October 21, 2017

I believe in disseminating knowledge: Virbhadra Singh

  • CM criticises BJP leaders for opposing opening of educational institutions

Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh, who was addressing a public meeting at Mamleeg in Solan constituency today, said that the politics had stooped to the ever low nowadays. He said he knew the pulse of each and every person in opposition and to create furore in the Assembly had become the habit and modus-operandi of BJP to remain in highlight and divert attention from issues of common interest, which was not good for the future of the country and the state as well.

. He said that instead of discussing the important issues, the State BJP MLAs just mark their attendance and create ‘Hungama’ in Assembly. He said that whenever someone speaks in the Assembly, people should listen to them, but it was occasionally seen that even when Prime Minister speaks in parliament, we can see MPs behaving in unruly manner.

He said that Himachal had a composite culture and the people were disciplined and adhere to decency though their language may differ, but they know how to give respect. I  have seen civilisations perishing which were ungrateful and cheated  their people, he said.

 The Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh was treading on path of development and since its formation, it was the leading state in terms of development and particularly the best big state in the field of education. As many as 122 colleges were catering to the higher educational needs of the youth of the state. The State government wanted to educate the girl child and keeping this in consideration it opened schools and colleges in far-flung areas.

“Though I am criticised by the BJP for opening schools and colleges in numbers, I want to send them a message that I believe in disseminating knowledge”, said the Chief Minister.

He said that the per capita income of the state now was Rs. 1,47,277 which speaks in volumes of the progress. We should unitedly work for socio-economic development of the state and its citizens as well, he said.

He announced upgradation of Primary School Satrol to Middle school. He said that the demand of upgradation of Police post and IPH circle in Solan would be examined before announcing the same.

He also announced a sum of Rs 10000 for promotion of art and culture for GSSS Mamleeg.

Health Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur while speaking on the occasion said that during last four and a half years, 154 Kanungo Circles were opened in the State besides 20 Tehsils and 35 Sub-Tehsils. He said that 15 Sub-Divisional Offices were opened during the present regime. 2500 Patwaris were appointed and were being provided training, he said. In health sector, 105 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) were opened, 35 PHCs were upgraded to Community Health Centres, (CHCs) and 32 CHCs were upgraded to Civil hospitals.

He said that the  development had come to a complete halt during the BJP regime. It was observed that they were still opposing opening or upgrading  of new educational institutes in the State. The BJP knows how to create hurdles in development, he said adding that colleges were opened in rural areas to facilitate the youth especially the girl child. He said that during the UPA regime 9000 Aanganwadi Kendra were opened in the state and employed 18000 women. He said that the present NDA government had ignored the interest of the state.

He said that Congress was united under the leadership of Shri Virbhadra Singh and not like BJP which was divided into three factions comprising of Union Health Minister and both former Chief Ministers Shri Prem Kumar Dhumal and Shri Shanta Kumar.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil termed Shri Virbhadra Singh as ‘Vikaas Purush’ adding that development was’ Maha Yajna’  in which everybody needs to work together  and put in equal efforts. He said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the leading state as far as old age care was concerned. The State government had enhanced the social security pension to Rs 700 from Rs 450 and a sum of rupees 1250 was being given to those above 80 years. The honorarium of Aanganwadi workers was recently enhanced to Rs 1450 from Rs 400.

He urged for opening office of Superintendent  Engineer IPH at Solan and police post at Syri.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Smt. Vidya Stokes, DCC, President, Shri Rahul  Thakur, BCC President, Shri Ajay Verma,  Chairman, APMC, Solan, Shri Ramesh Thakur,Member, BoD, HPTDC, Shri Surinder Sethi, Member, Pollution Control Board and General Secretary DCC,  Shri Arvind Gupta, Vice-Chairman, Khadi Board, Shri Ramesh Chauhan, Chairman, Jogendra Bank, Shri Mohan Mehta, Director, State Transport Authority, Shri Sardar Singh, General Secretary BCC, Shri Manoj Kunwar were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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