India's first ever 'happiness minister' is wanted on murder charges

Federico Mansilla
Diciembre 15, 2017

The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh created the department of happiness past year in a bid to "counsel people on how to be always happy", the state's chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, according to The Telegraph.

Lal Singh Arya was named a suspect in the 2009 murder of an opposition politician, Makhanlal Jatav, the Times of India reported.

The happiness ministry is tasked with providing activities such as yoga, meditation and free religious pilgrimages to the 70 million people in Madhya Pradesh.

"Police teams are still looking for him", Supt. The 53-year-old denies the charges.

Police reportedly searched three locations, including Arya's residence in Bhopal, but he has so far eluded authorities.

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The police hope that they could catch him before his scheduled appearance. "We are positive that we will track him down by then". The department is in charge of improving "the happiness and tolerance of its citizens" and "putting a smile on everyone's face".

The department of happiness was created previous year in an effort to "counsel people on how to be always happy", the state's chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, according to The Telegraph.

Arya, who has headed the happiness department since its inception, heads five other departments, including aviation, general administration, and welfare of scheduled castes and tribes. The United States is at the 14th spot.

Sources told AFP officials were hoping to find Arya before his scheduled court appearance on December 19.

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