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Cancel Unnecessary Shifting of ARTRAC HQ from Shimla to Meerut, Would Cause Financial Burden and Loss of Employment: Anand Sharma to Defense Ministry

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Shimla-Indian National Congress has also joined the voices opposing the proposal of unnecessary shifting of the Headquarters of Army Training Command (ARTRAC) from Shimla to Meerut. The Member of Parliament and Senior Leader of Indian National Congress, Anand Sharma, has written a letter to the Ministry of Defense regarding proposed shifting of the HQ ARTRAC.

In his letter, Sharma said that the proposal to shift ARTRAC was made without any apparent need or justification. Moreover, he said, senior Army officers including retired Services Chiefs and Strategic Experts are also demanding to retain the ARTRAC in Shimla.

He said Shimla has been a strategic location of the Indian Army for almost 150 years and was the Headquarters of the then Indian Army during the British period from 1864 to 1939, which included two World Wars in which British Indian Army fought.

After India’s Independence, the Headquarters of the Western Command was located in Shimla during the Indo-Pak War in 1948, 1965, and 1971, as well as the Indo-China war of 1962. The Western command was shifted to Chandi Mandir only in 1985, he further said.

On raising of the Headquarters of the Army Training at Mhow, the leadership of the Army considered Shimla as the best location for this prestigious ARTRAC and also to make the best use of the available Western Command infrastructure. He said that it was categorically stated by the previous Army Commanders that Shimla was selected as the best suitable place for HQ ARTRAC given its unique charter different from all regional Commands where officers and soldiers are able to conceptualize the concepts and doctrines in a conducive environment. Ever since its establishment in 1993, the Ministry of Defense has, over a period of 27 years, allocated a large amount of funds and resources for the ARTRAC.

He also added that the air connectivity from Shimla to Chandigarh is also 120 km. Shimla has a further advantage of having its own table top airport and a four-lane highway, he said. Meerut, as the new headquarters, does not have any infrastructure advantage and has no airport. Rather, it is entirely dependent on the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, which is already under stress due to heavy passenger and cargo traffic.

He also asked the Defense Minister to note that there will be huge financial implication for relocating of these institutions from Shimla to Meerut, which will have a negative effect on exchequer amounting to hundreds of crores and will not serve any purpose.

In addition, shifting of such a big Army Institution out of Himachal Pradesh would adversely affect the economy of Shimla and the State, and it would also lead to loss of employment for the local people, he said. Shimla has been a summer capital of the country and the State will lose its pride if the Command Headquarters is shifted out of the State.

He requested the Defense Ministry to cancel the proposal to shift HQ ARTRAC. He said it would save the unnecessary financial burden, the investments made in the HQ since 1993. It will, he further added, also avert the loss of employment for the local people and loss to the State economy.

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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