A mega event was held at Subathu in Kasauli Vidhan Sabha area of Solan district on the occasion of ‘Pragtisheel Himachal: Sathapna Ke 75 Varsh’ celebrations to commemorate 75 years of existence of Himachal Pradesh. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a mammoth public meeting on the occasion announced opening of Sub tehsil at Subathu, taking over of Goswami Ganesh Dutt Sanatan Dharam College Subathu under Government sector, upgradation of Primary Health Center Subathu to Community Health Center, opening of Health Sub Centre at Jadli Gram Panchayat and upgradation of Government Middle School Koti to High School.
Chief Minister said that the Nation was celebrating 75 years of independence and Himachal Pradesh was also celebrating 75 years of its existence. He said that the Nation attained freedom after a long struggle and a lot of sacrifices, therefore, it was vital that the younger generation was also sensitized about the sacrifices made by our great freedom fighters.
He said that the Union Government has decided to celebrate this historic year as 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'. He said that the State has also chalked out a calendar of events to be conducted by various state government departments under the banner of 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' to celebrate this occasion in a befitting manner.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State of Himachal Pradesh has made unparalleled development in all spheres during these 75 years. He said that there were only 301 educational institution, 88 health institutions, Rs 240 per capita income and 228 kms roads in the State at the time of formation of the State, whereas today there were over 16,124 Education institutions, 4320 Health institutions, 2,01,854 per capita income and over 39,500 kms roads in the State.
He said that the credit of this goes to the hard work and dedication of each and every Himachali who made his contribution in matter of development.Chief Minister said that there was a time when people of the State were forced to cross the rivers by wooden suspension bridge or on inflated skin of buffaloes by risking their lives, whereas today the State has over 2326 bridges connecting every nook and corner of the State.
He said that Solan district came into existence in September, 1972 and since then the district has made immense progress in all spheres.Jai Ram Thakur said that it was due to the able and dynamic leadership provided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India not only successfully developed indigenous vaccines, but also successfully launched the biggest vaccination campaign of the world against the corona virus.
He said that far off villages like Malana and Bara Bhangal were also vaccinated by launching special drive. He said that the State emerged as a pioneer State in effective covid-19 management and also became the first State in the country to achieve the target of cent per cent vaccination of eligible population.
Chief Minister said that the present State Government has completed about four and a half-year in office, during all these years it ensured equitable and balanced development of the State. He said that people of the country have totally rejected the Congress party and now it was the turn of people of Himachal Pradesh to ensure that the BJP again forms Government in the State so that the pace of development due to the double engine governments at the Centre and the State goes uninterrupted.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the present State Government has started several welfare schemes for welfare of every section of the society and development of every area of the State. He said that over 3.32 lakh gas connections were provided free of cost by the State Government under Grihini Suvidha Yojna.
He said that 50 percent concession was being provided in HRTC buses to women passengers and free drinking water was being provided to rural consumers. In addition to this, 125 units free electricity was also being provided to domestic electricity consumers in the State, he added.
A theme song on 75 years of existence of Himachal Pradesh and a documentary highlighting 75 years of glorious history of Himachal Pradesh produced by the Information and Public Relations Department were also screened on the occasion.The Chief Minister also inaugurated exhibitions of various Departments, Boards and Corporations, highlighting the developmental journey of the State.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited Guga Peer temple at Subathu and performed ‘Puja’ there.Health Minister and MLA Kasauli Vidhan Sabha constituency Dr. Rajiv Saizal, while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries to his home constituency, said that the State has witnessed unprecedented development during the tenure of present State Government.
He said that the idea of celebrating 75 years of formation of the State in a befitting manner was also of the Chief Minister who wanted to celebrate this occasion in a befitting manner. He thanked the Chief Minister for accelerating the pace of development in his constituency during the present tenure.
Chairperson State Women Commission Dr. Daisy Thakur, President District BJP Ashutosh Vaidya, former MLA Govind Ram Sharma, Chairman APMC Sanjiv Kashyap, Chairman Zila Parishad Ramesh Thakur, State BJP Vice President Rattan Singh Pal, Kasauli Mandal BJP President Kapoor Singh Verma, Deputy Commissioner Solan Kritika Kulhari, SP Solan Virender Sharma were present on the occasion among others.