Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presiding over a meeting of MLAs of Shimla, Sirmour and Solan district at Shimla on 4.2.2016.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said the State Annual Plan of Rs. 5200 crore had been proposed for the State for financial year 2016-17 with an increase of Rs. 400 crore over present fiscal.
He was presiding over the meetings of MLAs of Solan, Shimla and Sirmaur districts here today for the finalization of priorities for 2016-17 budget.
He said with the consistent efforts of the State Government, the Government of India had restored the funding for core centrally sponsored schemes in the ratio of 90:10 and the State would give priority to get funds for the priorities of the MLAs under grant based programmes of the Union Government.
With a view to avoid unwanted delays in preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs), the State Government had made provision in the present budget for preparing DPRs on outsource basis, he said.
He said the Skill Development Corporation had been set up in the State and in principle approval had been granted to RS. 640 crore scheme for implementing various skill development programmes.
The Chief Minister announced to enhance the maximum limit for sending DPRs to NABARD from Rs. 50 crore to Rs. 60 crore per assembly segment from 2014-15 to 2017-18.
Shri Virbhadra Singh directed the departments to give utmost attention to the priorities of the MLAs. He also asked to hold routine joint meetings of officers of PWD, Forest and Revenue departments to ensure quick approval of road projects. He also directed for proper maintenance of old irrigation schemes and hand pumps.
He directed the authorities concerned to ensure that people construct proper septic tanks and they have proper sewerage connectivity in urban areas failing which their water and electricity connections should be seized.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil suggested adopting solar electric power fencing project of Kerala State to tackle stray animal menace in the State. He said that this model could prove to be very effective in avoiding losses to horticulture and agriculture produce.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Rohit Thakur, who represents Jubbal-Kotkhai constituency, urged the Chief Minister to relax the norms of specifications of mettaling of roads in the snow bound areas to ensure better road conditions. He demanded to release funds to APEDA for construction of three CA stores sanctioned for the State at Chamba, Patlikuhal and Kharapatthar.
He also requested for making provision of funds for construction of Tikkar college building and relaxing the norms of snow bound areas in filling up the posts of teachers through School Management Committee (SMC).
Shri Thakur requested to start the work at the earliest on Rs. 52 crore irrigation project in the constituency.
MLA from Arki Constituency Shri Govind Ram Sharma demanded to expedite work on various irrigation and drinking water supply schemes in his constituency. He said I&PH department should explore possibilities to construct dams for providing irrigation facility to the farmers. He also demanded early preparation of detailed project report for setting up Transport Nagar keeping in view the high intensity of traffic in the constituency.
He urged for filling up vacant posts of doctors and teachers and construction of building for GSS Loharghat and Baghar, besides upgrading Dharyach and Lagdadhar schools to plus two level.
Dr. Rajiv Saijal, MLA from Kasauli demanded to revive old Parwanoo to Kasauli trekking route of the British period which would give new dimension to the tourism activities in the area.
He requested for broadening of Gambar bridge and repair of Dharampur to Kasauli, Dharampur to Subathu via Kanda and Dharampur to Subathu roads. He also listed various roads to be constructed on priority basis in his constituency.