Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced upgradation of Community Health Center, Ladbhadol to Civil Hospital and increase in bed capacity from existing 30 to 50 beds in Jogindernagar assembly constituency in Mandi district. The Chief Minister also announced HRTC depot and IPH division at Jogindernagar. While addressing a public meeting in Jogindernagar, the Chief Minister said that the present State Government was ensuring balanced development of every area of the state and welfare of every section of the society. He said that several schemes have been launched in the state for benefiting every section of the society. Himachal Government has provided a corruption free and responsive administration to the people of the state. The present Government was completing one year in office on 27th of this month. The period has been full of achievements and accomplishments, he added. The Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the request of the State Government to be chief guest of the one-year celebration of the State Government. A mega function would be held at Dharamshala on December 27.
Thakur also said that the sole aim of the Government was all-round development of the State. He said that in the very first cabinet meeting, the present government decided to lower the age limit of old people to get social security pension without income limit criteria from 80 years to 70 years. On this single decision, the State Government was annually spending about Rs 250 crore. It was a historic decision as every previous government in the state in their first cabinet meeting used to make politically motivated decisions, he added. The Chief Minister further said that Jan Manch was another flagship program of the State Government which has emerged a boon to the people of the State for the redressal of their grievances. He said that about 20000 grievances had been redressed in six Jan Manch conducted in different parts of the state. It was unfortunate that a few opposition leaders were making much hue and cry over his use of helicopter, he said.
Thakur also reminded these leaders that he was using the helicopter for development of the state and not for his personal use as it was done in the previous tenure. The Chief Minister said that recently he undertook aerial survey of Pathankot-Jogindernagar railway line with the Union Railways Minister. The Union Minister assured him that this track would be upgraded so that travelling duration between Pathankot and Jogindernagar could be reduced from existing nine hour to six hours, he added. He said that the State Government was also endeavoring to construct an International Airport in Balh area in Mandi district. On the occasion, the Chief Minister announced upgradation of Middle School Shoru and High School Galu to High School and Senior Secondary school respectively from the next session. He also announced opening of ITI at Ladbhadol.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated Water Supply Scheme Shanan, Drahal, Makreri and Chaterbhuja in Jogindernagar Tehsil constructed at a cost of Rs 1.62 crore. This scheme would benefit over 4100 people of 11 villages. He also inaugurated augmentation of Lift Water Supply Scheme Dhoagon, Pipli and Kuthera constructed by spending an amount of Rs 1.44 crore which would benefit about 3000 people of 12 villages. Speaking on the occasion, Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh Thakur said that it was an historic event for the people of the Mandi as for the first time Chief Minister was elected from Mandi. He said that Rs 4751 crore Irrigation Project has been sanctioned for the state by the Union Government. This would help in doubling the farmer’s income by 2020, he added. He further said that Rs 1688 crore horticulture project has been sanctioned for horticulture development of lower areas in Himachal. – Daily Pioneer