SHIMLA- 22nd October, 2020 -Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has congratulated the Public Works Department and expressed satisfaction on Mandi district bagging top position in the country among all 30 districts of the country and Himachal Pradesh securing second position at National level for successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY). PMGSY is a programme funded by Centre government to connect habitations having population of more than 250 in the state.

Jai Ram Thakur has expressed satisfaction on this achievement and for successfully carrying out the task in adverse weather and pandemic conditions. He appreciated the efforts of Public Works Department and Principal Secretary PWD J.C. Sharma for regular day to day monitoring of the works.

Union Ministry of Rural Development has declared the list of top performing 30 districts in the country for implementing the PMGSY programme in India. Mandi district has received top position among all 30 districts for constructing roads under PMGSY of maximum length in 2020 -21. Six more districts of Himachal Pradesh have also secured position among top 30 best performing districts, which include Chamba, Shimla, Kangra, Una, Sirmour, Hamirpur and Solan. Himachal Pradesh has also improved its performance under PMGSY programme by constructing 1104 Kilometres roads this year from April till date.

Due to Covid situation the availability of labour and machinery was severely affected but due to the interventions of the State Government to bring back required resources to the State has helped to construct maximum length till this month under the PMGSY programme. He asked the public works engineers to maintain the same momentum in coming time so that another milestone in this field can be achieved by the State.