Shimla, January 17
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today said that an outlay of Rs 12,638 crore had been proposed under the development budget for the financial year 2022-23.
“It is due to effective financial management and resource allocation that the government has been able to ensure the welfare of people in the past four years,” he said while presiding over a meeting organised to finalise priorities for the budget 2022-23 with the MLAs of Solan, Bilaspur, Mandi, Sirmaur, Una, Hamirpur and Kullu districts.
The Chief Minister said that the previous Congress government had approved 779 MLA priority schemes worth Rs 3,200.34 crore through NABARD, while in the four years of his regime, 825 MLA priority schemes worth Rs 3,347.20 crore had been cleared. He added that while the previous Congress regime had provided Rs 2,363.80 crore for the implementation of the MLA priority schemes, the present government had made a provision of Rs 3,183.37 crore for them.
Thakur said that the government had initiated several programmes to make development of the state more inclusive and holistic. “My government has given top priority to strengthening health infrastructure and now there are 1,014 ventilators in the state compared to only 50 two years ago,” he added.
He said that under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, 4.26 lakh families had been registered and 1.20 lakh people had been provided free treatment worth Rs 145 crore. He added that under the Chief Minister’s HIMCARE Yojana, 5.13 lakh families had been registered and 2.20 lakh families had been provided financial benefits of about Rs 200 crore.
He said that under the Ujjwala Yojana of the Central Government and the Grihini Suvidha Yojana of the state government more than 4.69 lakh families had been provided with free gas connections worth Rs 141.71 crore. He added that under the Jal Jeevan Mission of the Central Government, 8.23 lakh households had been provided with the tap water facility in the state and a timeline had been fixed to achieve the target of covering all households by June.