North Gazette News/ Shimla
No post of teachers in schools and colleges in remote areas would remain vacant and assured for filling up the vacant posts of ministerial staff in educational institutions.This was disclosed by the Himachal Chief Minster Virbhadra Singh while the annual meeting of MLAs pertaining to finalisation of priorities for the Budget 2015-16 here today, Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh directed to pursue the cases of forest clearances on top priority so that the developmental projects did not suffer unnecessarily.
Expressing concern over the delay in forest clearances, he said the government was considering to strengthen the PWD, IPH and other departments to ensure early forest clearances. He added that the Additional Chief Secretary (Forests and Revenue) and the principal secretaries of the concerned departments would hold meetings once in a month for monitoring such cases.
While deliberating on the main issues on conclusion of the MLA priority meet, the Chief Minister stressed on early completion of DPRs and directed the PWD authorities for upkeep of roads and for maintaining the existing roads. He said that earnest efforts would be made to get adequate funds from the GoI for maintenance of national highways and roads under PMGSY.
On the priority of MLA, he assured for bus services in the areas which were lacking such facility .He said that the channelization of the rivulets, wherever required,, would be done as per demand from the concerned MLAs.
He assured for filling up posts of pump operators in IPH department. He said that tourism was vital for raising the economy of the State and to provide direct and indirect employment to the youth, thereby stress would be on developing tourism circuits and infrastructure so as to attract visitors. Besides, wherever required on essentiality, the buildings of educational institutional, health institutional including that of colleges would be constructed on priority, besides up-grading the institutions.
Virbhadra Singh said the government was committed to enhance the MLA fund for development activities and the remaining payment under MNREGA would be released.
He said that the Government would consider reorganisation of PWD/IPH/Electricity divisions and blocks on the basis of de-limitations.
A high level Backward Area Development Programme meeting would be held soon said the Chief Minister adding that a master plan would be prepared for Lahaul and Spiti district and proper liaison would be made with BRO, to take up maintenance and repair works of the roads in Lahaul Spiti.
He added, it would be ensured that 15% discharge by the Hydel Projects be mandatory adding that stress would be on creating parking facilities and installation of power transformers in far flung areas of the State to mitigate low voltage problem.
He said that many important issues were raked up in the two day MLA’s priority meets and many issues were solved by itself in the meeting and the rest of the priorities of the MLAs would be taken up accordingly in time to come.
The historical Chowgans (grounds) were the heritage properties of the State and should be maintained and protected at all cost and no commercial activities be allowed in the premises of the chowgans, he said adding that that no kiosks or shops would be allowed to encroach upon the historical Chowgans. The Chief Minister also directed for cleaning of Khajjiar lake.
The Chief Minister said he was against the practice of removal of name plates of inaugurations and foundation stones laid by any Chief Minister, Minister or MLA and necessary action would be taken against the culprits if found indulging in such practice.
The Chief Minister also directed for expansion of combined office building at Jaisinghpur and directed that this building should also house the office of SDM, Tehsildar and other offices after re-designing the same.
The Chief Minister directed for completion of irrigation schemes in Kangra assembly segment and said that all irrigation and drinking water supply schemes all over the State should be maintained, repaired wherever necessary and also directed to expedite work on new irrigation and drinking water schemes.
He thanked the MLAs to participate in the meeting and for their valuable suggestions in formulation of the Budget plan 2015-16.
MLAs from Kangra, Lahaul & Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Una and Hamirpur districts participated in the meeting.
Transport Minister G.S Bali, Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, Urban Development Minister, Sudhir Sharma, Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Jagat Singh Negi, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Inder Dutt Lakhanpal and Jagjeevan Pal, Chairman State Finance Commission, Kuldeep Kumar, Deputy Chairman Planning Board, Gangu Ram Musafir, Chief Secretary P.Mitra, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and heads of various departments and other senior officers were present on the occasion,
Principal Secretary Finance Dr. Shrikant Baldi conducted the proceedings
MLA from Nurpur assembly constituency Ajay Mahajan, thanked the Chief Minister for announcing Trauma Centre at Nurpur and urged for setting up the same at the earliest. He also urged for the up-gradation of Gau-Sadan at Khajjian and for erecting Martyrs gate as a mark of respect to the War Martyrs. He also requested for speeding up the work on Phinna Singh Irrigation Water Supply Scheme and additional funds for the Nurpur sewerage scheme.
MLA from Jaswan Pragpur Bikram Singh urged for early completion/maintenance of Chintpurni-Talwara road. He also demanded opening of college and channelization of various rivulets in his home segment.
MLA from Jawalamukhi segment Sanjay Rattan, thanked for announcing various schemes for Changar area. He urged that the PWD, IPH and electric division which were shifted due to de-limitation be restored in the assembly segment. He urged for Block Education Primary Office (BEPO) at Jawalamukhi and PHC in Balihar and Changar area.
MLA from Jaisinghpur Yadvinder Goma thanked the Chief Minister for announcing two sub-tehsils in his assembly segment. He demanded completion of pending roads and bridges. He also urged for widening of Harsipattan road and construction of PHC building at Lambagaon. Goma urged for early completion of science block building and existing building of Jaisinghpur college.
MLA from Kangra segment Pawan Kajal, thanked the Chief Minister for fulfilling all the demands he placed in the last planning meet. He urged for construction of multi-storyed parking for the devotees in Kangra and for completion of sewerage scheme. He also requested for completion and starting of Lift irrigation water supply schemes.
MLA from Shahpur assembly constituency Sarveen Chaudhary requested for maintenance of roads and bridges. She also urged for completion of Kalru bridge and starting of irrigation schemes in her assembly segment on priority.
MLA from Baijnath Kishori Lal, urged for more road connectivity in the area and overhead bridges at Majherena and Khundli. He also urged for linking of remote roads with Baijnath PWD division and additional drinking water supply schemes for Baijnath and Paprola towns. He also demanded fire station for Baijnath.
DISTRICT LAHAUL & SPITI
MLA from Lahaul & Spiti segment Ravi Thakur expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for accepting maximum demands of the tribal region of Lahaul and Spiti. He urged for prompt service of chopper in the tribal belt of lahaul and spiti and early completion of electric lay-wires in the region. He also urged for improvement of BRO roads and laying electric LT line through Rohtang tunnel. He urged for early completion of Mudh and Tangti bridges in Pin Valley.
MLA from Churah, Hans Raj thanked the Chief Minister for inaugurating and laying foundation stones of various development projects in Churah on his recent visit to Chamba. He urged for improving/maintaining of Tissa-Chamba road besides link roads and filling up the vacant posts of teachers. He also demanded opening ITI in Bhanjraru.
MLA from Chamba, Bal Krishan Chauhan requested for construction of road to Dharmani village in Baiely Panchayat on priority and school building at Dharmani. He also urged for lift drinking water scheme for Kehla Panchayat besides construction/metalling of Parihar-Naghuin-Cheelbangla and Kolhdi to Talai road. He thanked the Chief Minister for providing lift irrigation water scheme for Lagga.
MLA from Bhattiyat, Bikram Singh Jaryal, urged for completion of Sanjhi-Nullah to Dohra Bangla road and maintenance and construction of other link roads besides construction of bridge over Dehar Khud in Jolna. He also requested for opening op PHCs in Chuhn-Mail and up-gradation of PHC Samot.
MLA, Gagret, Rakesh Kalia, thanked the Chief Minister for Rs 922 crore Swan Channelisation project in the district. He urged for taking up the matter with GoI for double laning of Daulatpur-Ispur road and also Nangal-Mubrakpur road.
MLA from Una, Satpal Singh Satti urged for completion/metalling/tarring of the roads and also demanded additional funds for the senior secondary school building (girls) Una and for construction of building for ITI in Santoshgarh and also demanded speeding up the work and funds for BDO office at Una.
MLA from Bhoranj, Ishwar Dass Dhiman urged for completion of channelization of Seer Khud so as to reclaim the land for agriculture use by the farmers. He also demanded electric sub station at Jahu to solve low voltage problem of the area. He also requested for release of funds for the stadium of college at Bhoranj.
MLA, Sujanpur, Narendar Thakur urged for filling up of posts of doctors and para-medical staff in his assembly segment. He sought remaining relief for the rain affected people of the area and demanded a bus stand and Sujanpur and a coaching academy or sports hostel in Sujanpur Tihra.
MLA, Nadaun, Vijay Agnihotri urged for completion of link roads and bridges at Tarkedi-Bhumal and Pansai. He also urged for health centres at Rail and Sudogh and construction of check dams and channelization of Mann Khud.