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Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh turned table on opposition BJP today indicating that he was implicated in false cases on behest of its leaders. Mr. Singh who was addressing a public gathering in his assembly segment in this district alleged that BJP leaders of this hill state had always indulged in playing divisive politics. Charging saffron party for tactic he said that its leaders were trying to implicate him in false cases. Expressing confidence that recent CBI probe would not damage him at all stating that rather than harming his reputation these cases made me stronger, octogenarian leader asserted. ”I am sure that propaganda and cheap tactics would not last longer as truth prevails in the end” he said adding that citizens of this nation are well educated and would not become an easy prey of such tactics. Advising BJP leaders to shun mean character assassination Mr. Singh said they should accept the truth that incumbent congress rule is committed for all-round and speedy development of the entire state. Chief minister charged that his government had lodged cases against State Cricket Association led by BJP member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur Mr. Anurag Thakur as during last BJP rule valuable land worth crores of rupees was handed over to the cricket body to raise five star hotels and cricket stadium at Dharamsala. Mr. Singh said that this land was shown barren after axing hundreds of trees standing on it. Overnight HPCA was converted to a company comprising of 25 members most of them are kith and kin of the former Chief Minsiter Prem Kumar Dhumal. He has demanded that HPCA should be registered under the co-operative act.

HP added more pulses in PDS kitty

Himachal Pradesh State Civil Supplies (HPSCS) Corporation has floated global tenders to purchase pulses to further sell it across 31,804 ration card holders registered with Public Distribution System in the state after adding couple of new pulses in the PDS kitty.

Managing Director of HPSCS, Amandeep Garg said in a notification released for global tenders here yesterday that the corporation will purchase Red Lentil (Malka), Black/whole lentil (Black Masar), Green Gram (Moong whole), Kidney Beans (Rajmah Red Small), Black Matpe (Urad Sabut unpolished), Dal Gram (Dal Chana), Black eyed beans/Lobia (Rongi) and Dal Masari (Red Lentil split). The corporation wants the stock in one kilogram plastic pack. Besides this, the corporation has floated tender to procure one kilogram of ISI mark one kilogram idolized salt (free flow) and edible oil of soya refined and mustard in one liter pouch pack.

Food, Civil Supply and Consumer affairs minister, G.S. Bali disclosed that number of new pulses items have been included in the PDS kitty after he took charge of department with forming of new government.

Stating this in the state assembly recently, he said that the government is running the system smoothly and tenders were being floated to compensate the demands. The corporation distributes these items every month to all ration card holders in the state under targeted public distribution system (PDS) properly.

Further he said that tenders were invited for the purchase of sugar to cater the demand. Corporation has recently floated similar tenders to purchase 47,000 quintal sugar which has been awarded to some firm at the rate of Rs. 35 per kilogram as it provides 612 gram of sugar quota per person.

Till now 22,000 quintals of sugar has been distributed to the state depots as due to delay in tenders, number of people have been deprived from the sugar in recent months are being compensated.

The state depends for the food items on the bordering states as it had very limited agriculture production to meet out its own needs in the state.

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