The State government would accord top most priority to ensure effective implementation of MLA's priority schemes for planned development of the State and DPRs for various developmental would be completed within stipulated time period. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated this while presiding over the MLAs priorities meeting here today with the MLAs of Kangra and Kinnaur districts.He said that the one year tenure of the state government has been satisfying as the government has succeeded in coming up to the expectations of the people of the State. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the developmental endeavours of the state government. He said various welfare schemes have been initiated for ensuring balanced development of all areas of the State.The Chief Minister said that the state government has succeeded in getting six major external aided projects worth Rs. 9689 crores from Centre during the last one year which would help in accelerating the pace of development in the State.Jai Ram Thakur said that in the very first decision of the state government was aimed at welfare of the senior citizens and the age limit for getting pension without any income limit was reduced from 80 to 70 years benefiting over 1.30 lakh persons. In order to have first hand information about the developmental needs and aspiration of the people of the State, he has visited 63 assembly constituencies of during this short period of one year.
The Chief Minister said that the Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojana has been started with an outlay of Rs. 80 crores to encourage youth to set up their self- employment ventures for which capital subsidy up to 30 percent was being provided on plant and machinery up to investment of Rs. 40 lakh. In addition, they are also being provided interest subsidy of 5 percent for a period of three years. Apart from this, the government has also launched Mukhya Mantri Yuva Ajivika Yojana with an outlay of Rs. 75 crores under which shop/ restaurant, tour operators, adventure sports, traditional handicrafts are being covered.He said that Jan Manch started has proved a boon for the common man for immediate redressal of their grievances at their door-steps. He said so far 76 Jan Manch have been organized in 65 Assembly constituencies in which over 20,000 grievances were redressed. Under Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojana, 32,134 new LPG connections have been provided to the beneficiaries.Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government is committed to provide better health care facilities to the people nearer to their homes. The Himcare scheme has been started for families who are not covered under Ayushman Bharat or other medical reimbursement schemes. Provision of free treatment up to Rs. 5 lakhs has been made on hospitalization under the scheme, he added.
MLA, Kinnaur Jagat Singh Negi suggested that amount allocated for tribal sub-plan must be fully utilised for the development of the tribal areas. He raised the issue of Nautor in the tribal areas and said that cases of Nautor should be redressed at the earliest. He also raised the issue of auction of mines in the district so as to check illegal mining.
MLA from Nurpur Rakesh Pathania urged for construction of check dams in his area and said that drug abuse in the area need to be checked immediately. He also stressed the need for demarcation of Himachal and Punjab boundary to check illegal mining. He demanded early completion of Fina Singh irrigation scheme.MLA, Indora Reeta Devi urged for time bound implementation of announcements made by the Chief Minister during his visit to the district. She also stressed on strengthening of health institutions in her constituency.MLA, Jawali Arjun Singh said that Sukhahaar channel should be taken in hand at the earliest as this would provide irrigation facilities to over 3000 hectare area. He said that new building should be constructed for Nagrota Suriya hospital for benefit of the people of the area.MLA from Dehra Hoshiar Singh urged for time bound forest clearances and preparation of DPRs as this adversely affect the developmental process. He said that matter should be taken up with appropriate authorities for declaring Masrur temple as heritage site. He demanded that the land provided for Pong Dam oustees should be regularised.MLA, Jaisinghpur Ravinder Kumar urged for Channelisation of Beas river in his constituency, besides construction of check dam on over a dozen rivulets. He said that the area lacks facility of good schools and thus requested the Chief Minister for opening a boarding school in his area. He said that farmers must be provided barbed wire on subsidy so that their crops could be protected from wild and stray animals.
MLA, Nagrota Bagwan Arun Kumar demanded that construction of rural roads in his constituency should be taken up on priority. He said that quality must be ensured in construction on roads and bridges. He also urged for strengthening Dr. RP Medical College, Tanda by providing men and machinery.MLA, Kangra Pawan Kajal requested for deploying specialist doctors and a gynaecologist in Kangra hospital. He said that health and education institutions in his area must be strengthened to facilitate the people.MLA, Palampur Ashish Butail said that the roads in Palampur area were badly damaged during the monsoon this year which require immediate attention of the concerned authorities. He urged for rationalisation of division and sub divisions of IPH and PWD. He also demanded opening of Tourism Information Centre at Palampur.MLA, Baijnath Mulakh Raj Premi urged for developing his constituency from tourism point of view. He urged for construction of new bus stand at Baijnath and deploying specialist doctors in Baijnath hospital.Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board and MLA Jawalmukhi Ramesh Dhawala urged to check smuggling of sandal wood in his area. He said that the sale of Khair could be a biggest source of income to the State for which the government should take up the matter with the concerned authorities.Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Anil Kumar Khachi while conducting the proceedings of the meeting said that the suggestions and priorities of the MLAs would be incorporated while planning the development process in their respective areas.Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor, Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar, Industries Minister Bikram Singh, Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Manoj Kumar and R.D.Dhiman, Principal Secretaries, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Deputy Commissioners of Kinnaur and Kangra districts attended the meeting.