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Notice to Himachal Chief Secy for ‘converting’ school into mall

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Shimla, Sep 25: The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary and others in a suo motu cognizance of a letter written by a student alleging big shopping malls has been proposed on a government school campus in Mandi town to benefit rich and political leaders.

The student alleged during the lockdown the government destructed the building of Vijay Senior Secondary School, its playground and stage and a vacant space.

A Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua passed the order on Friday.

The petitioner said the existence of the playground is projected as one of the perquisites for opening a private school, but here the government itself has destroyed the playground.

Local residents, the media and social organisations are not coming forward due to fear of the government. There was earlier a primary government school in the building, which has also been closed a few years ago and now the government is planning to close the senior secondary school also so that rich and influential persons can be accommodated, the petitioner further claimed.

The petitioner also alleged that poor, orphaned and migrant children are studying in the school and the students are being mentally pressurised by officials with threats of spoiling their results and are also being given various allurements.

The letter also mentioned that former Chief Justice Swantanter Kumar has also studied in the school.

The court directed the respondents to submit their reply before next date and posted the matter after two weeks.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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