In its 75 years of existence, Himachal Pradesh has emerged as a model state not only among hill states but also among several large states, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Tuesday.
He was addressing a public meeting at Chowvari of Bhattiat Assembly Constituency.
He said that the state has made unprecedented progress in all areas of development. He said the credit goes to the hardworking and dedicated people of HP, who have provided efficient leadership in the state from time to time.
Roads are the lifeline of development in hilly states like Himachal Pradesh and successive governments of the state have given special attention to construction of roads, Thakur said. PMGSY, launched by late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has played a major role in ensuring rural connectivity, he said, adding that nearly 50% of roads have been constructed under the scheme.
The Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh has done an excellent job in the vaccination campaign and has emerged as the first state in the country to achieve per cent coverage in first and second dose immunization.
He alleged that the previous state government had not initiated a single scheme for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the 73rd State Level Forest Festival held at Chowari by planting ‘Punica granatum’ (Dadu) sapling near the helipad.
Thakur said that the main objective of this celebration is to create awareness among the people about the importance of forests. The Chief Minister distributed the state level forest awards for the year 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Inauguration and foundation stone laying of valuable projects were completed ₹162 crores.
Earlier, addressing a public meeting at Bhale in Dalhousie Vidhan Sabha area of Chamba district, he announced the opening of a BDO office in Batri.
He blamed the Congress for the unemployment problems and said that the opposition’s Rozgar Sangharsh Yatra was just a political stunt.