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United in ‘Own Salary Hike’

The Assembly was adjourned sine die after passing the Bill seeking a major hike in salaries and allowances of the Chief Minister, the Speaker, ministers and legislators. The Bill seeking a major hike in salaries was passed unanimously. It seems that the ruling and the opposition has one clear line of thinking only if it pertains to their own benefit. For all other policies, programmes and projects; decisions are taken purely on political considerations.  The emoluments of legislators were raised from Rs 70,000 to Rs 1,15,000 per month with a hike in salary from Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 per month, telephone allowance from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000, constituency allowance from Rs 35,000 to Rs 60,000 and office allowance from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per month and nobody objected. There is no other profession that has witnessed such a hike of over 50% in a single go. It is a cruel joke that there is no clear cut guideline to run and the state which is left at the whims and fancy of the party that comes into power. There are no long term goals to be achieved which could go unabated irrespective of the political party in power. Schemes are personalized suiting to the party interests rather than the state. The core areas are in a state of criminal neglect with derailed systems and masses left at the mercy of winds.

If providing international level sports facility to the sports aspirants in the state is a crime, them I am ready to face the punishment.

-Prem Kumar Dhumal, Ex-CM

I can forgive Dhumal for the personal vendetta unleashed against me, but not for harming the interest of the state and promoting outsiders.

-Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister

Reviewing Himalayan Ski Village

Promoters told to confirm willingness. Project was shelved after locals and BJP leaders opposed it on the grounds that it would vitiate religious and cultural ethos of the Kullu-Manali area, knows as Valley of Gods.

The state government has told the promoters of the Himalayan ski village to confirm their willingness to set up the project in Kullu-Manali, considered to be one of the biggest foreign direct investment projects. The information was given by the Chief Minister in a written reply to a question raised by Satpal Satti of the BJP in the Assembly.

Ration at Depots Changed

The government soon after holding the office gave a reason for the masses to rejoice. It was announced that the rations in vogue would be replaced by expensive safed chane, moong and mustard oil. The bags carrying the photo of Atal lying in huge numbers were abandoned and people were given an opportunity to change their tastes. However the absence of sugar for reasonably long has given difficult times to the poor.

Masrur Festival Dumped

The Dhumal led government had started a light and sound festival at world famous monolith temples at Masrur. It was declared that it would be a yearly event to promote tourism in this circuit connecting it further to Pong dam and Haripur-Guler. But the present government is paying no heed to this official initiative and has probably dumped this event. It seems the state’s priorities change with the government.

Cancel 400MW Seli Hydel project on the Chenab: Bharmauri 

Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri has written to Union Minister for Environment and Forests (MOEF), that 400-MW Seli hydropower project on the Chenab should be cancelled with immediate effect as it will destroy more than 2 lakh trees in the eco sensitive region. He cursed the previous BJP government for allowing the project despite objections by the local tribal over a large-scale felling of trees involved.

BJP Leader’s Power Project Harming Ecology: Mankotia

Vijay Singh Mankotia has requested Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to order an inquiry into the micro-hydel power projects allotted in the state during the previous BJP government. He has alleged that during the rule of the BJP government, power projects were allotted to politically influential people who did not care for the environmental bylaws and rights of local people while undertaking construction works. According to him the micro-hydel projects belonging t a prominent BJP leader in Shahpur assembly constituency were wreaking havoc on the ecology of the area.

September 7th, 2013

 
 

From the Editor’s Desk

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September 7th, 2013

 

Sonia Wins Hands Down but Economy Loses

Sonia Wins Hands Down but Economy Loses Prof. N.K. Singh The passing of Food Security Bill in the parliament was historic as declared by Sonia Gandhi. At the same time the rupee was touching another historic point being the highest loss in its value. Unmindful of this fall, Sonia Gandhi was so […] विस्तृत....

September 7th, 2013

 

Measures against Mining Mafia Need not Rot in Files Only

Kamlesh Rattan Bhardwaj The government has adopted a tough stance against illegal mining now. It was forced to take action after attack on Nalagarh SDM by mining mafia. Chief Minister’s tough stance against illegal mining has shaken people associated with this activity. Replying to question […] विस्तृत....

September 7th, 2013

 

Himachal should Introduce Games in Under-17 Age Category

Bhupinder Singh The State Education Department conducts games in different categories at block level both at the primary and secondary directorate school levels. The primary directorate organises school games at primary and for under-14 age category for middle classes, the secondary directorate organises the games […] विस्तृत....

September 7th, 2013

 

Readers’ Response

Unbridled Illegal Mining in Himachal This is regarding Himachal This Week’s cover story of August 24, “Unbridled illegal Mining in Himachal.” This activity is going on throughout the state and mining mafia is minting money through quarrying of minerals from every possible place. The authorities […] विस्तृत....

September 7th, 2013

 

Exiled Tibetans Celebrate 53rd Democracy Day

Exiled Tibetans Celebrate 53rd Democracy DayHimachal This Week Tibetans around the world celebrated their 53rd Tibetan Democracy Day with the Central Tibetan Administration commemorating the occasion at Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamshala. Thousands of people, including dignitaries, Indians and foreign tourists, attended festivities, along with senior Tibetan functionaries. The function began […] विस्तृत....

September 7th, 2013

 

Kangra Constituency in Search of a Candidate

Kangra Constituency in Search of a CandidateHimachal This Week Shimla Both the Congress and BJP are in doldrums about deciding a candidate for the forthcoming parliamentary elections. If both the parties are serious about the power they should take this contest as crucial as Kangra determines Himachal’s political climate. In the […] विस्तृत....

September 7th, 2013

 

Himachal Marks Its First Ever Victory in Kalinga Vijay Trophy

Himachal Marks Its First Ever Victory in Kalinga Vijay TrophyHimachal This Week  Team Himachali girls have created a sort of history by registering its first ever victory in national level basketball championship held in Patna. The team won the 40th Kalinga Vijay Trophy for the first time in 40 years in girls sub-junior category. […] विस्तृत....

September 7th, 2013

 

CSIR to Honour Young Innovative Scientists

Y.S. RANA The writer is a Hamirpur based Himachali settled in Chandigarh Young ‘scientists’ in schools now have a chance to get recognition to their innovations. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has invited applications for the CSIR-Innovation Award for School Children-2013 to […] विस्तृत....

September 7th, 2013

 
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