The people of Himachal Pradesh have voiced their decision for the government that will serve them for the next 5 years. It’s BJP for Himachal Pradesh and after much discussion among the party’s senior most members, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new CM face is clear. Jai Ram Thakur, belonging to Seraj, Mandi, has been chosen as the next chief minister of the hillstate. After years of being dominated by the two prominent chief ministerial candidates, including Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal, Jai Ram Thakur has finally freed the state of the age old dynastic politics.
Very little is known about the new chief minister of Himachal Pradesh to the outside world. Here are a few interesting and lesser known facts about Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur.
- Born in 1965 in Tandi village of district Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur belongs to an agricultural family.
- He joined RSS and ABVP at a very young age and became the Joint Secretary of the state for ABVP at just the age of 21 years.
- He has completed his Masters in Arts from Panjab University, Chandigarh.
- He has served as the vice president and the president of the state BJP. He was president of the state BJP from 2006 to 2009.
- He has won assembly elections thrice before, in 1998, 2003 and 2007.
- His wife Sadhna is a doctor and also a former member of ABVP. They have two daughters.
After being placed on the CM seat, Jai Ram Thakur has put forth his first ideology i.e. to do away with tired and retired people. He has stated that the VIP culture in the state has to end. In a meeting at Delhi, after visiting PM Narendra Modi, he said, “I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he attended our swearing-in ceremony despite Himachal being a small state. I have had the privilege to meet him twice over the last few days. He has asked me to work hard and fulfil the aspirations of the people of the state.”
While talking about his next steps, he has mentioned that the previous government has left the state under a debt of Rs. 46.500 crores and to do away with it will be his first priority for which he has also asked centre to aid his government in the state.
He has also spoken against forest and mining mafias and has vowed to take action against such illegal activities. He is also well aware of the drug menace issue and is ready to tackle this problem as well.
He has gifted the state government employees with 3 percent dearness allowance, counted from 1st July 2017 to 1st January 2018, to be given with the salaries in February 2018.
Jai Ram Thakur has also allotted portfolios to its cabinet ministers. He has retained Public Works Department, Tourism and Excise and Taxation, Revenue departments with himself. Mahender Singh has received the departments of Irrigation and Public Health besides Horticulture and Sainik Welfare. Kishan Kapoor is incharge of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Elections. Suresh Bhardwaj holds Education, Parliamentary Affairs, Law and Legal Affairs departments. Anil Sharma is the Minister for Power and Multipurpose Projects in additional to Non-Conventional Energy Resources (which is a big revenue sector for the government). Sarveen Chaudhary possesses Urban Development, Town and Country Planning and Housing departments. Ram Lal Markanda is the Minister of Agriculture, Information Technology and Tribal Affairs. Vipin Singh Parmar received the Health, Medical Education, Ayurveda, Science and Technology departments. Virender Kanwar will take care of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. Bikram Singh is the Minister of Industries, Labour and Employment, Technical Education, Vocational and Industrial Trainings. Govind Singh holds Forests, Transport, Youth Services and Sports departments. Rajiv Saizal will take care of Social Justice and Empowerment besides being the Minister for Department of Cooperation.
It is surprising though that the newly formed government has 5 of its ministers holding criminal cases against them and 8 of them are crorepatis.