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Rampur project to go to Satluj Jal Nigam
Shimla, March 24
The Himachal Government has decided to hand over the 400 Rampur project, which had been hanging fire for the past over five years, to the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam. The Chief Secretary, Mr Shamsher Singh, has sent a letter to the nigam asking it to start work for creating infrastructure and updating the detailed project report (DPR).

Ex-minister flays NHPC for ‘haphazard’ work on hydel project
Kulu, March 24
Ecological imbalance would reach an alarming stage if the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) continued to work haphazardly on the 2051-MW Parbati Hydel Project, said the Satya Prakash Thakur, a former minister and Chairman, Himachal Pradesh State Marketing Board, while addressing mediapersons here.


Chamba faces water shortage
Chamba, March 24
With the increasing population, the town has started facing water shortage. It is high time for the government to draw another water supply scheme for town apart from the existing one. The existing water supply scheme was commissioned in 1993. The water is tapped from the Chameenu nullah, near Jadera village, by a 13-km gravity line.

Dhumal to head campaign committee
Shimla, March 24
Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, a former Chief Minister, will head the state election management and campaign committee of the BJP in Himachal Pradesh.



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  Ex-Services League to oppose NDA in elections
Shimla, March 24
The Indian Ex-Services League will oppose the NDA in the Lok Sabha poll because of its failure to implement the “one rank one pension “ demand and settle other issues concerning the ex-servicemen.

Graft to be poll issue, says BJP
Shimla, March 24
The state unit of the BJP has termed the much-publicised crusade against corruption of the Virbhadra Singh government as a ploy to divert attention from its own failures and asserted that graft had flourished in the state over the past one year.

Residents refuse to pay house tax
Hamirpur, March 24
As many as 10,000 residents of Sujanpur Tira in the district have refused to pay house tax imposed by the state government.

Pension adalat today
Shimla, March 24
The defence authorities will hold a pension adalat at the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) here tomorrow.

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Rampur project to go to Satluj Jal Nigam
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 24
The Himachal Government has decided to hand over the 400 Rampur project, which had been hanging fire for the past over five years, to the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam.

The Chief Secretary, Mr Shamsher Singh, has sent a letter to the nigam asking it to start work for creating infrastructure and updating the detailed project report (DPR). However, an agreement in this regard is likely to be signed only after the Lok Sabha poll. The decision will ensure the continuation of the 760 officers and employees of the state electricity board currently on deputation with the nigam. With the Nathpa Jhakri project almost complete they were rendered surplus.

The government had been reluctant to assign the project to the nigam in view of the unending bickerings between the direct recruits and the deputationists from the state electricity board, which led to repeated agitations, affecting work. It also felt that the nigam had failed to safeguard the interests of the people of the state. The Dhumal government had decided to handover the project to the nigam and even finalised an agreement in August 2002. But it could not be signed because of stiff opposition from employees of the board who wanted a better deal. They also demanded that all issues regarding their service conditions be settled before signing the agreement.

The Centre also adopted a tough posture on the issue and said it would not retain the surplus manpower. Mr R.V. Sahi, Union Secretary of Power, had asserted that the process of sending it back to the board would commence from March and that his ministry in Delhi would issue the orders. The Centre also maintained that wrangling would continue as the terms and conditions of service and pay-structure of the public sector undertakings in the state and the Centre were different. Instead of taking the board staff on deputation it offered to absorb it in the nigam.

Currently, 1180 employees of the board are on deputation with the nigam. To absorb the entire manpower the nigam must be allotted the Shongtong and Tapan Powari projects, besides Rampur.
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Ex-minister flays NHPC for ‘haphazard’ work on
hydel project
Our Correspondent

Kulu, March 24
Ecological imbalance would reach an alarming stage if the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) continued to work haphazardly on the 2051-MW Parbati Hydel Project, said the Satya Prakash Thakur, a former minister and Chairman, Himachal Pradesh State Marketing Board, while addressing mediapersons here.

Mr Thakur expressed surprise that the project had been cleared without taking environment factors into consideration.

He said the agency, which had done the environment survey, was possibly not of international standard and demanded a revised survey by a competent agency.

He criticised the management of the NHPC for ignoring rights of the local people and threatened to launch an agitation. He also blamed the NDA government and the local MP for not keeping in mind interests of the state.

He said the district in general and the Parbati and Sainj valleys in particular had been badly affected due to anti-people policies of the previous BJP government and the NDA government at the Centre.

He criticised standards adopted by the NHPC for giving compensation against land and property acquired by it. He said the compensation for buildings should be given on replacement value and not after deducting depreciation as was being done.

He said compensation was not sufficient as farmers had also lost their rights of forest produce.

He said the Banjar Constituency Congress Committee would organise a protest at Gadsa, about 25 km from here, on March 25.
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Chamba faces water shortage
Our Correspondent

Chamba, March 24
With the increasing population, the town has started facing water shortage. It is high time for the government to draw another water supply scheme for town apart from the existing one.

The existing water supply scheme was commissioned in 1993. The water is tapped from the Chameenu nullah, near Jadera village, by a 13-km gravity line. A water treatment unit having a capacity of 7.28 lakh gallons had been constructed which was the first of its kind in any potable water supply scheme in the most tough mountainous area.

Taking into account a huge domestic as well as commercial development in and around the town, the necessity of more water is being felt by the residents.

Meanwhile, officials concerned also agree to that the existing water supply scheme for the town cannot meet the requirement of water in the next few years.
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Dhumal to head campaign committee
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 24
Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, a former Chief Minister, will head the state election management and campaign committee of the BJP in Himachal Pradesh.

The committee will have Mr Kishori Lal Vaidya, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, Mr Roop Singh Thakur, Mr Praveen Sharma, Mr Mohan Lal, Mr Kripal Parmar, Mr Dulo Ram, Mr Ram Swaroop Sharma, Mr Mohinder Pandey, Mr K.D. Dharmani, Mr Satpal Satti, Mrs Bimla Kashyap, Mrs Urmil Thakur, Mr Khushi Ram Balnatah, Mr Ram Chand Bhatia, Mr Baldev Bhandari, Mr Alam Chand, Mr Virendra Kashyap, Mr Chander Mohan Thakur and Mr Ajay Rana as members.

Mr Narinder Bragta will the election in charge for the Shimla constituency, Mr Kishan Kapoor for Kangra, Mr Jai Ram Thakur for Mandi and Mr Randhir Sharma for Hamirpur.
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Ex-Services League to oppose NDA in elections
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 24
The Indian Ex-Services League will oppose the NDA in the Lok Sabha poll because of its failure to implement the “one rank one pension “ demand and settle other issues concerning the ex-servicemen.

Stating this at a press conference, here today, Major Vijay Mankotia (retd), president of the state unit of the league, said the NDA had taken the ex-servicemen for a ride by stating that the demand had been accepted. Not only that, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, a senior BJP leader, during the Assembly elections in the state, had announced at Dharamsala on February 15, 2003, that the one rank one pension rule would be implemented within two months. However, more than a year had passed since then but no progress had been made on this front.

He said all Central Government employees and pensioners had benefited from the Fifth Pay Commission but the Army jawans had been left high and dry due to the indifferent attitude of the NDA regime. He said the ex-servicemen and serving personnels were a major influence in the hill state and the BJP would pay dearly for betraying them.

Major Mankotia blasted the NDA leaders for making a hue and cry over the decision of the Congress to field Mr Rahul Gandhi from Amethi and said his entry into electoral politics had rattled them. He said it was a replay of the drama enacted by such leaders when Rajiv Gandhi joined politics. He was later hailed as one of the best young leaders of the world and compared to John F. Kennedy, Mr Tony Blair and Mr Bill Clinton who were in the same age group.

He said the Congress represented the young face of India whereas the NDA was burdened with old leaders who were not fit to rule the country. He said it was time to retire the old and tired leadership and induct fresh blood in the polity. He said the panic reaction of the NDA leaders to Mr Rahul Gandhi’s entry into politics indicated that it was on a weak wicket. The results of the Lok Sabha poll would make it evident to all.
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Graft to be poll issue, says BJP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 24
The state unit of the BJP has termed the much-publicised crusade against corruption of the Virbhadra Singh government as a ploy to divert attention from its own failures and asserted that graft had flourished in the state over the past one year.

In a statement here today Mr Ram Swaroop Sharma, vice-president of the party, said that non-performance of the Congress government and corruption would be the main issues during the Lok Sabha elections. He said the Congress had raised a hue and cry over alleged corruption of the BJP-HVC government just to win the elections. Over the past one year, despite all-out efforts of the police and the vigilance agencies to expose “corruption” of the previous regime, not a single case had come to light.

He said the BJP charge-sheet against the Virbhadra government had listed concrete instances of corruption, but so far the government had failed to clear its position. He said that numerous contracts in the PWD were awarded to Congress “favourites” in Rampur without inviting tenders and the Chief Minister, who held the Public Works portfolio, maintained that this was done in emergency. He said the rules had no provision to bypass the established procedure for awarding contracts.
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Residents refuse to pay house tax
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, March 24
As many as 10,000 residents of Sujanpur Tira in the district have refused to pay house tax imposed by the state government.

The Nagar Panchayat, Sujanpur Tira, has come out openly in support of the people’s demand. At a meeting of the parishad with Mrs Gian Kaur, Chairperson, it was decided to oppose the move of the state government. The parishad in its resolution said since no major facilities were made available to them it would not be appropriate to implement the house tax on the people.
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Pension adalat today
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 24
The defence authorities will hold a pension adalat at the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) here tomorrow.

Mr Padam Lal Negi, joint controller of defence accounts, will preside over the adalat where grievances of the defence pensioners will be settled on the spot.

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