To enable education facility, especially to girl students, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced the opening of a Government Degree College at Ronahat in remote Laadhi area of Shillai constituency of Sirmour district today.
While addressing a public meeting at Ronahat in remote Laadhi area of Shillai constituency of Sirmaur district today, Virbhadra said the college would benefit the students of 12 panchayats of the area besides six to eight panchayats of Kupvi sub tehsil in Shimla district. He exhorted the people to donate land for the college voluntarily so that the building could come up at the earlier. He also announced starting of economics, science, and commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary School, Panog and construction of PWD Inspection Hut at Panog.
This was the second announcement of opening of a college by the Chief Minister in the district, the first being announced at Dadahu yesterday. With this announcement, the total number of colleges in Sirmaur has gone up to twelve.The CM said the opening of colleges in rural and remote areas had made a great difference in the education of girls. He said most of the government degree colleges opened in the recent past in the rural areas had an exceptionally high percentage of girl students.
He dedicated a number of irrigation and drinking water supply schemes in the area today besides laying foundation of many others.He said that 2,439 habitations were being provided both drinking and irrigation facilities in the district and 56 more habitations would be provided drinking water for which a sum of Rs 5.18 crore was being spent.
Apart from this, work on 985 drinking water schemes has been completed in the entire district out of which 720 were flow water supply schemes and 262 lift water supply schemes. As many as 3,093 hand pumps have been installed in the district including Shillai area.Vice-Chairman State Planning Board Gangu Ram Musafir blamed the NITI Aayog for ignoring the special status of the hill states adding that the state suffered a loss of Rs 2,677 crore as a result of withdrawal of special central grant for development to Himachal Pradesh. Chairman Employment Generation and Resource Mobilization Harshvardhan Chauhan said that the BJP opened just one college in the district while all the others were opened by successive Congress Governments.