The former chief ministers of Uttarakhand viz late Narain Dutt Tiwari, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Major General B. C. Khanduri, Harish Rawat, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna were not vacating their official Bungalows allotted to them as a special privilege and as per the government rules, hence a petition was filed in the high court which has finally issued directives to vacate them.
All these former chief ministers are quite well off financially and had their private houses in Delhi and Uttarakhand apart from the government bungalows allotted to them in their capacity of being MPs. Major General Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishan who were MPs had been allotted bungalows in Delhi but they were also having Bungalows at Dehradun, being ex-chief ministers of Uttarakhand. However, Narain Dutt Tiwari has a government type 5 allotment at Tilak lane in New Delhi since ages which is still being continued by his family even after his sad demise, by his wife Ujjwala Tiwari.
When the Uttarakhand high court directed these former chief ministers to vacate their huge official bungalows occupied by them for several years despite their not being chief ministers of the state these ex CMs were compelled to vacate them but after too much of reluctance.
However two of them viz Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna ( both ex CMs ) had tremendous financial liabilities in several lakhs which they haven’t paid to the Uttarakhand government despite a number of notices. While former chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari had the liabilities of whopping 45 lakhs pertaining to his bungalow and other expenses for enjoying various facilities, Vijay Bahuguna had the financial burden of 37 lakhs against his government bungalow and other expenses incurred during his tenure. These liabilities pertained to the expenses for various facilities enjoyed by them but had not been cleared despite several reminders.
Finally, once more time the Uttarakhand high court had to intervene and issue directives to the state government for recovery of the pending amount against both the ex-chief ministers. According to sources, both the chief ministers had appealed to the court through petitions for reconsideration of their earlier appeals to grant them special privilege for remittances of these financial liabilities/ repealing them but the high court has revoked their petitions for the second time asking them to pay the same at the market rate.
After the high court’s revocation of their requests/ appeals for writing off these financial liabilities, both the former chief ministers of Uttarakhand viz Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna have now been directed to clear the entire backlog of Rs. 45 lakhs and 37 lakhs respectively on the basis of the market rate penalty on the monthly installment basis of Rs 30500 and Rs. 39000 per month respectively till the above-said amount is cleared fully and finally.
It may be recalled that both Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna are currently holding no positions and are in BJP. These liabilities pertain to former CM Vijay Bahuguna while he was in Congress. He joined the BJP later on with 11 MLAs of Congress after his differences with the then CM Harish Rawat in 2017.
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The law and order situation is deteriorating day by day in Uttarakhand with incidents of brutal murders, rapes, and a crime against women on the rise. The state police as known as Mitr police undoubtedly try its best to control the rising crime but the situation seems to be going out of hand.
When Uttarakhand was part of undivided Uttar Pradesh it was really difficult to control crime in this hilly region as the liquor mafia allegedly had its say. Then the entire police and administrative set up was controlled from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and things were difficult to control but after the formation of the state in the year 2000 it was felt that the crime rate would now come down drastically and the people will heave a sigh of relief.
Unfortunately today Uttarakhand has allegedly become a safe haven for dreaded criminals of other states who seek peaceful clandestine hiding shelter. The state completely assures safety and security. This is undoubtedly a disturbing trend. Just a few days ago a five-year-old girl was obnoxiously raped and brutally murdered by a rapist mutilating her body badly into pieces.
Last year a 19-year-old girl was stalked and thereafter immolated in broad daylight in Pauri Garhwal followed by a number of incidents of rapes, women assaults, murders, and gangsterism. Just today a young man named Shekhar Dhaundiyal who had come to Kotdwara, under Pauri Garhwal district at the office of Shiva Cable from Dehradun was shot dead by three miscreants in broad daylight while he was busy telephoning someone from a private telephone booth.
While Shekhar Dhaundiyal was busy conversing on the telephone outside the Shiva Cable office three men came walking and killed him with a number of gunshots from point-blank range. On hearing the sound of repeated gunshots the staff and employees and the people from nearby came to his rescue but by then the killers had walked away.
Grievously injured and profusely bleeding Dhaundiyal was immediately ferried to the government hospital in Kotdwara but was declared brought dead after succumbing to the bullet injuries. Kotdwar is quite a busy area and absence of the police patrolling and policemen on duty in this busy market area allows the miscreants to conveniently commit this gruesome broad daylight murder. There was commotion all around.
This raises certain questions and also questions the credibility of the Uttarakhand police. People especially the women are worried about their own security.
Cloud bursts and landslides in Chamoli district of Garhwal Uttarakhand
About six persons have been reportedly killed in a cloud burst incident that occurred in Lankhi village in Chamoli district.
This has resulted in an excessive overflow and flood in Chufalgaadh river further leading to colossal loss to properties. In view of the excessive over flooding of Chufalgarh river the roads in the market area caved in. This has resulted in the destruction of houses and shops.
If the same nature of heavy rain continues in Karnprayag, the situation may go out of hand leading to several fatalities and loss of properties. Similarly in the Baaj Bagagad and Aalitok areas of Garhwal hills in Chamoli district heavy rains resulted in a landslide. Heavy rubbles fell on a house killing three persons which included a mother and a daughter.
According to the information flowing in from Disaster Management Control Room senior journalist, Harish Maikhuri informed that in Baaj Bagad the house of one Abbal Singh was completely submerged in a landslide. This has led to the death of his 35-year-old wife and the 9-month-old infant. The ill-fated mother and daughter died due to asphyxiation inside the heavy rubble of the landslide. The tragic incident of cloud burst in Faldi village of Tharali is still fresh in peoples’ mind.
Similarly, in Aali village, Nanu Ram’s house was compressed under the rubble of heavy landslide resulting in the brutal death of his 21-year-old daughter Naurti. The total toll due to this natural disaster has reached six by now. The rescue team of the disaster management force and the local police which reached the spots of this brutal incident have retrieved the dead bodies. According to senior journalist Harish Maikhuri so far about six persons, fifty goats, two cows have died due to this cloud burst incident in Chamoli district. The meteorological department had already given clear indications about heavy rains in Chamoli, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts.
Heavy rains during monsoons create havoc in Garhwal and Kumaon divisions of Uttarakhand and cause heavy losses to life and property. The chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed concern over these cloud burst incidents and has also condoled the deaths in this natural calamity. He has tweeted: I am deeply pained to learn about the loss of lives in cloud burst incidents in Chamoli’s ghat area. My condolences towards the bereaved families of the deceased’s. I have issued urgent directives to the district administration to provide maximum possible help of all kind including the financial support to the bereaved families including expeditious action to safeguard the lives of the people.
It’s a curse of nature that Uttarakhand faces these cloud burst incidents and natural disasters.
Great woman warrior Tilu Rauteli’s 329th anniversary celebrated at Gharwal Bhawan
Sarvbhaumik is a registered non-governmental organization. It comprises of committed and dedicated volunteers. These volunteers are from Uttarakhand living in Delhi and Uttarakhand. They are engaged in the promotion of educational and social activities. They especially focus on women empowerment. They had organized a commemorative function in New Delhi’s Garhwal Bhawan on the 10th of August.
This was in honor of the historic woman warrior Tilu Rauteli on her 329th anniversary. The event was inaugurated by chief guests KC Pandey, his wife, and several others. The event was kickstarted with the office bearer of Sarvbhawmik, Himani Bisht. She started off the event through her inaugural address. She highlighted the activities of the organization.
It’s General Secretary Sharmila Amola provided detailed information on the consequences of Hepatitis B. Thus awakening one and all to get themselves injected with the relevant medicine to safeguard themselves from this dreaded disease. She also made everyone aware of Sarvbhaumik’s education-related activities. She appraised the audience of the workshops in Pauri Khal area villages of Garhwal Uttarakhand apart from the various other constructive programs organized by the NGO during the preceding year.
The commemorative function of great warrior Tilu Rauteli also included two interesting short plays titled AB KYA HOLU ( Now what will happen) and Bujurg Mata Pita – Pita Ka Dard (Old parents – the pain of father) in Garhwali, Kumaoni, and Hindi dialects. According to drama analyst, Pooran Chand Kandpal both the plays were extremely nostalgic and highly emotional. The plays carried a great social message and a lesson to those who discard their parents in old age.
According to Ajay Bisht one of the main organizers of the show, the Sarvabhawmik event also included detailed debate on women empowerment and how they seek inspiration from historic icon Tilu Rauteli to live life with courage, vigor, and vitality.
The main attraction of the show was principal and woman academician Rachna Joshi who was felicitated by the Sarbhawmic Award of Excellence for her outstanding contribution in the field of education to the children of the lowest ebb of the society.
Six outstanding students of Pairi Khal schools were also felicitated on this occasion. The names of two musician students are Manish and Tanuj who also presented their song and music to the audience enthralling one and all.
Renowned literateur Dr. Satish Kaleshwari also held a debate on Uttarakhand’s folk songs and the infinite journey of Uttarakhandi Sangeet in the function. There were folk songs and dances on this occasion mesmerizing the audience to the hilt. Some of the outstanding folk performances took the audience to the sixties.
The main actors who enthralled the audience with their mesmerizing acting and melodious voice were Gita Gusain, Lakshmi Rawat Patel, Pushpa Joshi, Thangriyal, Rakesh Gaur, Mr. Pandriyal, Pushpa Joshi and Narendra Ajnabi. A souvenir of Sarvbhawmik was also released on this occasion. The program was ably anchored by Ajay Bisht and Himani Bisht.
Uttarakhand CM Rawat faces anger of deceased’s parents at Tehri Garhwal
The present political dispensation in Uttarakhand and it’s chief minister value the life of a school going child, who dies in an accident a meager 1 lakh rupee.
A government that earns annual revenue of 2300 crores through the massive sale of liquor acts stingily in financially compensating children after their fatal accidental deaths. A meager Rs. one lakh each not to mention about the meager compensation paid to the grievously injured children.
This is about the recent painful deaths of 10 school going children and injuries to several others when a Max driven by an untrained driver fell into a gorge on Pratap Nagar Madan Negi road. All the children were students of primary classes of a local private school St. Angels at Madan Negi in Tehri Garhwal. This accident occurred with about 10 death tolls and grievous injury to an equal number of children.
They were later airlifted to Rishikesh hospital for treatment. The fatal accident occurred on the 6th of August. This matter has been immensely hyped in the media. According to sources, there has been an increasing outrage in the people of Tehri Garhwal and the entire state. There have been deplorable statements of the opposition leaders and social organizations regarding the handling of this matter. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had visited the village of the dead children in Madan Negi Tehri Garhwal to express his grief and condolence to the bereaved families.
He also handed them over a cheque of Rs. One lakh each to the bereaved families. The highly angered parents of the deceased children raised anti chief minister and anti-govt slogans and asked him to go back. They were furious over the delay of six days in responding to their call for help and that too giving them a meager amount of a Lakh each for the deceased children. The parents have decided to return the cheques and have asked for not less than Rs. ten lakh financial compensation each of the deceased child and Rs. 5 lakh for the grievously injured. The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had to leave the village in a huff to meet the families of the victims of cloud bursts in Dhaarti village.
It may be recalled that about 10 school going children had died on 6th August when a Max carrying them fall in a gorge due to an untrained driver losing control of the vehicle. There were in all 22 children in a single max against the traffic rules. These fatal accidents are on the rise in Uttarakhand but the transport department still has no concrete plan of preventing these accidents. Suspensions of transport officials is not a concrete solution as they return to their duties after a few days when the hullaballoo around the tragedy subsides. Some credible policy on traffic rules in the mountainous region should be introduced with immediate effect to decrease the spate of fatal accidents which are on the rise.
Tilu Rauteli honour for Suman Adhikari of Haldwani
On 9th of August an enterprising woman with her outstanding contribution in the field of social activism who gave employment to a good number of grass-root women in Haldwani was felicitated by the Uttarakhand Film vom Natya Institute at Bal Bhawan Auditorium by the member of parliament from Pauri Garhwal and Supreme Court advocate Tirath Singh Rawat and Sanjay Darmora. She hails from a rural background
The award is given to outstanding women every year for their novel and valuable contributions in the field of social activism, art, theatre, sports, writing, journalism and in other peculiar fields across spectrum known as Veerangna Tilu Rauteli Samman. ( Warrior Tilu Rauteli Honor).
Tilu Rauteli was a great woman warrior who had sacrificed her life along with her brothers and father while relentlessly fighting the then landlords and kings trying to invade their territory in Garhwal Himalayas in 1661. She sacrificed her life during the incessant battle to safeguard her land and modesty. Since then every year her death anniversary is organized and commemorated on the 9th of August. A grand cultural event with melodious songs and drama on her life and sacrifice was organized on this occasion. This also included folk dances.
In Uttarakhand several iconic women towing the sacrifice and courage of late warrior Tilu Rauteli have made a special mark for their outstanding and exemplary feats and contributions to the society viz first woman Mount Everest Conquerer and Padma Vibhushan Bachendri Pal, Chipko founder and leader Gaura Devi, Bisni Devi Sah, Kabootri Devi, Hansa Dhanayi, Dr. Kusum Nautiyal, Vasanti Bisht, Belmati Chouhan, Tinchri Mai who fought against the prevalence of illegal liquor, Madhuri Barthwal, Hema Uniyal and Reena Kaushal Dharmashaktu etc.
The recipient of the prestigious Tilu Raiteli honors Suman Adhikari deserves to be congratulated for her grass-root level contribution amongst the women of Uttarakhand Himalayas giving them not only employment at the local level but also inculcating in them the spirit to counter challenging situations and arrange sustenance for their families even though they have limited means.
The jury members of the prestigious honor were Literateur Pooran Chandra Kandpal, theatre activist and writer Hem Pant and senior journalist Sushma Jugran.
Max falls in a gorge in Yamkeshwar
A fatal accident had occurred at Chamkotkhal Yamkeshwar ( Dhungi) today grievously injuring 9 children who had been ferried for immediate treatment at Rishikesh hospital. The Max in uncontrollable speed fell in a gorge at Yamkeshwar (Dhungi) Chamkotkhal after the driver lost the control of the Max. The injured children had been rescued and retrieved from the gorge after great efforts by the local police. The condition of all the children is critical.
Just three days ago a Max had fallen in a gorge on Pratap Nagar Khangsali Madan Negi Road killing 9 school going children and critically injuring 9 others who were later on airlifted to Rishikesh hospital for urgent medical treatment creating a furor in the government and anger amongst the people of Tehri Garhwal. This Max was being driven by an untrained driver with his father who was fully trained, sitting on the back seat. Just today yet another Max has fallen in a gorge grievously injuring 9 children who have been ferried to Rishikesh hospital after the injured children were retrieved from the site after great efforts. The ill-fated Max fell in a gorge at Yamkeshwar (Dungi) Chamkotkhal Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The reason behind the accident has not been ascertained yet.
On the same day when the Max fell into the gorge at Madan Negi in Tehri Garhwal, there were five more deaths of bus passengers in another area which was returning from Badrinath Shrine. A huge boulder had fallen on the bus due to a landslide killing five and injuring several others. Just a few days before about nine KANVARIYAS coming on a Max after collecting holy Ganga water from Gaumukh Gangotri, belonging to Haryana too had died after a boulder fell on their Max crushing them to death on the spot and grievously injuring five others. The spate of fatal accidents has, unfortunately, become the order of the day in Uttarakhand due to various unavoidable natural circumstances as well as due to the negligence of the drivers.
May the Almighty save these innocent children.
Thanul village inhabitants of Pauri Garhwal demand road to their village
The inhabitants of Thanul village, as well as its surrounding villages under the jurisdiction of Kaljikhal block in Pauri Garhwal district in Patti Manyarsiun, are extremely angered at the noncooperation of the Uttarakhand tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and other concerned officers. They have so far not heeded to their request of constructing a connecting road to their village. This is despite it being a place of historic importance and an extremely popular Sidhpeeth called Thaneshwar temple.
The villagers, as well as some of their lineage living in Delhi, had organized a press conference yesterday at Garhwal Bhawan situated at Panchquin Road. Their aim was to expose the noncompliance of the concerned departments as well as Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj. They wanted a road to be constructed to their village, which was not done so far despite repeated personal meetings and presentation of request letters.
Addressing the press conference the office bearers of the ancient Thaneshwar Temple Committee complained about the Uttarakhand’s tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and the officers of the concerned departments responsible to build the connecting road to Thanul village at Patti Maniyarsiun in Pauri Garhwal. They said that the concerned have not complied despite their myriad representations and requests.
They accused the state government minister and officers of completely neglecting the peoples’ sentiments and the requests of the Temple’s committee members. The president Anand Singh Rawat said that the government should promote religious tourism to the core in Uttarakhand by connecting such religious and spiritual spots with roads and all kinds of conveniences to felicitate tourism.
He added that the archeological survey should go into the deep history of such ancient temples and structures and acquaint people of their religious and spiritual relevance. The historic Thaneshwar Temple is considered as a renowned Sidhpeeth which has fulfilled the wishes of the childless couples who pay obeisance to Lord Shiva whole night holding the earthen lamp in their hands with the chants of Om Namah Shivay.
In the absence of road connectivity, hundreds of Shiv Bhakts and those who visit the temple are confronting a lot of inconveniences. The press conference was jointly addressed by Anand Singh Rawat, President, Secretary Harish Bhatt, Auditor Kamal Singh Rawat, Vinod Kabtiyal, Jagpal Singh Negi and Vijay Singh Negi. All of them demanded the construction of parking, lodging boarding facilities, and lavatory, etc near the Temple premises for the convenience of the visitors.
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