Shimla/October 31 (NG News)
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday stressed the need for preserving the traditions and natural resources and said that education was a ‘gateway of prosperity’ and we need to educate our children for the development of the state.
Singh said that traditions, language, and customs once forgotten, lead to degradation of civilizations.
“Dhami was a place where Praja Mandal arose and the people of area contributed a lot in making Himachal a separate entity,” Singh said.
Remembering the Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, the Chief Minister said that it was due to their wishful thinking and strong organization of the Congress Party which cared for the hill states and said that Himachal Pradesh came into existence as 18th State of the Indian Union because of their efforts since then there was no looking back and the State developed leaps and bounds.
He hoped that the present government at the Centre would give the same importance and emphasis to the hill States as was given by the successive Congress governments at the Centre.
He said that the State has a long way to go and to achieve many milestones in the field of development and he was sure that once committed no one can stop us from emerging as the most developed state of the Nation.
The Chief Minister stressed on exploring self employment avenues and said that in coming two years or so all the Panchayats would be connected with roads and many health institutions would be set up. He said that this was the only constituency having three ITI’s in Jalog, Sunni and Dargi besides, many health institutions were opened in the constituency.
Singh on his days visit to Dhami in Shimla Rural segment today inaugurated and performed foundation stone laying ceremonies of various projects worth rupees 45 crore. The Chief Minster performed foundation stone laying ceremony of the Mini Secretariat Building at Dhami to be constructed at a cost of Rs 6.70 crore and also laid foundation stone of HPPWD Bhawan at Dhami to be completed at a cost of Rs 1.50 crore.
He inaugurated the Lift Water Supply Scheme (LWSS), Janiya-Mandhya at Okhroo completed at a cost of Rs. 34.70 lakh which would benefit around 400 persons of the area. The scheme has ‘State of Art’ automatic water pumping system.
He also inaugurated the newly constructed veterinary building at Okhroo constructed at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh. The Chief Minster also performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the additional block of Government Senior Secondary School at Okhroo to be constructed at a cost of rupees two crore.
Chief Minister said that a committee has been formed for deciding to open college somewhere between Ghannatti and Dhami and as soon it submits its report a college would be constructed at the appropriate site. He also announced to open a Primary Health Centre at Kohbag. The Chief Minister also directed the PWD authorities to take over Galog-Cheiyan-Kayartu road and to construct a road from Okhroo to Nehra within six months and asked to construct a new Primary Health Centre building at Nehra.
He lauded the efforts of the PWD departments for undertaking the development works and completing them in a time bound manner.
Earlier, while addressing a gathering at Okhroo after laying foundation stone of the additional block of GSSS, the Chief Minister said that the state government was laying added impetus on education sector and was committed to open or upgrade schools in rural and far-flung areas with all the facilities like separate toilets for girls and boys, playing grounds etc.
He said that the playground of the Okhroo School be expanded. He said that the present Government had opened as many as 15 degree colleges and many schools in the remote and far-flung areas of the State. The motive behind opening such institutions was to provide higher education facilities to the girls nearer to their homes, said he. He exhorted the children to study and achieve high rank and file and be pride of their parents and children. He announced a sum of Rs 15000 for the children performing cultural programme.
When CM became teacher
While addressing a public meet at Okhroo Chief Minister asked many General Knowledge questions from the children and expressed happiness to know the answers to many of his questions.
He appreciated the children for having adequate knowledge of many National and International issues. Feeling elated with the answers from small children, he announced a sum of Rs 1000 to Neha a plus two student of the Okhroo School.