Announces sub-tehsil for Saraswati-Nagar, Fire post in Jubbal-Kothkhai
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today inaugurated marketing sub-yard at Anu in Jubbal tehsil of Shimla district. He also laid foundation stone of Phase-II marketing sub yard at Anu to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.85 crore.
While addressing a public meeting on the occasion, he announced Sub-Tehsil for Saraswati Nagar, upgradation of Primary Health Centre (PHC) Saraswati Nagar to Community Health Centre, opening of Primary Health Centres at Jharag-Nakradi and Tharola besides Health Sub Centres at Badhal and Jhagtaan. He also announced fire post to be opened in Jubbal-Kothkhai .
The Chief Minister said that constructed at a cost of RS. 2.50 crore, this marketing yard would facilitate the local farmers and horticulturalists of as many as 18 Panchayats of the area for storing and marketing their produce. He said that the marketing sub yard was situated in such a central position that it would also facilitate the farmers from neighbouring State Uttarakhand as well.
There was a need for such more marketing yards within the state, he said adding that the farmers could get a better price for their produce at their door steps instead searching for the ‘Aadtis’ (Middle men) outside or far away from their homes, thus saving time and money. This would also add to the economy of the people of the area, he added.
He exhorted the people to grow vegetables adding that the people could grow fruits and vegetables as per the climatic conditions of the area to add to their economy.
He said that after the delimitation all the areas were classified and formed for administrative convenience and everyone should favour it and work for development of that area. The responsibility rests upon local MLAs to ensure development. For me the entire Himachal Pradesh was one, he said, adding that he was fortunate enough to serve the people for such a long time.
No matter from which ever corner of the state we have been elected, the priority of elected representatives should be to ensure equitable development of all areas both while in power and serve the people and ensure their welfare, said the Chief Minister.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that today Himachal was the most developed state of the country. When it was formed, there were hardly 280 kilometres of roads in the state, but as of today there was around 37000 kilometres of road length connecting all villages and far flung areas. The State was adjudged best big State in field of education in a recent survey and this was mainly due to the effective steps taken by the state government in education sector. Today there were more than 15500 school and 124 colleges in the State, mostly opened in the far flung areas, he said.
MPP and Agriculture Minister, Shri Sujan Singh Pathania while speaking on the occasion said that the people should think twice before investing in the schemes as announced by Prime Minister. He said that the pension schemes as announced by Shri Narendra Modi for old age people were merely announced to deceive the people.
He lambasted the NDA government for rising price of crude oil and petrol. He said that the rate of crude oil was Rs 120 per barrel, but the petrol, which should have been around Rs 18 to Rs 20 per litre was now almost Rs 73 per litre. Taking a jibe he said that it was ‘Achey Din’ for BJP leaders but for the common man it had become difficult to purchase even pulses and other daily needs. He cautioned the People to stay away from the luring schemes as were being implemented by BJP.
He said that the Union government with a motive to defame Shri Virbhadra Singh and his family was initiating the probe of single case of income tax from three central investigating agencies, which clearly shows the political vendetta of BJP leaders of the state and the centre.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Rohit Thakur said that equitable development was witnessed during past four and a half years of the congress regime. It was the successive congress governments which cared for the development of the area.
He said that the Theog-Kharapathar-Hatkoti (TKH) road, which had become the main political issue was on verge of completion, rather almost complete. The BJP government had completely failed to carry out and start the work on this road. The Chief Minister made it a point that the road be refurbished, widened and opened for general public as soon as possible.
He said that the BJP leader of the area resorted to Satyagrah when the work was about to start and later when the work of this road was nearing completion, the BJP leader from the area again was again trying to politicise the issue. The road was in dilapidated condition during the regime of BJP and they just showed their concern about it but did nothing except gaining cheap publicity.
Chairman, National Agriculture Produce Marketing Board Shri Subhash Manglet, Vice-Chairman, HIMUDA, Shri Yashwant Chajta, Chairman, APMC, Shri Mahendra Stan, Member, Advisor State Marketing Board, Shri Devendar Shyam, Zila Parishad, Shri M.L Sithta, BCC President Jubbal-Kotkhai, Shri Ramesh Chauhan, Pradhan Nandpur Panchayat, Shankutla Daud were also present on the occasion amongst others.