SHIMLA-30th November, 2023-Speaking on the occasion of 'Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra' organized at Raj Bhavan here today, Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla said that the Yatra was launched to make aware the citizens about the major schemes of the union government and aims to percolate the benefits of welfare programs directly to the people till village level.

"The Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is to cover almost every gram panchayat of the country. Under this, 3799 places have been targeted in Himachal Pradesh”, said the Governor, adding further that the tribal districts of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur and Pangi area of Chamba district were covered under the first phase of the Yatra.

He also flagged off three vehicles of 'Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra' from Raj Bhavan to Shimla Rural, Theog and Narkanda. Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore was also present on the occasion.

Beneficiaries of 17 different welfare schemes of the Government of India, being implemented in Himachal Pradesh were also invited in the function.

The Governor said that specially designed vans would cover various villages to create awareness among the people. Focus areas include sanitation, financial services, electricity, LPG connections, housing, food security, health care, clean water etc. Activities like interactions with beneficiaries, celebration of achievements, on-the-spot quiz competitions, drone demonstrations, health camps and public participation including Mera Yuva Bharat Swayamsevak enrolment would be included under the programme, he said. He added that the campaign aims to cover more than 2.55 lakh gram panchayats and 3,600 urban local bodies by January 25, 2024.

The two major schemes of the State Government have also been included in this Yatra campaign, which includes Mukhyamantri Himcare Swasthya Yojana and Mukhyamantri Sukh Ashraya Yojana, he added. He hoped that the benefits of this yatra would reach all the 3615 gram panchayats.

Earlier, a presentation was also given about the objective and various aspects of the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra. Awareness would be raised in rural areas for 20 days through 90 vehicles in the State, under the campaign, he remarked.

On the occasion, the beneficiaries shared their experiences with the Governor. A short play based on environmental awareness “Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke” was also presented on the occasion.

Rajesh Sharma, Secretary to the Governor presented vote of thanks.

Lady Governor Janaki Shukla, MP Lok Sabha Suresh Kashyap, Former Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Aditya Negi and other officers and dignitaries were also present on the occasion.