Himachal Vidhan sabha Election: VVPAT slips to be counted with EVM

During the counting of the December 18 assembly elections, counting slips within VVPat machine for the first time will also be counted. Only one VVPat machine will be counted from each assembly constituency of the state.

VVPAT (Voterified Paper Audit Trail) will be selected from a Lucky Draw. If there is a difference between the number of votes in VVPAT and the number of votes in the EVM, then the Election Commission can take tough steps.

Earlier, there was a provision to count the slips within VVPat machine only on the claim of any candidate. Following the polling in Uttar Pradesh last year, leaders of several political parties have been questioning transparency in allegations of EVM tampering.

Now, the Election Commission has given more relief to count only one  VVPat from every assembly constituency. For the first time in the state Assembly elections, VVPAT was used at some polling booths in April by-election.

Delay in removing result

But VVPAT was used with EVMs at all polling stations in the assembly elections held in the state on 9th November. Counting of slips within VVPat machine will delay the withdrawal of candidate’s results. Most of its impact will be seen in the big districts of the state.

Kangra, Mandi and Shimla districts will take more time during counting. District Kangra has the maximum number of assembly constituencies. As a result, 15 VVPat machines will be counted separately in addition to EVMs here. There are 80 to 95 polling stations in each assembly area.

The number of polling stations, there will be enough slabs in the compartment with the name of the polling station and number number. At the end a slip will be pulled out of the box and the VVPat machine and EVM of that name will be counted separately.

VVPAT will be selected BY Lucky draws

During the counting of the December 18 assembly elections, counting slips within VVPat machine for the first time will also be counted. Only one VVPat machine will be counted from each assembly constituency of the state.

District Election Officer Hamirpur Sandeep Kadam said that the Election Commission has instructed to make a separate VVPat machine in the assembly segment separately. VVPAT will be selected from a Lucky draw. He said that all the arrangements have been made for the counting of the December 18 order of the Election Commission.

In Himachal most of towns the First Electric vans very soon

The state government has decided a major step towards over the for electric transport start in next month. 50-seater electric vans are likely to start plying in almost all the major urban centers of the state by next month.

Electric bus
 Electric bus

The Screening Committee head by the Chief Secretary today gives its approval for plying of the vans and sent its proposal to the Election Commission of India for final approval. Before approving or launching any project while the election code of conduct is on until December 20.The state government to seek the permission of the ECI. It is expected that the moment the ECI gives its go ahead, the electric van service will be launched in December.

Where the electric van service is to be launched there The 50 vans, each costing about Rs 11 lakh, have already been sent to the relevant Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) depots. The HRTC has already been issued 61 permits to launch the service in the urban centers and suburbs. Transport officials said that the vans would go to Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Mandi, Dharamsala, Hamirpur, Chamba, Mandi, Sundernagar, Nalagarh, Solan, Dehra, Bilaspur, Una, Palampur, Baijnath, and Nagrota.

The official said that “The main objective is to evoke confidence among the public that electric transport is pollution-free and a viable transport option as it is very cheap and convenient

The vans would run along routes between around the main towns and it would run between10 and 40 km.The Ministry of Industries, Government of India, has provided 90 percent assistance for the purchase of the vans provided by Mahindra. The Himachal Government had to carry just the matching funds of more 10 percent. These vans can be charged on routine 15-ampere points at the bus stands or workshops. So, there is no problem of recharging the battery.Himachal is the only state in the country which has already launched its electric bus service on the 51-km route between Manali and Rohtang.and It is following the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directives that the Himachal Government procured 25 electric buses with Central assistance so that the area till Rohtang can be saved from the ill-effects of pollution.

He said that pointed out that the entire 25 electric buses were yet to be received. “Once the route between Manali and Rohtang closes down due to snow, because of the snowfall we will run these buses on other routes in the state.

50 vans sent to HRTC depots

Each cost about Rs 11 lakh, have already been dispatched to the respective Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) depots, where the electric van service is to be launched. The HRTC has already been issued 61 permits to launch the service in the urban centers and suburbs.

Charging points on bus stands

  • These vans can be charged on routine 15-ampere points at the bus stands and workshops.
  • The objective is to evoke confidence among the public that this electric transport is pollution-free and a safe option for journey

Today court of Delhi hearing the Himachal CM’s irregular assets case

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who was facing irregular assets case, met the lawyers at Jantar Mantar Government House on Wednesday after reaching New Delhi. He discussed the matter with the lawyers at five o’clock in the evening. The Patiala House court will be hearing disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh and others on Thursday. After the hearing at the Patiala House Court, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh scheduled to go to Kerala.

The court will also hear the application of Virbhadra Singh seeking permanent exemption from personal appearance before the court.

Earlier on October 31, the special Investigation (CBI) court adjourned the hearing of Virbhadra Singh’s exemption plea in irregular assets case to November 30.

During the previous hearing, the court directed the CBI to hand over certain documents to Virbhadra in connection with the case. The court’s direction after coming Virbhadra, Pratibha and others told the court that they had not received various documents filed along with the charge sheet.

Earlier on May 29, the court granted bail to all accused, including the Chief Minister and his wife, in the matter.

The courts told that to Virbhadra for his personal bond and give them to furnish Rs 1 lakh surety of the amount. He was also asked to not leave the country without the court’s permission.

The CBI in its 500-page charge sheet claimed that Virbhadra has accumulated assets worth around Rs 10 crore which were disproportionate to his total income during his tenure as a Union minister.