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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.

DC Shimla kicks off three days Public Information Campaign at Sunni

Deputy Commissioner Shimla, Dinesh Malhotra kicked off three days Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign at Government Senior Secondary School Sunni, yesterday to create awareness among masses about Bharat Nirman and flagship programs run by the Centre in the state.

Terming Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA) as one of the largest employment scheme in the world, Mr. Malhotra observed that Himachal has been adjudged among few leading states for successfully implementing this scheme in the state.

Despite state having achieved the target of complete electrification and potable water facilities much earlier, he said that it was still working hard for ensuring benefits of such schemes after giving quality services to people.

Mr. Malhotra said that people were not coming forward to drive the benefit of MNREGA as people have other ways to render their livelihood.

Speaking on the progress of MNREGA, Assistant Project Officer DRDA, Surinder Thakur said that it was implemented in 2008 in the district and so far Rs. 170 crores have been spent on it and Rs. 15 crores are being allotted this year.

Around 53,000 households derived the benefits of 9960 developmental works after achieving 23 lakh working days under it. He said that district administration has also started toll free numbers to address the queries of general public about this scheme.

Resource persons of Food and Civil Supply and Reserve Bank of India also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier Tara Singh, conducting officer of Press Information Bureau, Shimla, said that feedback of the people regarding implementation of various schemes would be collected and sent to the Central government. Mr. Singh said that around 33 exhibition stalls depicting the progress and implementation of the Central government’s program were put up in the campaign.

This is the 18th Bharat Nirman PIC programme being organized in Himachal Pradesh. The officials of other media units of the Information and Broadcasting were also present on this occasion.

Other media units of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, including Directorate of Field Publicity, Song and Drama Division, Directorate of Audio and Visual Publicity, AIR and DDK are also taking part in the campaign.

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