Tribal areas in Himachal to be developed as religious tourism destinations

Shimla/May 14
Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that tribal areas of the state had rich cultural heritage which was needed to be preserved and promoted. He said that the state government was endeavoured to promote all these areas as religious tourism destinations. Chief Minister said that he had represented the Mandi Parliamentary Constituency for five times and many areas of this constituency were in tribal belt and he was aware of specific local problems of people of tribal areas.
Chief Minister was addressing a huge meeting at Chourasi Mandir Complex at Bharmour on Tuesday.
Earlier Virbhadra Singh performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of Police Station Bharmour near old Bus Stand to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 146.21 lakh and three storey Car Parking having capacity to park 45 vehicles at Bharmour to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 66.39 lakh.
He said that the present state government had reopened all the 149 schools which were de-notified by the previous government. He said that the government was committed to provide quality education to the youth near to their homes.
Chief Minister said that the state government was encouraging the private entrepreneurs to construct hydel projects which would provide employment avenues to the local youth.
Virbhadra Singh said that the present state government had made significant achievements during last five months and many important decisions had been taken which would go a long way in the development of the state.
He said that previous Government had neglected interests of the people and various jobs were given on the party lines whereas the present government was committed to provide jobs on ability and merit basis.
He disclosed that the state government was endeavoured to fill up the vacant posts in all the departments wherein priority was being given to the people of tribal areas.
Chief Minister assured the people that their demands would be met sympathetically. He announced Rupees five thousand each to cultural troupes for presenting colorful cultural programme on the occasion.
Earlier on his arrival, Chief Minister was given a very warm welcome. He also paid obeisance at the famous Chourasi Temple.
Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri welcomed the Chief Minister and detailed about the various developmental activities being carried out in the Bharmour and Pangi area of Chamba district. He requested for the construction of Holi-Chamunda tunnel which would reduce the distance upto 300 kms for Shimla from the area and would provide all weather road connectivity to the people of tribal area and would benefit 21 panchayats of non-tribal areas.
He also requested to declare Mani Mahesh Yatra of Bharmour as International Fair like Minjar of Chamba.