The state government is committed to provide potable drinking water to every household and irrigation facilities to the maximum possible fields to increase income of the farmers. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur after inaugurating lift drinking water supply scheme Kanda Pattan to Sarkaghat at Cholthara in Mandi district constructed at a cost of about Rs. 39.65 crore. This scheme would benefit over 31,000 people of the area.He said that the people of the state in general and people of Mandi in particular gave whole hearted support to the BJP in the Assembly elections. He also thanked the Central BJP leadership, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah for entrusting the responsibility of Chief Ministership on his shoulders. He said that he has put an end to cap politics in the State. The caps were the symbol of Himachal culture and tradition, but gradually it emerged as the symbol of political affiliation which was unfortunate, he added.Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government was ensuring balanced and alround development of the state and no area would be ignored on regional basis. He said that the Government soon after assuming office made it clear that it would not work with vengeance and nobody would be victimized on political lines. He said that the four months tenure of the present government has been witness to some historic decisions and innovative initiatives which shows its commitment towards the development of the State.
The Chief Minister said that the first budget presented by his government had 30 new schemes, which was a record in itself. He said that care had been taken for welfare of every section of the society and every area of the State. He said that soon after assuming office the State Government set a target for 100 days and it was a matter of great satisfaction that 90 per cent of the targets had been achieved. He said that out of the 69 National High ways sanctioned for the State outsourcing tenders for 53 NH had been flouted. He said that in the very first cabinet the State Government lowered the age for getting old age pension from 80 years to 70 years without any income criteria.He said that the Union Government was considerate towards the developmental needs of Himachal Pradesh and it had agreed in principle to setup a big airport in the state for which a team of experts would visit the State for finding a suitable location.The Chief Minister announced Rs. 1.40 crore for construction and metalling of various roads, Rs 2 crore for construction for construction of bridge, Rs. 1 crore each for providing Labs and Science Blocks in four Senior secondary schools of the area.He also announced for strengthening of Driving School in the area.Various social, cultural, political and religious organizations honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion. He was also presented cheques by individuals and organizations as contribution towards the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Hundreds of people queued alongside the road to welcome the Chief Minister on his first visit to the Dharampur Assembly Constituency after becoming Chief Minister of the State.
Earlier, while interacting with the members of Bar Association Sarkaghat, the Chief Minister said that a new Judicial Complex would be constructed at Sarkaghat to facilitate the Judicial Officers, Advocates and general public.Later, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of combined office building at Tihra to be constructed at a cost of Rs 1193.11 lakh, inaugurated new IPH Sub Division office at Tihra constructed at a cost of Rs 158.23 lakh, laid foundation stone of Tasli Nallah Bridge to be constructed at a cost of Rs 90.48 lakh and Bajaura Nallah bridge costing Rs 74.83 lakh under PMGSY. He also performed Bhumi poojan of Gadohali-Kot road under PMGSY to be constructed at a cost of Rs 91.74 lakh and Sajao-Chatraina road to be constructed at a cost of Rs 140.04 lakh.He laid foundation stone of Office cum Residence complex of Executive Engineer IPH at Bharari in Dharampur Tehsil to be constructed at a cost of Rs 675.64 lakh. He also laid foundation stone of lift water supply scheme in Gram Panchayat Cholthra to be constructed at a cost of Rs 317 lakh.He laid foundation stone of augmentation of LWSS Kandapattan to Awah Devi at Bharari to be constructed at a cost of Rs 595.32 lakh.Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahinder Singh Thakur said that the people of the Mandi district were honoured to have Jai Ram Thakur as the Chief Minister of the State. He urged the people to give wholehearted support to the Chief Minister so that the State could become a model State of the country in all spheres of development. He said that the Water supply Scheme inaugurated by the Chief Minister today would benefit people of 14 neighbouring panchayats of the area. He said that the previous government ignored the area in matter of development and with Jai Ram Thakur as Chief Minister; the people of this constituency had great expectations from him.MLA Col Inder Singh thanked the Chief Minister for providing lift water supply scheme for the area. He said that the State was forging ahead on the path of progress and prosperity under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLAs Vinod Kumar, Hira Lal, Rakesh Jamwal, Prakash Rana, Inder Singh Gandhi and Kamlesh Kumari, Political Advisor to the CM Tralok Jamwal, Vice Chairman, Khadi Board Sanjiv Katwal, OSD to the CM Shishu Dharma were present on the occasion among others.