Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the Centre Government had agreed to grant assistance under National Health Mission in the ratio of 90:10. Earlier, under the scheme pattern of providing financial assistance was in the ratio of 75:25 i.e. 75 percent was being provided by the Centre Government and 25 percent was provided by State Government. Chief Minister was addressing the meetings of MLAs of Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Mandi, Chamba and Bilaspur districts to fix the priorities of annual plan for 2013-14, here today.
Chief Minister informed that the Centre Government had changed the name of National Rural Health Mission to National Health Mission so that benefit could be provided to people residing in rural as well as urban areas. He welcomed the decision of Centre Government and hoped that with this decision, people in large would be benefited under the scheme.
Virbhadra Singh said that State Government was committed for speedy and balanced development of the State and developmental works would be executed in every area without the political consideration so that overall development of the State could be ensured. He said that concerted efforts would be made for industrial expansion in the State so that educated unemployed youth could get more employment opportunities. Most of the MLAs emphasised on tourism development in their areas and he ensured that more facilities for tourism and quality infrastructure would be created so that more employment opportunities could be provided to the youth of the area. He said that possibilities to develop helipads in every tehsil of the State would be explored to provide more connectivity and get easy accessibility in the State.
Chief Minister said that State Government would review all those decisions of the previous Government in which institutions and important offices were closed down. He said that State Government was committed to provide basic education facilities at the door steps of people and as a result many schools were opened particularly in far flung areas of State during their previous regimes which were closed down by previous BJP Government.
Virbhadra Singh said that taxation process in the area of Shimla Municipal Corporation would be rationalized so that the urban people could not face any difficulty. He said that the State Government had directed all the officials of the PWD and IPH departments to complete the on-going schemes on priority and any laxity in this respect would be dealt firmly. He said that roads, irrigation and drinking water were the main focus of the MLAs priorities and concerned departments should work expeditiously on the priorities schemes. He said that the contractors engaged should be made responsible and in case of delay and use of substandard material in the construction work, they should be blacklisted.
Chief Minister said that efforts should be made to declare Pathankot-Chamba-Bharmour road as National Highway. This road was important from strategic point of view and the State Government had already made this request to the Central Government. He said that efforts would also be made that all central sponsored schemes would be funded with 90:10, so that maximum benefits and effective implementation of these schemes could be made.
Vidya Stokes, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Kaul Singh Thakur, Health Minister, Shri Prakash Chaudhary, Excise and Taxation Minister, Rajesh Dharmani and Vinay Kumar, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries also participated in the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions.
Balbir Singh Verma, MLA from Chopal constituency urged for filling up vacant posts of different categories in PWD, Health, IPH, Education and other departments. He said that separate policy should be framed for appointments in far flung areas of the State.
Anirudh Singh, MLA from Kasumpti constituency said that MLAs priority schemes should be added only after proper survey of the schemes. He demanded that school buildings should be constructed on priority basis especially the primary school buildings.
Suresh Bhardwaj, MLA from Shimla constituency thanked the Chief Minister for drafting a plan for starting Mono Rail service in Shimla city. He demanded that Anaj Mandi and Subzi Mandi should be transferred at Darnni Ka Bagicha. He also urged for underground cabling of the electricity wires.
Rohit Thakur, MLA from Jubbal Kotkhai assembly constituency urged that construction of Theog-Hatkoti road should be completed on priority basis in a time bound manner. He also demanded for construction of tunnel at Kharapathar and opening small market yards at Gumma and nearby areas. He said that anti-hail net scheme should be implemented on priority basis.
Nand Lal, MLA from Rampur assembly constituency demanded that work on Tikkar Kashapath and Taklech road should be completed on priority basis and adequate staff should be deployed in health, IPH, PWD and other departmental offices at Rampur. He also urged for opening a fruit and vegetable market at Rampur.
Mohan Lal Brakta, MLA from Rohru constituency urged that Theog-Hatkoti road should be improved on priority basis and vacancies in offices of different departments situated at Rohru should be filled at earliest. He also demanded for construction of helipad at Chirgaon.
Gobind Ram Sharma, MLA from Arki constituency urged for developing a Transport Nagar in his assembly segment. He also demanded for opening a Sub Treasury at Darlaghat and starting BCA, MBA and MCA classes in Government College, Arki.
Krishan Lal Thakur, MLA from Nalagarh assembly constituency said that work on Nalagarh to Swarghat road should be expedited and more buses should be plied in his assembly segment. He urged for completing the DPRs of various projects of IPH and PWD in his assembly segment in time bound manner. He said that rain water harvesting structures should be constructed on priority basis.
Dr. Rajiv Saijal, MLA from Kasauli assembly constituency said that building for government Degree College should be constructed at Mandodhar and water supply scheme for Gram Panchayat, Jadli should be constructed. He also demanded for opening of a polytechnic at Dharampur.
Suresh Kumar, MLA from Pachhad constituency urged that his segment should be developed as tourist destination and industries based on peach and flouriculture at Sarahan and Rajgarh should be established. He also demanded for construction of ITI building at Sarahan.
Dr. Rajiv Bindal, MLA from Nahan constituency demanded that his constituency should be developed as tourist circuit. He also demanded for setting up of ESI hospital at Kala Amb and Paonta.
Krinesh Jung, MLA from Poanta constituency urged to set up a small sugar mill in his segment. He also demanded for deploying of adequate Police staff in his segment and adjoining areas.
Baldev Singh Tomar, MLA from Shillai assembly constituency urged for strengthening the road network and increasing the number of HRTC bus routes in his segment. He also demanded that ban on limestone mining should be lifted and short permits may be granted to the people.
Mansa Ram, MLA from Karsog assembly constituency stressed on the need of strengthening road network and educational and health institutions in his segment. He said that Karsog should be developed as tourist destination. He also urged for setting up of a sewerage treatment plant and polytechnic at Karsog.
Sohan Lal, MLA from Sundernagar constituency urged that forest clearances and DPRs for different projects should be prepared in time bound manner. He demanded that construction of sewerage treatment plant at Sundernagar should be done at earliest and sufficient funds should be provided for completing and making it functional. He also demanded for strengthening the road network in his segment.
Vinod Kumar, MLA from Nachan assembly constituency urged that the process for forest clearances for different projects should be improved and simplified. He also demanded that area nearby Shikari Devi ji temple should be developed as tourist destination.
Jai Ram Thakur, MLA from Seraj assembly constituency said that DPRs of all the developmental project should be prepared in time bound manner and roads blocked due to heavy snowfall should be restored at earliest. He also demanded for opening of PWD and IPH division offices in his segment.
Anil Sharma, MLA from Mandi assembly constituency urged for providing parking facilities and fire hydrants in Mandi. He also demanded for construction of a multipurpose hall for promoting sports activities.
Inder Singh, MLA from Sarkaghat assembly constituency urged for providing lift facility, blood bank in Sarkaghat hospital besides providing adequate staff. He demanded for completing the DPRs of different developmental projects on priority basis.
Hans Raj, MLA from Churah assembly constituency demanded for providing adequate facilities at Tissa hospital. He urged for setting up of ITBP Posts in border areas of Chamba and strengthening the road network in his area.
Bal Krishan Chauhan, MLA from Chamba assembly constituency demanded for strengthening the road network in his area. He urged for providing adequate staff at zonal hospital, Chamba.
Asha Kumari, MLA from Dalhousie assembly constituency urged for restoring the backward area sub plan and providing adequate budget under it. She also demanded for re-notifying the de-notify schools and restoring SDM Office at Dalhousie. She also demanded for shifting the office of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation from Chamba to Sundla.
Vikram Singh Jaryal, MLA from Bhatiyat demanded for strengthening the road connectivity and providing adequate staff in the hospitals. He also urged for upgrading various schools in his area as it will be helpful for increasing the literacy rate in the area.
Rikhi Ram Kaundal, MLA from Jhanduta assembly constituency urged for channelization of Seer khad, Shukar khad and Siryali khad. He said that flood control programme should be strengthened. He demanded that construction of bridges at Ali khad and Baagchhal at earliest.
Bumber Thakur, MLA from Bilaspur assembly constituency urged for providing road connectivity to the villages and construction of bridges in the area. He also demanded for providing adequate staff at Bilaspur Hospital. He said that work of installation of handpumps should be expedited.
Randhir Sharma, MLA from Sri Naina Devi Ji assembly constituency urged for denotifying Sri Naina Devi Ji from sanctuary area. He also demanded for fire station at Naina Devi, plying more 108 ambulance services and early construction of ropeway from Shri Naina Devi to Shri Anandpur Sahib.
S. Roy, Chief Secretary said that MLAs priority would be given due consideration the budget and effective steps would be taken to implement these at the earliest. Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary, Finance welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries. Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Heads of Departments and other senior officers were present on the occasion.