Sabha said that the farmers affected by the four-laning project only wanted to submit a memorandum to the Union Minister to convey their grievance peacefully and the Minister himself agreed to it. Despite this, an unnecessary brawl was created on the part of the Chief Minister’s security.  The Sabha supported the demand of the farmers for appropriate compensation for their land acquired for the project. 

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HP Govt Re-Shuffles 43 IAS/HAS Officials Including Eight DCs Ahead of By-Elections 2021

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has re-shuffled 43 IAS and HAS official. The transferred/posted officials include eight Deputy Commissioners. The orders came following the meeting of the HP Cabinet held yesterday.

This re-shuffle has also come ahead of the by-elections scheduled to be held in the state.

Neeraj Kumar, IAS (HP:2013) would be the new Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul & Spiti. Dr. Nipun Jindal, IAS (HP:2014), who was serving as the Managing Director, National Health Mission, HP, was posted as the new Deputy Commissioner, Kangra.

Ashutosh Garg, IAS (HP:2014) has been posted as the new Deputy Commissioner, Kullu. Arindam Chaudhary, IAS (HP:2014), was appointed as the new Deputy Commissioner, Mandi.

Ram Kumar Gautam, IAS (HP: 2014) was posted as the new Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur. Pankaj Rai, IAS (HP: 2014), who was the Deputy Commissioner Lahaul has now been appointed as the Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur. Kritika Kulhari, IAS (HP:2013), was appointed as  the Deputy Commissioner, Solan. Earlier, she served as the Director, Women & Child Development, HP.

List of IAS/HAS Official Transferred/Given Charges

  1. Dr. Richa Verma, IAS (HP:2012), as Chief Executive Officer, Baddi Barotiwala, Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA). She was serving as the Deputy Commissioner Kullu, District, earlier.
  2. Kalyan Chand, IAS (HP:2011), as Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, HP. He will also hold the charge of the post of Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Minorities Finance and Development Corporation Shimla. He was serving as the Deputy Commissioner, Solan, earlier.
  3. Abid Hussain Sadiq., IAS (HP:2014) was posted as Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur.
  4. Yunus, IAS (HP:2010), as Excise & Taxation Commissioner, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.
  5. Hemraj Bairwa, IAS (HP:2013), as Mission Director, National Health Mission, HP. He was serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Kinnaur district.
  6. Rakesh Kumar Prajapati, IAS (HP:2012), as Director, Industrie HP. He will also hold charge of the post of Managing Director HP Industrial Development Corporation. He was serving as the Deputy Commissioner Kangra
  7. Subhasish Panda, IAS (HP:1997), currently, the Principal Secretary (Public Works Department was given additional charge of the post of Principal Secretary (Tourism & Civil Aviation).
  8. Devesh Kumar, IAS (HP:1998),  has been appointed as Secretary to Chief Minister. He will continue to hold the charge of the post of Secretary (General Administration Department, Secretariat Administration, Sainik Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs)  and the post of Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited, Shimla.
  9. Rakesh Kanwar, IAS (HP:2007), as Secretary to Governor, Himachal Pradesh. He will also hold the charge of the post of Project Director, Zero Budget Natural Farming in the Department of Agriculture, Himachal Pradesh. State
  10. Amit Kashyap, IAS (HP:2008) as Director, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. He will also hold the charge of the post of Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, Shimla.
  11. Capt. (Retd.) J.M. Pathania, IAS (HP:2008), as Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Agro Industries Corporation Limited, Shimla. He will also hold the charge of the post of Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Agro-Industrial Packaging India Limited.
  12. Rakhil Kahlon, IAS (HP:2008), as Director, Women and Child Development, HP.
  13. Manasi Sahay Thakur, IAS (HP:2009), as Managing Director, General Industries Corporation, HP.
  14. Rohan Chand Thakur, IAS (HP:2009), as Managing Director, HP Financial Corporation.
  15. Raj Krishan Pruthi, IAS (HP:2009), as Special Secretary (Agriculture) to the HP Govt. He will also hold the charge of the post of Director, Agriculture, HP. Earlier, he was posted as Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur at Nahan, District Sirmaur.
  16. Vinod Kumar, IAS (HP:2009), as Managing Director, HP Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation, Kangra.
  17. Chander Prakash Verma, IAS (HP:2010), as Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh. He will continue to hold the charge of the posts of Special Secretary (Tribal Development) to the HP Govt-cum Additional Commissioner, Tribal Development, HP and Commissioner Departmental Enquiries, HP.
  18. Amarjeet Singh, IAS (HP:2010), as Director, Public Finance-cum-Public Enterprises-cum-Special Secretary (Finance) to the HP Govt. and Director, Treasuries, Accounts and Lotteries, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.
  19. Rugved Milind Thakur, IAS (HP:2011), as Director, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Himachal Pradesh-cum-ex Officio Special Secretary (Panchayati Raj) to the HPGovt.He was earlier posted as the Deputy Commissioner Mandi, District Mandi.
  20. Lalit Jain, IAS (HP: 2011), as the Managing Director, HP State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited.
  21. Vivek Bhatia, IAS (HP:2011), as Director Department of Empowerment of Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and the Specially Abled, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. He will also hold the charge of the post of Director, HP Institute of Public Administration.
  22. Gopal Chand, IAS (HP:2011), Special Secretary (MPP & Power and NCES the Government of Himachal Pradesh, who is holding the charge of the post of Director Youth Services and Sports, HP, was given charge of the post of Special Secretary (Industries) to the Government Himachal Pradesh.
  23. Devinder Kumar Rattan, IAS (HP:2012), as Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
  24. Manmohan Sharma, IAS (HP:2013), as Director, Urban Development, HP. He will also hold the charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer-cum-Managing Director, Shimla Smart City Ltd.
  25. Rohit Jamwal, IAS (HP:2014), as Labour Commissioner-cum-Director of Employment, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. Earlier, he was serving as the Deputy Commissioner, Bilaspur.
  26. Apoorv Devgan, IAS (HP:2015), as Member Secretary, HP State Pollution Control Board.
  27. Mukesh Repaswal, IAS (HP:2015), as Director, Information Technology, HP. He will also hold charge of the post of Managing Director, HP Electronics Development Corporation.
  28. Dr. Priyanka Verma, IAS (HP:2015), as the Director (Personnel & Finance), HP Power Corporation Limited.
  29. Anurag Chander, IAS (HP:2016), as Special Secretary (Excise & Taxation and Public Works Department) to the HP Govt. He will also hold charge of the post of Director, Estates, HP.
  30. Sonakshi Singh Tomar, IAS (HP:2016), as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Sirmaur.
  31. Zaffar Iqbal, IAS (HP:2017), as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency. Solan.
  32. Shivam Pratap Singh, IAS (HP:2017),  as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Kullu.
  33. Kiran Bhadana, IAS (HP:2017), as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Shimla.
  34. Nivedita Negi, IAS (HP:2017), as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Chamba.
  35. Kumad Singh, HPAS (2001), as Managing Director, HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam. She will continue to hold the charge of the post of Managing Director, HP Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation.
  36. Vinay Singh, HPAS (2001, as Director, Ayurveda, HP, Shimla.
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