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-CM lays emphasis to develop lesser known places from tourism point of view I

Also stresses for promoting local products

While delivering his concluding remarks during over 11 hours marathon conference of Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police held here today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed hope that with dedicated and committed approach, the State Government would surely meet the expectations of people of the State and people would be benefitted by the various welfare and development oriented policies and programmes of the State Government.

Jai Ram Thakur said the District Officers should lay emphasis for developing lesser known places from tourism point of view and also promote local products. He said that Himachali shawl and cap have earned world fame and have been reserved under the Handloom Protection Act by the Government of India and both these products had been patented. He said that Saran village near Heritage Village Naggar in Kullu was being developed as Craft Handloom Village. He said that under this, the Centre Government has sanctioned Rs. 118.63 lakh and State would contribute Rs 13.40 lakh.

Chief Minister said that with the inauguration of Atal Tunnel Rohtang, Lahaul-Spiti district has been opened to the tourists round the year. He felt the need for creating better facilities to tourists, including wayside amenities. He said that steps must also be taken to improve tourist infrastructure in the district, but at the same time the administration should ensure that the tourists do not litter waste, which cause harm to the environment. He said that local culture and architecture must be promoted in tourism units such as home stay etc.

Jai Ram Thakur appreciated the initiatives taken by the Sirmour district administration in making Gau Sadans and cow sanctuaries self reliant. He said that land transfer cases for various developmental projects should be expedited so that the projects could be taken in hand soon. He said that Noradhar-Churdhar could be developed from eco-tourism point of view considering the large number of inflow of tourists in the area every year.

Chief Minister said that all the SOPs must be strictly implemented in the State to check spread of the Corona pandemic. He said that DCs, SDMs and other field officers must ensure that not more than 50 persons participate in social gatherings till 15th December. He said that the officers have major role to play in realising the developmental projects visualized by the State Government. He said that all the targeted projects must be given priority. He said that steps must be taken to effectively implement flagship schemes of the State Government. He also asked the DCs to give their suggestions for the next financial year’s budget. He said that the duty assigned to the officers was an opportunity to show their worth and capability.