The State plan size has been proposed for Rs. 7900 crore for financial year 2020-21, which is Rs. 800 crore more than 2019-20, with about 11 percent increase. This was revealed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meetings of MLAs of Solan, Sirmaur and Shimla districts for finalization of their priorities for next financial year 2020-21, here today.
Jai Ram Thakur said that State Government had also succeeded in getting seven major external aided projects worth Rs. 6900 crore approved from Central Government under tourism development, horticulture development, augmentation of drinking water, environment preservation, forest management and State Road Projects, Phase-II during last two years. He said that in addition to this, four more major external aided projects worth Rs. 7,029 crore under forest, ropeways, disaster management and power sectors were under consideration of the Central Government for approval. He said that these projects would go a long way in ameliorating the income of the farmers, horticulturists and providing employment to the youth. He thanked the Centre for providing liberal financial assistance to the State for accelerating the pace of development.
Chief Minister said that 122 projects worth Rs. 445.49 crore have been cleared by the NABARD which are recommended under MLAs priorities during the year 2019-20.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government had succeeded in organising of first ever Global Investors’ Meet at Dharamshala on 7th and 8th November, 2019 in which 703 MoUs of investment of Rs. 96721 crore were been signed with prospective entrepreneurs, out of which ‘groundbreaking ceremony’ of 240 projects of Rs 13,656 crore were performed on 27th December, 2019. This shows the seriousness of the State Government to make Himachal Pradesh a favourite destination for investment. He said that this would provide employment and self-employment opportunities to the youth of the State, besides generating revenue worth Crores of Rupees to State exchequer.
Chief Minister said that the State Government has launched ‘Jan Manch’ programme to redress the grievances of the people nearer to their homes. He said that about 45000 grievances had been redressed till December 2019 under the programme. He said that the Government had also started another ambitious Scheme ‘Mukhya Mantri Sewa Sanklap Helpline-1100‘ for redressal of grievances of the people and more than 30,303 complaints were resolved till December 2019. These programmes have been helpful in saving time and money of the people besides avoiding unnecessary harassment for getting their problems solved, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that several schemes of the present State Government such as Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna, HimCare Scheme and Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojna etc. have proved boon to the people and tangible results were coming out from these. He said that Himachal Pradesh has become first State in the country where every household has gas connection facility and making Himachal Pradesh smoke-free State.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the Himachal Pradesh had been awarded as ‘Best State’ in a report of NITI Aayog for achievements under Sustainable Development Goals. He said that State had been adjudged second in Overall Best Performing Big State of the country, besides first in Education and Health Sectors in Big Category States survey conducted by a prestigious magazine recently.
Chief Minister said that progress of development schemes of different departments were being reviewed and monitored online so that projects could be completed within stipulated period of time besides maintaining quality of works. He said that citizen-centric services were being provided online to the seekers.
He said that the State Government had provided transparent, clean and responsive administration to the people of the State during the last two years by ensuring the welfare of all sections of the society with a motto of ‘Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas’.
MLA Nalagarh Lakhvinder Singh Rana urged for ensuring that the MLA priorities must be given preference in the execution of various developmental projects in Nalagarh Constituency. He also urged for opening college and Police Station at Jogo.
MLA Doon Paramjeet Singh said that a Degree College be opened at Chandi. He said that more health institutions should be opened in the Doon Vidhan Sabha area. He also urged the Chief Minister for strengthening existing roads in the area.
MLA Solan Col Dr. Dhani Ram Shandil demanded better and reliable drinking Water Supply Scheme and adequate parking space for Solan town. He said that a Police station must be opened at Sairi.
MLA Pachhad Reena Kashyap urged for exploring possibilities of Paragliding activities in Rajgarh area of Pachhad Constituency. She said that this would not only open the area for the tourists, but also provide employment and self employment opportunities to the people of the area. She also urged to increase income limit for availing Social Security Pension from existing Rs 35,000 to 60,000 per annum.
MLA Renuka Ji Vinay Kumar requested to promote tourism circuit between Churdhar-Noradhar-Kupvi in Chopal as this area has immense potential of adventure tourism. He also urged to strengthen Renuka Zoo as it was once a major attraction for the tourists. He also urged for opening Degree college at Dadahu, besides an ITI at Maina.
MLA Paonta Sukh Ram Chaudhary urged for strengthening the power supply in Paonta constituency so that the people could get uninterrupted power supply. He also urged for lowering the electricity bill of tubewell to facilitate the farmers. He said that steps should be taken to open adequate grain markets in the area to facilitate the farmers. He also demanded to strengthen road infrastructure in the area.
MLA Shillai Harshvardhan Chauhan raised issue of shortage of staff in health and educational institutions in the constituency. He said that the regular power cut in the area was concerning and urged for its early redressal.
MLA Chopal Balbir Singh Verma stressed on improving and strengthening Civil Hospital Nerwa. He said that this hospital caters to the population of twenty two panchayats of the area. He said that the issue of Forest Clearance case of Chopal Degree College should be redressed at the earliest and adequate staff be provided in the College. He also urged for adequate funding for time bound completion of school buildings in the area. He also requested for improving roads in the area.
MLA Theog Rakesh Singha said that CA Stores should be opened in the apple producing areas so that the growers get better price of their produce. He also urged to provide root stocks to the farmers. He also urged to ensure time bound completion of Theog bye-pass.
MLA Kasumpti Anirudh Singh urged to ensure that construction of important roads in his constituency must be taken up soon. He urged construction of Lakhoti and Majhar bridges to facilitate people of the area.
MLA Shimla Rural Vikramaditya Sing urged that all the educational and health institutions in his constituency should be provided adequate staff. He also urged for improving roads in his constituency. He also urged for starting work on Polytechnic College Basantpur. He said that work of Dhrogra road should be started at the earliest.
MLA Rampur Nand Lal said that the condition of roads in the area must be improved. He also urged to provide adequate staff in health and educational institutions in the area.
MLA Rohru Mohan Lal Brakta urged that Shimla-Hatkoti -Rohru road should be completed soon. He also urged for improving roads and water supply facility in the area.
Principal Secretary Finance Prabodh Saxena while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that the planning meeting goes a long way in effective and planed development of the State.
Speaker State Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajeev Bindal, Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal, Chief Whip Narender Bragta, Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi, Additional Chief Secretaries Ram Subhag Singh, Nisha Singh and R.D. Dhiman, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Heads of Department attended the meeting.