Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal lays foundation stone of Augmentation of Lift Drinking Water Supply Scheme for Kangra town that is estimated to cost Rs. 12 crore. This will benefit about 40 thousand local and floating population of the town and meet drinking water requirement of about 65 thousand population till year 2045. He also laid foundation stone of 6 Nos. staff quarters for NGOs under General Pool, estimated to cost Rs. 55 lakh and dedicated 40 meter span prestressed concrete box girder bridge over Sukhad Khad on Kangra-Tanda road, completed at a cost of Rs. 1.90 crore today.

While addressing the public, Dhumal said that the State Government was committed to protect interest of every section of the society. He said that the Congress Government was in the habit of making announcements for political gains while the BJP Government had always pursued policies and programmes which could benefit larger sections of the society. He said that the decision taken by the Congress Government to appoint Para and PTA teachers was a decision taken in haste and assured Para and PTA teachers that their interests would be protected by his Government.

Chief Minister said that BJP Government had taken the lead in the country by reserving 50 percent seats to women in the panchayati raj institutions, which was a vital step for women empowerment. He said that it was a matter of happiness that 58 percent women had been elected in last elections held for Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State. He said that State Government was implementing various other schemes for the empowerment and welfare of women in the State.

Chief Minister said that the Tehsil headquarter announced for Nagrota Surian would be limited to the area specific only and no new patwar circle would be attached to it. He also assured residents of Kangra town of considering all their demands sympathetically.

IPH Minister Ravinder Singh Ravi said that new chapters were being added to the development history of district Kangra with every passing day of winter sojourn of Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister. He said that 8,411 drinking water supply schemes had been executed in the State and potable drinking water supply had been made available to over 90 percent population. He said that Himachal Pradesh happened to be the pioneer state where 70 litres of safe drinking water compared to 40 litres per person per day was being ensured.

Sanjay Choudhary, MLA, welcomed the Chief Minister and thanked him for dedicating various schemes in his area. He said that 13 road projects had been sanctioned during past four years. He thanked CM for setting up of NIFT for Kangra and getting reserved 25 seats for Himachali students. Kripal Parmar, former MP, Vidya Sagar former Minister, Vikram Thakur, Vice Chairman, HP state Forest Corporation, Shreshta Koundal, Chairperson, Zila Parishad, Bhagwan Dass, Vice Chairman, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank, Sanjay Sharma, Member, State Media Advisory Committee, R.S.Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, Diljeet Thakur, Superintendent of Police, other senior officers and prominent people of the area were present on the occasion.