Virbhadra Singh stresses departments to work in close co-ordination
INVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh addressing a gathering at Chaili, near Summer-hill Shimla on 13.2.2016. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that to ensure speedy development and completion of works, there needs to be close co-ordination between the line departments as PWD, HPSEB, IPH, Agriculture, Horticulture etc so that the works could be completed well within stipulated time frame and their benefits could reach the people. He was addressing public meeting at Chaili, near Summer-hill on his visit to Shimla rural constituency today. He said that the departments needs to understand the importance of completion of work and schemes in a time-bound manner, which saves time and money both. On the issues of delay in development projects due to forest clearance, the Chief Minister said that the Divisional forest officers have the power to sanction one hectare, i.e, 13 bighas of land for undertaking listed development activities in the Forest Clearance Act. “The forest officers should know this and not create un-necessary delay in granting forest clearance upto one hectare”, he said, adding that many road projects and irrigation schemes were hanging due to this clause. Shri Virbhadra Singh also stressed for growing off-season vegetables for better remuneration to the farmers. He said that there were no paucity of funds for development activities and he hoped that the GoI would always heed to the requests of the State government for funds for undertaking development works under various centrally sponsored schemes. Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the lift irrigation supply scheme completed with an outlay of Rs 25 lakh at Chaili, in Shimla. The scheme will cater to the irrigational needs of as many as 800 families of the area. The Chief Minister said that during the last three years 14 irrigation and water supply schemes were completed in the Shimla rural constituency with an outlay of Rs. 6.77 crore. He said that work on 25 irrigation and drinking water supply schemes was in progress on which Rs 114 crore was being spent including the Rs 105 crore lift water supply scheme, Garoh-Gandhal near Dhami which will facilitate 39 panchayats of the area. There were nine more such new proposed schemes on which Rs 63 crore would be spent in Shimla rural constituency. President, Youth Congress Shri Vikramaditya Singh supported the demands raised by the local panchayat representatives. He said the government equally treats all the areas alike in terms of development and Shimla rural constituency was not an exception. Health infrastructure was being strengthened besides fulfilling the water and irrigational needs of the people in the Shimla rural constituency. He urged for early completion of marketing yard ( vegetable market) at Dhalli for benefitting the agriculturalists and horticulturalists of the area. He exhorted the youth of the area to work in unison to strengthen the congress party cadre and for the development of their areas as well. President BCC, Shri Chandershekhar Sharma also spoke on the occasion and listed the developments undertaken in the area. Earlier, Local Pradhan, Meera Thakur welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister and placed local demands of the area. She also thanked him for dedicating the lift irrigation supply scheme for the area. Chairperson, Zila Parishad, Shri Dharmila Harnot, General Secretary, PCC, Shri Pradeep Verma, former MLA, Shri Sohan Lal, Member, Zila Parishad, Shri Rajesh Sharma, Member, BoD, HPSIDC, Shri Pramod Sharma, Chairperson, Panchayat Samiti, Mashobra, Meena Devi, OSD to Chief Minister, Shri Rakesh Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Dinesh Malhotra, S.P. Shri D.W. Negi were also present on the occasion amongst the panchayat representatives of nearby panchayats.