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Govt ignoring merit in appointments: Cong
Govt ignoring merit in appointments: Cong
SHIMLA, Jan 4 A former Chief Minister and Congress Legislature Party leader, Mr Virbhadra Singh, said today that resentment was brewing among youth due to the "pick and choose" policy being adopted by the BJP Government in providing jobs to them.
Mr Virbhadra Singh alleged that merit was being ignored in appointments.
He said that a question mark had been put on the functioning of the State Subordinate Services Recruitment Board which, he alleged had become a virtual rubber stamp of the BJP Government. Appointments were approved elsewhere, he alleged.
The Congress leader said the BJP had promised to give jobs to the youth during the election campaign but after coming to power, employment was being given to the party activists, he alleged.
He claimed that kin of top BJP leaders were recruited in a bank ignoring merit.
Meanwhile, the state committee of the Democratic Youth Federation has ridiculed the state government for having failed to secure jobs for the oustees of the Chamera Hydel Project in Chamba district. An agreement was signed by the NHPC in 1982 that 700 jobs would be provided, but so far only 480 persons had been recruited in the project in the past 18 years.
HP "ignoring" deserving candidates
HAMIRPUR, Jan 4 Mr Kuldip Singh Pathania, a former HP Youth Congress chief, has flayed the BJP Government for adopting a pick-and-choose policy while making appointments, ignoring the claims of deserving persons.
Addressing a press conference here last night, he said the government had no clear-cut policy for the youth and it had befooled them in the last elections with the promises of jobs. These promises had not been fulfilled and jobs were given to kin of ruling leaders.
He alleged BJP leaders and workers were harassing Congressmen in the district and threatened to launch an agitation if it did not stop.
Mr Pathania demanded a CBI probe into the death of Mr Pramod Kumar, a driver of the Touni Devi area, during the last Assembly elections.
17 cr to be spent on medical facilities
BILASPUR, Jan 4 The Himachal Government will this year spend Rs 17 crore on providing modern facilities in all zonal hospitals in the state.
This was announced by the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, at a function marking the inauguration of a 10-bed ayurveda hospital, five-room primary school building, two-day horticulture training workshop and an animal husbandry dispensary at Kandraur, 18 km from here, yesterday.
He said Rs 3.50 lakh had been spent on the construction of school rooms and Rs 4.20 lakh on the ayurveda hospital. The Health Minister said the government had recently appointed 50 ayurveda doctors in far-flung areas and the allopathic system of medicine was also introduced in ayurveda dispensaries. He said all national health programmes, including TB control, blindness control, leprosy eradication and AIDS awareness would be launched from all ayurvedic centres. He said three ayurvedic dispensaries would be soon opened at Makari, Karloti and Kuddi Bharathu in Bilaspur district.
HP panel for satellite towns
SHIMLA, Jan 4 The Himachal Pradesh Government has constituted a task force under the chairmanship of the Minister of State for Town and Country Planning for implementation and monitoring of policy for satellite towns in Himachal Pradesh.
Dr S. Behuria, commissioner-cum-secretary (Transport and YSS. Mr Deepak Shanana, Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Finance and IF and IRU), Mr D.K. Sharma, Principal Advisor, Planning Mr Ajay Mittal, Commissioner-cum-Secretary (TCP), Mr S.S. Juneja, Chief Executive Office-cum-Secretary, H.P. Housing Board, Mr A.C. Mahajan, Chief Administrator, H.P. Nagar Vikas Pradhikaran, Mr Nagin Nanda, Member Secretary, H.P. State Pollution Control Board and Mr R.K. Jain, director, industries will be members.
Governor plants sapling
SHIMLA, Jan 4 Thirty saplings of different species were planted at Raj Bhavan here today.
Mr Vishnukant Shastri, Governor, planted the sapling of a medicinal plant on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor exhorted forest officers and others to bring maximum area under the green cover. He also stressed the importance of forests for maintaining ecological balance.
Stressing the need for converting tree plantation into a mass movement, he said every person must plant at least five saplings and nurture them.
18 girls hurt in wall collapse
CHAMBA, Jan 4Eighteen girls of class IX of Government High School, Manjeer, 40 km. from here, were injured when a boundary wall collapsed in the school today.
Giving this information over the phone from the incident site, Mr D.K. Rattan, SDM of Churah in Chamba said among the eight seriously injured girls, two had been referred to Pathankot, three admitted to the district hospital and another three were undergoing treatment at Surgani Hospital.
The SDM said a relief of Rs 10,000 each had been sanctioned to those seriously injured.
1 killed in mishap
KUMARHATTI, Jan 4 Ranjan was killed when he was knocked down by a military ambulance yesterday near Dharampur, 3 km from here.
According to delayed information received from the police, the deceased was aged between 20 and 22 years and was resident of Manlog Kalan in Nalagarh tehsil.
Devanand, the driver of the ambulance, was reportedly lynched by an angry mob of the village while trying to flee away from the spot.
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