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Cong MLAs, ministers yet to furnish property details
Shimla, February 1
Even after the extended deadline for filing of property details elapsed yesterday, only two ministers and some legislators have furnished the details to the HPCC chief, Mrs Viplove Thakur.

Shanta blames Congress for corruption, unemployment
Kangra, February 1
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shanta Kumar today ridiculed the Congress party for corruption, unemployment in the country and the state and blamed for ignoring freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

Public ‘should attend’ vigilance panel meetings
Mandi, February 1
The Mandi Lok Sabha MP, Ms Pratibha Singh, said here that the Deputy Commissioner would head the district-level committee of officials to sort out the problems faced by the public in the implementation of various government schemes.

Voter list ready for public scrutiny
Mandi, February 1
The District Election Commission has invited public objections, if any to the revised voter list that has been published as per the guidelines of the Chief Election Commission on January 1, 2006, for all the 10 constituencies in the district.

Illegal felling: DFO suspended
Solan, February 1
Taking note of negligence in reporting large-scale illicit felling of trees in the Habban Forest Range of the Rajgarh forest division, the Secretary (Forests) has suspended the DFO (Rajgarh), Mr G.R. Sahibi.




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Cong MLAs, ministers yet to furnish property details
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 1
Even after the extended deadline for filing of property details elapsed yesterday, only two ministers and some legislators have furnished the details to the HPCC chief, Mrs Viplove Thakur.

The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee had set the deadline for filling of details of movable and immovable property owned by all PCC members, including MLA’s and ministers, by January 15. Since hardly any one of them had filed the details the date was extended to January 31.

It is learnt that barring the Power Minister, Mrs Vidya Stokes, who was the first to give details of her property to the HPCC chief, the Tourism and Transport Minister, Mr G.S. Bali, too, submitted the details of his property yesterday.

Despite the directions by the HPCC chief that all PCC members must furnish the details to her office, the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, had said the ministers should give the information to him as he headed the Council of Ministers. The HPCC spokesperson had said that it was up to the ministers if they wished to inform the Chief Minister about this, but they would have to give the details to the PCC chief.

The issue of furnishing property details to the HPCC had created a very awkward situation for the ministers as they will end up annoying the Chief Minister if they give the details to the HPCC. While, on the other hand, they will incur the wrath of the party chief as she has sought the details from all PCC members.

It is learnt that despite extending the date from January 15 to 31, only 60 per cent of the 115 PCC members have given details of their property. Some of the members had been under the impression that a special performa would be provided to fill the property details, which was the reason for the delay, said Mrs Viplove Thakur.

She said that a lot of queries had been made by PCC members, including MLA’s and ministers, who would give the details within a week. According to her, some of the members were still trying to know if they had to give details of only the property in their name or even the one owned by their wives.

The MLA from Shimla, Mr Harbhajan Singh Bhajji, has now been assigned the task of collecting the information from all the PCC members who still have not complied with the directions.

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Shanta blames Congress for corruption, unemployment
Our Correspondent

Kangra, February 1
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shanta Kumar today ridiculed the Congress party for corruption, unemployment in the country and the state and blamed for ignoring freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

He was addressing party workers in Tandon Club campus here today. He was given warm reception on assuming office of the national vice-president of the BJP. Mr Kumar said that it was painful that mother of martyr Chander Shekhar Azad, died for the freedom of the country lives on alms in old age. He termed it shameful. The Congress was responsible for ignoring these great martyrs. He said, “The Congress party has committed sin by ignoring the martyrs of the country”. The Congress party forgot those who worked for freedom of the country but the BJP remembers sacrifices of the party workers with whose support the party came to power in the country.

He said millions of people fought for the freedom of the country.

Referring to the oil for food scam he alleged that it was on the letter of Ms Sonia Gandhi that oil coupons were issued to Mr Natwar Singh and the Congress party but only Mr Natwar singh was removed out of the Cabinet but no action was taken against the Congress leadership.

More than 30 crore Indians were living below the poverty line and crores unemployed even after 58 years of independence. People were looking the BJP and BJP workers and leaders should join hands to defeat the Congress in the state and the country to help people.

He said during his 55-year-long political life which he started in 1951 as RSS pracharak he was never ‘inactive’, fatigued, cowed down and sought blessings of party workers for continuing in the same manner.

Later Mr Kumar said that remarks of former Union Minister Ms Uma Bharti against party’s leadership and the BJP were most unfortunate.

Senior BJP leader P.K. Dhumal criticised the Virbhadra Singh Government for terrorising people during the panchayat and Zila Parishad electing in the state. Mr Dhumal said experience of Mr Shanta Kumar would help the BJP.

Mr Suresh Bhardwaj congratulated Mr Shanta Kumar on representing the state in the national Executive Committee. The meeting was attended by most of the former ministers, MLAs, former MLAs and party’s office-bearers. Mr Dhumal, did not join Mr Shanta Kumar for the lunch hosted by the District BJP at Gupt Ganga. Mr Shanta Kumar visited RSS office at Gupt Ganga where he had started his political carrier 55 years back.

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Public ‘should attend’ vigilance panel meetings
Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 1
The Mandi Lok Sabha MP, Ms Pratibha Singh, said here that the Deputy Commissioner would head the district-level committee of officials to sort out the problems faced by the public in the implementation of various government schemes.

Presiding over the district vigilance committee meeting here, Ms Pratibha Singh said the public should be invited to attend the committee meeting to know the actual problems they faced and their suggestions to solve such problems in programme implementation. The DC should monitor the progress of the schemes from time to time, she added.

Ms Pratibha Singh said the toilets should be constructed where there was a proper supply of water under the total sanitation programme. The toilets should be constructed along the highways under the blooming highway project, she said.

The DC of Mandi, Mr Subhsish Panda said that all the 16 teshils and subtehsils in the district would be computerised by February 12.

The Mandi MLAs, Mr Tek Chand Dogra, Mr Sohal Lal and Mr Surinder Pal and district officials were present at the meeting.

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Voter list ready for public scrutiny
Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 1
The District Election Commission has invited public objections, if any to the revised voter list that has been published as per the guidelines of the Chief Election Commission on January 1, 2006, for all the 10 constituencies in the district.

According to on official release issued here today, the commission has published voters’ list of all the 10 constituencies in the district and were kept for public scrutiny at all polling stations, patwarkhanas or tehsil or subtehsil headquarters. “The voters whose names do not figure in the list can register their names with the Registrar of the area till February 10 without any fee”, the released added.

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Illegal felling: DFO suspended
Our Correspondent

Solan, February 1
Taking note of negligence in reporting large-scale illicit felling of trees in the Habban Forest Range of the Rajgarh forest division, the Secretary (Forests) has suspended the DFO (Rajgarh), Mr G.R. Sahibi. The orders to this effect were issued on January 29. The DFO of Solan, Mr Alok Nagar, has been entrusted the charge in his place.

The Additional Secretary (Forests), Mr P.S. Chauhan, confirming the development, said earlier two forests guards and a Deputy Forest Ranger had been suspended. The matter had been highlighted by The Tribune.

The reports had pointed out that 488 trees had been felled in the reserve forests of Tharu, Deothi and Majhgaon between May 2003 and May 2005. With no hammer marks on the stumps, the felling had been confirmed. No damage bill was raised by the Forest Department for unmarked trees which further corroborated their illicit felling. With the field staff failing to produce any stump counting register to the inquiry committee, their involvement had been established in the matter. Further, the staff had failed to make any visit to the affected area to ascertain the damage.

With no records of removals for last rites nor copies of permissions for extraction of fence posts being available, the committee had said the field staff had tried to cover up.

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