Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh said that the state government was committed for over-all development of the State besides ensuring equal and balanced growth of all areas and its people. He said that Kangra district was being accorded priority in all spheres of development and during past one year numerous developmental works were under taken in the district.He was addressing a public meeting at Mangwal in Gangath constituency of Kangra district today. Shri Virbhadra Singh said that he always believed in clean and healthy politics and have never indulged in politics of vendetta and victimization of his political rivals whereas BJP governments led by Shri Prem Kumar Dhumal fabricated false cases against him in which he came out clean. He said that previous BJP government gave valuable land on One rupee lease to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) by ignoring all norms and regulations and this organization was converted from society to a illegally.
He said that the Congress government was not against any sports organization but it was the duty of the government to ensure complete transparency in their functioning. The hostel for the players was converted in to a five star hotel, named the Pavilion and HPCA started commercial activities on this property which is not otherwise allowed on the leased land given for specific purpose. Virbhadra Singh said that Himachal Pradesh has emerged as a role model of development for all other states, the credit for which goes to the successive Congress Governments which ruled the State. The Congress party had always worked hard for the speedy development of all areas together with maintaining emotional integrity, while, BJP governments always believed in regionalism and victimization of its political opponents.The Chief Minister announced to open sub-tehsil at Gangath in Kangra district. He also announced to upgrade four High Schools viz: GHS Dagla, GHS Mangwal, GHS Ghoran and GHS Kandrori. He also announced to open Ayurvedic Dispensary at gram panchayat Dagla. He directed PWD authorities to improve the condition of Kandrori road which is in a bad shape. He also directed the Health Department to explore possibilities to open Primary Health Centre at Mangwal.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated Mangwal Khad bridge on Kandrori-Pucca Tala road constructed at a cost of Rs. 80 lakh, besides he also laid foundation stone of channelization project of Chhonch Khad at Dah-Kulara, to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 180 crore. Speaking on the occasion, Irrigation and Public Health Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes said that the State Government was endeavouring to provide portable water and better irrigation facilities to the people of the State. She said that safe drinking water had been provided to 1327 habitations and 1315 hand pumps are installed in the water scarcity area during past one year. She said that Rs. 21 crore drinking water supply scheme was being constructed for Dharamshala town which would benefit around 50,000 people of the town. Smt. Stokes said that Rs. 148 crore were being spent on various drinking and irrigation schemes in Kangra district and during this financial year. A target had been fixed to provide drinking water to habitations and irrigation facility to 1075 habitations besides installing 240 hand pumps in the district.Later, Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of Rs. 2.90 crore Suradwan Khad bridge on Indora-Rey road. He also inaugurated Tanda-Pattan Bridge on Bain Indorian –Mand-Miani-Paral road constructed at the cost of Rs. 9.47 crore.Shri Bodh Raj, Ex-MLA, Shri Virkam Katoch, former Minister and Shri Chander Kumar, former Member of Parliament also spoke on the occasion.Shri Manohar Dhiman, MLA, Indora welcomed the Chief Minister and apprised him about various demands of the people of the constituency.Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, Agriculture Minister, Shri Thakur Singh Bharmauri, Forest Minister, Shri Sudhir Sharma, Urban Development Minister, Shri Ajay Mahajan and Shri Pawan Kajal, MLA's, Shri Kewal Singh Pathania, Vice Chairman, State Forest Development Corporation, Shri Manmohan Katoch, Member Secretary, State Khadi Board, Shri Gagan Singh Katoch, Chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Shri Sunil Padha, Director, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank and other prominent persons of the area were also present on the occasion.