November 23, 2008 : Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, today launched the ambitious power saving scheme, Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna in the State providing about 16 lakh domestic consumers four CFL bulbs in replacement of equal number of incandescent bulbs free of cost and save a minimum of 70 MW power from going waste in a year and spend Rs. 80 crore over the scheme
, from Kala Kendra at Dhalpur Ground in district Kullu, by distributing the packages amongst the domestic consumers of the district, a ceremony witnessed by huge gathering from different parts of the State, after he dedicated the newly constructed impressive complex of the Regional Hospital to the people of the district, completed at a cost of Rs. 9.00 crore.
Addressing the launching ceremony Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal announced 7 percent D.A. to State employees and pensioners due from July, 2008. He said that in all 23 percent hike in the salary of the State employees had been provided by the State Government, since January, 2008, which included 10 percent IR and 13 percent DA installments to the State employees. He lauded the role of employees in implementation of policies and programmes of the State Government.
Prof. Dhumal said that every domestic consumer would be delivered four CFL bulbs within the stipulated period of time to make the Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna a grand success. He said that the entire official machinery had been pressed into service to achieve the objective and benefit the people. He said that the step aimed at providing people relief and also check the emissions of the Carbon dioxide and check the impact of global warming to check the environment. He appealed to the people to lend their cooperative hand in making all endeavours aimed at checking pollution grand success.
Chief Minister said that best efforts were made to facilitate every section of the society by envisaging various schemes, which had touched almost every section of the society. He said that 50 percent reservation to women in Panchayati Raj Institutions had ensured proportionate representation. He said that the State Government had also ensured the security of the labourers by providing them insurance cover and other benefits, whether they were working in public or private sector. He said that record 33 percent hike had been made in the daily wagers of the State from January, 2008, besides 16 percent increase to the State employees and pensioners.
Prof. Dhumal said that the State Government had got sanctioned a number of national level institutions for the State in a short span of 10 months which includes IIT and ESI Medical College and Hospital at Mandi, Central University in district Kangra, 3 IRBs, out of which one would be women IRB to be set up in district Bilaspur. He said that similarly there were many other important achievements made by the State Government during past ten months, which were record in itself in the developmental history of the State.
Chief Minister said that the State had also succeeded in getting additional benefits from Govt. of India, despite the fact that the Centre was being ruled by the UPA, political opponent of the State. He said that the matter relating to additional supply of chemical fertilizers and restoration of rice quota under Public Distribution System had also been raised at the highest level to ensure that people were provided best of the facilities at their door-steps. He said that the State Government was making all out efforts to provide best of the facilities for the people of the State.
Prof. Dhumal said that the State Government would ensure best of the relief and rehabilitation package towards the people who had contributed significantly towards the successful completion of the hydro-electric projects in the State. He said that interests and welfare of the oustees were dear to the state government, which would be protected in the best interest of the people. He said that the State Government had been making all required provisions in the agreements being signed with the project executors. Where in the interests of the oustees had been well protected. He assured the public of more benefits as the government succeeds in generating more income avenues.
Chief Minister said that a Rs. 9.00 crore modern Regional Hospital had the best of the diagnostics and treatment facilities, which would cater to the quality and specialized medical services to the people. He said that 200 doctors, 232 staff nurses had been recruited during past 10 months and process to recruit 500 more medical professionals were in progress. He said that all professionals due far promotion were also promoted in all the departments of the State Government during past 10 months and provided promotional benefits to the employees.
Smt. Asha Swaroop, Chief Secretary, welcomed the Chief Minister and said that the ambition Atal Bijli Bachat yojna would provide every of 16 lakh domestic consumers four CFL bulbs each free of cost with a view to save the bills of the domestic consumers and also save on the part of power consumption. She said that Himachal Pradesh was first State to implement such a project in the best interest of the domestic consumers of the State. She said that all out effort would be made to achieve the objective by December 25, 2008.
Dr. M.P. Sood, Secretary HPSEB, proposed vote of thanks.
Dr. Rajeev Bindal, Health Minister, Shri Khimi Ram, Deputy Speaker, H.P. Vidhan Sabha, Shri Gobind Thakur and Shri Kishori Lal Sagar, MLAs, Shri Chander Sen, former MLA, Shri Ram Singh, President, District Kullu BJP, Shri Maheshwar Singh, former M.P., Smt. Ambika Sood, Chairperson, Women Commission. Shri Jagdish Sharma, Smt. Nisha Singh, Shri S.K. Chaunah, Members HPSEB, Dr. Sulakshna Puri, Director Health Services, Smt. M. Sudha Devi, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Jagat Ram, S.P., Shri J.R. Katwal, Director, Information and Public Relations and Senior Officers of the State Government witnessed the launching ceremony.