Vijyender Sharma, Shimla–Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said the state government was proactively and aggressively allowing the approval of ‘Industry by Invitation’. The state has opened more avenues to the entrepreneurs and a day will come when we will see the Himachali products capturing the international markets with Himachal as a brand name and with a mark ‘Made in Himachal’.
He was addressing a public meeting at Parwanoo in Solan district. He said ‘Himachal Bureau of Investment’ was being established in the State for speedy clearances to new investments so that more business houses invest here. Horticulture, Industries and Agriculture were the sectors on which the economy of the state depends and these were the key indicators of the economy of any state besides for providing direct and indirect employment.
The Chief Minister said the state government was endeavouring to strengthen the education. Besides 36 government colleges, 1289 schools were opened by the government during the last three years thereby taking the strength of colleges to 110. Moreover, vocational courses had been started in many schools of the state. In order to provide state of art infrastructural and teaching facilities, ‘Mukhya Mantri Adarsh Vidyalya Yojna’, had been launched with an outlay of Rs. 30 crore for which two Senior Secondary Schools in each constituency were to be selected so that students could get used with the changing trends in education. He said that in education sector Himachal Pradesh was next to Kerela in terms of literacy.
The Chief Minister announced upgradation of Narayani, Datyar and Karol to High School and Primary School Taksal and Kamli to Middle school.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said if false cases were being made against him by the Opposition, he could surely say that the Prime Minister must not be knowing the facts or was not well aware about his cases. He said three investigating agencies were probing the one and the same case of Income Tax against him at a time, which never happened in the history of the country, but in the end the truth would prevail, he said. He said that he had never talked to the Prime Minister regarding the cases.
He said that some people criticise only for the sake of criticism. The Opposition in the state was always bent upon criticising the government for neglecting and overseeing development. He added that he wanted to question the Opposition leaders of the state that there was no development during their regime or they don’t won’t to see the it happening with open eyes. One should appreciate the good work of others, he remarked and not always try to criticize unnecessarily.
He said today, India stands as the most developed state in the world and it was against the spirit of democracy to use religion for political gains.
Vice-Chairman, State Planning Board Shri G.R Musafir, while speaking on the occasion lambasted the NDA government for failing in fulfilling the promises made to the people of the country.
Vice-Chairman State Khadi Board Shri Ramesh Chauhan thanked the Chief Minister for dedicating projects worth Rs 33 crore in Kasauli constituency. He also listed the developments of the area during the past three years of the present government regime. He urged the Chief Minister to provide adequate funds for repair and strengthening the industrial roads and for upgrading few schools of the area and blamed the sitting MLA, for not having any contribution in development of the area. He demanded funds for construction of bridge on Dhagad by-pass and LWSS for Koti in GP Jabli.
General Secretary, HPCC Shri Vinod Sultanpuri said that in terms of development, Parwanoo had always been ignored by the concerned MLA. He urged for declaring Parwanoo as sub tehsil and for amount of Rs 10 crore for upgrading the existing roads of Parwanoo and adjoining areas.
Chairman, Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Bawa Hardeep Singh also spoke on the occasion.
Chairman, Municipal Council, Parwanoo Shri Thakur Dass Sharma briefed about the activities of the MC, Parwanoo and placed the local demands.
DCC President Shri Rahul Thakur, Chairperson, State Women Welfare Commission Smt. Janeb Chandel, Ex-MLA Smt. Krishna Mohini, Chairman, Zila Parishad Shri Dharampal Chauhan, Chairman,APMC, Solan Shri Ramesh Thakur, Member, HPTDC Shri Surinder Sethi, Member, State Pollution Control Board Shri Arvind Gupta, BCC, President Parwanoo Shri Roshan Thakur, Chairman, Bhagat Urban Co-operative Bank Shri Arun Sharma, Vice-Chairperson, MC, Parwanoo, Smt. Birma Devi, Deputy Commissioner Shri Rakesh Kanwar, SP Smt. Anjum Ara were also present on the occasion.