Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that Rs. 1383 crore would be spent during the current year on drinking water supply and irrigation schemes in the State. He was addressing a public meeting after performing foundation stone laying ceremony of Banal Khurad Daruhi Lift Drinking Water Supply Scheme to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 87 lakh in Daruhi panchayat of Hamirpur district today. Earlier, he also inaugurated the science laboratory in Government Senior Secondary School Matahni constructed at a cost of Rs. 69 lakh.

Prof. Dhumal said that huge money had been spent on providing better drinking water facilities during last four years in Hamirpur district and added that some of the major schemes were Rs. five crore Chowki –Chabot Drinking Water Supply Scheme (DWSS), Rs. two crore Sujanpur DWSS and Rs. five crore Amal-Kachoti-Mahal DWSS. He said that work on Rs. 38 crore Badsar DWSS had been started.

Chief Minister said that Rs. 80 crore would be spent on augmentation of water supply schemes of Hamirpur and Sujanpur towns. He further said that Rs. 22 crore were being spent on Sujanpur, Nadaun and Hamirpur sewerage schemes to ensure cleanliness of these towns.

Prof. Dhumal said that State Government had accorded top priority to road, health and education sectors. He said that Atal School Uniform Scheme was an ambitious scheme launched by the State Government which was a milestone in itself. He said that the scheme, which entails an expenditure of Rs. 64 crore, aimed at providing free uniform to all students in Government schools form 1st class to 10th class and added that each student would be given stitching charges of Rs. 100. He said that as many as 9,27,205 students, 4,63,680 boys and 4,63,525 girl students would be benefitted from the scheme this year.

Smt. Urmil Thakur, local MLA detailed out the developmental milestones set during the tenure of present State Government and said that record development had been registered in road, health and education sectors.

I.D. Dhiman, Education Minister, Ravinder Singh Ravi, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Baldev Sharma, MLA, R.S. Mankotia, Chairman, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank, M.C. Parmar, Chairman, H.P. Ex-Servicemen Corporation, Vijay Pal Soharu, Member, Media Advisory Committee, Rajender Singh, Deputy Commissioner and prominent people of the area were present on the occasion among others.