Tribune News Service
Shimla, January 7
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today blamed the previous Congress regime for the financial mess in the state, which has left the state under a debt burden of over Rs 50,000 crores.
To pomote water sports in Govindsagar lake
- The Chief Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 26 projects worth about Rs 210 crore at Kandraur in Bilaspur district.
- Jal Shakti subdivision at Kuthera and the upgrade of Harlog to sub tehsil also announced.
- Water sports and tourism development activities to be started in the Govindsagar Lake under an ADB project to attract tourists.
Addressing a public meeting at Kandraur in Bilaspur district today, he showered praises on national BJP chief JP Nadda, who has represented Bilaspur Sadar constituency for several years. “Bilaspur district has emerged as a pioneer district in the state due to setting up of AIIMS, credit for which goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and JP Nadda,” he stated.
He said despite the Covid pandemic, his government had taken numerous steps to strengthen the economy of the state. “The Congress leaders did nothing and to make matters worse tried to politicize this sensitive issue,” he lamented. He reminded the Congress leaders that there were only 50 ventilators in the state when the pandemic spread whereas the state now has over 1000 ventilators.
“The last four years of the BJP regime have been dedicated to the development of the state with special focus on upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden,” he remarked. He said the government soon after taking over reins of the state, lowered the age for availing benefits of old age pension, without income limit criteria, from 80 years to 70 years.
Thakur said programmes like Jan Manch, CM Helpline 1100, Sahara Yojana, Mukhya Mantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna, Himcare and Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojna have proved boon for the people of the state. Himachal Pradesh had emerged as the first state in the country to become smoke-free state having every household with LPG gas connection.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Rajinder Garg and MLA Bilaspur Sadar Subhash Thakur also addressed the gathering.