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Video: HP Cabinet Minister Mahender Singh Ridicules Teachers, Lands in Warm Waters, Teaching Community Demands Apology

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Shimla-Jal Shakti Minister, Mahender Singh’s controversial statement on teachers has landed him in hot waters. A video of his statement ridiculing teachers also going viral on social media.

The statement came at a time when the BJP’s national chief, Jai Prakash Nadda, is on a visit to Himachal Pradesh to gauge the pulse of the candidate for the three upcoming by-elections. 

The teachers and academic community on Sunday erupted in anger against Mahender Singh’s statement. Members of various associations of teachers said the statement would create widespread acrimony towards teachers.

Reportedly, the Cabinet Minister was addressing a gathering at Banjar, Kullu district, on Saturday. While admiring his ministry for keep working during the pandemic, Mahender Singh was heard saying that most officers only enjoyed their time during lockdowns, especially the teachers, he said, “enjoyed the most”.

Further, what ruffled the feathers was his mocking teachers for being declared front-line workers.

“The teachers enjoyed the most, and now they became front-line workers so that they could get vaccinated first. God knows what work they did,” the Minister said. 

The gathering can be heard bursting into laughter at this statement. Earlier, during his address, the Minister was heard boasting about his experience, which he said, would be more than the age of several bureaucrats serving in the government.  

On Sunday, clips of this statement got widely circulated on social media, following which association of teachers and academics erupted in anger and issued statements with stern warming to apologize and take back the statement or face the heat from the community.

The members of these associations also held a video conference to deliberate over this contentious statement and made a call to the entire teaching community to join hands to make the Minister apologize for insulting the teachers and alleging that they did nothing but only enjoyed their time.

The President of Himachal Government Teachers Union, Naresh Mahajan issued a statement condemning the comments passed by the Minister and a senior politician.

The President of the Himachal Pradesh Primary Teachers Federation, Hemaraj Thakur, also replied to the comment of the Minister and described how teachers made “Har Ghar Pathshala Scheme” a success despite the fact that the government schools weren’t ready to switch to online at all. 

Dr Manoj Shail of the Sanskirt Teachers Council, organized a video conference in which various teachers and members of teaching associations deliberated over the incident. Himachal Watcher has complied a video with the comments passed by the HP Cabinet Minister and replies of representatives of the teaching community.  (Scroll Down for Video) 

In this conference, the representatives described how, without any complaint, they spent from their own pockets for basic equipment, like tripod, green board, and to buy better smartphones to execute online teaching.  There are several teachers who provided smartphones to students from economically weak background and took care of expanses on their recharge so that they do not remain deprived from online classes.  They said the Minister’s comments show that he doesn’t have any clue on how the Education Department has been working. 

They clarified the widespread misconception that teachers were on paid vacations as the schools remained closed. They said its difficult to teach students online with same efficiency which can be achieved through offline classes in schools. 

Further, teachers have contracted infection while performing these duties and one of them even sacrificed his life, they said. 

The representatives listed various jobs which were entrusted to them by the state government from time to time, including duty on state boarders/barriers and elections to the Urban Bodies and Panchayats held in April amid the pandemic. 

To listen to the complete replies and reactions of teachers, watch the video below: 

 

 

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Video: Massive Landslide in Sirmaur Caught on Camera, NH 707 Closed for Traffic

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Sirmaur-Incessant rains have caused another massive landslide in the Sirmaur district on National Highway 707. A 100 to 150 meters stretch of Paonta Sahib – Shillai road near Kali Dhank, Badwas, caved in within a few minutes.

According to the initial information received, no loss of lives or damage to any vehicle was reported as a minor slide from the hill had alerted the people.

The landslide completely damaged several electricity poles, causing a blackout in some parts of the region.

The district police is re-directing all traffic from Paonta Sahib to Shillai to the Puruwala-Kilod-Jong-Kafota-Shillai route.

Further, all traffic movement towards Shimla from the region has also been re-directed.

The HP Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the state till August 2th, while widespread rain has been predicted till August 4th. 

The Met has also issued an alert for flash-floods for Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, and Solan districts.

It’s pertinent to mention that furious monsoon has already claimed over 200 lives and caused damages to property worth hundreds of crores in Himachal Pradesh.

During the last two days, as many as 21 people had died due to landslides and flash floods triggered by cloudbursts. Some of the persons who were swept away or buried were yet to be traced.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

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After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

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According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

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Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

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Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

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On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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