Government to consider opening of Degree College at Rewalsar : Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal
The State Government would consider opening of a Government Degree College at Rewalsar to provide higher education facilities to local youth, especially girl students in the area. This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Rewalsar in district Mandi today, after performing foundation stone laying ceremony of Sewerage Scheme Rewalsar, estimated to cost Rs. 8.80 crore which would benefit a population of over 15,000 in the area. Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh was the first state in the country which had provided land and other facilities for setting up of ESI Medical College and Hospital at Ner Chowk by leasing required land at a token lease of Re. one to Government of India. He said that the college was got approved as a special case as the area did not fulfill the norms for setting up of ESI Medical College and Hospital. He said that specialised national level medical facilities and education would be available to the people. He said that similar was the case with the IIT at Kamand where every help was extended to set up the Institute. Prof. Dhumal said that his Government took over in December, 2007 and first foundation stone laid by the Government was that of Rs. 100 crore Balh Valley Medium Irrigation Scheme. He said that the scheme was likely to be completed in a couple of months. He said that Rewalsar was the fifth town in the district which had been sanctioned sewerage scheme. He said that BJP Government believed in fulfilling promises made to the people. He said that work on all schemes where foundation stones had been laid were in progress and would be completed in a time bound manner. He said that Rs. 1.25 crore provision had already been made for starting the work on Rewalsar Sewerage Scheme. Chief Minister said that BJP had wrested Congress strong holds even from the preceding Congress Chief Ministers who had represented Rohru, Renuka and Jubbal Kotkhai assembly segments during Congress regimes. He said that BJP had won the trust of the people of the State with hard work and fulfilling their aspirations. He said that it was BJP Government which had provided four CFL bulbs free of cost under Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna, subsidised essential commodities, subsidised domestic power and free Ambulance service under Atal Swasthya Seva. He said that hundred of crores of rupees were being spent every year on providing subsidy on all such schemes. He said that every section of the society had bee benefited with the ambitious schemes being implemented by the State Government. He said that Atal School Uniform Scheme had also been launched from Nahan on May 9 last under which every student in government schools from 1st to 10th class would be given free uniforms twice in a year. He said that Rs. 100 would also be given as stitching charges to every student. He said that basic necessities of ‘Roti, Kapada aur Makan’ had actually been implemented under different schemes envisioned during past four years. Prof. Dhumal said that Rs. 23.5 crore had been distributed out of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to thousands of poor and needy people to help them recover from their serious ailments and had given new life to them He thanked people of Himachal Pradesh and others who had contributed generously towards the Fund. He said that there was no better service towards suffering humanity than helping them in distress. Chief Minister was accorded a rousing reception by local people in large numbers on his arrival at Rewalsar where Buddhist Monks also joined the local people. He also listened to public grievances after the public meeting and passed necessary directions to concerned authorities to redress people’s grievances on priority. Shri Mahender Singh Thakur, Transport and Urban Development Minister, said that Rs. 40 crore Una-Jahu-Bhambla-Kalkhar road was under improvement besides Rs. 107 crore road project for the area. He said that setting up of IIT and ESI Medical College and Hospital were landmarks in the development history of the district. He said that proposal to generate power downstream Beas river by constructing power projects was a laudable and far sighted decision. He said that uniform development was the policy of BJP Government by rising above all considerations. He supported the demand of opening government degree college at Rewalsar, raised by Shri Mohan Joshi. Shri Prakash Chaudhary, local MLA, also welcomed the Chief Minister to his home segment and thanked him for his liberal attitude towards development needs of Balh segment residents. He thanked CM for providing funds for completion of Balh Valley Medium Irrigation Scheme and laying foundation of sewerage scheme at Rewalsar. Shri Mohan Joshi, Chairman, MILKFED, welcomed the Chief Minister on his one day visit to district Mandi and thanked him for laying foundation stone of sewerage scheme for the holy town and visiting devotees. He thanked Chief Minister for sanctioning three senior secondary schools in the segment. He also thanked him for enhancing procurement price of milk by Rs. 18 during past four years and funds provided to pay for the milk procured from dairy farmers. He said that milk powder plant was being set up at Datt Nagar near Rampur and cattle feed plant at Jahu, which were nearing completion. Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Shri Roop Singh Thakur MLA and former Minister, Shri D.D.Thakur and Shri Kanhaiya Lal Thakur, former MLAs, Shri Kheera Mani, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Shri Ajay Rana, Vice President, State BJP, Shri Rakesh Jamwal and Smt. Bhuvneshwari, Secretaies, State BJP Executive Committee, Shri Sanjay Rawat, President, Balh BJP Mandal, Sh Bansi Lal, Chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Shri Tej Singh Thakur, Pradhan, local Gram Panchayat, Shri Deevesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Abhishek Duller, Superintendent of Police, senior party functionaries and senior officers were present on the occasion.