Virbhadra Singh administers oath to Pradhans and Up Pradhans at Dharamshala
INVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh addressing the newly elected Pradhans and Up-Pradhans at Dharamshala in Kangra district on 17-01-2016. . Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today administered oath of allegiance of affirmation in a third phase to the newly elected Pradhans and Up-Pradhans of Kangra, Una and Chamba districts except Pangi. In an impressive oath taking ceremony organized at Police ground at Dharamshala in Kangra district. Addressing the mammoth assembly of newly elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) from three districts, the Chief Minister congratulated them for their successful election to the new office and urged them to work dedicatedly and committedly for the speedy development of their respective areas they represent and also ensure delivery of benefits under different programmes of the Government to the targeted groups. The Chief Minister said that 114 Panchayats had been elected unanimously and were entitled to a special development grant of Rs. 10 lakh each and that State Government would spend Rs. 11.40 crore for the purpose. He hoped that it would give momentum to the pace of development in the State. He said that Panchayats were the basic units of democracy and were responsible for overall development and ensuring welfare of the people at village level. He said that State Government was committed to realize the dream of Mahatma Gandhi by empowering the Panchayats. He assured the newly elected representatives of PRIs to provide all possible assistance and funds for development works and urged them to fully utilize the funds for the welfare of the poor and needy one. He appealed them to ensure transparency in all development works. He said that State Government was committed for the overall development of the State and many milestones had been achieved in various sectors particularly in education, health, electricity, road construction, providing drinking water, social welfare sectors etc. during the last three years. He said that more than 994 new schools had been opened and up-graded and 25 new degree colleges had been opened in the State during this period. He said that more than 98 percent degree colleges had been opened by successive Congress Government in the State. He said that two premier health institutions, IGMC, Shimla and Tanda Medical colleges had been started by Congress Government and now three more new Medical Colleges got sanctioned for the State which would be opened in Chamba, Hamirpur and Sirmour districts. He said that AIIMS would be opened in district Bilaspur. Shri Virbhadra Singh said that Rs. 195.39 crore would be released to the Panchayats as per the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission during this financial year out of which Rs. 97.70 crore had been released as first installment. He gave a call to the elected representatives to optimally utilize the funds being provided to them for various development programmes. To ensure maximum participation of women representatives, the Chief Minister said that a provision had been made of organizing two Mahila Gram Sabha in a year and added that these Gram Sabha would be organized on 8th March, Mahila Diwas and first Sunday in the month of September. He hoped that the young and energetic office bearers would work vigorously to serve the people with commitment. He asked them to provide transparent and good governance in their respective Panchayat. He said that the development was bound to take the real and desired shape with the proactive role of PRIs representatives. He also stressed the need to work untiringly on the agenda of development for which everyone should work above all political consideration. He said that the State Government was committed to strengthen the PRIs and decentralization of powers to the strongest grass root level units of democracy. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Anil Sharma welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion. He congratulated the newly elected Pradhans and Up-Pradhans of three districts and said that all important schemes and major programmes were being implemented through PRIs. He said that Panchayats had been given administrative, executive and judicial powers. He urged them to lend their supportive hand in achieving targets of various schemes being implemented for the development of the Panchayats within the stipulated time. He said that State government would impart training to all 28725 newly elected Panchayat representatives within six months so that they could share the responsibility in an efficient manner. He said that various schemes were being implemented through Panchayats and crores of rupees were also being spent in Panchayats. He added that more than Rs. 359 Crore had been spent only under MNREGA during the year out of which Rs. 145.29 crore had been spent in Kangra, Una and Chamba districts. Secretary, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Shri Onkar Sharma proposed vote of thanks. Speaker, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Shri B.B.L. Butail, Transport Minister Shri G.S. Bali, Urban Development Minister Shri Sudhir Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Shri Neeraj Bharti and Shri Jagjiwan Pal, MLAs Smt. Asha Kumari, Shri Kuldeep Kumar, Shri Sanjay Rattan, Shri Ajay Mahajan, Shri Kishori Lal, Shri Yadwinder Goma and Shri Pawan Kajal, Chairman, OBC Finance Development Corporation Shri Chander Kumar, Vice Chairman, Pollution Control Board Shri Kuldeep Pathania, Chairman, Kangra Co-operative Bank Shri Jagdish Sipahiya, Vice Chairman, Forest Development Corporation Shri Kewal Singh Pathania, Chairman, Tourism Development Board Major. Vijay Singh Mankotia, Vice Chairman, Employees and Labour Welfare Board Shri Surinder Mankotia, Deputy Commissioner, Kangra Shri Ritesh Chauhan, senior officers of the State government and other prominent people were also present on the occasion.