Ashwani Sharma | Author at https://outlookindia.com
In an interview with Outlook on completing 100 days as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said he plans to make the state a ‘green energy state’ by March 31, 2026. He also spoke on the plans of his government, the state’s fiscal situation, and the various aspects of the Congress government in Himachal.
Besides announcements like Rs 25,000 in subsidy to around 20,000 meritorious girl students for the purchase of e-scooters and Rs 1,500 per month in pension to 2.31 lakh women, Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu in Budget 2023-24 also announced replacing 1,500 state-run diesel buses with e-buses and cess on hydro-power projects and liquor.
The Himachal Pradesh government aims to raise Rs 4,000 crore per annum through the cess payable on the water being utilised by the power generation companies, which are having projects in the state.
Simon and Sally from England connected with their ancestors in Shimla where they were born and buried. Several British descendants come to Shimla to retrace their roots and find graves or birth and death records of their ancestors who came to India to serve the British Empire and then never left.
The state government has decided to levy a cess of Rs 17 per liquor bottle. This includes an existing cess of Rs 7 per bottle.
Congress won the November 12 assembly election, winning 40 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh. But not even a single woman MLA was elected. This is the first time since 1967 that there is no cabinet representation for women.
More than 1.36 lakh serving government employees will be directly benefited from the decision.
Experts have predicted multiple problems in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, including a drinking water crisis, after experts confirmed this to be the driest winter in the state.
While marijuana and charas smuggling continues to be a 'high point' in Kullu district, the rising numbers of heroin/Chitta addicts in many parts of Himachal Pradesh have now become a pressing issue.
The government will provide a favorable environment to investors, Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu assured.
Around 700 pharmaceutical companies are based in Himachal Pradesh, including industry leaders Dr Reddy, Sun Pharma, and Glenmark. The recoveries of spurious drugs in recent years has, however, affected the industry’s image in recent years.
The thumb rule for companies, including the cement companies when there is a diesel/petrol hike, is to revise the freight rates. But, Adani group lowered the freight rates instead of making any hikes.
This virtually reverses the orders and relaxations granted to the officials during Virbhadra Singh's tenures as Chief Minister, particularly during his two terms in 1996 and 2012.
From the Chief Minister’s residence, state guest-house, and government hospitals, Himachal Pradesh has had its own share of change of names. While the Congress governments have named institutions after the Nehru-Gandhi family, the BJP has sought change of names on an anti-colonial and pro-indigenous basis.
Saturday's 'Chakka Jam' by the truck unions are deferred at CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu's behest. The truckers strike has already caused a massive economic loss to the state government and impacted the livelihoods of more than 2,500 families depending on transport and related earnings.
The truck operators at two Adani-controlled cement plants in Himachal Pradesh are on a strike over freight charges. The Outlook has learnt that Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu is set to meet the representatives of the Adani Group and truckers body on Wednesday to resolve the crisis that has caused revenue-loss of up to Rs 100-crore.
The Bhakra dam, hailed as one of ‘temples of modern India’, wreaked unspoken havoc on the lives of villagers across districts of Himachal Pradesh who had to leave homes and fertile land that was submerged, leading to loss of home and livelihood. They await justice and meaningful compensation to this day.
When Himachal Pradesh CM Shukhwinder Sukhu formed his cabinet early this month inducting three MLAs from Shimla but just one from Kangra, many spoke about a cabinet highly 'imbalanced' and lacking a fair representation of the castes and regions.
The horticulture scientists in Himachal Pradesh are pinning hopes on snowfall this weekend but a dry spell in the region, particularly a changed circle of snowfall, has already created widespread alarms.
Today terming it a historic move, Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said nearly 1.36 lakh government employees, including those employed in the Boards and corporations, will start getting all benefits of the reinstated scheme from January 13, co-coinciding with the Lohri festival.
The much-awaited Cabinet-formation in Himachal Pradesh was delayed by intense lobbying within the Congress party for Cabinet berths. Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu also faced problems in striking a balance of power in the state party unit.
Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has not been able to constitute his cabinet owing to infighting, intense lobbying of the MLAs, and also problems in striking a balance of power especially when Pradesh Congress Committee President Pratibha Singh had also staked her claim to the post of Chief Minister invoking the 'legacy' factor.
Insiders say Himachal Pradesh Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has not been able to work out Cabinet expansion due to intense lobbying by the MLAs.
The assembly session convened for MLAs to take an oath and elect a new Speaker was marred by uproarious scenes as the Leader of the Opposition, former chief minister, Jai Ram Thakur, pointed out that the oath was being taken after 24-25 days.
Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has to not just deliver on electoral promises but to prepare the groundwork for Congress in Himachal for the 2024 general elections.