Governor and Ministers express grief over Kotrupi incident


       Governor Acharya Devvrat has expressed grief over the tragic incident that took place at Kotrupi in Mandi district in which two buses were buried under a massive landslide on Saturday night.


He prayed the Almighty for peace of the departed souls and give strength to the bereaved family members to bear this loss.


Speaker H.P. Vidhan Sabha Shri B.B.L. Butail, Irrigation & Public Health Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes, MPP & Power Minister Shri Sujan Singh Pathania,  Forest Minister Shri Thakur Singh Bharmouri,  Industries  Minister Shri Mukesh Agnihotri, Urban Development Minister Shri Sudhir Sharma,  Excise & Taxation Minister Shri Prakash Chaudhary, Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil,  Deputy Speaker Shri Jagat Singh Negi and  Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Shri Neeraj Bharti, Shri Rajesh Dharmani, Shri Vinay Kumar, Shri Jagjivan Paul, Shri Nand Lal, Shri Rohit Thakur, Shri Sohan Lal Thakur, Shri Inder Dutt Lakhanpal and Shri Mansa Ram have also expressed grief over the tragic incident and conveyed their condolences with bereaved family members.


 CM to address people on eve of Independence Day

 The message of Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh to the people of the State on occasion of Independence Day will be broadcast by the All Radio Shimla on 14th August, 2017 immediately after the message of the President of India to the Nation at 7 PM. FM

 Shimla, FM Hamirpur and FM Dharamshala will also relay message of the Chief Minister.

 Doordarshan Kendra, Shimla will telecast the message of the Chief Minister on 15th August, 2017 at 9 AM in a special morning transmission. Private Television News Channels, News 18 (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal), TV 100 and Zee News (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal) will telecast this message in their prime time band transmission on 14th August, 2017. All Cable TV Networks of the State will also show this message.


CM visits Kotrupi directs for intensifying rescue operation

 Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today visited Kotrupi in Mandi district where two buses were buried under a massive landslide on Saturday night. He directed for intensifying the rescue and relief measures on war footing. He said the rescue operation would continue until the last body of victim was recovered.

 The teams of NDRF, Army, Police and Home Guards have been deployed in the operation. As per the reports eight passengers were travelling in the bus enroute Manali to Katra.  Out of which three lost their lives while five injured were  rescued and admitted at Zonal Hospital Mandi. Two of the injured have been discharged from the hospital.

 As per the last reports reaching at the State Headquarters, the another bus which rolled down into the gorge  has also been traced and so far nine dead bodies were recovered.

 The Chief Minister distributed immediate relief to next of kin of the deceased and injured. He said Government would bear expenses on the treatment of the injured passengers.


He directed to assess the loss to the property at the earliest so that the sufferers could be provided compensation and other assistance.


Shri Virbhadra Singh also met the bereaved family members and expressed his heartfelt condolences. He assured them of all possible assistance in this hour of distress.  He prayed for safety of the missing passengers and speedy recovery of those injured.


Health Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur, Transport Minister Shri G.S. Bali and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Anil Sharma were also on the spot to monitor the rescue and relief operation.


The Health Minister announced financial assistance of rupees four lakh to the next of kin of the deceased while the Transport Minister announced that rupees one lakh would be given by HRTC.


Govt. providing ample employment opportunities to youth: CM

              Keeping its promise to provide ample employment opportunities to the youth, the state government is persistently working to generate more avenues for them in both government and private sectors for which the necessary training is also being imparted to them. The consistent efforts of the government have shown encouraging results as thousands of youth have been given employment during last few years.

This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh during a public meeting in Bathmana-Jabri panchayat of Shimla Rural assembly segment on Saturday late evening after he dedicated various developmental projects worth crores of rupees in the constituency.

The Chief Minister said Himachal Pradesh has high literacy rate and it is not possible to provide employment to all in government sector alone and therefore the government is making endeavours to provide jobs to the youth in private sector as well. The government has launched ambitious Skill Development Scheme besides offering various other schemes with subsidies to enable them to get proper training in vocational courses and starting self-employment ventures.

He said Shimla Rural constituency has witnessed a sea change as far as development is concerned and today it has emerged as one of the most developed assembly segment of the state.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said women empowerment has been another major focus of the state government and soon registered Mahila Mandals of the constituency would be provided Rs. 20,000 each to meet out their small expenses like repair works or purchase of furniture.

He said budgetary provision has made for Animal Husbandry Centre at Jabri on which the work would be started immediately. He said funds would be released for starting work in Community House and renovation of Jabri school. The detailed project report for Gharog-Nalta road in the panchayat has been sent to NABARD for financial assistance and the work would be started immediately after receiving approval. On the demand of the local representatives, the Chief Minister assured to open office of the electricity board at Jabri.

Expressing concern over the malicious propaganda by few political parties just before the assembly elections, he cautioned the people to be aware of try to divide people in the name of religion, region and caste. I have always respected every caste and religion and for ne entire Himachal is one, he said adding that few people try to play with the sentiments of the people for their political advantage, such but this is high time to understand their ploy and work with unity for achieving further progress and development of the state.

President, State Youth Congress Shri Vikramaditya Singh thanked the government for completing the work on most of the developmental projects which were started during last four and a half years back. He said three Industrial Training Institutes (ITI’s) have been opened in the constituency to facilitate the youth in getting technical education and finding employment and self-employment avenues. During the Rozgar Mela organised recently in the constituency, more than 250 youth of the constituency were provided employment in private sector and more youth would be benefitted after getting training from ITI’s, he added.

Pradhan of the Batmana-Jabri panchayat Shri Chandershekhar Sharma and Block Congress General Secretary Shri Gopal Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

Former MLA Shri Sohal Lal, Zila Parishad Chairperson Smt. Dharmila Harnot, BDC Chairmen Shri Pradeep Verma.and Smt. Meena Kumari were also present on the occasion.