Sub tehsil Bagga Chanogi in Mandi district inaugurated
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated sub tehsil Bagga Chanogi in Seraj Assembly segment of Mandi district. The CM congratulated people of Bagga Chanogi for getting a sub tehsil for the area. This would provide a much-needed relief to people as till now they had to travel about 30 km to Thunag for various land record and other issues.
Funds with the District Mineral Foundation Trust remain unused
People residing in the Darlaghat cement belt are bearing the brunt of dusty roads in the absence of timely repair and maintenance despite the availability of crores of rupees of funds with the District Mineral Foundation Trust. The fund, which was constituted in June 2017, was aimed at mitigating the woes of people affected by mining activities. The Trust is headed by the Deputy Commissioner, Solan. Initially, the fund was supposed to be utilised for various development works within a 3-km area from a cement plant. The distance was enhanced to 15 km in October 2020. In case of minor minerals, 10 per cent of the royalty, which is paid to the state government by the user of these minerals, is contributed to the Trust. In case of major mineral users such as cement plants, 30 per cent of the royalty is charged on the mining lease.
CETP at Kenduwal village is not working effectively
The Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) set up at Kenduwal village along the Sarsa river in the Baddi industrial belt in 2005-06 has failed to effectively do the work. The water quality of the Sarsa river was placed under ‘Priority III’ by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in an assessment based on the biological oxygen demand, released in September 2018. Its water quality has not shown much improvement since then. The working of the plant had come under the scanner after an NGT monitoring committee detected irregularities in its functioning in September 2019. The CETP was not found fit for the treatment of high total dissolved solids (TDS)/ fixed dissolved solids (FDS) measuring around 22,000 mg/litre being received from textile units. The absence of a tertiary treatment facility for various categories of waste was also pointed out.
High Court has directed to grant relaxation to outstanding sportspersons
The HP High Court has directed the state government to consider the case for granting appropriate relaxation to outstanding sportspersons, who are entitled to appointment under 3 per cent reservation, and take a decision in this regard on or before 31 January 2021. In order to achieve the goal and fulfil the objectives of the programmes such as Khelo India and Fit India, it is imperative for the government to provide relaxation in the minimum qualifying marks to the category of outstanding sportspersons.