UDAIPUR(LAHAUL AND SPITI), August 30: HP Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday that the state government was all set for equal and balanced development of all parts of the state and efforts were in the making in this direction.
While addressing the people at Udaipur in Lahaul and Spiti during his day-long tour, he said that Lahaul and Spiti district was also getting its major share in the field of development and it was evident from the fact that projects worth 66.50 crore rupees were inaugurated today by him.
He said that the State Government has made a budget provisions of Rs 136 crores during the current financial year for Lahaul-Spiti district under Tribal Area Development Programme out of which Rs 72 crores was being spent in Lahaul area and Rs 64 crore in the Spiti area.
The Chief Minister said that the Rohtang tunnel has opened new vistas in tourism development in the area. He said that this project was a dream project of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee which was being fulfilled by our present Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said that this has provided all-weather road connectivity to the landlocked hinterland. He said that the influx of tourists to the valley has been increased manifold which would help in strengthening the economy of the region. He said that sanctions have been accorded for the opening of 407 homestays in the valley.
Jai Ram Thakur said that this year the valley was badly affected due to unexpected floods. He said that as many as ten people lost their lives and the State Government immediately started relief and rescue operations. He said that in order to provide relief to the people affected by recent floods in Udaipur, the State Government has provided a special package of Rs 10 crore.
He said that several welfare schemes such as HIMCARE, Himachal Gharini Suvidha Yojna, Sahara Yojna, Shagun Yojna, social security pension scheme etc has ensured socio-economic upliftment of the people of the state.
The Chief Minister announced the opening of the Fire Sub Station at Udaipur, up-gradation of Sub Block to full-fledge Developmental Block at Udaipur, up-gradation of Middle Schools Kishori and Bhujund to High Schools, opening of Veterinary Hospital at Madgran, Sub Tehsil at Jhalma, up-gradation of Sub Tehsil Udaipur to Tehsil, the opening of HRTC Sub Deport at Udaipur and up-gradation of CHC Udaipur to Civil Hospital. He said that the victims of the flood incident in Lahaul valley would be provided compensation four-time higher as given to the affected families in Kinnaur.
The Chief Minister also listened to the ‘Man Ki Baat’ Programme of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion.
Technical Education, Tribal Development and IT Minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda while welcoming the Chief Minister in his home constituency thanked the Chief Minister for increasing the budget under the Tribal Area Development Programme for the tribal areas of the State.
He said that Atal Tunnel has completely transformed the fate of the people of the valley. He said that efforts were being made to strengthen the communication network in the valley. He urged the Chief Minister for providing due compensation to the farmers due to the recent flood. He urged the Chief Minister for providing specialist doctors in the CHC Udaipur. He also urged Chief Minister to open HRTC Sub Depot at Udaipur.
Member Tribal Advisory Committee Shamsher Singh while welcoming the Chief Minister detailed various demands of the area. He urged the Chief Minister for Developmental Block at Udaipur.