Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Estimate Committee which is visiting various districts of the State, held a meeting of district officers at Hamirpur. Thakur Roop Singh Chairman of the Committee presided over the meeting. Urmil Thakur, Praveen Sharma and Rajesh Dharmani, Members of the Committee were also present in the meeting. Detailed discussions on Health, Education, PWD, IPH, Forest, Transport and Rural Development Sectors were held and the Committee gave its valuable suggestions on the meeting.

Addressing the officers, Thakur Roop Singh said that the development schemes should be implemented effectively and budget should be utilized properly and added that budget was not a constraint for developmental schemes. He said that 4058 people were benefitted through National Health Insurance Scheme, eight ambulances were operational under Atal Swasthya Sewa in the district and 1575 persons availed this service. He said that 256 Health Institutions were providing health services to people in the district.

Thakur Roop Singh said that Rs. 168 crore were spent under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan from 2003-2011 in the district and 527 class rooms and 241 boundary walls were constructed. The Committee directed the officers to complete the formalities for dismantling the unsafe school buildings.

He said that 132 km roads were constructed in the district during last three years and 229 panchayats, 1216 villages have been provided road connectivity. He further said that 78 new drinking water supply schemes worth Rs.24.42 crore have been started and their construction work was in different phases of completion. He said that 2730 hand pumps have been installed so for out of which 59 hand pumps were installed during the current year. He said that 3654 hectare land was provided irrigation facilities. He said that Rs. 11.84 crore and Rs. 71 lac and Rs. 1.50 crore Hamirpur town water supply scheme, Nadaunta and Bhota drinking water supply schemes have been completed whereas augmentation work at a cost of Rs. 3.50 crore on Sujanpur water supply scheme was in progress. He said that work on 7 new irrigation schemes at a cost of Rs. 3.50 crore was in progress.

Chairman said that regular inspections of kerosene depots and sweet shops before Diwali should be conducted. The Committee also discussed the progress under Mid Himalayan Project being implemented in 46 panchayats. Rajender Singh, Deputy Commissioner apprised the Committee about the progress of various developmental schemes. The Committee also visited NIT and Hotel Management Institute