North Gazette News/Shimla
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday directed the concerned departments to remove the anomalies in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) list.
“It has come to my notice that the BPL benefits were not reaching poor families and rather many powerful people play politics to get incorporated the name of their kith and kin in BPL list and the genuine person is left behind,” Singh said, while presiding over the State Level Grievances Redressal Committee Meeting held here today.
Chief Minister said that some means were to be devised to curb such practice and the needy must be benefited.said that any Panchayat in the state which has been affected due to de-limitation of the Vidhan Sabha constituencies wherein a portion of that Panchayat has fallen in another constituency can be considered to be reorganized or split into two provided the Government receives a proposal from them.
Reacting to several proposal received by the state government on bifurcation of panchayats, the Chief Minister said that only those panchayats which suffered due to de-limitation will be entertained .
However as per the Panchayati Raj Department, the proposal for bifurcation or creation of new gram panchayats can be considered six months before the general elections to the Panchayats Raj Institutions which is due in December 2015.
Referring to the problems of water and electricity, in inn’s (Sarai) or community centers, the Chief Minster said that Panchayats should take up the responsibilities of all minor repairs pertaining in such Sarai Bhawans.
Replying to a doubt raised in the meeting regarding rights of those living in the periphery of ‘The Great Himalayan National Park’, the Chief Minister said that their all rights would be sustained and protected as they were.
The problem of simians and stray cattle is alarming and necessary steps are to be taken to curb the same said he, while replying to grievances of the people on monkey menace. “We have taken up the matter with GoI many times regarding export of monkeys and if they agree to it government won’t mind exporting them” he said.
However a detailed note has been sent to the High Court regarding the economic loss suffered by farmers and the identified places where the simians were causing heavy loss to crops and danger to human lives, said he. The Forest department was also considering purchasing ‘Mobile Sterilization Vans’ to immunize the monkeys on the spot.
“It is the most nerve-racking problem being faced by the people and the Government was forcefully initiating measures to find a solution to it” said Chief Minister.
Cases pertaining to one time settlement or regularization of ‘Pattas’ in certain parts of the State will be scrutinized on the basis of merit and the Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts would study the individual cases in consultation with the forest department.
He directed the Public Works Department to pursue the matters of forest clearance so that the roads could be made through without delay. He said that the survey of the tunnel beneath Jalori Pass was being done and directed to complete the road from Jibhi to Garagusaini in district Kullu. The Chief Minster asked the PWD authorities to re-construct road from Sector-4 Barrier to Nariyal via Tikri and strengthen the same for bear the load of increasing traffic and heavy tankers. He also ensured to complete the construction of Mini Secretariat at Banjar by March 2015.
The Chief Minister said that it was rather annoying that the hydel projects and few industrial units in the State were not adhering to the 70% quota of jobs to the youth of the State. He said that if a committee was required to be formed at district level for selecting the educated or uneducated youth for a particular type of work in the Hydel projects or industries, work out the modalities for the same.
Virbhadra Singh also directed to post anesthesia doctor in Chamba hospital and said that the Government was committed to fill all the vacant posts of doctors and the para-medical staff in far-flung areas of the State. A provision of rupees 10 crore is there for construction of bus stand in Chamba along with constructing a taxi stand at the very place and soon the concerned Minister will be visiting Chamba to review the same, he said. The Chief Minister also directed the officials to prepare a case of forest clearance for constructing building of Primary Health Centre in Magazine in GP Kandral in Baijnath soon.
Taking cognizance of the seepage of water into the Rajput and Harijan Basti in Pandoga, the Chief Minister directed the authorities to get constructed retaining wall from a private college as per the commitment of the college authorities, failing which appropriate action be initiated against them.
Virbhadra Singh also asked the concerned officers to inquire into the non-payment of dues to MNREGA workers at Sayri, in Solan district. Responding to a grievance regarding throwing of garbage in Ghumarwin rivulet which is source of drinking water for the villages downstream, the Chief Minister issued strict instruction for checking the same and action against the defaulters.
He also raised concern about illegal quarrying on Pabbar river and said that the time table for both the private and HRTC buses in Rohru would soon be made available. The Chief Minister also suggested for opening LPG agency at Tikkar in Rohru on demand of the people facing difficulty in getting the same.