North Gazette News/Shimla
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday said that the state government had proposed an annual plan of Rs 4800 Crore for the year 2015-16 which was Rs 400 Crore higher than the previous annual plan of Rs 4400 crore.
He was presiding over the meeting of MLAs called for finalisation of priorities for the Annual Plan 2015-16 here in which MLAs from Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Kullu, Mandi and Bilaspur districts participated in the meeting.
Singh said that the state government had enhanced the limit of loan sanction facility under NABARD for the year 2014-15 to Rs 765 Crore from the existing 500 Crore so that the priorities of the MLAs could be met.
The Chief Minister said that the government had decided to take finance priorities of MLAs under PMGSY, CRF, World Bank, NRDWP etc and if the funds under the centrally sponsored schemes were not available, then the same would be obtained under NABARD. The decision was taken to obtain maximum benefits under the centrally sponsored schemes and more than 250 development projects of MLA’s priorities had been got sanctioned under different grant based schemes from Government of India during last one year.
The Chief Minister announced for enhancement of fund limit for submitting Detailed Project Report’s (DPRs) of development works to NABARD for each assembly constituency from Rs 8 Crore annually to Rs12.50 Crore i.e. cumulatively from Rs 32 Crores at present, for financial year 2014-15 to 2017-18, to Rs 50 Crore.
He directed all the secretaries and the heads of the departments to solve the problems and grievances of the public representatives on priority and also to ensure immediate action on their suggestions.
Expressing his concern over the delay in preparations of DPRs, he directed the officers to prepare the DPRs in time bound manner so that the same could be sent to GoI or financing agency for undertaking development works.
Singh said that the development of the entire state was his utmost priority and the government was committed for speedy, balanced and overall development of the state besides providing clean, responsive and transparent government to the people. He said that there would be no discrimination in respect of development in any area of the state.
He said that the youth would be provided training as per the need of the industrial houses so that they could get better employment opportunities in both the government and private sectors. The government was making concerted efforts in this direction and was committed to make Himachal Pradesh a favourite destination for entrepreneurs.
The Chief Minister expressed his concern over the improvement of roads and said that the pace of work by IPH, Electricity and PWD departments be accelerated particularly in the far-flung areas.
He assured that all water supply schemes would be completed in a time bound manner all over the state and responsibility of the concerned officers would be fixed.
The Chief Minister directed the PWD authorities to speed up the work on the roads all over the state.
He said that all MLAs are free to approach the office of Chief Minister and the officer concerned for their priorities.He said that the suggestions received in the meeting would go a long way in formulating development plans.
Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes, Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dhani Ram Shandil, Excise and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhary and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Rajesh Dharmani, Nand Lal, Vinay Kumar, Mansa Ram and Deputy Chairman Planning Board, Gangu Ram Musafir also gave their valuable suggestions during the meeting.
Principal Secretary Finance Shrikant Baldi conducted the proceedings. Chief Secretary P Mitra, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and heads of various departments and other senior officers were present on the occasion.
MLA from Arki assembly segment Gobind Ram Sharma demanded sewerage system and Sub Treasury for Darlaghat and to create posts of doctors at CHC Darla. He also demanded to speed up the work on the drinking water supply scheme, Kotli and construction of ITI Building at Arki and additional bus facilities for the remote areas of the constituency. He thanked the Chief Minister for undertaking various development works in his assembly segment.
MLA from Doon assembly constituency Ram Kumar demanded double lane of road from Subathu to Kunihar, forest clearance of small roads linking villages and the power of the same be given to DFOs. He also demanded completion of ITI buildings. He suggested to develop Jorji and Baba Haripur from tourism point of view and demanded an educational institute of repute in Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh area.
MLA from Kasauli constituency Rajeev Saijal raised the demand to connect Gadkal-Gahi road with Jabli besides extending the construction of Kiara road. He also urged for construction of bridge over Kangal rivulet and for conducting survey for construction of breast walls and construction of small bridges over the link road and to revive the trekking routes in his assembly segment.
MLA from Pachhad assembly segment Suresh Kashyap urged for preparing detailed project reports of the bridges over Bhajota Khud, Pairvy Khud and a bridge at Yashwant Nagar. He also urged for maintenance of Rajgarh-Chandol road besides proper maintenance, metalling of Solan-Meenas road. He also requested for speedy construction of Rajgarh College and ITI buildings at Sarhan and Rajgarh besides filling up of vacant posts of Patwari in his assembly segment.
MLA from Nahan segment Rajeev Bindal urged for channelization of nullahas and rivulets in his assembly segment and early preparations of DPRs of as many as 13 bridges waiting to be constructed. He also demanded early construction of degree college at Nahan and filling up posts of anesthetist and Gynecologist in health institutions besides early transfer of land for Indian Institute of Management.
MLA from Shillai assembly constituency Baldev Tomar urged for PWD clearance of as many as 10 roads in his assembly segments. He also urged for adequate furniture for two rest houses in his segment and completion of many drinking water and irrigation schemes and also urged for strict control over illegal mining in the Staun and Chandni areas.
MLA from Chopal assembly segment Balbir Verma thanked the Chief Minister for inaugurating as many as 17 roads benefitting 11 Gram Panchayats of the area. He urged for completion of many lift water supply schemes pending since long. He also requested to complete the pending power supply schemes in his home segment and for transformers in backward areas in Chopal constituency besides replacing/installing the electric poles.
MLA from Kasumpati constituency Anirudh Singh urged for release of the remaining funds for plus two school at Bhattakuffar besides additional funds for Kayarkoti Senior Secondary School. He also demanded construction of girls college at Malyana for which the land was available and 66 KV Substation. He also requested for construction of parking for the cemetery area in place of old PWD building near the cemetery tunnel.
MLA from Rohru assembly segment Mohan Lal Brakta urged for construction of link roads in four panchayats which fell under Rohru assembly segment in delimitation. He urged for extension of Dodra Kwar road uptill Jakha in the second phase and maintenance of roads in interior parts of Rohru constituency.
MLA from Nachan segment Vinod Kumar urged for early completion of the long pending Bharoti-Saryas road in his segment. He also urged to get prepared the DPRs under the SC component plans and for filling up the vacant posts of teachers and doctors in the constituency.
MLA from Seraj assembly segment Jai Ram Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for upgrading schools and Health institutions in his assembly segment and also urged for filling up posts in various health and educational institutions. He urged for early construction/completion of bridge at Bagshaid on Jawar rivulet and restoration of electric poles and also to provide special relief to the orchardists whose apple orchards were destroyed.
MLA from Dharampur segment Mahendar Singh urged that the money from MLA fund pending for works of last three financial years, lying with different agency be prioritised and a monitoring cell be created at the block level for ascertaining that the MLA fund for development works if delayed for some specific reason, may be transferred for some other work with intimation to and consultation with the concerned MLA. He also urged for providing No Objection Certificate (NOC) for construction of rain water harvesting structure and lift irrigation scheme to GoI for release of funds.
MLA from Sarkaghat assembly segment Inder Singh urged for filling up of vacant posts and construction of additional funds for construction of senior secondary school Paonta. The Chief Minister informed that a sum of Rs 22 lakh had been released for the same. He also sought for filling up vacant post of doctors and specialists in Sarkaghat hospital and other health institutes. He also demanded the construction of ‘Jahu bridge. He thanked the Chief Minister for filling up the posts of revenue officers in his assembly segment.
MLA from Manali segment Govind Singh Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for undertaking development works and for sanction of funds for development works in Manali assembly segment. He demanded for expansion of Kullu-Bhuntar airport and also for early preparation of DPR for renovation ‘Manu Rangshala’ for which a mega tourism project of 33 crore has been sanctioned by Union government. He also demanded a fire station at Patlikhul.
MLA from Kullu constituency Maheshwar Singh while thanking the Chief Minister for undertaking various development works urged to fill up the post of fitters and pump operators in the IPH department. He urged for speeding the work of forest clearances and said that an irrigation Scheme Prini to Bijli Mahadev, irrigating more than 4000 hectare of land should be taken up on priority with GoI. He also requested for replacement of wooden and cemented electric poles and installation of good quality poles in the far flung areas of the district. He also demanded ‘Safai Karamcharis’ in schools.
MLA from Banjar assembly segment Karan Singh thanked Chief Minister for sanctioning for fire station at Larji and proposed to open the fire station in an empty existing building near Larji. He urged for electricity division at Banjar and shifting of IPH division office. He also demanded construction of road to Kugti and developing Banjar from tourism point of view and floated an idea of Boat Club at Larji on the Dam site which be an ideal anglers paradise.
MLA from Jhanduta segment Rikhi Ram Kaundal urged for filling up posts of Patwaris and taking up the matter with GoI for monitoring of PMGSY works by Himachali Engineers. He also demanded completion of long pending work on Baagchaal bridge and filling up posts of doctors besides preparation of DPR of Dugnullah Bridge. He thanked the Chief Minister for Jhanduta College and for providing funds for the same.
MLA from Bilaspur segment Bumber Thakur urged for more irrigational, drinking water schemes in his assembly segment. He thanked the Chief Minister for taking steps in rehabilitating the oustees and waving off their loans besides distributing them plots and the land measuring 150 sq. metre. He requested for providing land or plots to left-out oustees of Govindsagar dam.
MLA from Sri Naina Devi Ji Randhir Sharma requested for Rope way to Naina Devi ji from within Himachal. He also demanded doctors for CHCs and PHCs.