Augmented drinking water supply scheme would meet water requirements of the people of the area for over half a century - Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal
Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, today dedicated the biggest rural drinking water supply augmentation scheme in Changer areas of Kangra district at Kangehan covering tehsil Dehra, Khundian, Jaisinghpur and Palampur completed at a cost of Rs. 68.33 crore. It would benefit 1,31,293 population of 564 habitations in 35 gram panchayats besides augmenting 27 existing schemes in the area and would provide 70 litres of drinking water per person per day in Jaisinghpur Sub-Division of district Kangra. It had been completed in a record time of three years. Addressing a large public meeting at Kangehan, Chief Minister said that completion of scheme had cost Rs. 5,098 each person. He said that the State would be honouring the officers and officials for contributing significantly towards the development of the state and for completing the projects ahead of its scheduled date. He lauded all those engaged in construction of the scheme for saving of Rs. 1.40 crore. Prof. Dhumal said that the state government had opened a polytechnic at Talwar in Thural assembly segment during earlier term of 1998-2003 and named the same after late Kanwar Durga Chand to keep his memory alive for times to come. He said that the state government had also launched Yashwant Gurukul Yojna to provide residential facilities to the teachers in rural, difficult and tribal areas by rising above all considerations. He said that there were various schemes which had been named after prominent persons as a tribute to them. Chief Minister said the State had constituted a Commission under the chairmanship of a retired judge of Hon’ble High Court of Himachal Pradesh to deal cases filed by any person about the ‘benami’ land transactions of the State. He criticised the leaders of opposition parties who had been making much hue and cry about benami land transactions but had failed to file even a single affidavit before the Commission constituted so far. He said that any person knowing about such transactions should approach the Commission and file affidavits so that truth could come forth before the people. He said that the State Government had introduced citizen charter to ensure time bound delivery of services to the people. Prof. Dhumal said that many schemes had been implemented in the State by the Government so as to ensure benefits of these to all sections of the society. These include providing of subsidised essential commodities, Atal Swasthya Seva, Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna, free institutional deliveries, free treatment of the pregnant women and infants upto the age of one year, public holidays to working women on important festivals, free travelling facilities to them in HRTC buses on Raksha Bandhan and Bhaiya Dooj. He said that all such schemes had touched every family in the State. He reiterated the resolve of the State Government to speed up the pace of development and cater to the welfare needs of the people. Prof. Dhumal greeted people on Dussehra Festival and wished them a joyous and memorable celebration which symbolized the victory of goodness over evil. He dedicated the two important developmental milestones to the people of the area. He said that with the construction of 132 KVA sub-station consumers in the area would be benefitted with improved and quality power supply. He said that the augmented drinking water supply scheme would meet water requirements of the people of the area for over half a century. Chief Minister also presented drafts of Rs. 11,001 each, under 'Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna' to various beneficiaries, besides distributing water testing kits to other beneficiaries of the area. Shri Ravinder Singh Ravi, IPH Minister and local MLA, also welcomed the Chief Minister and thanked for dedicating over Rs. 100 crore schemes, including ambitious augmented drinking water supply scheme to the habitants of Changer area of the district. He said that 6th October, 2011 would be a red letter day in the development history of Jaisinghpur sub-division when the biggest rural drinking water supply scheme had been dedicated to the large population of the area. He also thanked for laying foundation stone of 132KVA sub-station to cost Rs. 30 crore, which would solve the low voltage problem of the consumers in the area. He said that Jaisinghpur area had witnessed speedy development under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dhumal. He said that all villages in his home segment had been connected with motorable road. He thanked for opening Polytechnic College in the segment, ITI, upgradation of various educational institutions. He said that Rs. 1600 crore were being spent on various schemes of water supply and irrigation during current financial year. He said that as per National Sample Survey conducted by the Government of India, Himachal Pradesh was providing safe drinking water to 84 percent of the population. Shri Kulwant Rana, President, Jaisinghpur BJP Mandal, proposed vote of thanks. Capt. Atma Ram, MLA from Rajgir, welcomed the Chief Minister and thanked him for dedicating a land mark drinking water supply scheme to the people of the Changar area which had solved a long pending demand of water supply to the people in the area. Smt. Sarveen Chaudhary, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Shri Virender Kanwar, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Shri Sanjay Chaudhary, MLA, Shri Vikram Thakur, Vice Chairman, State Forest Corporation, Shri M.C.Parmar, CMD, Ex-Servicemen Corporation, Shri Rasil Singh Mankotia, Chairman, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank, Shri Pyare Lal Sharma, Chairman, APMC, Smt. Shreshta Koundal, Chairperson, Zila Parishad, Shri R.S.Gupta, DC, Shri Diljeet Thakur, SP, Shri R.K. Sharma, E-in-C, IPH, Shri M.S. Kanwar, Chief Engineer, IPH, Dr. M.P.Sood, Secretary, HPSEB Limited, other prominent persons were present on the occasion.