10 Sep : Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, said that State Government had launched a number of ambitious schemes to expand the agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sectors so as to strengthen the rural economy and create employment avenues to rural youth at their door steps. He was talking to a deputation of people from Karsog sub-division of district Mandi, which called on him here today to express their thanks for the announcements made on the occasion of Independence Day at Karsog for the development of the area.
Chief Minister said that Rs. 353 crore Deen Dayal Kisaan Baagwan Samridhi Yojna aimed at diversified farming and yielding varieties of cash crops. Apart from this, there was a subsidy component of 80 percent for construction of poly houses, mini and micro irrigation facilities. For bamboo based poly houses, 90 percent subsidy was being given for BPL families. He said that Rs. 300 crore ‘Doodh Ganga Yojna’ aimed at giving boost to animal husbandry activities in the State by providing loan to the farmers upto Rs. 3.00 lakh in each case for purchase of high milk yielding species of cattle at nominal rate of interest. He said Rs. 442 crore ‘Organic Fertilizer Scheme’ was in the pipeline to help farmers create their own organic fertilizer plants to cultivate cash crops organically. He said that in all Rs. 1,095 crore would be spent under these three projects in next three years in the State. He said that there was a provision of Rs. 95 crore under Apple Rejuvenation Project to replace the old root stock of apple with high yielding varieties to give boost to horticultural activities in the state during current financial year. He appealed to the farming community to take benefit of such schemes and find income generating activities through their traditional farming avocation at their door steps.
Prof. Dhumal said that uniform and balanced development of the State was being ensured without any discrimination. He said that the entire state had been integrated emotionally and every village was being connected with motorable road. He said that construction of tunnels were also on the cards which would further reduce distances as well.
Chief Minister assured the deputation that their genuine demands would be considered sympathetically. He said that funds would not be any constraint to carry out developmental activities at a faster pace in Karsog areas.
Shri Hira Lal, MLA, thanked the Chief Minister for the two-day visit of the areas and announcements on Independence Day for the development of Karsog area.
Shri Mahender Singh Thakur, Transport and Urban Development Minister, Shri Tejwant Negi, MLA, Shri Vikram Thakur, Vice-Chairman, HP State Forest Corporation, Shri Ram Swaroop Sharma, Vice-Chairman, HP State Civil Supplies Corporation, Shri Pitambar Gupta, President, Karsog BJP Mandal, Shri Bhikham Ram Sharma and Shri Kesar Singh Thakur, former President, Karsog BJP Mandal and other prominent people from Karsog accompanied the deputation.