Himachal CM asks contractors to shun dilly-dallying approach or be ready to get blacklisted

North Gazette News/ Shimla
Taking serious view of delay in development works, Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday asked the contractors to shun dilly- dallying approach or be ready to get blacklisted.

He said that contractors who were delaying development works would be blacklisted and will never qualify to seek tenders or works in the state in future.

Chief Minister said that lackadaisical approach of such contractors not only leads to loss of Government funds but also enhances the cost of the development projects.
Virbhadra Singh was speaking on the occasion of the closing ceremony of Rajmata Shanti Devi Memorial national level wrestling (Chinj) competition organized by Nirmand Volleyball Association and on conclusion of Buddi Diwali festival at Nirmand in Kullu district today said that if the development works in any part of the State were being delayed due to the dilly-dallying approach of the contractor.

Perturbed over the delay in construction of Stadium at Nirmand, the Chief Minister gave dead line for completion of same within three months.
Congratulating the people of the area for celebrating the Buddi Diwali festival in a traditional manner, the Chief Minister said that it was a matter of pride that the people of Nirmand had carried on with the long tradition of celebrating the festival and passing on to the next generations.

He said that all 56 Gram Panchayats of Nirmand were connected by roads and 718 Kilometers of roads were constructed in Ani Vidhan Sabha segment besides mettalling more than 300 kms of roads. Under PMGSY rupees 131 crore were being spent on 53 roads that had been sanctioned for Anni Assembly segment and 31 roads were complete or were nearing completion.

Virbhadra Singh said the Government was concerned for the welfare of the common man and had introduced Social Security Pension for the widows, aged etc. There were 20589 people in Kullu who were getting Social Security Pension and the people aged 80 years or above were getting rupees 1000 as pension per month.

The Chief Minister announced to shift ten plus two school for girls in the already existing Tribal Bhawan at Anni. He also distributed prizes of the wrestling competition to the winners in different categories and presented them the ‘Gurj’.
Surmu from Punjab won the Nirmand Kesari in senior category and was given Rs. 21,000 besides a gurj and Shri Sandeep from Haryana was the winner of Nirmand Bal Kesari in Junior category wrestling bouts. The first and second Nirmand Kumar Awards in wrestling were given to Shri Bodh Raj and Shri Gopal Singh respectively.

Chief Minister was accorded a warm welcome on reaching Nirmand by the locals and the office bearers of Nirmand Volleyball Association.

Earlier, the Chief Minister dedicated the Marketing Yard (Subzi Mandi) at Nirmand constructed at a cost of rupees 2.25 crore. He also flagged off the awareness rally organized by HPSEB ltd.

Chairman HP State Marketing Board Subhash Manglet, Chairman HPSIDC Atul Sharma, Chairman Kaliash Federation Brij Lal, Member Board of Director Rajput Kalyan Board, Jansukh Thakur, Ex-MLA Tilak Raj Sharma, Pradhan local panchayat Kardar Singh were also present amongst others.