While addressing a largely attended public meeting at Karsog in Mandi district today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that Tattapani would be developed as a major religious and tourism destination. He announced that Polytechnic College would also be opened at Karsog.
He said that the State had succeeded in getting Rs. 1900 crore for tourism, Rs. 1680 crore for horticulture and Rs. 800 crore for irrigation and public health from the Union government which speaks of the commitment of the State government for welfare of the State. He said that the four years tenure of the Union government had been full of achievements and accomplishments. The Union government had enhanced the Minimum Support Price of 14 major crops thereby benefitting over 12 crore farmers of the country. He said that the State government was also committed to double the income of the farmers of the State by the year 2022.
The Chief Minister said that he got the opportunity to serve the people of the State due to the benevolence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah and blessing and affection of the people of the State. He said that Himachali cap was the pride of Himachali culture but it was unfortunate that a few vested interests tried to divide the people on basis of colour of the cap. He was against the politics of vendetta and vengeance and the only aim of the State government was to ensure development and progress of the State, he added.
He said that the Jan Manch programme launched by the State government was helping the people of the State in redressal of their grievances nearer to their homes. The opposition leaders were claiming that all the developmental projects initiated by the present State government were their dream. Then what stopped them to implement these schemes, he asked and added that the present government did not believe in dreaming but in taking action. He said that in a short period of six months, the present government had started several schemes for ensuring welfare of every section of the society.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Mukhya Mantri Gharini Suvidha Yojana had been launched for ensuring that every house hold in the State had LPG connection. The previous government misused funds collected of offerings in the major temples in the State and now when the present government had taken a historic decision to use 15 per cent of offerings for construction and maintenance of Gau Sadans, the same leaders were making much hue and cry. He said that for promoting tourism in the State, the State owned Helicopter was being used as Heli Taxi for tourists for three days in a week.
The Chief Minister announced that100 bedded hospital at Karsog would be upgraded to 150 bedded and setting up of 10 bedded Ayurvedic hospital at Mamel. He announced rupees one crore for bus stand Karsog, Rs. 30 lakh for roads in Karsog, IPH Sub Division at Kotlu, Health Sub Centre at Kau, starting of science classes at SSS Mahunag, commerce classes at Pangna, upgradation of High School Lala to Senior Secondary school and upgradation of Middle School Kalam to High School. He also announced Rs. 5 lakh each for Mamel and Kamaksha temples and Rs. 5 lakh for Press Club, Karsog.
Earlier, he inaugurated new building of XEN PWD Office at Karsog constructed at a cost of Rs 134.09 lakh.
The Chief Minister laid foundation stones of additional accommodation building of Government Degree College Karsog to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 40.72 lakh, Mini Secretariat building Karsog to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 14.86 crore and Channelisation of Imla/Bimla scheme to be completed by spending Rs. 1.38 crore. He also opened Fire Post at Karsog.
He inaugurated Apna Pustakalaya at Karsog and Science lab at Government Senior Secondary School Churag constructed at a cost of Rs 67.48 lakh. He also flagged off bus service between Shankar Dehra-Karsog-Thunag-Chattri-Jhanjeli.
He also visited Mamleshwar temple at Karsog and performed Puja.
Member of Parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma said the State in general and “Choti Kashi” Mandi in particular was blessed to have a honest and hardworking leader as Chief Minister of the State. The State Government had started several schemes for the welfare of the people of the State. He said that the Union Government constructed one crore houses for the homeless in the country during the last four years and it has always remained considerate towards the developmental needs of the State. The previous State government failed even to utilise funds provided by the Union government and now the same people were making baseless hue and cry. He said that the previous government completely ignored Karsog area in matter of development whereas the present government was working with a motto of “Shikhar par Himachal”.
Local MLA Hira Lal said that the State government under the able leadership of Jai Ram Thakur announced 30 Schemes for the development and welfare of the State. The Jan Manch programme launched was proving a boon to the people as they were now able to redress their grievances nearer to their home. He thanked the Chief Minister for laying foundation stones of various developmental projects in the constituency. He urged the Chief Minister to develop Karsog, Mahunag, Tattapani, Sain Bagra, Pangna areas for tourism.
He said that works amounting to about Rs 60 crore were being executed under PMGSY in Karsog Assembly constituency. He also urged the CM for providing adequate doctors and staff in Civil Hospital Karsog.
He presented a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the Chief Minister towards Chief Ministers Relief Fund.
IPH Minister Mahender Singh Thakur, MLAs Jawahar Thakur and Inder Singh Gandhi, OSD to the Chief Minister Shishu Dharma, Member BJ P working Committee Behari Lal, Deputy Commissioner Rugved Thakur, SP Gurdev Sharma were present on the occasion among others.