25HP01A.qxd 9/24/2013 5:51 PM Page 1 c Shimla 24° 15° m b y VIGNETTES 3 Staging dance-drama Urvashi on Hindi-Day HIMACHAL DIARY Musicians from Mexico bring fresh whiff of air for music lovers 4 The Tribune Himachal Plus Shimla Wednesday September 25 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Caste likely to be major factor during LS poll in Kangra Nature’s vista RAVINDER SOOD PALAMPUR, SEPTEMBER 24 After the Bharatiya Janta party (BJP) announced Narinder Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Parliamentary elections, the BJP and the Congress have intensified their election campaigning in Kangra, the biggest district of the state. At present the Kangra-Chamba seat is represented by Dr Rajan Sushant, who was suspended from the BJP in 2012. Therefore the BJP is in search of a new face. Sources say Narinder Modi is in favour of fielding Shanta Kumar, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader, from Kangra. He has represented the seat twice in past. However, the Congress is People walk under dark clouds after rain in Shimla. Photo: Amit Kanwar Chamba awaits CM’s nod for a bus terminus BALKRISHAN PRASHAR CHAMBA, SEPTEMBER 24 The bus stand of Chamba was constructed around 50 years ago and with the passage of time, it has outlived its utility. It is now unable to withstand the jam-packed vehicular traffic which has increased manifold. The traffic jams are a common sight during the peak hours of the day. The people of Chamba have been crying hoarse for the construction of a new bus terminus to cope with the increased traffic on the existing congested bus stand. Finally, the Congress government during its previous regime decided to construct the bus stand near the location of the old sub-jail and the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) workshop alongside it. In the meantime, the government took a decision to construct a new district sub-jail at Rajpura village where it could be shifted. At the same time, a new site for the HRTC workshop had also been identified at Parel village where it could also be shifted, thereby paving the way for the construction of a new bus terminus at this location. Realising the necessity of the ancient hill town of Chamba in the wake of increasing rush of vehicular traffic, the Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the International Minjar fair prize distribution function happily announced that Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Chamba would be constructed on the lines of the ISBT, Shimla, as soon as the district sub-jail is shifted. Soon after the announcement, the district sub-jail was shifted to its new edifice constructed at Rajpura village about 8 km from the district headquarter town of Chamba in August. Likewise, the preparations are also underway to shift the HRTC workshop to a new site at Parel village. Now the Chamba District Progressive Council presi- ‘Administrative Tribunal should deliver quick justice to staff’ dent HR Puri and general secretary GS Bedi have appealed to the Chief Minister to direct the officials undertaking the construction work on the new bus terminus as early to accomplish it as possible so that the bus station building could be completed in minimum time. For this, the people of Chamba are also eagerly waiting for the consent of the Chief Minister. Meanwhile, official sources said that the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation had already agreed to fund Rs 5 crore for the construction of the bus station, and deposited Rs1.50 crore on conceptual basis with the state government in 2011. BILASPUR, SEPTEMBER 24 The Himachal Pradesh State Employees Confederation has urged the Chief Minister that if government is going to restart the State Administrative Tribunal, the Tribunal should be set up in such a way that it wins trust and faith of employees for its impartiality and fairness and it delivers quick justice to them . Talking to mediapersons here recently along with several other NGOs leaders, Confederation state president Vinod Kumar said that the earlier experience of 24 years with the State Tribunal had been bitter because employees did not get quick justice from it. Thousands of cases remained pending for years, defying its main objective of imparting quick justice. He said Tribunal functioning could never win the trust and the faith of litigant employees that they would get justice. The Tribunal comprises retired bureaucrats except one from judiciary. Kumar said there was a fundamental discrepancy in the Tribunal law as it did not insulate appointment of its judges from direct or indirect influence of government (the only respondent), nor did it fix timebound disposal of cases, which should be fixed for judgment in every case . He said in it, judges (members) were appointed by the government, which is respondent in all cases of employees invariably as The congested bus stand of Chamba. Photo by writer c still undecided and the picture is expected to be clear in the first week of October as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will visit Kangra. If one goes by the political history of Kangra, it is evident that caste has always dominated the scene. The OBCs and Rajputs, Dalits and Brahmins have the maximum number of votes in Kangra. The OBCs and Rajputs constitute more than 50 per cent of the total electorate. While Nagrota, Kangra, Jwalamukhi, Guler and Jwali Assembly segments have a sizeable OBC population, there is a considerable strength of Gaddi voters in Dharmshala, Baijnath and Palampur. Another issue, which the both parties raised during the successive elections, is m y b employees present petitions in it against injustice done to them by the government in service matters, mostly vindictive, politically motivated and unjustified transfers. This means that this Tribunal law gives authority Continued on page 2 the regional discrimination. Though the leaders of the both political parties claim that there is no discrimination towards the newly merged areas that became part of Himachal Pradesh under the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966. The implementation of the report of the Delimitation Commission during the last parliament elections had become a headache for the both parties as many MLAs had been left without constituencies. Kangra was the worst hit as the Assembly constituencies came down from 16 to 15. Notably, The Delimitation Commission had deleted Thural constituency. Moreover, Baijnath segment has been reserved for the Scheduled Castes.
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