All villages with 250 and above population to be connected with motorable roads: Dhumal

Shimla/ April 21.

Fleet strength of ambulance under Atal Swasthya Sewa would be raised from 108 to 135 during current financial year to extend services to left out areas in the State. All 56 gram panchayats of Sulah Assembly segment had been connected with motorable road and all villages with 250 and above population would be connected with motorable road on priority. This was stated by Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Sulah, in Sulah assembly segment of district Kangra, after he dedicated and laid foundation stone of development schemes valued at over Rs. 22 crore, a record in itself in the development history of the area, on Saturday.

Chief Minister said that every gram panchayat was being provided a gymnasium to inculcate habit of exercise and physical fitness amongst the youth in rural areas so that they could also go for sports activities.

Dhumal said that the State Government would be honouring in public the officers and contractors who set a record by constructing projects well before the scheduled time and also save on the estimated cost.
Dhumal said that the State Government had extended the cover of facilities to every section of the society through Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna, subsidised domestic power, subsidised essential commodities where the State Government was spending hundred of crores of rupees annually.

He said that housing grant under Atal Awas Yojna had also been enhanced from Rs. 27,500 to Rs. 48,500 so that more families were covered under the scheme. He said that Atal Swasthya Sewa had emerged as a boom to the people of the State where any person, irrespective of their economic and social status.

He said that besides free institutional delivery, medicines, medical tests of mother and child were being ensured.

He said that work on college building at Noura would be completed on priority so that new campus was available to the students to carry forward their academic pursuits conveniently. He directed the authorities to ensure that the college building was completed to save on cost escalation.
Chief Minister also listened to the public grievances after the public meeting.
Pooja Devi, wife of late Ranjeet Singh, Panchayat Sahayak, who had died of heart attack recently, was presented a draft of Rs. 1.08 lakh as financial assistance to the family by Chief Minister.
Local MLA, Vipan Parmar welcomed the Chief Minister to his home segment and thanked him for setting a record in the development history of the segment by dedicating and laying foundation stone of developmental schemes valued at over Rs. 22 crore.