On his third day of winter sojourn to district Kangra, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a massive public meeting at Baroh in Nagrota Bagwaan Assembly constituency today said that it was unfortunate that the leaders of Congress were expecting massive development within a month of formation of government. Referring indirectly to former Industries Minister on his statements, Chief Minister said that the first and foremost development was to overthrow Congress from the State. There was change of generation, he said and advised such leaders not to issue statements out of frustration.He reminded the leaders issuing irrelevant statements that the very first decision was taken in interest of elderly people of the state, by reducing the age of social security pension from 80 to 70. There were very few beneficiaries who were above 80 years of age and that was the reason the Government took a decision to reduce the age to 70 years for pensionary benefits to cover more persons under this scheme. “My Government took a decision to send home the tired and the retired. There were around more than 32000 retired and extension seekers in Congress government. My government has not given extension to anyone but keeping in view the essential services and shortage of staff in revenue department, the government decided that Patwaris and Kanungo’s on extension, will serve the people till new batch which was under training join in July or August 2018. To avoid harassment to the people in getting their revenue works done, we decided to continue with their services, said the Chief Minister.He said that the Detailed Project Report (DPRs) of the 69 National Highways were pending from over one and a half years in Congress regime. As of now, my Government has directed to complete the process of tenders for DPR preparation by 31st March 2018, said the Chief Minister.
The State Government would initiate Road Maintenance Policy to bring qualitative improvement in roads. The Government of India has sanctioned in principle 69 National Highways for the State for which the State is grateful to the Centre Government. It would strengthen the road network in the State, he said.He said that Himachal Pradesh had again been selected under second phase of Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), a regional connectivity scheme. The visitors will now be able to avail air services at mere between Rs. 2500 to Rs. 2800 from Chandigarh to Shimla, Kangra and other places as well.Taking a Jibe at Congress leaders the Chief Minister said that the Congress leaders could see nothing. They were forgetting that during their regime various mafias were active. It was in the infamous rape and Murder case of Guddiya, that the probabale witness was also murdered in Police custody. Taking all this into consideration and our commitment the Government launched ‘Guddiya help line’ toll free number 1515, said the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister said that we will ensure that the action is taken within 48 hours.We launched ‘Shakti Button’, a mobile App for safety of women with unique features. Apart from this we launched ‘Hoshiar Help line, on toll free number 1090 to tighten noose around the forest mafia which was being monitored by Chief Ministers office and yet the Congress leaders could not see as what the BJP did in one month of its regime, quipped the Chief Minister. He said that the Congress leaders were afraid as their business would come to an end and for the same reason were finding faults in government actions.It was the previous government that inaugurated incomplete developmental works. I can see live example of half completed works of Baroh Bus stand just in front of Dias where from where I am addressing, said the Chief Minister. The Congress started new practice of online inauguration and laying foundation stones of 40 to 50 works simply by sitting in office and that too without budgetary provision.“We will review the works done with ulterior political motive he said. I assure that we will put an end to Mafia raj and will provide clean governance to the people”, said Shri Jai Ram.
Referring to works in pipeline Chief Minister said that a sum of Rs. 28 crore would be spent on construction of building of centre of excellence of Mental Health Institute and the tender for the same had been invited. Besides, an Old Age Home (Geriatric Centre) of 30 beds amounting to Rs 2.56 crore was coming up in Tanda hospital. He said that an inn (Sarai) amounting to Rs 3 crore was coming at Nagrota Bagwaan and the tenders had been called for.The Chief Minister made several announcements which included upgradation of Primary Health Centre Baroh to Community Health Centre. Chief Minister announced office of Chief Project Directorate of Integrated Project for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rainfed Agriculture at Dharamshala. He also announced to open Electric division in Nagrota, opening of Health Sub Centre to benefit the people of two adjacent Panchayats of Thaaru and Pattiyalkar. He announced that a Block Development Officer will sit four times in a month in Changar area. The Chief Minister also announced an additional sum of Rs 20 lakh for Gau Sadan already operational, announced a sum of Rs. 10 lakh for upgradation of a playground in Jasai-Ratiiyad Panchayat.The Chief Minister also ensured that in future efforts would be made to open HRTC Sub-Depot in Khundiyaan. He said that the demand for opening Kendriya Vidalaya at Nagrota would be effectively taken up with the Centre Government and assured that other demands would be met in a phased manner.
Earlier the Chief Minister, inaugurated a bridge over Dharoon Khud completed with an outlay of Rs 1.88 crore, laid foundation stone of a bridge to be constructed over Ikku Khud to cost Rs 1.02 crore at Sihund on Lower Jadrangal-Baldar road. He also performed the Bhoomi Pujan of upgradation and improvement of Rs 2.35 crore, Paddal-Niyanda road, Bhoomi Pujan of improvement Rs. 85 lakh Radh-Panjheda road and also laid foundation stone of Link Road to Dadkhar to Simbaldhaar including a bridge over Ojjh khud to cost Rs. 5.50 crore.President Poorva BJP Karamchari Prakosth, Brahamanand presented a cheque of Rs. 11 thousand to the Chief Minister towards the CM relief fund.Health Minister Shri Vipin Parmar also spoke on the occasion. He said that the people of the state and especially those of Kangra and Mandi, the two bigger districts would together ensure that next time it would also be the BJP government in the state and the BJP will rule the hearts of the people up to next 20 years.Earlier, MLA Nagrota Bagwaan Shri Arun Mehra (Kukka), BJP Block President Shri Naresh Barmani, welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. The local MLA placed several demands of the area before the Chief Minister.Food and Civil Supply Minister Shri Kishan Kapoor, Urban Development Minister Smt. Sarveen Chaudhary, Industries Minister Shri Vikram Singh, MLA Shri Ramesh Dhawala, former MLAs Shri Dulo Ram, Shri Ram Chand Bhatia were also present on the occasion amongst others.