Chief Minister urges to kill the demon of drug abuse from society
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today celebrated Vijayadashami at famous Jakhu temple by burning the effigy of Ravana, Megnadh and Kumbhakarna.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the festival symbolises victory of Good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma). Alternatively it marks a reverence for one of the aspects of goddess Durga, he added. He urged the people to work collectively to kill the demon of drug abuse from the society.
Earlier, the Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of religious museum at Jakhu temple complex to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 9 lakh. He also performed puja at the famous temple. He was honoured by the temple committee on the occasion.
Wife of the Chief Minister Dr. Sadhna Thakur, Chief Whip and MLA Narinder Bragta, Chairman MILKFED Ganesh Dutt, Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal, Mayor Municipal Corporation Shimla Kusum Sadrate, Dy. Mayor Rakesh Sharma, RSS Prant Pracharak Sanjeevan, General Secretary Child Welfare Council Payal Vaidya, Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap, SP Omapati Jamwal were present on the occasion among others.
Contributes towards CMRF
A delegation of Jhandutta Vidhan Sabha constituency led by MLA J.R. Katwal called on the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at Oak Over today and apprised him about various developmental demands of the area.
Chief Minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that all their genuine demands would be redressed.
The BJP Mandal Jhandutta also presented a Cheque of Rs. 51,000 to the Chief Minister as a contribution towards the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
Chief Minister thanked the delegation for their contribution towards the Fund and said that this contribution would go a long way in providing a relief to needy at the time of distress.
· Launches Him Pragati portal to fast track clearances and approvals of developmental projects
The State Government would organize a mega investor's conclave/meet at Dharamshala most likely in the month of February next year to showcase the Himachal Pradesh as potential investment destination for the entrepreneurs. This was disclosed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur after launching Him Pragati portal to fast track clearances and approvals of various developmental projects being effectively monitored by the Chief Minister's office.
He said that the investor's meet at Dharamshala would help in creating international and national visibility about State readiness to attract the investors. He said the state was well connected with upcoming Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Amritsar to Kolkata and five major potential state industrial corridors/hubs were situated very near to this corridor.
The Chief Minister said that this portal would ensure effective online monitoring system for fast clearance and approval of various developmental projects such as industries, tourism, power and other infrastructure projects. He The investors and potential entrepreneurs could easily login to this portal and know the status of their projects.
While reviewing the investment targets in the state, Chief Minister said that in order to attract investment in the State, a high power committee would be constituted soon under his chairmanship and a sub-committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary. The Government would also review the existing industrial promotion policies in the state to make Himachal Pradesh a favourite destination for the investors.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State had comparative advantage for investment such as good governance, investor friendly environment, ease of doing business, power surplus State and skilled and talented human resources. The State Government would showcase Himachal Pradesh as an ideal State for investors to invest in sectors such as tourism, industry, power, agro-based industry and allied activities. He said that efforts would be made to further simplify procedures for getting various approvals and sanctions.
He said that the State would focus on agro food processing sector, manufacturing sector, power, tourism and related infrastructure, IT, biotechnology and allied sectors. The thrust would be laid on interaction with CEO's of prominent corporate houses, organizing road shows at major domestic destinations like Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and Ludhiana etc.
The Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure speedy clearances of various projects lying in the pipeline. He said that targets fixed for key departments such as Industry, Power and Tourism should be achieved with in a stipulated time period. He said that although Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand shares same topographical conditions but still Uttrakhand had made tremendous progress in attracting investments.
Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Additional Chief Secretary Subhag Singh, Principal Secretary Manoj Kumar, Additional Principal Sanjay Kundu, Director, Industries Hans Raj Sharma, Director, Energy Mansi Sahay Thakur, Director Tourism Rakesh Kanwar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Ajay Kumar, Special Secretary Chief Minister D.C. Rana and other senior officers were present on the occasion among others.
The state government is committed to double the income of farmers by 2022 for which various initiatives have been taken. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today while addressing the delegation of Pachhad assembly constituency of Sirmour district led by MLA Suresh Kashyap, who had come to thank the Chief Minister for appointing Baldev Bhandari as Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board.
The Chief Minister said that the government would strengthen agriculture marketing network in the state to provide better marketing facilities to the farmers. In order to facilitate the farmers, the state government had relaxed the condition of minimum one hectare land to 2.5 bighas to register tractors being used for agriculture purpose. He said that if the owner of the tractor did not have agricultural land, he could submit affidavit regarding land in the name of his father or mother.
Jai Ram Thakur said that about 90 percent population of the state was residing in the rural areas and therefore it was essential to ensure development of these areas for overall development of the state. He said that it was for the first time that minimum support price of cereals was increased about 1.5 times by the union government.
Speaking on the occasion Agriculture Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda said that the farmers were playing a vital role in economy of the state and the government was committed to ensure their welfare.
MLA Suresh Kashyap thanked the Chief Minister for appointing Baldev Bhandari as Chairman of State Agriculture Marketing Board.
Baldev Bhandari while thanking the Chief Minister for his appointment as the Chairman said he would work with sincerity and dedication for welfare of the farming community.
Transport and Forest Minister Govind Thakur, Chairman APMC Shimla-Kinnaur Naresh Sharma, General Secretary Child Welfare Council Payal Vedya, Former MLA Baldev Tomer, Pachhad Mandal BJP President Partap Thakur were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur released the book- 'The Leadership' authored by Dr. Pramod Sharma, here today.
Appreciating the efforts of Dr. Pramod Sharma, the Chief Minister said that leadership development was must from Gram Panchayat to National level for a vibrant and prosperous society. He expressed hope that this book would surely help the young generation in developing leadership quality.
State BJP President Satpal Singh Satti, MP Virender Kashyap, Chief Whip Narender Bragta and Mayor Kusum Sadrate were also present on this occasion.
MLA and Chief Whip of the State BJP Narender Bragta will coordinate the Jan Manch programme at the Secretariat level for making it more effective and result oriented. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated this while addressing the delegation of Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly constituency here today. The delegation led by Narender Bragta had come to thank the Chief Minister for appointment of Shri Bragta as Chief Whip of State BJP with cabinet rank.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Jan Manch was one of the most important and people centric programme of the State Government which aims at redressing public grievances nearer to their homes. All the Ministers take part in these Jan Manch which was being held on first Sunday of every month. He said that Narender Bragta would coordinate the progress and development of Jan Manch at state level so that grievances of the people could redressed at the earliest.
The Chief Minister said that the state government was ensuring equitable development of all areas of the State. He has so far visited 54 constituencies of the State to ensure that each and every area gets its due in matter of development. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had always been considerate towards the developmental demands and aspirations of the State. He said that not only for development, Prime Minister has also ensured all possible help to the State at the time of natural calamities such as recent untimely snowfall in Lahaul valley, where thousands of people got stranded due to heavy and untimely snowfall. He said that the Union Government immediately provided seven helicopters to airlift the stranded people.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the Nation need a strong and vibrant leadership as was being provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He urged the people to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister so that the country could regain its old glory. He said that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, the country was poised to emerge one of the most developed nation of the world.
Chief Minister said that the State Government was committed for welfare and betterment of the apple growers of the State. He said that efforts would be made to provide all necessary infrastructures to the horticulturists to market their produce. He said that road network in the apple belt would also be strengthened.
State BJP President Satpal Singh Satti said that it was due to efforts of the every worker of the party that the present State Government came into power with thumping majority. He said that the sensitivity and concern of the Chief Minister towards the welfare of the common man could be gauged from the fact that he has constructed waiting rooms both at Oak Over and Secretariat, so that people could meet their beloved leader without inconvenience.
Member of Parliament Virender Kashyap said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always shown benevolence towards the State and has always provided liberal financial assistance to the State. He said that Narender Bragta has always worked relentlessly towards safeguarding the interests of the apple growers of the State. He said that due to the sincere efforts made by the Chief Minister, the State Government has succeeded in getting projects worth Rs 9000 crore sanctioned for the State from the Centre Government.
While thanking the Chief Minister for entrusting new responsibility on him, Narinder Bragta said that it was not only a honour for him, but also an honour for people of whole apple belt of the Shimla district. He said that the State was blessed to have an honest and committed personality as the Chief Minister of the State. He said that the present State Government was ensuring that all areas of the State get due priority in matter of development.
He said that soon after assuming the reins of the State, the Chief Minister lowered the minimum age for getting old age pension without income limit from the existing 80 years to 70 years. He said that this has benefitted over 1.30 lakh old people of the State. He also thanked the Chief Minister for taking an initiative for holding meeting of Chief Ministers of northern states at Chandigarh to chalk out a joint strategy to curb menace of drug abuse particularly amongst the younger generation. He said that Jai Ram Thakur also took an initiative to hold Meet of Chief Ministers of Himalayan States at Shimla recently to deliberate and ponder on conservation of Himalayan ecology.
Narender Bragta urged the Chief Minister for establishing a Trauma Centre in upper Shimla region keeping in view increasing number of road accidents. He assured the Chief Minister that he would work with dedication and commitment to come upto the expectation of the people of the area.
He honoured the Chief Minister by presenting a sword.
Mahasu BJP District President Ajay Shayam welcomed the Chief Minister.
Organising Secretary Pawan Rana, MLAs Balbir Verma and Vinod Kumar, Chairman State Cooperative Bank Khushi Ram Balnahta, Mayor Kusum Sadrate, State BJP Vice President Roopa Sharma, Chairman APMC Shimla-Kinnaur Naresh Sharma were present on the occasion among others.
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