Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur being accorded rousing welcome on his arrival at Dharamshala on 8 December 2019.

Expedite work on developmental projects to avert cost escalation :CM

SHIMLA_08 December, 2019-While presiding over review meeting on developmental projects being executed in Mandi district today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to complete the developmental projects within the stipulated period so as to avoid cost of escalation of the projects, besides providing facilities to the people in time.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government was committed to ensure balanced and uniform development of every part of the State with special emphasis on development of those areas which have remained neglected due to one reason or the other. He said that top priority should be accorded for construction of roads and bridges in the area. The efforts would be made to ensure that Mandi town becomes a prominent tourist attraction, for which the historic and heritage aspect of the town would be promoted in a big way.

The Chief Minister said that Shiv Dham would be constructed at Kangnidhar which would be an added attraction for the tourists. He said that the expression of interest for appointment of consultant was at the final stage. He said that old library would be shifted to newly renovated building and old library would be converted to reading room with a capacity of about 250 students.

Jai Ram Thakur said that adequate parking space would be developed in Mandi town to facilitate the local as well as tourists. With a view to decongest Mandi town, efforts would be made to shift police line to Dhangsidar. He said that in order to beautify the town, efforts would also be made to erect entry gates at four entry points. He also directed the officers to explore possibilities to construct bye pass at Mandi to decongest the town. He also suggested the officers to explore possibilities to construct waking path on both the banks of river Beas.

Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rugved Thakur conducted the proceedings of the meeting.

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Engineer in Chief PWD D.S. Dehel, Additional Deputy Commissioner Mandi and other officers were present in the meeting.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the 156.40 meter span bridge over Beas River near Victoria Bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 25.50 crore. He also inaugurated addition building of deputy director higher education constructed by HIMUDA at a cost of Rs. 1.58 crore.

Jai Ram Thakur said that under Sahara Yojna 2071 total applications have been received till today and 549 people have been benefited. He said that Rs. 27.45 lakh total amount has been granted to beneficiaries and Rs. 33.85 lakh total budget received till today.

Chief Minister also participated in the Signature Campaign launched by the district police against drug abuse.

MP Ram Swaroop Sharma, MLAs Anil Sharma, Vinod Kumar, Inder Singh Gandhi, Rakesh Jamwal, Jawahar Thakur and Hira Lal, General Secretary Child Welfare Council Payal Vaidya and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jana Nand were present on the occasion among others.

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State’s achievements in health and education lauded at national level: CM

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has thanked the people of the State for extending their wholehearted support to the State Government in implementing the policies and programmes in letter and spirit. He said that it was due to their unflinching cooperation that Himachal Pradesh had been adjudged second overall best performing big state of the country, besides first in education and health sectors in big category states survey conducted by prestigious magazine ‘India Today’.

In the countrywide survey, Himachal Pradesh had shown marked improvement in best performing category state by improving its rank from seventh to second this year. In addition to this, State had improved its ranking in best performing big States in law and order from 11th of previous year to 4th this year. He said that the State had also made marked progress in most improved big states economy by improving its rank from 13th to 4th this year.

While appreciating the efforts of Himachal Pradesh in health and education sectors the survey underlines that the literacy and health care programmes in the State have been encouraging in the recent years. It also observes that, ‘dedicated focus on the quality and spread of education and health care has helped the hill State overcome all odds.’

Detailing out the achievements in health and education sectors in the State, Jai Ram Thakur said that Himachal Pradesh had high literacy rate and was second after Kerala. There are 15556 government and 3252 private educational institutions in state in addition to 139 degree colleges, five universities, one central university, six medical colleges and IIT and AIIMS was also coming up.

He said that every effort had been made to provide quality health services to people at their door-steps. The state government had launched ‘Himcare dsheme’ with a provision of free treatment up to rupees five lakh per family in registered hospitals and Rs. 42 crore had been spent on treating 43,000 patients so far. He said that Ayushmaan Bharat Yojna was being implemented effectively by the state and more than 35,000 patients have been treated by spending Rs. 33 crores so far.

The Chief Minister said another innovation scheme named Sahara Yojna had been started for taking care of economically weaker sections and patients affected with serious diseases like cancer, paralysis, muscular dystrophy, thalassemia and parkinson etc. He said that Mukhya Mantri Chikitsa Kosh had been set up under which assistance of more than rupees four crore had been provided to 192 beneficiaries.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the state was marching ahead in all sectors and had beautiful landscape, clean environment and good forest cover which make it a preferred tourist destination. He said that recently ‘Global Investors Meet’ was held which attracted investment worth over Rs. 93000 crore. The state was making efforts to attract investors to boost industrialization.