SHIMLA-19 February, 2018

 Strengthen spirit of brotherhood - CM

Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur stressed upon strengthening the spirit of brotherhood that binds human beings together in one thread in order to strengthen unity and integrity of the country. He was speaking as chief guest in Saamoohik Maha Shivratri Mahotsav organized by Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch at New Delhi last evening.

Chief Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir State has very rich culture and urged the community to preserve their rich heritage so that their identity is preserved for posterity. He said that young generation living away from the state in various parts of the country should be made aware about their customs and culture and efforts should be made to connect them with their roots.

He urged the Kashmiris to stay connected and build strong bonds with each other and work unitedly for social and cultural causes in the national capital through their organization. He lauded the Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch for undertaking various activities in Delhi and bringing all Kashmiris under one umbrella.

Sh Jairam Thakur recalled old memories of his association with Jammu and Kashmir where he worked for few years and developed a strong emotional bond with the people of the state. He also remembered his teachers and associates of those days.

Chief Minister also felicitated various persons from Jammu and Kashmir for distinguished services in various fields especially social service,literature and bravery on the occasion.

A rich cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.

Dr Vinay Sehestrabude President ICCR also spoke.

Sh Sanjay Ganjoo President Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch welcomed the chief guest and others.

Senior BJP Leaders Sh Mahender Pandey, Sh Rajkumar Bhatiya, Sh Ajay Bharti, Sh Surinder Ambardar ,Members and office bearers of Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch were present on the occasion.


 CM demands for Himachal Regiment

 Chief Minister Sh Jairam Thakur called on Union Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Seetharaman at New Delhi today.

 He made a demand for ‘’ Himachal Regiment ‘’ to recognize the gallant services of soldiers of Himachal Pradesh in defence forces as more than 1200 soldiers laid down their lives for motherland and 1100 gallantry awards including four PVC have been conferred to Himachalis. 

 He also informed her that armed forces were the most preferred career choice for state youth however, recruitment quota for the state has been reduced after implementation of RMP (Recruitable Male Population) concept and requested for increasing the same.

 Chief Minister also urged for development of Kangra airport for airforce and added that with the expansion of the airport it can be used for defence purposes for landing fighter planes, heavy aircrafts and can be an alternative to Pathankot airport as the second line of defence on account of its safe distance from the border and strategic location. He said that this will require acquisition of additional 571 acre land, the cost of which will need to be met by the defence ministry. He also requested for an assurance that civilian flights will continue to be operated from the airport even after its development as defence asset.

 Chief Minister also requested for support of the Ministry in shifting war equipment to War Memorial at Dharamshala which has been constructed as a tribute to brave martyrs. He also urged for taking forward the case of Manali-Leh railway line which is strategically important to the nation from defence point of view.

 Smt Nirmala Seetharam heard the demands of the Chief Minister and assured of all possible assistance.


 Improve Ambulance services else face action: Health Minister

 Takes cognizanceof  Ambulance under JSSK 

 Health & family Welfare Minister Shri Vipin Singh Parmar paid a surprise check on ' 102 Ambulance' service under Janani Shishu Surakasha Karayakarm  (JSSK) last evening near Namhol in district Bilaspur. He inspected Ambulances  number HP24-A-2759 and HP62-2866. No first aid box was found in the vehicles and Hygiene standards were also miserable. He took cognizance of the conditions in the ambulance and directed departmental officials to take strict action.


The Health Minister said that the service was launched to provide better health care services to pregnant women. The free service was implemented across the State to ensure that no pregnant women had to wait for the ambulance in case of any emergency. But the reality of the service reflected a very unhealthy and serious scenario at the spot.


It is worth mentioning that the Minister had previously inspected '108 Ambulance' service and directed for strict action in the wake of menial standards in the vehicles.


Shri Parmar said that ambulance services being run for the health emergency should be equipped with generic medicines, oxygen cylinder and other essential equipments round the clock. He said appropriate action would be taken against the company if negligence persists in future.


Minister also appealed to general public to make a call to these services only in case of emergency and not make fake calls on this numbers. He asked people to make complaint regarding ambulance  directly to the Health department .