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In 6 months, 831 drug offenders booked in Himachal, poppy on 1366 bighas destroyed: Govt

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Shimla: In the Cabinet meeting held on July 24, 2018, at Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government was told that during the last six months, poppy crops were destroyed from 1366 bighas as compared to only six bighas in 2017. Apart from this, 831 drug offenders were arrested and cases were registered against them during the period, it was informed.

Further, the Cabinet directed that a special campaign would be launched to check drug menace by involving Education, Health, Police, Social Justice and Empowerment departments besides ensuring active participation of panchayats, Mahila Mandals, parents, school-children and teachers etc.

It also directed to promote alternative crops in the traditional cannabis growing areas so that people could be motivated to grow alternative crops.

It is pertinent to mention that there a petition regarding the legalization of cannabis (hemp) cultivation is still pending in the State High Court. The petition says with the legalization, currently grown cannabis, which contains a high amount of TCH – the psychoactive substance, could be replaced with hemp. Hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to make it suitable for smoking and getting high.

Also Read: Industrial hemp can revolutionize Himachal’s economy, end war on drugs, says petition seeking legalization

The petition also says that the hemp cultivation would not only help eradicate the menace of drug mafia but also revolutionize the economy of several regions where people do not have any major source of income. With hemp, over 25,000 products could be manufactured, the petition further says.

The court had even directed the government to take up the matter and make a call. However, the government hasn’t considered it.

The Cabinet also felt that necessary amendments can be made in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act to make it more stringent to curb this menace.

It further said a State level Special Task Force be formed to nab the drug peddlers throughout the State, it said. The Home Department was told to hold regular coordination meetings at the Director General level with the neighbouring States.

It also directed to conduct joint police operations with neighbouring States to check inter-State drug flow.

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Black Paint Smeared on HP BJP Chief’s Face in Posters, Congress Also Files Police Complaint

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Black Paint Smeared on Satpal Satti's Posters in Shimla

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has filed a complaint to police for lodging an FIR against Satpal Singh Satti, President of BJP HP, for making derogatory remarks and statements against INC President Rahul Gandhi. Congress said this news was also published by various newspapers on Monday.

HPCC has already made a call for state-wide protest against Satti on April 16.

At the same time, the obscene remarks have angered the State Youth Congress. Workers of Youth Congress were smearing black paint on Satti’s face on BJP poster in Shimla as a protest. Workers can also be seen in the video writing ‘Besharm Satti’ (Shameless) on BJP posters.

The State President of Youth Congress, Manish Thakur, has made a call do the same with BJP chief’s face on posters across the State. All workers across Himachal should boycott and burn effigies of Satti in their respective constituencies, he said.

In its complaint, HPCC said that on April 14, 2019, Satpal Singh Satti was addressing a public meeting organised at Ramshaher of  Nalagarh Vidhan Sabha Assembly in District Solan. During his address, he allegedly passed derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhiji and former UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. These remarks were highly defamatory and against women’s dignity, Congress said in its complaint. It also alleged that the objectionable remarks used by Satti are also in gross violation of the guidelines laid down by Election Commission of India.

The unparliamentary language used by Satti while delivering the speech in this meeting tarnishes the image of AICC President Rahul Gandhi, the complaint said.

 The abusive remarks used against Sonia Gandhi are damaging the public image of a woman, who is given the utmost importance in the Social Indian setup, it said.

These remarks would tarnish the image of Congress Party in India as well as in Himachal, the complaint said.  Congress also complained that Satti has committed a criminal offence by passing derogatory remarks and has also violated the guidelines issued by Election Commission of India for smooth conduction of elections.  Some cuttings from today’s Dallies were also attached with the complaint.

Satti, as per a PTI report, refused to apologize for the remarks, and said he was merely reading contents of a comment posted by someone on social media.  Instead, he said Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders should apologise for using ‘chor’ word for PM.

I have narrated an incident while addressing a public meeting in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan district whereby a derogatory remark was made against Rahul in retaliation of using ‘chor’ word for PM in a viral social media message,

he told PTI.

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Himachal BJP Chief Caught on Camera Passing Obscene Remarks at Rahul Gandhi

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Satpal Singh Satti's abusive remark on rahul gandhi

Shimla-Satpal Singh Satti, the president of Bhartiya Janata Party’s Himachal Pradesh unit, was caught on camera passing obscene remarks at INC President Rahul Gandhi Gandhi.  He was addressing a public meeting of SC morcha in Shimla constituency’s Ramshahar in Nalagarh sub-division on April 14, 2019.

Satti has defended it arguing that he only read a comment made on Rahul Gandhi by some Facebook user. He said he only wanted to convey that if Rahul Gandhi can address the Prime Minister as “Chowkidar Chor Hai” from the public stage, he should be ready to face similar derogatory remarks.

However, Satti’s language registered a new low in the battle of political statements ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.   

A couple of video clips were shared on social media after someone recorded his address on mobile cameras. 

The State unit of Congress and its leaders have sought an public apology from the BJP Chief and warned him that this matter would be taken to the Election Commission of India. State Congress unit has made a call for statewide protest on April 16.

Afraid of losing elections, Congress said, BJP is deliberately trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues.

We are taking the opinion of our legal cell. Subsequently, we may file a formal complaint against him with the EC,

a Congress Spokesperson said.

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BJP Poll Manifesto 2019 Out, Read All Major Promises

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BJP Manifesto 2019 Released

Shimla-Bhartiya Janata Party today released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Congress has already released its manifesto on April 2, 2019.

One thing which is common in both manifestoes is the claim that they reflect aspirations of crores of people.

Congress had claimed that its manifesto is not the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of one individual but the collective voice of lakhs of people.

As per BJP,

This Sankalp Patra is the voice of the people in the truest sense.

Prime Minister Narender Modi said,

In 2047, our nation would complete a hundred years of freedom. Let us together imagine what is the kind of India that we want by 2047. The BJP pledges to make the next ve years as the foundation laying period for India of 2047.

In the manifesto, the party president Amit Shah claimed that the BJP government has done incredible work in establishing transparent governance in the last five years

In last five years, our government has done incredible work in establishing a transparent system of governance, furthering economic development and increasing people’s participation in the country’s progress,

Shah claimed.

This Vision Document is the representative document of the expectations of the people of India, it gives voice to their aspirations,

Rajnath Singh, Chairperson, Manifesto Committee, claimed that party connected crores of people under the ‘Bharat Ke Man Ki Baat’ dialogue which was a nationwide campaign run by the BJP for a month. He said millions of suggestions were shared with us through deferent means.

Our manifesto is a document of expression of crores of suggestions and aspirations. With the aid of about 7,700 suggestion boxes, 300 raths, more than 100 dialogue program, more than 4000 ‘Bharat Ke Man Ki Baat’ program and through the social media we have gauged the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of people across India.

List of Major Promises by BJP in Its Manifesto 2019

  • We will continue our policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism.
  • We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
  • We will adopt the ideals of Gram Swaraj as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi
  • We will ensure a pucca house to every family who is either living in a kuchha house or has no access to housing by 2022.
  • We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special program, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water connection to every household by 2024.
  • We will ensure that every Gram Panchayat is connected through a high-speed optical fiber network by 2022.
  • We will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste water and reuse of waste water
  • We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defense related equipments and weapons.
  • We are committed to focus on ‘Make in India in Defence’ to enable indigenous production of defence equipment. This will also generate employment and encourage investment in the defence sector.     
  • We will provide assistance to the states to upgrade their police forces through the ‘Scheme for Modernization of Police Forces’.         
  • We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority.
  • We will enact the Citizenship Amendment Bill
  • We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370.                      
  • Will annul Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state
  • We will make an investment of Rs. 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector
  • We will provide short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.
  • We will expand Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to realize 100% irrigation potential of the country within a defined time-frame.
  • We will create 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) by 2022.
  • We will complete digitization of land records on a mission mode
  • We will launch ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’ with an allocation of Rs. 10,000 crores
  • We aspire to make India the third largest economy with US $ 5 trillion by 2025 and US $ 10 trillion by 2032.
  • We will promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day                        
  • We will position India as a global manufacturing hub over the next ve years,            
  • We will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to 50 lakh for entrepreneurs.
  • We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs.              
  • We will ensure that 50 cities are covered with a strong metro network.
  • We will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste through an emphasis on fecal sludge management and reuse of wastewater in rural, urban and unsewered areas.           
  • We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special programme, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water for every household by 2024.
  • We will construct 60,000 kms of National Highways in the next Five years
  • We will double the length of National Highways by 2022.                       
  • We want to become a world leader in e-mobility.
  • We will equip all main railway stations with Wi-Fi facility by 2022.
  • Every Gram Panchayat will be connected with a high-speed optical fiber network by 2022.
  •  We will target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at these HWCs by 2022.
  • We will bring Police Reform. We will formulate a ‘Model Police Act’ in consultation with the States to have a pro-people citizen friendly police.
  • We will set up a committee for Easing Citizens’ Interactions with Government (CECIG).
  • We will explore every avenue to implement the Right to Service.  
  • We will launch a Language Translation Mission that will enable ready translation of English text in Science & Technology and humanities in any of our languages.
  • The supercomputer, Artificial  Intelligence, and Quantum Missions will make India not only Industry 5.0 ready but also a leader.
  • We will convene the National Clean Air Plan into a Mission and we will focus on 102 most polluted cities in the country.  
  • We will reduce the level of pollution in each of the mission cities by at least 35% over the next five years.
  • The Himalayan States will be provided special financial assistance in the form of a ‘Green Bonus’
  • We will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to ₹50 lakh for entrepreneurs.
  • We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs
  •  We will set-up new ‘Entrepreneurial Northeast’ scheme to provide Financial support to the micro, small and medium industries and for employment generation in the Northeastern state.
  • We will establish a National Sports Education Board.
  • We will establish National Institutes of Teachers’ training.
  • We aim to open another 200 Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidayalas by 2024.
  • We will take all necessary steps to increase the number of seats in Central Law, Engineering, Science and Management institutions by at least 50% in the next five years.
  • We will reduce the malnutrition level by at least 10% in the next five years, doubling the rate of reduction of malnourishment.
  • We will ensure 33% reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment.          
  • We will establish 50,000 ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendras’ in the tribal areas of the country
  • We will recognize 11 Lout Indian Gorkha sub-tribes as Schedule Tribes.
  • are also committed to implementing the reservation in the legislative assembly of Sikkim for Limboo and Tamang tribes.
  • We will also provide 100 Panini fellowships to researchers and scholars across India to promote research in Sanskrit.
  • We will ensure a clean and uninterrupted flow of river Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar
  • We will continue to promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day.
  • We will adopt the Uniform Civil Code.

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