Nagrota Bagwan legislature and Transport and Food and Civil Supplies Minister GS Bali ensuring overall development in his segment. To facilitate the more than 15,000 residents of 10 panchayats of the Changer belt of Nagrota Bagwan Assembly segment, Bali said that Govt had sanctioned a water supply scheme for which Rs 4.5 crore has been sanctioned by the government. Apart from it, to meet the drinking water scarcity in the region 60 hand pumps have been installed to relieve residents of drinking water crisis during summer this year. GS Bali said it during his tour to the Nagrota Bagwan segment.

Bali said the Food Security Ordinance would be implemented in the hill state on August 20, this year, coinciding with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary. He said Himachal Pradesh would figure among the few selected states in the country which would implement the programme urgently.

Bali said to implement this ordinance, the state government had already made all the arrangements, and departmental officers had been directed to prepare a list of people living below the poverty line (BPL) and those coming under the Antodaya Food Programme. He stated that in the last week of July, a high-level meeting would be held at in Shimla in this connection to give the final shape for the implementation of this programme.

He said the process for sugar supply tenders had been initiated and in near future all the 16.5 lakh ration card holders would be provided sugar for two months in one go.

The Transport Minister said 500 new buses would be purchased for the HRTC and the process had already started. With this, the HRTC bus service would get strengthened, especially in rural parts of the state, he added. He also lambasted at the previous BJP government and accused them for putting the HRTC to Rs 385-crore loss. He said the HRTC would take all the effective steps to bring itself out of this financial mess.