The state machinery in Himachal Pradesh is allegedly being used to organise the logistics for a rally that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing today in Dharamshala, a government order accessed by The Caravan indicates. The rally is being held to mark the first anniversary of the formation of the Bharatiya Janta Party government in the state. According to the order, government officials have been given target numbers in the thousands, of people to be brought from across the hill state for the event—over 36,000 in all. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has been roped in to provide transportation.
The order, which appears to have been issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) of the government of Himachal Pradesh on 17 December, states:
The council of ministers in its meeting held on 15.12.2018 has decided that one year celebration function proposed to be held on 27th December, 2018 will be a State function and all expenses on this account will be borne by the government of Himachal Pradesh.
Further, it says that a “Labharthi Sammelan” will also be held—beneficiaries of central schemes since the BJP won the 2014 general election and all state schemes since the party took charge of the state “will be called for interaction with Hon’ble Prime Minister.” The directive asks officers to ensure that 36,500 beneficiaries are brought to Dharamshala from various districts: 15,000 from Kangra; 2,000 from Chamba; 3,000 each from Hamirpur, Una and Bilaspur; 5,000 from Mandi; 1,000 each from Shimla and Solan (1,000); 2,000 from Kullu; and 500 each from Sirmour, Kinnaur, and Lahaul and Spiti. The order adds that the concerned deputy commissioners will coordinate with the district level officers of various departments to finalise the list of beneficiaries.