Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh announced a sum of Rs 10,000 each for the NCC cadets who were part of the team for Republic Day function and Rs 15,000 each to those ten cadets from the State who marched in Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.
All the 21 cadets along with Brig. Gyanodaya, who is also group commander of NCC called upon Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh at Oak-Over today along with other officers of armed forces.
The Chief Minister interacted with the NCC cadets and said that he was proud of all of them and wished them the very best for future. He also congratulated them for bringing laurel to the State by winning best NCC directorate trophy.
Taking serious note of the delay in transfer of Benami land deal cases, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said that all such land deals should be vacated and all such properties be vested under the control of the government. He also directed to initiate strict action against the defaulters.
He was chairing the meeting of Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs), to assess the law and order situation in the State here today.
He said that the district administration should act quickly on such land deals as the State government was committed to take action on violations of section 118 in general and Benami transactions in particular. He said in some districts there was merely lip service, rather than any substantive action.
The Chief Minister also directed to speed up the process of investigations, and to ensure that the culprits did not go scot-free due to delay in investigation process. Further, those representing the government in various courts also require pulling their belts up as the delay in trial in the courts leads to acquittal of the criminals. He said there was dire need to speed up the dealing of the Court cases so that justice could be provided to the affected persons at the earliest.
The Chief Minister also took a serious note of the cases of illegal mining in the bordering areas of the state and said that whoever may be involved in the illegality, the police and the district administration should come down with a heavy hand on such people. He asked the Deputy Commissioners and the SPs to exercise greater vigilance in such matters and take strict action against the violators under the law and no flaw should be left.
Referring to the drug business flourishing in bordering areas of the State, the Chief Minister said that the drug traffickers should be dealt with strictly. He said that it was being observed that the drugs were being supplied in various forms in bordering areas of Una and Kangra districts which needed to be totally stemmed out. “If not tackled earnestly and with a heavy hand, it could lead to very adverse affects on our youth and future generations”, he said.
He also directed the deputy commissioners to ensure 70 percent jobs to the youth in the Hydel Projects functioning in their districts as there were qualified youth possessing technical qualification and others too who were skilled or unskilled.
The Deputy Commissioners discussed various issues pertaining to their districts, mostly cornered by their own grievances like inter-departmental co-ordination issues, delay in court matters, shortage of Patwaris and other revenue staff in the districts and Forest Clearance hurdles etc.
The Chief Minister directed them to apprise him of the progress on implementation of the State government’s decision of granting land to houseless and landless, the functioning of PDS system, the revenue cases of partition and mutation which were disposed off and pendency if any. He said that the DCs and SPs were the fulcrum of the district functioning and they had key responsibility of looking after welfare of the people and address their grievances besides providing them protection.
“I am quite concerned about the complaints related to demarcation, mutation and Partition which are being delayed”, he said and directed the DCs to tone up the revenue administration in their districts.
The Chief Minister also directed that the Conductors, Drivers, Tyre-men, Technician should be recruited from the very places of same transport region. He also said that the PDS shops could also be expanded for other goods to give wider choice to the public.
The Chief Minister also directed to clear pendency of allotment of Nautor land.
He also sanctioned two satellite phones for Lahaul and Spiti district to the police besides a Bus and another vehicle for Pooh.
Shimla Police gets two Traffic Police Stations
The Chief Minister also gave his nod for setting up Two traffic Police Stations at Shimla and posting DSP to head the Narcotic cell. He also agreed for providing two small cranes for smoothening the traffic system and directed that the 20 percent of challaning amount be given to Home department for further distribution to the Shimla police for meeting out the expenses of traffic lights etc.
The Chief Minister said that the procedure of taking surety bonds for housing subsidy, inter-caste marriage and other welfare schemes should be done away with and the undertaking was enough in such cases.
He also took a serious note of the well to do families getting their names registered under BPL list. He said that there were many instances wherein it had been found that the near and dear ones of the Pradhans get their name enrolled in BPL list. The Chief Minister directed the Sub Divisional magistrates and Tehsildars that they should keep a check on such practice in their own jurisdiction. He also directed the Home department to look into the issues of the police pertaining to disposal of recovered illicit liquor which is stored in the storehouses.
Earlier, he released a coffee table book of the Police department
There was also a demand for ordering Drug Inspectors for keeping an eye on the chemists selling unsubscribed synthetic drugs.
It was discussed to hand over the security of Gaggal airport to CISF rather than to HP Police. It was also revealed in the meeting that the safety and security Audit of all Hydel Projects was being done in Kinnaur so as to assess the loss being caused by these projects, if any, to the habitations.
Shri Virbhadra Singh thanked the DCs and the SPs for the valuable inputs and directed that the meeting should be made an annual affair as the district administration plays a pivotal role in upholding the law of the land in the state honestly and with objectivity by taking the development initiatives and welfare policies forward in the right earnest.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said he would personally take up the matter with the Prime Minister of India and Union Minister for Water Resources for early release of due funds for the remaining work on channelization of Swan river and its tributaries in Una district. He said though Union Ministry had already earmarked the budget for this project, but the efforts would be made to get it released at the earliest so that the work on this ambitious project was completed well in time.
He was presiding over the concluding session of meeting with the MLA’s of Chamba, Hamirpur and Una districts for finalization of priorities for the next budget of the State government, here today.
He thanked all the members of the State legislative assembly for airing their demands and putting up constructive suggestions which would not only help the State government in finalizing their priorities but would also ensure speedy and overall development of each assembly segment. He assured the members that their priorities for various development works would be given top priority and all efforts would be made to complete these works in fixed time frame to benefit the people.
Forest Minister Shri Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Industries Minister Shri Mukesh Agnihotri, Vice Chairman, H.P Planning Board Shri G.R Musafir and Chief Secretary Shri P. Mitra were also present in the meeting.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri I.D Lakhanpal who represents Badsar constituency demanded provision of additional funds for completion of buildings of Bijhari Tehsil Office and GSSS Tippar, Garli and Baid besides early completion of building of government college, Barsar.
He requested for filling up of vacant posts of SDO’s and Junior Engineers in I&PH and PWD departments and restoration of few local bus routes.
Smt. Asha Kumari, MLA from Banikhet raised the demand for taking back the surplus government land from NTPC which could be utilized for other income generating activities. She urged for making policy for transfer of land for construction of Gau-Sadans as all land in the district was forest land.
She demanded to earmark dumping sites in Gram Panchayats and construction of parking at Salooni. She also urged for release of early funds for remaining work of helipad at Salooni and early completion of polytechnic building at Banikhet besides providing administrative approval to start work on 100 bedded new block at District Hospital Chamba.
MLA from Churah assembly segment Shri Hans Raj demanded improvement of roads and replacement of old electricity wires and poles. He urged for providing more facilities and deployment of specialist doctors in CHC Tissa, besides opening more Primary Health Centres to benefit the people of the far-flung areas.
Shri Vikram Singh Jaryal, MLA from Bhatiyat requested for early approval of detailed project reports of roads. He urged for upgrading Sub Tehsil Chuwari to Tehsil level and starting the work on building of Sihunta college announced by the Chief Minister recently. He demanded to upgrade PHC Samoti to CHC level and filling up of vacant posts in various departments.
Shri Rakesh Kalia, MLA from Chintpurni urged the Chief Minister to take up the matter with the Government of India to release funds for restarting the work on Swan River Channelization. He demanded improvement of Nangal-Mubarakpur and Ispur-Daulatpur roads. He also urged for taking up the matter with the Government of India for financial assistance for channelization of tributaries of Beas river in his constituency.
Shri Kalia also urged to provide subsidy to the farmers for fencing their fields so that the losses to the crops by wild animals could be prevented.
Shri I.D. Dhiman from Bhoranj assembly segment raised his demand to speed up the work on channelization of Seer, Chanath and Sunehal khads which had caused major losses to the people during last two rainy seasons.
He demanded for proper repair and maintenance of village roads in his constituency. He urged for construction of small check dams on rivulets to provide irrigation facilities to the farmers especially engaged in off season vegetable production.
Shri Narneder Thakur who represents Sujanpur constituency demanded for taking up immediate and effective steps to tackle the problem of wild animals who were causing huge losses to the crops.
He also requested for shifting of Sujanpur bus stand and repair of link roads in the constituency.
Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Dr. Shrikant Baldi proposed the vote of thanks.
Governor Acharya Devvrat was presented a poetry book titled "Jab Maa Nahin Hoti" by Smt. Asha Gautam at Rajbhawan, here today. The book was written by her brother late Dr. Sohan Lal Gautam.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor said late Dr. Sohan Lal Gautam was a renowned poet, who through his poems had very well portrayed the role of a mother and responsibility of children towards their parents. He appreciated the efforts of writer for bringing out such a good book.
He also congratulated the family members of the writer and wished all success for them.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh asked the Health department to think over relaxing the norms pertaining to the population criteria for setting up PHC or CHC as per the peculiar geographical conditions of the particular areas of the State. At present the population criteria for setting up PHC is 30 thousand and that for CHC is between 80 thousand to one lakh. The Chief Minister also asked to devise a plan to run the Tube-wells which could provide irrigational facilities.
He was presiding over the second day of the MLA priority meeting with the MLAs from Kangra, Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur in the forenoon session here today.
While reacting to certain views expressed by some MLAs that their development works were getting hindered due to Forest Rights Act (FRA), Chief Minister said that 13 specific developmental activities could be carried out in forest area to the extent of one hectare. He said that the forest land could be diverted for the clearance of development projects up-to one hectare and the concerned Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) would have the power to do so.
Shri Virbhadra Singh asked to construct the road from Jhunga-Devi to Harsipattan bridge, on the same specification and pattern as was from Bhawarna to Jhunga-Devi in Sulah and Jaisinghpur respectively. He also gave direction to hand over the Lahaul-Spiti Bhawan to DC Lahaul Spiti and to take up measure to stop sliding of land near the Baijnath Shiva temple.
He also directed the IPH and PWD departments to prepare the Detailed Project Reports (DPR’s) early so that the works could be started.
Under FRA the few out of thirteen linked development activities are construction of schools buildings, roads, irrigation canal, Aanganwadis, dispensary or hospital, fair price shops, rain water harvesting structures, Skill-up-gradation or vocational training centers, Community centers, tanks, other minor water bodies etc.
Even in the meeting held yesterday the MLA’s complained that maximum development works were being delayed due to forest clearance and the project cost escalates with passage of time.
It was also revealed in the meeting by senior officers of the state government that Himachal was the only state in the country where all forest rights of the people were settled.
It was also widely discussed that instead of big drinking water or irrigational schemes, which take long time to get completed, the small hamlet or cluster villages can be provided hand-pumps to suffice the drinking water needs of the people. It was also discussed to bring all the 22 hand-pumps of the agriculture
department under IPH so that they could be utilized in a proper manner. There were also around 807 tube-wells of IPH department, for which adequate technically qualified personnel can be kept so as to run them efficiently.
MLA Shri Manohar Dhiman urged for filling up the posts of field staff in IPH, PWD and Electricity departments. The Chief Minister directed the concerned departments to fill up posts of line-mans, water guards and other like staff in the fields all over.
Shri Dhiman also urged for additional funds for Damtal_ Indora road via Kandrori and to repair on priority the Indora-Gangath-Kathgarh road, for which the Chief Minister directed the concerned department to complete the maintenance and repair works on the roads in Indora and especially the one leading to Kathgarh via Gangath.
MLA Shri Sanjay Rattan urged for more roads and bridges in Changer area and demanded a sum of Rs 50 crore for undertaking development works in Changer sector. He urged for more hand-pumps and Solar lights in his constituency, requested for removal of low tension electric wires and replacing the same with underground cable in Jawalaji town, Bus service for Changer area, Polytechnic College for Jawalaji and an IPH division at Jawalaji. He also demanded 33 KV electric sub-station at Dehrian or Lagdoo.
MLA Shri Yadvinder Goma, urged for additional funds for construction of Primary Health Center (PHC) building at Panchrukhi, Majhera, Khaira and building of Ayurveda hospital at Kosri on priority. He also urged for filling up the posts of doctors at Bhawana. He urged for repair and re-surfing of Balakrupi road and a foot bridge for a cluster of six villages in gram panchayats Lahru- Kuun- Balakrupi to be connected with each other.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Shri Jagjeevan Pal, urged for speeding up tender process of PWD and IPH on the projects where the Chief Minister has already laid foundation stone. He also urged for construction of some technical institution in his assembly segment.
MLA Shri Kishori Lal requested the Chief Minister to direct the concerned department to initiate measure to stop the land-sliding process beneath the historical Shiva temple at Baijnath. He placed his priority for development and beautification of Kheer-Ganga Ghat in Baijnath along with parking facility, to revive and repair the water Khuls, including the famous Baijnath Khul. He also placed his demand for constructing Paprola by-pass for heavy vehicles, to undertake development of Hotwater springs at Tatwani and a road to Jalsu from Uttrala.
Deputy Speaker, HP Vidhan Sabha Shri Jagat Singh Negi urged for providing more share in budget under the centrally sponsored schemes for tribal areas. He also urged for relaxing the norms of population criteria for construction of PHC or Community Health Centers.
LAHAUL & SPITI
MLA Shri Ravi Thakur, urged to fill up the posts of doctors, air-lift of patients and others on demand. He also asked for increasing the subsidy on Pea crop and increase in budget of Power tillers and sprinklers. Shri Thakur also demanded the channelization of Spiti River as the span was too wide and the area can be reclaimed for agricultural purpose he said. He also urged to pursue the case of forest clearance of Mudh- Bhawa road connecting Spiti valley with Kinnaur.
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