Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that a modern marketing yard (Subzi Mandi) would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 100 crore in Amb Sub Division of Una district at par with the marketing yard being constructed at Parala in district Shimla to facilitate the farmers of the area. He also directed the district administration to earmark land for constructing the marketing yard.
Chief Minister was speaking in the 92nd Raising Day Function of Kangra Central Cooperative Bank at Amb in Una district. He announced opening of a timber sale depot in the area. He said that possibilities would be explored to open Gas and Oil depot of Indian Oil Corporation at Bhanjal. He said that various posts would be filled up in the bank besides opening new branches to facilitate the consumers and added that 30 percent reservation would be provided for class IV posts.
Prof. Dhumal announced that 30 percent quota would be provided to class IV posts in the bank out of which 15 percent would be filled up by promotion and 15 percent through written examination, contract employees would be entitled to salary at par with regular employees. He said that 15 grade-II posts would be regularised next year and 80 additional posts would be filled up, 15 percent additional quota would be available for grade-IV. New branches would be opened at Dehlan, Tahliwal, Dera Baba Rudra Nand, Rakkar and Basal.
Chief Minister said that a sum of Rs. 1000 crore were being spent on Swan River Channelization Project and Rs. 600 crore would be spent under the IV phase. He said that a provision of Rs. 48.50 crore had been made to undertake channelization on the river beyond Tahliwal towards Punjab. He said that Swan river channelization was one of the top priority of the Government which was being fulfilled by the present Government.
He lauded the achievements of the bank and congratulated for winning the credibility of the consumers. He said that the bank had earned deposits worth Rs. 3811.39 crore during last year besides earning profit worth Rs. 55.84 crore.
Chief Minister released a book, describing the history of the bank authored by Prof. Chandravarkar, former MLA. He also honoured the managers of various branches of the bank for rendering yeoman service. He also honoured Bishambar Dass, local resident for providing land on lease to the bank.
Chief Minister also flagged off six Fire Tenders donated by Kangra Central Cooperative Bank. Chief Minister also listened to public grievances on the occasion.
Parveen Sharma, Vice Chairman, State Water Management Board welcomed the Chief Minister and expressed gratitude towards the Chief Minister for providing developmental projects worth Rs. 100 crore to the people of Chintpurni assembly segment. He said that Rs. 35 crores were spent on providing drinking water and irrigation facilities in the area during last four years. He also demanded opening of timber depot and constructing of Subzi Mandi at Amb.
Balbir Chaudhary, MLA Gagret said that the State had achieved great heights in development under the leadership of Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister and added that sincere efforts were made to uplift the weaker sections of the society.
R.S. Mankotia, Chairman, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank welcomed the Chief Minister. He said that 155 branches had been connected to Central Banking facility besides setting up 31 ATMs. A decision to provide credits upto Rs. 50,000 without guarantee to women for purchasing jewellery was taken by the Bank, he added. Sandeep Kumar, Managing Director of the Bank proposed vote of thanks.
Ravinder Singh Ravi, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Satpal Satti, MLA and State BJP Chief, Virender Kanwar, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Chaudhary Balbir Singh, MLA, Gagret, Praveen Sharma, Vice Chairman, State Water Management Board, R.S. Mankotia, Chairman, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank, Kripal Parmar, Vice Chairman, H.P. Marketing Board, Santosh Saini, Chairperson, HIMFED, Pradeep Sarpal, DGP, K.R. Bharati, Deputy Commissioner and prominent persons of the area were present on the occasion.