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Why was HP Transport Minister’s Wife Using Govt Vehicle for Shopping, Parlour Visits: Public and Opposition Ask

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Shimla- The alleged misuse of a government vehicle by the wife of the Transport Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Thakur has become a topic of debate in the state.

Political leaders, as well as, the public is raising the issue and asking as to why the wife of Govind Thakur was using government vehicle to go to a beauty parlour and for shopping in Chandigarh.

Targeting Centre government’s promotion of cashless India, questions are also being raised as to why she was carrying cash worth Rs 2.5 lakh. It was also alleged case has belied the promises of the ruling BJP to end the VIP culture.

The matter came into limelight after Rajani Thakur, wife of the HP Transport Minister, filed an FIR complaining that a thieve stole a bag containing Rs 2.5 lakh cash and valuable jewellery from her car in Chandigarh on October 7, 2019. In her complaint, she said that she was inside a saloon in Sector 8 while the car (HP 66 0001) was parked outside for about five hours. The driver was waiting for her return.

Meanwhile, a man approached the driver and told him that some money is lying outside the vehicle and that he had probably dropped it. When the driver got out of the car to collect the money, the man opened the other door of the car and made off with a bag and jewellery.

An FIR was filed at the police station in Sector 3 under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police had obtained CCTV footage and was investigating the case.

Meanwhile, it came into light that the car number given in the complaint was registered in the name of Managing Director, HRTC. The Minister’s wife was in Chandigarh for two days, media reports said.

Questions are being raised as to why the wife of the Minister was allowed to use a government vehicle – a newly bought Innova CRYSTA – for the purpose of touring Chandigarh for her private business.

HRTC is running in loss and the state government is under huge debt but still, the Minister of the ruling government is allegedly misusing public money.

RTI activist Devashish Bhattacharya posted the Registration Certificate of the vehicle and asked under what provision the MD, Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), let the Minister’s wife use the vehicle for personal use.

इस कार का इस्तेमाल हिमाचल प्रदेश के परिवहन मंत्री की पत्नी द्वारा किया गया था, जहाँ से चंडीगढ़ में कथित तौर पर 2.5 लाख…

Dev Ashish Bhattacharya द्वारा इस दिन पोस्ट की गई मंगलवार, 8 अक्तूबर 2019

The Minister of opposition, Mukesh Agnihotri, on October 9 took a jibe at PM Modi’s cashless India campaign. He said while Modi is asking the people to go cashless and use credit/debit cards for payment, the families of his party leaders were carrying cash.

Congress MLA from Dalhousie, Asha Kumari, also opened a front against the state government and questioned as to why a government vehicle was standing outside a beauty parlour in Chandigarh. She also questioned whether entries were made in the log-book regarding the use of this vehicle or not. She demanded an inquiry into the case.  

Congress MLA from Una, Satpal Raijada, targeted the current BJP government over misuse of the government machinery. He demanded a clarification from the government regarding the purpose of allowing a government vehicle for personal use by the wife of a minister in the ruling government. He also demanded an inquiry into the matter.

So far, no clarification was given by either the Transport Minister or the HRTC.  

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Shimla City- Hefty Garbage, Water, Electricity Bills Burden Economically Weak Amid COVID Crisis

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Shimla– Nagrik Sabha Shimla on Monday staged a protest near the Office of the Municipal Corporation, Shimla, over hefty bills of electricity, garbage, water, and problems of the businessmen. A delegation of this front approached the Commissioner, Shimla MC, and submitted a memorandum of their demands.  

Citizens raised questions over the decisions of the state government to withdraw subsidy worth Rs. 80 crore on ration/food and subsidy worth 100 crores on electricity charges.  Questions were raised over the timings of these decisions  as a large section of the population, especially the poor and lower-middle-class families, are struggling to survive  amid COVID-19 crisis.

The Sabha said that nearly 70 percent of people employed in the private sector in the State have lost their employment partially or completely due to the corona pandemic. Over 5000 workers have lost jobs as hotels, restaurants, and commercial establishments remain closed in the State or not doing well even after the opening of lockdown. In Shimla, 40 percent of employment is linked to the tourism industry, the Sabha said. Closure of the industry has rendered thousands of porters/coolies, cab drivers, guides, those working with tours & travel agencies etc., unemployed. The livelihood of street vendors, hawkers, is hit adversely, the Sabha said.

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It also alleged that while people are struggling to just survive this crisis, they have been slapped with hefty bills by State Government, Shimla MC, and Electricity Board. These people were expecting relief but the government became indifferent to their financial crisis.  

To worsen things, these people are getting mentally harassed after receiving warnings of disconnection on non-payment of bills on time.

Citizens also complained that bills which were earlier issued monthly, have been issued collectively for four months and a little time has been given to deposit these bills. The meter reading rate for four months has increased manifold, they said.   

Similarly, bills worth thousands of rupees for garbage collection have been issued. Businessmen and commercial building owners are also being asked to deposit property tax amid this financial crisis.

The state government should waive off electricity, garbage, and water bills for March, April, May, and June months, the Sabha demanded. It warned of more protests if no relief was provided to the affected.

Citizens had also been complaining about hefty bills despite the fact that businesses like Paying Guest facilities are closed since March and there is no garbage to collect. But still, PG owners said, they have been slapped with hefty bills.

Further, former Mayor of Shimla, Sanjay Chauhan, targeted the Centre Government and top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He referred to the hellish struggle of migrant laborers to reach their homes and their struggle to remain alive because of the imposition of curfew/lockdown in a haste without any warning.

He also termed the ‘Rs 20 lakh crores relief package’ announced by the Centre government a mere gimmick. He said the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister kept elaborating this relief for about a week, but when it came to allocation, it had nothing for the common people. He alleged reliefs were given to influential and rich while commoners and marginal businesses got nothing. He also pointed out that prices of diesel have become equivalent to those of petrol.

He also said that instead of the relief package, the Centre should have given 10 kg ration per month and deposit Rs 7500 in the accounts of those who do not fall under income tax limit. He said this demand was raised several times during the lockdown. There were several other issues that Chauhan raised while addressing the protestors. (Watch Video).

Though the protest was being staged in front of the Office of Superintendent of Police, Shimla, and several police personal were present on the site, social distancing was hardly maintained.

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After Booking About 200 Women in Spiti, CM Now Urges Rural Women to be Vigilant About Quarantine Violations

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Shimla-On the one hand, Himachal Pradesh Government is allegedly harassing nearly 200 tribal women of Spiti for being vigilant and denying entry to the large convey of Cabinet Minister Ram Lal Markanda early in June for not following the rules regarding quarantine, but on the other hand Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is urging the womenfolk to keep a strict vigil on the people coming home from other States, who have been kept in-home quarantine.

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He urged them to help to monitor such people so that they don’t jump home quarantine. He said that this would help in checking the spread of this virus at the community level. He was reportedly interacting with rural women who are beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna on Monday.

The Chief Minister also made a big claim that Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country where cent percent households have LPG gas connections.

Thakur made a claim that there is no more collecting fuel wood and cooking food on traditional chullah in the State. Now, rural women do not have to go out for collecting fuel wood, Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar added to the CM’s claim.

The CM claimed that Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna, gas connections were provided free of cost to 1.36 lakh families of the State. 

Under State Government’s Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna, 2,76,243 families were provided free gas connections in the State.                               

 

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HIMCARE: Last Date for Registration/Renewal Extended

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Himachal Pradesh Himcare Registration and Renewal

Shimla: The last date for renewal of HIMCARE card has been extended till 15th July 2020, the Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman had informed recently. Under this scheme, free health treatment is provided upto rupees five lakh. 

 He said that new eligible families can also register upto 15th July 2020. Besides this, those families can also renew their cards on completion of a time period of 365 days. The beneficiaries can visit the website for registration and renewal or can visit the nearest Lok Mitra centre.

It is mandatory to upload the required documents for registration and renewal of card and the list of required documents was available on the website.

ACS said that those families whose card has expired on 30th June 2020, didn’t renew their card till 15th July 2020, then they would have to wait till January and would not be able to avail the benefit of free health treatment.

Tourism Activities in Himachal to Increase, Stay Alert: ACS Dhiman

Further, on Monday, Dhiman said the economic and tourism activities would be increasing in the State, therefore, it was important to stay alert of this virus for self-safety and safety of the society.

This statement regarding safety from coronavirus is contrary to the decisions of the state government to open tourism activity amid a spurt in COVID-19 cases.

The State Government is facing a backlash from every sphere of society for opening borders for all, especially tourists, without the need of e-pass or permission from the authorities. This decision is more likely to fuel the COVID-19 outbreak in the State.

At the same time, Dhiman is asking the people not to get afraid of coronavirus and to follow the guidelines issued by the Government, maintain self-hygiene, keeping a physical distance of one meter or three feet from another person, to avoid crowding at one place, cover the mouth with a mask or face cover and do not touch the nose, eyes and mouth.

He also asked the people to avoid such wards in the hospital where patients of coronavirus were being treated. In case a person was suffering from fever, cough, cold or having difficulty in breathing, the person should immediately contact helpline number 104 or avail services of e-sanjeevani OPD.

He also asked the people to avoid such wards in the hospital where patients of coronavirus were being treated. In case a person was suffering from fever, cough, cold or having difficulty in breathing, the person should immediately contact helpline number 104 or avail services of e-sanjeevani OPD.

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