Himachal would fill up 400 posts of Panchayat Sahayaks in current financial year : CM

Chamba/ North Gazette News
Himachal Pradesh would fill up 400 posts of Panchayat Sahayaks during the current financial year so that every Panchayat gets at-least one functionary.This was disclosed by the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh after hoisting the tricolour on the occasion of State level celebrations of 68th Himachal Day at historic Chamba Chaugan in district Chamba today.

Chief Minister said that out of the total 3243 panchayats, 3117 have already been connected by road and work is in progress to connect the remaining panchayats. The State has usefully utilized the NABARD funding and has been able to complete 2,381 Projects by availing credit of Rs 2,000 crore.
He said that the hill state, Himachal Pradesh would soon launch LED Promotion Programme in the for conservation of energy. Under the programme, three LED bulbs would be made available to the domestic consumers, at less than half the market price. This was disclosed by the chief minister Virbhadra Singh. He said that the consumers would have to pay Rs. 10 per LED initially and thereafter Rs. 10 per bulb per month would be recovered from the consumers through their electricity bills.

The Chief Minister said that ever since the present Government took over the reins of the State on 25th December, 2012, it has concentrated on equitable and inclusive development of the State. ‘Sarv Kalyan- Samagra Vikas’ has been the motto of our Government, said the Chief Minister.

He said that the State Government was committed towards the welfare of the employees. Daily wages of the daily wager had been enhanced to Rs. 180 from 1st April, this year. Services of daily wagers, completing seven years of service on 31st March, 2015 and contract employees completing five years of services would be regularized.

The Chief Minister said that all the part-time workers, on completion of eight years of service as on 31st March, 2015, would be made daily wagers. The State Government has decided to cover all those Daily Wage Workers, Part-Time Workers, Anganwari Workers/ Helpers and Mid-Day Meal Workers, who are not covered under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, under the Mukhya Mantri State Health Care Scheme to provide them basic and critical health care. The honorarium of part-time water carriers has been increased from Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,700 per month during the last two years. He said that the State Government had enhanced the daily wages of the labourers from Rs. 150 to Rs. 180.

15th April is a day of rejoicing, and introspection as well. We celebrate the birthday of our State and at the same time ponder over its developmental journey. Himachal Pradesh has made unparalleled and unprecedented progress during all these years. Developmental indicators, like per capita income, state gross domestic product, literacy percentage and other basic facilities like, education, health, road etc. in the State are testimony to the progress made by the State during this period. Per capita income which was Rs 240 in 1948 has gone up to Rs 1, 04,943.

Welfare of common man had been the focus of the policies of the State Government said he adding further that social security pension was being provided to 3,04,921 aged, widows and persons with disabilities. Our Government has enhanced social security pension, from Rs 450 to Rs 550 per month, during the last two years, has been further raised to Rs 600 from the current financial year. Similarly, persons above 80 years of age are being provided social security pension at the rate Rs 1,100 per month irrespective of their income, he added. Our government has sanctioned 58,534 cases of pension, he said.

The Chief Minister said that cent per cent population in the State had been brought under the fold of Public Distribution System. Under the Special State Subsidy Scheme, three pulses, two edible oils and iodized salt were being provided at subsidized rates through a network of 4,796 fair price shops. An amount of Rs. 457 crore has been spent under the scheme during the last two years. He said that an amount of Rs 210 crore has been earmarked for this during the current financial year. To facilitate the consumers a ‘Toll free’ consumer helpline has been setup for attending and redressing the grievances of consumers of the State, he said, adding that digital Ration cards would be distributed to all the consumers.

To strengthen rural economy, Dr. Y.S. Parmar Kisan Swarozgar Yojana has been implemented, under which 85 per cent subsidy is being provided to the farmers to set-up poly-houses. An outlay of Rs. 30 crore has been made for this scheme to cover 2 lakh square meter additional area under Poly-Houses during the current financial year, said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister said that as an incentive to the farmers, 50 per cent subsidy would be provided for construction of lift irrigation schemes and installation of bore-wells by individual or group of farmers for irrigation purposes.

The Chief Minister said that to provide houses to the poor, as many as 10,000 houses would be constructed under Rajiv Awas Yojana, Indira Awas Yojana and other housing schemes during the current financial year with an outlay of Rs 75 crore.

The State Government is determined to provide access of education to all children in the State. As many as 719 new schools have been opened or upgraded and 14 new degree colleges have been opened in rural areas of the State during the last two years added the Chief Minister.

He said that for providing better and specialized health care facilities to the people of the State at their door-steps has been the priority of the State Government. An All India Institute of Medical Sciences is being established in Bilaspur district. Three Medical Colleges would be established at Nahan, Chamba and Hamirpur at a cost of Rs 189 crore each.

He said that the State Government has always accorded high priority to road sector. The road network in the State which was only 228 kms at the time of formation of State has gone up-to 33,737 kms. He said that there were only 331 educational institutions in the State which have gone up to 15,500 as of now.

He said that five new National Highways of 632 kms. length namely, ‘Manali-Sarchu’, ‘Samdhu-Gramphoo’, ‘Purana Matour-McLeod Ganj’, ‘Katori Bunglow-Bharmour’ and ‘Amb-Mubarakpur’, have been sanctioned for the State.

“It is our endeavour to make Himachal Pradesh the most prosperous and developed State of the country. We will achieve this objective with the cooperation and support of the people of the State”, he said.

The State Government is determined to provide access of education to all children in the State. As many as 719 new schools have been opened or upgraded and 14 new degree colleges have been opened in rural areas of the State during the last two years. He said that soon a fine arts college would be opened in the State and endeavour would be to provide training and learning in preservation and promotion of fine arts.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government is committed to strengthen the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State. The Government would release Rs 109 crore to the Panchayats in 2015-16 from the State budget. Further Rs 195 crore would be released to the Panchayats, as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission during the current financial year. As many as 400 posts of Panchayat Sahayaks would be filled during the current financial year so that every Panchayat gets at-least one functionary.

Providing better and specialized health care facilities to the people of the State at their door-steps has been the priority of the State Government. An All India Institute of Medical Sciences is being established in Bilaspur district. Three Medical Colleges would be established at Nahan, Chamba and Hamirpur at a cost of Rs 189 crore each, he said. He said that more than 50 health institutions were either opened or upgraded during the last two years of the present Government regime and around 730 doctors were appointed besides 200 para medical staff. He said that as many as 500 posts of para medical staff would soon be filled.

He said that an additional 3,000 hectare area is proposed to be brought under the improved varieties of horticultural crops during the current financial year. To promote protected cultivation in horticulture, the State Government has enhanced subsidy under Green houses to 85 per cent. Subsidy on Anti-Hail Nets has been increased to 80 per cent with a view to protect fruit crops especially apple from hailstorms.

He assured the people of that the State Government was committed to connect all the far-flung areas with road facility.

He said the construction work of Bus Stand at Chamba would be completed in a year’s time adding that the need of the hour was to protect the ancient temples of Chamba and the Government would certainly help to strengthen the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. He said that the Lakshmi Narayan temple Board would be re-constituted.

He said that priority be given to the youth or people of the area in giving jobs in Hydel projects which was functioning or being constructed in their area. He said that the people who had donated their land for the projects had the first right of seeking jobs in such projects.

He said that Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttrakhand and North Eastern states were listed as Special Category States and were given special status in terms of central financial assistance but as of today the Planning Commission had been replaced by Niti Ayog and there still exists uncertainty about special category status given to Himachal Pradesh.

However, this does not mean that the financial condition of the State was not good as was being aired by the few in opposition” he said, adding that funds won’t be any constraint in carrying out the development activities throughout the State. He appealed to the people not to get swayed by false claims of the BJP which was bent upon misguiding the people.

He said that since the old palace building, Chamba was a heritage building and needed much needed attention, the Chief Minister announced a sum of Rs.4.50 crore for renovation and restoration of the same in which the Chamba College was housed earlier and also announced a sum of Rs five crore for parking near the police lines.

He said that the road from Katori Bangla to Bharmour had been now declared as State Highway and would be properly repaired and maintained and also directed the Public Works department to repair and renovate all the rural roads in the district on war footing.

The Chief Minister also presented Civil service award to the Vidhan Sabha team for launching e-Vidhan, Prerna Srot Samman was conferred upon cine star Kangna Ranaout which was received by her parents on her behalf.

Dr. Raj Bahadur, Vice Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health and Sciences, Punjab and Dr.D.S. Rana, Chairman, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital New Delhi were also honoured with ‘Himachal Gaurav Puraskar’ for their contribution in the field of medicinal science.

He also honoured the participants of Cultural programmes besides the Parade and Contingent Commanders.

The Chief Minister also distributed Net Books to the meritorious students who have excelled in 10th and plus two School Board examinations.
Earlier, he also took salute from an impressive march past by contingents of Police, Home,Guards, NCC cadets and School children. The Parade was commanded by DSP, Puneet Raghu.

A colour cultural function was also organised on the occasion besides mo-bike show performed by women police squad and also a Dog Show.