CM tour programme 30 August 2016
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh being presented memento at ITBP campus, Tara Devi near Shimla on 29 August 2016.
The State Government would provide all possible assistance to the armed forces and their requests for strengthening rail, road and air infrastructure on border areas of the State which would be considered on priority in the larger interest of the Country, stated the Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh after he flagged-off the Northern Frontier Mountaineering Expedition of Indian Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force, to Mount Leo Pargial (22,222) feet at ITBP Campus in Tara Devi today.
“If army wants to have an Airfield near Indo-Tibet border somewhere in Spiti valley, we will provide them all possible assistance”, he said adding that earlier also, our Government had raised this issue with the Union Government time and again and also that of Bilaspur-Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Leh rail line”. As of now, General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) under Border Roads Organization (BRO) was maintaining the Border roads but as we have hilly terrain it becomes difficult to undertake development in comparison to adjoining China border side, where there were vast wide plateaus, said Shri Virbhadra Singh.
“In the larger interest of the Nation, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces and other parallel agencies deployed in the State on international and inter-state borders”, said Chief Minister.
Lauding the efforts of the Jawans of ITBP, the Chief Minister said that he was happy to learn that the team under the expertise and leadership of Shri Sidharth Kumar and his deputy Shri Anoop Kumar Negi also comprises of three others viz: Shri Joth Singh, Shri Pradeep Negi and Shri Devendar Singh who had scaled the Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world (8848 meters). He congratulated the team and said that besides the adventure and the challenge, it would also help the ITBP Jawans to assess their mettle and determination.
Earlier, Inspector General ITBP, Shri H.S. Goraya welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister. He also detailed about the various activities of ITBP and its contribution in the State in terms of development.
Chief Secretary Shri V.C. Pharka was also present on the occasions amongst other senior officers and jawans of ITBP.
Speaking with the media on sidelines of the function, Chief Minister said that lifting of curfew in Kashmir, was a good gesture on the part of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and an effort towards restoration of ‘Aman, Shanti and Ekta’, which I hope would soon prevail back in the valley.
He said that fencing would be done on all sides of ‘water storage tanks’ in the town and the water tanks and the fencing would be locked from outside to prevent any such activity as was in Yug’s episode. He said that efforts would be to install CCTV cameras at such places so that such incidents as was in Yug’s case, were not repeated. It was criminal negligence on the part of Municipal Corporation, Shimla, he said.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said that the State Government was taking proactive steps to set new benchmark in the development and health indicators. He was addressing the Legislators of Himachal Pradesh in the Legislators Meet towards a TB (Tuberculosis) free India organized by Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development here last evening.
He said that TB had emerged as one of the biggest challenge to the public health system in India. This disease was a major barrier for development for any country.
He said that the State Government was providing quality diagnostic and treatment services of TB care through 12 districts TB centres, 72 TB units and 190 designated microscopic centres. All Allopathic and Ayurvedic health institutions are functioning as DOT (Directly Observed Treatment) centres, providing treatment services. Near about 2 lakh TB patients had been treated and cured since 1995 under the programme, he added.
Chief Minister said that tuberculosis was a big problem and Legislators can play an important role for TB control by generating awareness, strengthening infrastructure or community engagement. State Government had recruited 41 LTs and 24 Senior Treatment Supervisors since January 2016 onwards, other vacant posts would also be filled soon, he added.
Chief Minister said that we have a great responsibility for ensuring TB control in the state. People still have lots of misconceptions about TB which was resulting in poor intake of diagnostic services, improper treatment, lack of adherence to treatment which was making the problem even bigger.
Shri Brij Bihari Lal Butail, Speaker Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha said that effective steps should be taken for generating awareness about this disease among the population.
Shri Prem Kumar Dhumal, Leader of Opposition said that elected representatives were heard and understood well by the community, so their direct engagement was now required to discuss status of disease control efforts.
Health Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur said that non adherence to anti TB treatment, incomplete and inadequate treatment of TB leads to more complicated form of TB also called Multi Drug Resistant (MDR)
MDR–TB in recent time had posed a great challenge to us. The diagnostic service for MDR- TB was now adequately available. CBNAAT was a new machine for digonosting MDR – TB. There were total 9 machines in the state out of which 8 machines had been installed since February, 2016 onwards. These machines would also be installed in remaining 3 districts soon, he added.
Smt. Viplove Thakur, MP (Vice-Chairperson, IAPPD welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries.
Shri Manmohan Sharma, Executive Secretary, IAPPD gave a brief introduction of the organization.
Shri Nand Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary presented vote of thanks.
Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Smt, Vidya Stokes, Ayurveda Minister Shri Karan Singh, Chairperson, Red Cross Society, Hospital Welfare Section, Smt. Pratibha Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, Principal Secretary Health Shri Prabodh Saxena, Mission Director NRHM, Shri Hans Raj Sharma, Director Health Services, Dr. Baldev Kumar, Physician and Doctors and other eminent person were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh listening to the grievances of people from Kinnaur district at Shimla on 26 August 2016.
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