23HP01A.qxd 10/22/2013 6:10 PM Page 1 c Shimla 21° 10° m b y VIGNETTES 3 Shabab Lalit, the unsung Urdu poet of Himachal HIMACHAL DIARY 4 Learning the nuances of dried flower art The Tribune Himachal Plus Shimla Wednesday October 23 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Vidhan Sabha panel asks officials to implement Food Security Act Chamba district neglected, says anti-graft committee OUR CORRESPONDENT OUR CORRESPONDENT CHAMBA, OCTOBER 22 CHAMBA, OCTOBER 22 The state unit of the AllIndia Anti-Corruption Committee has alleged that despite Chamba being declared one of the most backward districts of the country, no engineering college, medical college or university has so far been opened in the district. The district is still deprived of nationalhighway, railway link and airport. In a press statement here on Friday, committee state unit president Subhash Sharma, who is a retired government official, said the pace of development in the district had gone from bad to worse. The condition of roads was pitiable, he added. However, the condition of Chamba-Pathankot highway had improved due to the hydropower projects of the NHPC, a Government of India undertaking, he said. Sharma said, “The condition of interior roads in Tissa, Salooni and Bhattiyat areas is deplorable. Farmers in particular suffer a lot as they cannot transport their apple and other off-season vegetable crops to the nearest markets.” He rued that there was no all-weather road in Bhattityat subdivision. The health and educational institutions were facing shortage of doctors and staff, he added. The Welfare Committee of the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha emphasised the implementation of the Food Security Act effectively in letter and spirit so that people from the weaker sections could benefit from the scheme across the length and breadth of the state. This was stated by the HP Vidhan Sabha Welfare Committee Chairman Mansa Ram while presiding over a meeting of the district-level officials at the Bachat Bhawan here last week. The chairman asked officials of various departments to ensure that welfare schemes launched by the Centre and the state government were being HP Vidhan Sabha Welfare Committee Chairman Mansa Ram presides over a district-level meeting at Chamba. A Tribune photograph implemented for the uplift and well-being of the poor, adding that the officials engaged in these schemes should work receptively. Regarding the pension schemes, the chairman said the committee was evaluating steps taken by the departments in the implementation of various welfare schemes and a report in this regard would be submitted to the state government. He directed Chamba Deputy Commissioner to prepare a comprehensive report on the installation of solar lights in the district after compiling data from block development officers and send it to the committee in addition to the centrally sponsored drinking water schemes, hand pumps and link roads. Answering queries of officials, the chairman said the tendering process for the construction of welfare bhawans was likely to be completed soon. Funds would spent under the Ambedkar Bhawan Scheme, he added. In case there was any problem of acquiring the land, the issue would be resolved forthwith. Sports facilities remain unused in Una, Dharamsala LALIT MOHAN TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DHARAMSALA/UNA, OCT 22 The sports facilities at the district level are not being put to use, resulting in wastage of funds. The facilities created at Una and Dharamsala are a clear illustration of the fact. In Una, a swimming pool was constructed at the Indira Gandhi stadium during the Congress rule from 2003-07. More than Rs 1 crore was spent on the construction of the swimming pool. However, in the past more 8 years, the swimming pool has not been put to use. Sources said the District Students take part in a mehndi competition on the occasion of Karva Chauth at Government College in Dharamsala. Photo: Kamaljeet MC fails to clear debris on Balaknath Road OUR CORRESPONDENT KANGRA, OCTOBER 22 Resentment prevails among residents and devotees visiting the Baba Balaknath temple in the town due to the callous attitude of the local municipal council authorities, who failed to clear debris from the road leading to the temple following a land slide three months ago. Temple priest Swami Ram Dass said yesterday a massive Debris lying on the road leading to the Baba Balaknath temple in Kangra Photo: Ashok Raina land slide took place at the gate of the ancient Baba Balaknath Temple on July 23. The road leading to the temple, a centre of faith for thousands of people, remained blocked despite repeated requests to the authorities concerned even after the lapse of nearly three months, he added. The temple management requested the Kangra SDM on July 23 for an appropriate action to remove the rubble. The local sub-divisional authorities were approached time and again by the temple management but no action has been taken so far. Visitors attending Suadayia of Bagwad Geeta in the temple at 8 pm for one hour daily were the worst sufferers. Those who visited the shrine on every Sunday morning at 6 am for yoga classes also suffered official apathy. Swami Ram Das demanded that a JCB be provided to remove the debris so that people visiting the shrine were relieved of the difficulty they faced while going to the temple. He said Chief Minister Virbhdra Singh should intervene to mitigate the problems of local residents. Anadi Kaistha, a local resident, has approached the Kangra SDM to get roads of the town, which were in deplorable condition and were endangering the life of pedestrians, repaired. He also demanded one way traffic in the Main Market and ban on four wheelers from Tehsil Chowk - Main Market -College Road till SBOP Chowk, for the convenience of people. c m Sports and Youth Welfare Department had tried to outsource the management of the swimming pool. However, even the private party could not operate it due some technical fault in the construction. The sources said the swimming pool loses water quickly due to which the private firm gave up. Some officials in the department said they did not have funds to operate it. Sportsmen in Una have demanded an inquiry into the construction of the swimming pool. Recently, the Director (Sports) visited the area and according to sources had asked the officials to prepare a proposal of making it operational. Una had recently got its second Astroturf hockey stadium. The stadium can host international matches. However, while designing the stadium, the authorities did not construct any visitors' gallery. The sources said the Director (Sports) had asked the officials concerned to break the visitors' gallery of the swimming pool and change its face towards the hockey stadium to create some seating space for spectators during hockey matches. Dharamsala got the first synthetic athletic track of Himachal about two years ago. The synthetic athletic track was under the control of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials posted in Dharamsala. However, in the past two years, no major event has been held on the synthetic athletic track. Now, the SAI authorities have restricted the entry to the track as walkers were allegedly damaging the track. Most of the machines at the indoor gymnasium of Dharamsala had been broken and the Sports and Youth Welfare Department did not have funds to maintain it. The indoor stadium was the only facility that was being put to use by the locals for playing badminton and table tennis. A swimming pool constructed at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore lies unused in Una. A Tribune photograph y b
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