The present State government has released Rs. 900 crore for the smooth implementation of the SAHARA and HIMCARE schemes, stated Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, while presiding over the MLA priority meeting attended by the legislators of Chamba, Shimla and Lahaul-Spiti districts in the final session of the meet here today. Detailed deliberations were held on the proposals as placed by the MLAs. Reiterating, that we have not come in power for enjoying the same but for ‘Vayastha Parivartan’ (Change in the system), so that the last man standing in the queue could be benefitted by the Government schemes, adding that some tough decisions have to be taken to achieve the same.
He also sought report on the techniques of anti-freeze pipes in snowfall areas and directed the Jal Shakti Department to explore the possibilities of laying anti-freeze pipes to provide water facilities to the people living in tribal and snowbound areas throughout the year. He said that the present state government was also working with grit to curb drug and mining mafia in the state. Besides strengthening the road infrastructure the government would also focus on upgrading facilities in medical and educational institutions, and fill up vacant posts in various medical colleges in the State. He also said that the Government intends to promote small hydel projects in the State, besides, drinking water schemes and parking facilities in major towns of the State. Chief Minister asked the horticulture department to submit a detailed report regarding the irregularities in the Rs 1134 crore horticulture development project funded by the World Bank. The Chief Minister also assured for setting up of CA store, particularly in the apple belts so as to benefit the horticulturalists of the State. The smart city works of Shimla will also be reviewed, as per the issue raised in the meeting. The MLAs urged for a permanent solution to the water problem in their areas and emphasized on expansion of health facilities, besides improving the condition of roads and rural infrastructure.