The hill state Himachal Pradesh has been witness of unprecedented growth and development during last three and a half years as the state government has not only given responsible and transparent governance but has also ensured uniform and speedy development of all areas. With the consistent efforts of the Virbhadra Singh government, Himachal is forging ahead on the path of sustainable development and has emerged a frontrunner in education, health, social services, women empowerment, environment protection, employment generation, macro-economy and capital investment leading to vast improvement in socio-economic standard of the people.
The state has laid strong foundations in social sectors like education, health, transportation to create self-sufficient local society other than 100 percent electricity and tapped water to all household. The special emphasis has been given to address development at micro level/village level and keep macro planning in-sight with focus to make Himachal as self sufficient, self reliant model governed state.
In the education sector, Himachal Pradesh has emerged as role model for the other states as the literacy rate has reached to 88 percent and net enrolment ratio in respect of elementary education has almost reached 100 percent. Now, the state is poised to achieve universal access to secondary education by 2017 as per the target. The present government has opened more than one thousand new schools and 29 degree colleges in rural areas to provide qualitative education facility to the students especially the girl child, near to their homes. Besides, 21 ITI's and two Engineering colleges were also opened during this period.
Health is amongst the top three priority sectors of the State Government. More than 135 health institutes were opened or upgraded during this period besides filling up 60 posts of specialist doctors and 550 General Duty Officers. The tele-stroke management programme has been started in the state for the first time on pilot basis in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi.
IGMC Shimla and Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda are being developed as super specialty medical institutes and three new medical colleges and one AIIMS are also being opened soon in the State.
The state is buzzing with the industrial activities and to attract industrial investment, ‘Industry by Invitation’ has been the motto of the government. To fast track the process of according time-bound approval to industrial proposals, the Government has introduced a common application for seeking approval of setting up industries in the State. The approvals are being given within a period of 45 days from the date of receipt of application form.
As many as 247 industrial units with investment of around Rs. 12,572 crore have been approved in the state during this period which would provide employment opportunities to 24,760 youth.
Today, the state has a road network of 36,759 kms and 1415 kms new roads and 134 bridges were constructed during last three years. 255 villages were provided road connectivity during last three years.
The government is spending Rs. 996 crore as subsidy for providing electricity at subsidized rates to the domestic consumers whereas a provision of Rs. 410 crore has been during this financial year to provide subsidy on power to the agriculture and domestic consumers. Besides, 10 LED bulbs have been distributed to the domestic consumers and 15 to non-domestic consumers at subsidized rates.
Various steps have been initiated to boost the agriculture and horticulture sectors which are the mainstay of the people of the state. Rs. 321 crore Himachal Pradesh Crop Diversification project is being implemented with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency for ensuring crop diversification by providing the farmers the irrigation facilities and link roads up to their fields, promoting organic produce besides vegetable production and marketing through self help groups, for which they are provided technical know how.
The state has also implemented Rs. 111.19 crore 'Dr. Y.S. Parmar Farmers Self Employment Scheme' for crop diversification, production of off season vegetables, development of infrastructural facilities, construction of poly-houses and small irrigation schemes. The Farmers are being provided 85 percent subsidy on Poly-houses, drip irrigation units and sprinklers.
The state government has enhanced the social security pension to Rs. 650 per month and the persons aged above 80 years are being provided pension at the rate of Rs. 1100 per month.
To provide food security, 37 lakh people have been brought under Rajiv Gnadhi Ann Yojana. They are being provided wheat at the rate of Rs. 2 per kg and Rice at the rate of Rs. 3 per kg. All BPL families are being provided 35 kgs of ration at subsidized rates.
The daily wages have been enhanced from Rs. 150 to Rs. 200 and the housing subsidy for the poor people has also been increased from Rs. 48,500 to Rs. 75,000. The illegible houseless persons are being provided 2 biswas of land in urban areas and 3 biswas in rural areas for construction of house.