20 pt. programme review meeting

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh directed officials to complete all developmental schemes of Irrigation and Public Health (IPH), Public Works Department (PWD) or Electricity department in a time bound manner.

While presiding over the Review meeting of 20 Point Programme at Bachat Bhawan in Shimla today, he cited experiences of Chopal area in allotting tenders to more than one contractor for few IPH schemes. He also directed to take action against those officers who would allot the work of any such single scheme to more than one contractor.

Chief Minister also expressed concern over the delay in execution of major works being implemented in the district and directs officers of IPH, PWD and Electricity Board to debar and blacklist the contractors for five years who fail to start the work for a longer period after allotment of tenders to them.

Seeking status of the water supply schemes in Chopal Constituency, Chief Minister asked the department to complete all the schemes soon. The Chief Minister said that wherever the amount had been sanctioned for construction of toilets in the schools, the construction work should be completed within two months in all such schools. Chief Minister also directs officials to ensure quality construction.

Virbhadra Singh asserted that the process of channelization of the Pabbar River may be taken up as soon as possible and essential steps would be taken to expedite the work.

The Chief Minister exhorted the people to participate voluntarily in the afforestation drive so as to increase the forest cover in the State. He urged for planting the broad leave plants and other such species so that it fulfills the need of food, fodder and fuel. He also stressed the need for maintenance of common forest paths. The Chief Minister also directed to remove the encroachments on the forest lands throughout the State.

The Chief Minister asked to complete the works on the ongoing roads and its maintenance in the district on priority.

He said that the remaining left out road construction work in the remote Dhar Chanana Panchayat in Chopal be undertaken afresh.

The Chief Minister said that issue of land be solved for construction of Samoli bypass in Rohru in Shimla district so as to facilitate the people.

He asked to take up the widening work of Rohru- Chargaon road on priority. He directed to improve Nahar-Tikkar-Baghi-Narkanda road for smooth flow of vehicular traffic. He also directed the officers for taking up the issue of Forest Clearance for roads.

The Chief Minister directed the officers of the Electricity department to replace the poles and if there was any shortage of funds, the estimate be submitted to the Government so that adequate measures may be taken. He also asked to replace electric poles and repair the transmission lines/wires from Neerath to Kharang.

The Chief Minister also invited suggestions from the Panchayat Representatives and directed the officers to complete all ongoing projects in the district within a stipulated time-period and warned of disciplinary action for delay in execution of schemes.

Taking cognizance of the complaints regarding LPG re-fills their delay in delivery in far-flung areas of Shimla district and their less weight, the Chief Minister directed the Indian Oil officers to take appropriate steps in this direction.

Earlier, the Chief Minster dedicated the Conference Hall named Rosan Hall, Disaster Management Call Centre, e-stamping Centre and National Land Record Sugam Centre which is a modernized Centre with facility of digitized cadastral (Musaavis) maps.

Vidya Stokes

Deputy Commissioner Shimla Dinesh Malhotra, while welcoming the Chief Minister said that district Shimla was contributing an amount of Rs 3500 crore annually to the States Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

He said the State had been adjudged first in implementation of 20 Point Programme and Shimla was again adjudged as the first district for the same. He also counted the development activities undertaken in various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the district.

He assured for completion of on going works on priority and sought further guidelines and direction from the Chief Minister.

Vidya Stokes, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Nand Lal and Rohit Thakur, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, Balbir Singh Verma, Anirudh Singh, Mohan Lal Bragta, MLAs, Subhash Manglet, Chairman APMC, Brij Lal Chairman Kailash Federation, Atul Sharma Vice-Chairman, HPSIDC, Harish Janartha, Vice-Chairman HPTDC, KS Khachi, President District Congress Committee (Rural), Members of Zila Parishad, Pradhans of Gram Panchayats, and Panchayat Samitis and officers of various department were present on the occasion.