January 12, 2009 :State Government would encourage society formation in different rural activities with a view to generate income avenues at their doorsteps, 11,000 vacancies in the process of filling up in government sector and State Government to explore possibilities of para-gliding in Rajgarh valley to give boost to tourism promotion activities.
This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister while addressing the Milch Livestock Breeders Meet at Kotla Barog in Rajgarh Sub Division of district Sirmaur today after he laid foundation stone of Boys and Girls Hostels estimated to cost Rs. 20 lakh at the venue.
Chief Minister said that Yashwant-Rajgarh road would be widened and improved at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore while Rs. 2 crore to be spent on construction of link road from Karainji to Badu Saheb. He announced Rs. 63 lakh for the construction of link road from Shalmu to Badgala, Rs. 6 lakh for link road from Kwal bridge to Kotla Barog. He said that the State Government would be extending all help to the cooperative societies especially to Milk Livestock Breeders Society to set up its centre at Kotla-Barog so that required manpower was trained to meet the emerging requirements.
Prof. Dhumal said that State Government would be creating required infrastructure to help rural masses strengthen their economy by diversifying their traditional farming activities. He said that number of schemes aimed at speedy development of rural masses were under implementation all-over the State. He said that the State Government was committed to generate income generating avenues to the farming communities at their door-steps. He said that Pandit Deen Dayal Kisan Baagwan Samridhi Yojna valued at Rs. 352.98 crore had been envisioned and implementation started from 1st January, 2009 wherein 80 per cent subsidy would be made available to beneficiaries, besides modernizing the farm activities in the State.
Chief Minister said that it was during present Government that a private University was set up at Baru Saheb in district Sirmaur and one polytechnic college announced for the district. He said that first National Highway for district was sanctioned during his earlier term as Chief Minister while one more National Highway had been sanctioned for the district recently aimed at quality road infrastructure to the people of the district.
Prof. Dhumal said that rural empowerment was necessary for the overall development of the country where every rural household were self-sustained and self- reliant to meet all their requirements through their various income generating activities. He said that major chunk of the population was still dependent upon farm related activities for their livelihood and self-
sustenance. He said that rural development was the focus of all the policies and programmes of the State Government.
Chief Minister assured the people that a bridge would also be constructed over Giri river. He announced Rs. 6 lakh for hostel building at Kotla Barog and upgraded Govt. Middle School Kotla Barog to High School from coming academic session Govt. Primary School Chhakhal Dugi to be Govt. Middle School.
Chief Minister was also presented a draft of Rs. 50,000 as contribution towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund by the veterinary officers association of District Sirmaur on the occasion.
Prof. Dhumal was accorded a rousing reception by the people of district Sirmaur on his arrival especially members of Milch Livestock Breeders Society, assembled in large number from different parts of district Sirmaur and Solan at the venue and enroute from Solan to Kotla Barog.
Shri Chander Mohan, Vice President, State BJP also welcomed Chief Minister to his home district and said that the BJP Government in the State had taken landmark decisions during its first year in power. He said that enhancement in daily wages, social security pension, honorarium of PRIs representatives and various other functionaries, introduction of Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna and many more would be remembered by the people for years to come. He said that women empowerment was being ensured with 50 per cent reservation to them in PRI elections. He thanked for enhancing milk procurement rate by Rs. 2 per kg which had facilitated milk producers. He also thanked for protecting interests of residents of Sirmaur whenever he headed the State.
Dr. M.R. Verma, Chairman, Milch Livestock Breeders Society welcomed the Chief Minister and said that Society aimed at bringing about white revolution in the State in association with Milch Breeders of the State and generate employment and self- employment at their door-steps. He said that Society had enrolled 23000 members and more were being enrolled.
Dr. Rajeev Bindal, Health Minister, Smt. Sarveen Chaudhary, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Shri Hari Narayan Saini, Dr. Rajeev Saijal, Smt. Vinod Chandel, MLAs, Shri Baldev Bhandari, President, District Sirmaur BJP, Shri H.N. Kashyap, Secretary, State BJP, Shri Virender Kashyap, former Chairman, Marketing Board, Shri Keshvanand Sharma, Mandal President, Dr. Amandeep Garg, Deputy Commissioner, Solan, Shri SPS Verma, S.P., Solan, Dr. K.R. Dhiman, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Shri Pushpender Rajput, Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, Shri J.P. Singh, S.P., Sirmaur, Dr. B.C. Bist, Director, Animal Husbandry, Shri R.C. Gupta, Engineer-in Chief, HPPWD and other senior officers were present on the occasion.