Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal claimed that Rs. 57.88 crore were spent on various drinking water supply and irrigation schemes in district Hamirpur during current financial year. Cm claimed it while addressing public meeting at Nara, in district Hamirpur, on the first day of his two-day winter sojourn to the district. During his visit, Chief Minister also dedicated newly constructed motorable bridge over Nara-Galot road, that was completed at a cost of Rs. 1.52 crore to the people of the area and Science Block constructed at a cost of Rs. 62.68 lakh in Government Senior Secondary School, Nalti, today. He said that efforts were afoot to link Baba Balak Nath shrine with ropeway. He said that the Government has also planned to construct Dhaneta Bangana tunnel.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that 6535 reference were received in the CM office from people from Hamirpur district which were sent to the District Administration for taking appropriate action. He said that out of these, action has been taken on 5609. He said that out of 2,996 complaints received under e-samadhan 2,892 had been disposed off and out of 1724 requests received by DC office, action on 1,622 had been taken.

Chief Minister said that Rs. 2.26 crore would be spent on construction of irrigation schemes for the Brahladi, Nalti and Nara area. He said that a check dam would be constructed at Daknal Nallah. He also assured funds for Mahila Mandal Bhawan and sanctioned Rs. 2 lakh for link road construction from Nara to Nalvi. He said that veterinary dispensary would soon be made functional in Nara panchayat on priority; Rs. 2 lakh sanctioned for construction of link road Changar to Badi.

Dhumal appealed to the people to refrain from use of plastic and polythene carry bags so that Himachal Pradesh could emerge a role model in the country. He said that Asian Development Bank was likely to sanction a loan of Rs. 1,000 crore for sustainable development in the State. He also appealed to the people to guide targeted groups to take benefit of the various schemes being implemented by the State Government so that they were helped to rise above poverty line.

During his speech Dhumal said that the State Government was providing best of the incentives to motivate girls to come forward and become partner in the development of the State. He appealed people to have a close watch on female foeticide which was a social vice. He said that expectant mothers tracking scheme had been launched to look after the health care of the prospective mothers who were being provided free treatment including pregnancy related tests. He said that HP was leading in reduction of infant mortality rate in the country since the rate of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) had come down from 45 to 40 per thousand in the country.

Chief Minister said that the achievements of the BJP government in the State during past four years were spectacular and urged people to take these to the masses so that they could take benefits of various schemes of the Government. He said that the former Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee had remained a popular Prime Minister of the country who had thought of developing rural areas. He said that Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna of Rs. 60,000 crore to connect every village with motorable road was also started by him. He said that the state government had launched various schemes which included Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna by spending Rs. 65 crore under which four CFL bulbs were given free of cost to 16.5 lakh domestic consumers; Atal Awas Yojna under which Rs. 48,500 assistance was being given to construct shelter to the deserving poor; Atal Swasthya Seva Yojna under which ambulance service was being given free in serious illness and emergency.

Harish Sharma, General Secretary, Hamirpur BJP Mandal presented a draft of Rs. 5,100 to the Chief Minister as contribution towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Chief Minister also listened to the public grievances after the public meeting and passed necessary directions to the concerned authorities present on the occasion to deliver relief to the aggrieved parties on priority. Ishwar Dass Dhiman, Education Minister, thanked Chief Minister for allotting 19 percent of the State Budget on education sector by earmarking 3165 crore for current financial year and spending record Rs. 9,891 crore during past four years in the State. He said that compared to 3,386 jobs provided by Congress during its preceding regime, 14,000 youth had already been recruited and process to recruit 6,000 more was nearing completion in education sector alone. He said that school enrolment had reached 99.7 percent to schools, drop out reduced to 3 per thousand which was unparrell achievement. He said that Himachal pioneered school management committees and advisory committees to revolutionise the education sector with local participation.

Anurag Thakur, MP Lok Sabha and National President, BJYM, congratulated CM for winning record awards for the State and appreciated the policy of the State to provide subsidized essential commodities to every ration card older in the State, increase daily wages, social security pension, enhance SC Sub Plan provisions to 25 percent thereby benefiting the most vulnerable sections of the society. He said that State was fast emerging a hub of quality vocational educational institutions to equip educated youth with employable skills. He lauded the recent decision of the State Government to provide free uniform to school children.

Urmil Thakur, MLA, welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries to her home segment to dedicate developmental milestones to the public. She thanked CM for sanctioning mettling of approach roads to the new bridge. She said that renewed momentum had been given to the pace of development during past four years of BJP regime. She said that all pending works in the area had been completed and dedicated to the public. She said that BJP had carried development by rising above political considerations and ensured overall development of all sections of the society. Sulochna Devi, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat, Nara, welcomed the Chief Minister, and thanked him for dedicating bridge to the people of the panchayat. Pyare Lal Sharma, Chairman, APMC and State President, BJP Kisan Morcha, Shri R.S.Mankotia, Chairman, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank, Des Raj Sharma, President, District Hamirpur BJP, Narender Atri, President, State Yuva Janta Morcha, Anil Thakur, General Secretary, District Hamirpur BJP, other office bearers of the party, Sarla Sharma, Chairperson, Zila Parishad, Adarsh Kant, BJP Mandal President, Rajender Singh, DC, Kuldeep Sharma, SP, Dr. Burathoki, Additional Director of Education, B.T.Negi, Chief Engineer, PWD, Ashok Sridhar, Chief Engineer, IPH, senior officers were present among others on the occasion.