Diversion of land allotted to poor for commercial purposes to be probed

Shimla: Land allotted to landless families being misused for commercial purposes would be inquired into, revenue minister Gulab Singh Thakur let the Vidhan Sabha know.

Responding to a question raised by Nikhil Rajour (Congress) and Vipin Parmar (BJP) during question hour, the minister said that the department had received 8063 applications from landless families but only 520 were considered eligible and land had been allotted to 212 families, 192 of which were in rural areas and the other were urban landless families.

In response to GS Bali (congress) supplementary question about there being cases where land allotted to landless families had been diverted and was used for commercial purposes, Gulab Singh said the matter would be probed.

Misuse of domestic LPG cylinders being checked – Dhwala

To check misuse of domestic LPG cylinders, raids conducted by department of food and civil supplies seized 668 cylinders and imposed a fine of Rs 7,32,188/- , food and civil supply minister Ramesh Dhwala to the Vidhan Sabha.

In reply to a question raised by Rakesk Kalia, Kaul Singh and Mukesh Angihotri (all congress MLAs) the minister said that there were 73 gas agencies supplying LPG in rural areas.

He said that there were as many as 13,92,549 domestic gas connections and 17,937 commercial gas connections in Himachal Pradesh.

Shortage of LPG cylinders that consumers faced in the state in recent months was due to technical faults occurring at the Indian Oil Refinery, Panipat.

Dhwala mentioned that the central government had reduced the state quota of kerosene oil by as much as 34 percent and the Supreme Court has banned use of wood for fuel.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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