Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the people at Udaipur in Lahaul and Spiti district today, said that the State Government has made budget provision of Rs. 136 crore during the current financial year for Lahaul-Spiti district under Tribal Area Development Programme out of which Rs. 72 crore was being spent in Lahaul area and Rs. 64 crore in Spiti area.
During his one day tour Lahaul and Spiti district, Chief Minister inaugurated and laid foundation stones of developmental projects worth about Rs 66.50 crore at Udaipur and Keylong area of the district. At Udaipur, Chief Minister performed foundation stones of 16 developmental projects of about Rs. 26 crore at Udaipur in Lahaul-Spiti district today.
Jai Ram Thakur laid foundation stones of Rs. 1.45 crore residential building of PHC Jahlam, Rs. 5 crore building of Model Career Centre Udaipur, Rs. 8.10 crore building of Government Senior Secondary School Udaipur, Rs. 45 lakh Forest Inspection Hut at Jahlam, Rs. 64 lakh augmentation work of drinking water supply scheme Triloknath, Rs. 55 lakh augmentation work of drinking water supply scheme Madgran.
Chief Minister also laid foundation stones of Rs. 2.86 crore Flow Irrigation Scheme Shansha, Rs. 1.01 crore Flow Irrigation Scheme Hinsa, Rs. 77 lakh Flow Irrigation Scheme Bara Agar, Rs. 57 lakh special repair and construction of Flow Irrigation Scheme Balgot, Rs. 1.03 crore CAD Flow Irrigation Scheme Shakoli Vardhang, Rs. 53 lakh Flow Irrigation Scheme for Rashil area, Rs. 78 lakh CAD Flow Irrigation Scheme Kishori, Rs. 66 lakh CAD Flow Irrigation Scheme Nalda and Rs. 39 lakh Flow Irrigation Scheme Arsadi Nallah. He also laid foundation stone of Rs. 93 lakh consumer service centre and Sub Divisional Office of HPSEBL at Udaipur.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Rs. 6.72 crore have been spent on providing irrigation, flood protection and drinking water facilities and Rs. 4.61 crore under sewerage and drinking water schemes in the Lahaul valley. He said that under the Jal Jeevan Mission as many as 14 residential areas have been provided drinking water facilities by spending Rs. 1.17 crore and 1470 water connections had been provided.
Chief Minister said that Rohtang tunnel has opened new vistas in tourism development in the area. He said that this project was a dream project of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee which was fulfilled by our present Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that this has provided all weather road connectivity to the landlocked hinterland. He said that the influx of tourists to Valley has been increased manifold which would help in strengthening the economy of the people. He said that sanction have been accorded for opening of 407 homestays in the valley.
Jai Ram Thakur said that this year the valley was badly affected due to unexpected floods. He said that as many as ten people lost their lives and the State Government immediately started relief and rescue operation. He said that in order to provide relief to the people affected by recent floods in Udaipur, the State Government has provided a special package of Rs 10 crore. He said that several welfare schemes such as HIMCARE, Himachal Gharini Suvidha Yojna, Sahara Yojna, Shagun Yojna, social security pension scheme etc have ensured socio-economic upliftment of the people of the State.
Chief Minister announced opening of Fire Sub Station at Udaipur, upgradation of Sub Block to full fledge Developmental Block at Udaipur, upgradation of Middle Schools Kishori and Bhujund to High Schools, opening of Veterinary Hospital at Madgran, Sub Tehsil at Jhalma, upgradation of Sub Tehsil Udaipur to Tehsil, opening of HRTC Sub Deport at Udaipur and upgradation of CHC Udaipur to Civil Hospital. He said that the victims of the flood incident in Lahaul valley would be provided compensation four time higher as given to the affected families in Kinnaur .
Chief Minister also listened to ‘Man Ki Baat’ Programme of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion.
Technical Education, Tribal Development and IT Minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda while welcoming the Chief Minister in his home constituency thanked the Chief Minister for increasing the budget under the Tribal Area Development Programme for the tribal areas of the State. He also thanked the Chief Minister for immediately providing a financial assistance of Rs 10 crore to the victims of flash flood at Udaipur. He said that Atal Tunnel has completely transformed the fate of the people of the valley. He said that efforts were being made to strengthen the communication network in the valley. He urged the Chief Minister for providing due compensation to the farmers due to recent flood. He urged the Chief Minister for providing specialist doctors in the CHC Udaipur. He also urged the Chief Minster to open HRTC Sub Depot at Udaipur.
Member Tribal Advisory Committee Shamsher Singh while welcoming the Chief Minister detailed various demands of the area. He urged the Chief Minister for Developmental Block at Udaipur.
Mandal BJP President Prem Dasi and other leaders of the area were present on the occasion.