Congress to reallocate responsibilities to leaders

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2015 19:34 IST

A week after it brainstormed over ways to revive the grand old party, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) is likely to reallocate organisational responsibilities to its members.

The brainstorming session, attended by party's top brass including chief minister Virbhadra Singh, party president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and national general secretary and in-charge for party affairs in Himahcal, Ambika Soni, had concluded that there were shortcomings in the party's organisational structure as well as the functioning of block, district and the state units.

Sources have told HT that Sukhu is likely to give more responsibility to the leaders who have been playing active role in the organisation over the past two years.

The party's state unit comprises 35 people who include eight general secretaries and nine vice-presidents.
The party is now contemplating to make the general secretaries and vice-presidents in-charge for party phases in all the twelve districts, while the secretaries would be attached with them.

"Responsibilities would be given to every office bearer. However re-allocation of posts would be decided shortly," party chief spokesperson, Naresh Chauhan, said.

Congress sources said a section of party members had reportedly been unhappy over allocation of duties. Appointed a year ago, secretaries have had no work assigned to them while the trusted lieutenants of chief minister Virbhadra Singh were given more responsibilities.

A group of party workers had recently conveyed their displeasure to Ambika Soni during the three-day deliberations in Shimla recently.

Sources said the Congress' organizational set up would now see many young faces given responsibilities while female leaders would also be given precedence.

In view of the drubbing during the parliamentary elections last year - it lost all four seats - the Congress has woken up to start afresh.

The party dissolved 34 block units where the poll performance was dismal and limited the size of block units. It has also set age and education criteria for block presidents.

Moreover, Kangra and Mandi organisational districts were also sub-divided besides another six block units.

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