Shimla/ April 24
State Government would be spending Rs. 17 crore over construction of gymnasiums in each of the gram panchayats to help rural youth exercise and channelise their energy. This was stated by the Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal while addressing addressing a mammoth public meeting at Chauntra in Joginder Nagar Sub-Division of district Mandi, after he dedicated newly constructed building of Primary Health Centre, completed at a cost of Rs. 75 lakhs, to the residents of the area on Tuesday.
He said that theb state government was motivating farmers to adopt herbal cultivation to strengthen their economy. He appealed to the rural youth to form Yuvak Mandals in large number and go for such activities.
Chief Minister said that majority of villages in Jogindernagar segment with population of above 250 had been connected with road connectivity while rest of the villages were being connected in a phased manner. He said all of the 52 gram panchayats in the segment had been connected with road in Jogindernagar. He said that international funding agencies had adjudged HImachal Pradesh the best State in the country which had utilized funds and achieved objectives. He announced Rs. 20 lakh for sports stadium ata Chauntra.
Dhumal said that 10,000 poly houses had already been constructed in the State under Pandit Den Dayal Kisaan Baagwan Samridhi Yojna which had the subsidy component of upto 80 percent of the project cost.
He said that it had revolutionised the farm sector and strengthened economy of the progressive farmers in the State. He said that Rs. 300 crore Doodh Ganga Scheme was benefiting dairy farmers immensely where subsidy of 33 percent was available for SC beneficiaries and 25 percent for general category.
Dhumal said that the State Government had provided Rs. 7 per litre support price to the milk producers during past four years with a view to ensure them remunerative price for the produce in the market. He said dairy farming was the one which could yield immediate returns to the farmers.
Chief Minister said that the experiment of lavender cultivation in Tissa sub-division in district Chamba during previous term of 1998-2003, had been successful since the farmers of the area had make their produce popular in the national and international market.
Dhumal said that the State Government had started Rs. 321 crore Crop Diversification scheme with the cooperation of Japan International Cooperation Association (JICA) which was being implemented in five of the 12 districts in the state which included district Mandi. Dhumal also listened to public grievances after the public meeting at Chauntra.