Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, virtually laid the foundation stone of the Modern Police Station at Shahpur to be constructed with an outlay of rupees five crore from Chandigarh today. Chief Minister said that he wanted to lay the foundation stone of this Police Station in person but could not reach Shahpur due to inclement weather conditions. The Chief Minister reiterated the resolve of the Government to develop Kangra district as ‘Tourism Capital’ of the State and added that to enhance the footfall of International and domestic tourists, Kangra airport would be expanded to achieve this goal.


He said that the State Government has initiated the process of land acquisition for its expansion and assured that the state government would provide government land to the displaced people whose land would be acquired in the expansion process so that no one be left homeless. He said that the expansion of Kangra Airport would bring economic prosperity in the region. He said that efforts were afoot to improve air connectivity, including the construction of a hangar for choppers in Palampur. Additionally, the government plans to allocate Rs. 70 crore for the Shahpur-Fatehpur road project and has provided funds for Rehan College. Furthermore, approval has been granted for the opening of a Police Station in Bir, he said.

The Chief Minister said that present State Government is committed to ensure balanced and uniform development of the entire State by rising above regional sentiments. He said that the State Government was working to attract investments in IT sector in the State. In ITI Shahpur, training course has been started to train drone pilots and mechanics for the desirous aspirants. Despite the state’s challenging economic condition, the Chief Minister assured that there would be no shortage of funds for development. He said that present State Government has provided old pension scheme to its employees so that they could live secure and respectable life during their old age.

Sukhu said that a Cabinet Sub-Committee, led by Agriculture Minister Prof. Chander Kumar, has been formed to pursue 7.19 percent share of Himachal Pradesh in Chandigarh. He criticized the previous BJP government for neglecting the state’s interests in various projects, particularly in power projects undertaken by SJVN. He vowed to advocate for the state’s concerns on appropriate platforms and also sought the cooperation of BJP where State’s interests were involved. “During the tenure of the previous BJP government, nothing was done in the name of investment, except draining the States resources” he said.

Agriculture Minister Prof. Chander Kumar said that the present State Government was taking various initiatives to make Himachal Pradesh a prosperous and self-reliant State. He said that various steps had been taken by the Government to strengthen the economy of the State and the Congress Government was focusing on the overall development of the State besides all promises made during the assembly elections would be fulfilled in a phased manner. Earlier, Shahpur MLA Kewal Singh Pathania thanked the Chief Minister for providing funds for the construction of the Modern Police Station at Shahpur. He said that under the leadership of Sh. Sukhu, new schemes for public welfare have been introduced in the State and this was the beginning of a new era in the history of Himachal Pradesh. On this occasion, MLAs Bhavani Singh Pathania and Malender Rajan and District Kangra Congress President Ajay Mahajan and other dignitaries were present at Shahpur.

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