Una,13,Apr: Bangana and Dhaneta would be connected through a motorable tunnel and the State Government would explore the possibilities by requisitioning the services of experts to survey the same and submit feasibility report to the State Government.This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while addressing a mammoth public meeting at Bangana, in district Una, after the laid the foundation stone of the Government Degree College, Bangana, estimated to cost Rs. 722.25 lakh, as he dedicated science block building to the students of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Dhundla, completed at a cost of Rs. 46.50 lakh and 20 meter span motorable bridge over Chhaproh Khad on Jogi Panga-Chhaproh-Busal road completed at a cost of Rs. 27 lakh to the people of the area in Kutlehar assembly segment of district Una.
Chief Minister said that the State Government was endeavouring to curtail the distances and construct tunnels wherever feasible. He said that a number of tunnels had been proposed to be constructed all over the State for which detailed survey would be conducted. He said that it would help in better road communication of the area.
Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, said that 33 K.V. Electric Sub-Station would be constructed for Bangana by spending Rs. 2.5 crore, Rs. 2.5 crore to be spent over infrastructure building in the educational institutions in Kutlehar segment. He said that adequate funds would also be made available for construction of new PHC building at Bangana would be constructed to create quality road network in the area. He said Kohdra-Totru Water Supply Scheme would be executed on priority to provide adequate water supply to the residents of the area. He said that 50 hand pumps would also be bored at different places in Kutlehar assembly segment during current financial year to ensure adequate water supply to the area. He was aware of the problems of the people of the area and effective steps would be initiated to carry development speedily in a phased manner. He announced upgradation of five educational institutions in the segment on the recommendations of local MLA.
Chief Minister said former NDA Government had surplus quantity of essential commodity and the country was exporting it to other needy countries. He said that former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee had sanctioned free ration to the deserving old aged people free of cost so that all such people were able to make their both ends meet conveniently. He said that the UPA had failed to check the increase in essential commodities as a result of wrong policy and programme of the Union leadership.
Prof. Dhumal said that common man welfare and their socio-economic upliftment was on the priority agenda of the State Government and every programme would be focused over the same. He said that agriculture sector was poised to witness revolution in coming years, since added emphasis was being laid to make agricultureviable avocation. He said that the "Soil Health Card" system would be introduced from current financial year onward to suggest the farmer of the appropriate crop suitable to be cultivated in their farms. He said that one lakh such cards would be issued after soil testing to the farmers during current financial year. He added that all the 12 lakh families would be issued the card in phased manner. Chief Minister said that 240 posts of Horticulture Officers had been created with a view to modernize the horticulture sector. He said that field officers had been directed to visit farmers and motivate farmers to adopt modern farming practices to strengthen their economy. He said that benefits to field functionaries would depend upon the performance made in the fields. He said that the agriculture and horticulture officials had been directed to visit every nook and corner in the State to give boost to agro-economic activities in the State. He said that the farm sector consisted of vast self-employment avenues, which needed to be boosted to solve the unemployment problem.
Prof. Dhumal said that the health infrastructure would be strengthened in the near future and doctors, para-medicos posts in all the health institutions in the State for which 250 posts of doctors and 1000 para-medicos had been sanctioned and the recruitment process would start soon.
Chief Minister also felicitated the people of the State on Baisakhi and Durga Ashtami festival and wished them a joyous and prosperous new Hindu year. Rs. 21,000 were donated by villagers of Charada-Makraid as contribution towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Rs. 11,000 by Krishi Sahkari Sabha, Kotla, Rs. 5100 Kutlehar Truck Union, Rs. 5100, Bangana, Govt. Senior Secondary School, 11,000 by Village Bhabobi.
Shri Virender Kanwar, Local MLA also welcomed Chief Minister to his home segment and thanked him for approving the reopening of saw mills as also lifting of ban on the export of Khair. He demanded funds for completion of water supply scheme for the area. He urged a grant of Rs. 25 lakh for the Govt. Senior Secondary School, Bangana building besides funds for other schools in the area.
Shri Manohar Lal Sharma, President, Kutlehar BJP Mandal welcomed the Chief Minister of the segment on his first visit after taking over the regime of the State for the second time.Shri Ishwar Dass Dhiman, Education Minister, Shri Satpal Singh Satti, Shri Balbir Singh, MLAs, Shri Praveen Sharma, Ex-MLA. Shri Balbir Bagga, Chairman Zila Parishad, Shri Mangat Ram, General Secretary, District Una BJP, Shri Ram Rakha Sonkhla, General Secretary, Kutlehar BJP Mandal, Shri Padam Singh Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner, Shri Gyaneshwar Singh, S.P., Shri O.P. Sharma, Director of Education, Shri N.L. Sharma, Chief Engineer, PWD and other senior officers and prominent people of the area were present.