Himachal Pradesh Current Affairs – JULY 2019
Centre approved abolishment of State Administrative Tribunal
The Centre has put its stamp of approval on the controversial decision of Himachal Government to abolish the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). The Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension (Department of Personal and Training) has issued the notification for the closure of SAT. The Central Government has rescinded the notification issued on December 29, 2014 for the creation of SAT in Himachal. It has one chairman and two members each from the judiciary and administrative side. However, at present, three posts of members have been lying vacant. It was the state government which at its Cabinet meeting on July 3, 2019 had decided to abolish SAT. SAT had been set up on September 1, 1986 with Justice HS Thakur being its first Chairman.
Minjar Fair of Chamba commencing on July 28
All is set for the eight-day long Minjar Fair of Chamba, a centuries-old festival, which will commence on July 28. Deputy Commissioner Vivek Bhatia is the chairperson of the International Minjar Fair Celebrations Committee. There would be 10.5-km long race under the banner of ‘Chamba jeeto” which would be a big challenge. Minjar fair is one of the biggest and most spectacular events of the state and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and religious fervour. The festival restores the age-old culture and tradition of the region through its classical dance performances and traditional music.
CM asked to Speed up the work on developing SASE Helipad in Manali
Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh asked the Public Works Department to speed up the work on developing SASE helipad, Manali, for which the state has already taken permission from the Defence Ministry. He said the state government has also planned to start joy ride from SASE helipad, Manali to Rohtang Pass which would be an added attraction for the tourists for which helicopters have also been purchased.
War Museums to be opened in all districts
A district level function to remember the martyrs was held at Bachat Bhawan where Rural Development Minister Virender Kanwar said the state government has decided to open war museums in every district of the state.
Monkeys declared vermin, but no dip in bite cases in Shimla
Despite monkeys being declared vermin for the second time in the state capital, not even a single simian has been killed to date even as there is a sudden spurt in monkey bite cases. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has acceded to the state government’s request for declaring monkeys’ vermin within the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC). On July 11 that the Centre had issued a notification declaring monkeys’ vermin within the SMC for a period of one year.