Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced to establish IPH Division at Chandol in Pachhad constituency of Sirmaur district. He made this announcement while addressing a public meeting at Rajgarh today.He said ten irrigation and drinking water supply schemes were being executed by spending an amount of Rs 15 crore in Pachhad constituency. In order to redress the drinking water problem of the people of Rajgarh area, Rs 6.19 crore ambitious lift water supply scheme was being executed. The detailed project reports worth Rs. 43 crore had been prepared and sent for funding from NABARD for construction of six roads in the Pachhad constituency. These include Rs. 12 crore Khanotiyo-Basali road, Rs 6.50 crore Ganthal-Bhalerao road, Rs. 2.78 crore Claw-Bangli road, Rs. 5.75 crore Tinu-Khadimu road, Rs. 14.50 crore BBRC road and Rs. 1.50 crore Bhureshwar-Mahadev road.Jai Ram Thakur said that being a hilly State, the developmental demands and needs of Himachal Pradesh were quite different from other States. With the benevolence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah, he had been entrusted the responsibility to head the State. It was for the first time that Prime Minister of the country participated in his oath ceremony along-with eleven Chief Ministers and other senior national leaders. He said that he was working with a single objective to make Himachal Pradesh the front runner State of the country for which he was working with utmost dedication and commitment.He said that it was under his tenure as State BJP President that the BJP government came in to power in 2007 with full majority in the State. Opposition leaders were not able to digest his visit to meet the Central leaders, but after the State succeeded to get developmental projects worth Rs. 4365 crore, all these leaders were stunned. The four years tenure of the Modi government at the Centre had been full of achievements and accomplishments. The previous Government at the Centre was known for scams and corruption charges and most of its leaders were on bail, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that in the very first cabinet the State government decided to lower that age limit of old person for getting old age pension without income limit criteria from 80 years to 70 years which benefitted about 1.30 lakh old people of the State. He said an amount of Rs. 200 crore would be spent annually on providing this benefit to the senior citizens. He said that he has participated and witnessed presentation of twenty budgets in the State Vidhan Sabha, but the first budget presented by him was unique in itself as it had 30 new schemes for betterment and welfare of the people of the State. The Jan Manch programme launched by the State government was immensely helping the people to redress their grievances nearer to their homes. He said that with the effective implementation of the Grahini Suvidha Yojana, the State would soon become the first state in the country to become smoke free with gas connection in every household. He said the state government has decided to levy cess of Re. 1 per bottle of liquor for construction and maintenance of Gau Sadans. In addition, 15 percent would be used from the offering from different temple in the State for this purpose.Chief Minister announced that water supply scheme for six Panchayats of the area would be posed for funding to BRICS for Rs. 50 crore. He announced rupees one crore for parking at Rajgarh, Police Post at Yashwant Nagar, to construct Habban-Dhanu road under Mukhya Mantri radar Yojana, Rs 3 crore for degree college building at Fatti Patail (Pajhota) and Rs 2 crore for Mini Secretariat building at Rajgarh. He also announced enhancing bed capacity from 50 to 100 beds in Civil Hospital Rajgarh, PHC at Jaman Ki Ser, starting science classes in GSSS Galana Ghat and Jalanat Parsoli, upgradation of high schools Chagtali and Kotla Barag to Senior Secondary Schools and upgradation of Middle School Doon-Daveriya to High School.He also announced construction of additional two rooms for middle school Jalag, primary schools Chharwal, Naina Tikkar and Leu Kufar. He announced to provide Rs. 10 lakh for construction of road up to the home of former Chief Minister Dr. YS Parmar and starting bus services between Sarahan and Baddi besides declaring Chandol-Manwa-Neri Pul road as district road.
Earlier, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of cow sanctuary at Kotla Barog to be developed in area of 109 bighas. This cow sanctuary would be the biggest in the State and would have capacity to provide shelter to about 500 cows. It would be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.52 crore and would be run and managed by the State Animal Husbandry Department.He inaugurated 49 meter long bridge constructed over Giri river on Solan-Rajgarh-Minus road constructed at a cost of Rs 2.28 crore. He also inaugurated lift water supply scheme Nai-Neti constructed at a cost of Rs. 87 lakh.Member of Parliament Virender Kashyap while speaking on the occasion said that due to the best coordination with the Centre and State governments, the Jai Ram Thakur government had succeeded in getting developmental projects worth Rs. 4365 crore for the State. He said that it was strange that the Opposition leaders were asking the Member of Parliaments from the State to give the report card of their achievements. These leaders would land in trouble if the present State government also asked them to submit their report card for their deeds of last five years.He said that the Union government had also sanctioned 69 National Highways for the State.
The Union government has started Ujjwala Yojana for poor women of the country under which eight crore women would be provided gas connection. He thanked the Chief Minister for taking keen interest to grant tribal area status to Trans-Giri area. MLA Suresh Kashyap thanked the Chief Minister for organising State Level Van Mahatosav in his constituency. He said that the very first budget presented by the Chief Minister was dedicated towards upliftment of poor and weaker sections of the society. He urged the Chief Minister for expansion of Rajgarh Rest House and providing better drinking water, health, education and road facilities in the area.General Secretary of the State BJP Chander Mohan Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for lowering the age limit of old people for getting social security pension without income limit criteria from 80 years to 70 years. He also urged for developing Rajgarh area from tourism point of view.President, State Kisan Morcha Baldev Singh Bhandari and Pachhad Mandal BJP President Pratap Thakur welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion.Rajgarh Boypar Mandal, Gurdwara Sahib Rajgarh and a NGO presented cheques of Rs. 51,000 each to the Chief Minister towards the Chief Ministers Relief Fund. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, MLA Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Former MLA Baldev Singh Tomar, BJP leaders Balbir Chauhan were also present of the occasion among others.