Government endeavouring to start all streams in colleges : Virbhadra Singh
INVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Himachal Pradesh had witnessed revolution in the field of education. Higher educational institutions were being opened in the state especially in the rural areas to enable youth in getting their education completed nearer to their homes and 25 colleges had been opened during last three years. The emphasis was being given on starting all types of streams in all colleges in government sector to benefit the students. He was addressing a public meeting at Dansa in Rampur assembly segment of Shimla district today. Shri Virbhadra Singh said that State Government was providing qualitative education to the students of the State so that they could complete with the international standards. He said that more than 10738 Primary, 2292 Middle, 846 High and 1552 Senior Secondary Schools have been made functional in the State in government sector. He said that Rs. 5,077 crore was being spent under education sector in the State during this fiscal. Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the building of Government Senior Secondary School, Dansa constructed at a cost of Rs. 3.30 crores. He also inaugurated the Mandir Sarai at Dansa completed at a cost of Rs 35 lakhs. He announced to start Commerce and science classes from next academic session in GSSS Dansa. While referring to construction of road, Chief Minister said that present State Government was making all out efforts to connect all villages with road facilities besides maintaining the existing road network. He said that today State had a road network of more than 34000 Kms. of motorable roads in the State, which has opened new vistas for development. He said that emphasis was also laid on the quality work for which the Government was appointing Quality Monitors to ensure quality execution of the works. He said that Rs. 2,722 crore were being spent for construction of roads and bridges during this financial year. Shri Virbhadra Singh said the age-old temples of the State were heritage of our ancestors and urged the people for maintenance of the temples for which the state government was also providing financial assistance liberally. He was honoured by the local Parshuram Temple Committee and the Chief Minister announced to give entire amount to the temple committee. He urged the people to co-operate in holding the forthcoming panchayat polls in a peaceful manner adding that they should boycott those candidates who try to lure the voters by unfair means. Earlier, The Chief Minister laid foundation stone of PHC Lalsa and also announced to upgrade it to level-3 which would have facility of six beds, X-ray and minor operation theatre. A sum of Rs. 1.5 crore would be spent on the construction of this building. Addressing a public meeting at Lalsa, he said government would consider opening Sanskrit College in Lalsa panchayat which had remained a center of rich traditions and culture. Besides, he also announced to provide financial assistance for repair and maintenance of old building of famous Mangla Kali Mandir at Lalsa. He inaugurated Uru-Dhar road completed at a cost of Rs. 63 lakhs and also flagged-off the HRTC bus on this route. Later, the Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of drinking water scheme for New Dhakolar, Ne Shingla and Senidhar in gram panchayat Shingla which will be completed at a cost of Rs. 1.15 crore. Referring to the Rampur Assembly constituency, he said 41 drinking water projects had been completed by spending around eight crore rupees during the present government’s regime benefiting about 144 villages. Emphasis had also been laid on providing irrigation facility to the farmers and horticulturists and during this period three major schemes had been started in the constituency by spending Rs. 715 lakh. These schemes had provided irrigation facility for 267 hectares area. He added 55 hand pumps had also been installed in the constituency during this period. Earlier, Shri Virbhadra Singh was accorded rousing welcome at various places by the representatives of gram panchayats and Mahila Mandals. He also listened to their grievances and gave direction to the concerned departments to take appropriate action to redress these in a time bound manner. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Nand Lal said number of educational, health and other institutions had been opened in Rampur constituency during last three years. Similarly priority had been given to provide road, drinking water and irrigation facility to the villages. Panchayat Pradhan Lalsa Smt. Uma Sharma and Pradhan, Gram Panchayat Dansa Smt. Seema Devi welcomed the Chief Minister and raised the developmental demands of their panchayats. Irrigation and Public Health Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes, President, State Youth Congress Shri Vikramaditya Singh, Chairman, Kailash Federation Shri Brij Lal, Vice-Chairman, HPSIDC Shri Atul Sharma, President Mahila Congress Smt. Chander Prabha Negi, Member, Zila Parishad Smt. Padma Kumari, President Nagar Parishad Rampur Shri Deepak Sood, Deputy Commissioner Shri Dinesh Malhotra were also present on the occasion.