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CM orders probe into 'land grab' by Asaram's ashram

Shalender Kalra, Hindustan Times  Nahan, September 18, 2013
First Published: 19:42 IST(18/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:43 IST(18/9/2013)

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh has ordered a probe into the alleged grabbing of government land by the ashram of self-styled godman Asaram at Kunjo Matraliyon village in Paonta Sahib.

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Replying to a query during an interaction with mediapersons at circuit house on Wednesday, the chief minister said he was not aware of this fact earlier, but he was giving directions to the deputy commissioner for holding a probe.

The CM said tourism development was the priority of the government and added that the vacant posts in the tourism department would be filled.

On the extension of industrial package, the CM said under the pressure of Haryana and Punjab, the period was reduced and added that the issue was raised before the Prime Minister and the finance minister recently by him.

He also expressed hope that the union government would do justice on the industrial package issue. Reacting upon the shortage of building material in the state, he said necessary steps had been taken and the mining policy enforced.
Lashing out at former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, he said he faced two fabricated criminal cases, but the Congress government did not believe in vendetta politics.

The CM said the government had decided to purchase a fleet of 1,000 buses, out of which 500 buses would be purchased in the first phase.

On the admission criteria in private engineering colleges, transport, civil supply and technical education minister GS Bali said the case was being examined and added that state wanted to provide quality education. The technical department had relaxed the condition of JEE for admission, but had imposed the condition of 65% marks in Class-12 exam.

Earlier, addressing a public meeting at Bara Chowk on Tuesday, the CM said the challan in the phone-tapping case would be filed in the court soon.

He said local MLA Dr Rajeev Bindal was raising baseless demands and added that MLA demanded `500 crore for rain compensation. The demand was raised to mislead people.

Later, the CM also inaugurated a data recovery centre and Chamber of Commerce building at Paonta Sahib.

Addressing a public meeting at Majra, the CM ordered the deputy commissioner to submit a detailed report in the criminal case of liquor seizure case of former CPS Sukh Ram during the Renuka byelection. He also instructed the police to reinvestigate the case.

Repair road on priority: CM

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh directed the public works department to carry repair and maintenance of roads at war footing in the state. He said prolonged monsoon and heavy rain caused extensive damage to the roads and now as the monsoon has come to an end, the maintenance and repair of roads should be taken on priority. The CM was presiding over a meeting of district-level officers.

He said the drinking water supply scheme of Nahan town would be augmented and a new scheme had also been sent for approval to the Centre for lifting drinking water from Giri River. He said the Kala Amb police station would be shifted to the building of animal husbandry. He also announced to provide `20 lakh for the renovation of the Nahan bus stand. Singh ordered inquiry into the felling of green trees in Ghanduri and Paonta Sahib areas of the district.

He also directed to issue warning to the contractors who were not properly executing the developmental works adding that their work orders should be cancelled if they fail to execute the works within stipulated period.


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