Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has been ranked as number one in the country and has emerged as a rising star in the country by winning seven national level prestigious awards in the State of States Awards, in a survey conducted by renowned India Today Group of Newspapers, which confirmed the consistent efforts made by the State Government during past 20 months.
This was disclosed by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister while addressing an impressive public meeting at Dhalpur in Kullu after he laid foundation stone of Tribal Girls Hostel of Government Degree College Kullu to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.94 crore today.
Chief Minister said that it was a proud moment for the people of the State when record seven prizes were presented in an impressive function organized in New Delhi. The prizes were awarded to the State by the Union Finance Minister PranabMukherjee. He said that besides ranking number one in education and health, Himachal Pradesh emerged as the Fastest Mover State for best overall performance in every field in the country, overall best Macro Economy and Best Macro Economy Big State. Himachal Pradesh was adjudged as Best State for investment in the Fastest Moving Big States of the country besides the State was adjudged the leader amongst all big States in investment environment.
Prof. Dhumal congratulated the people of the State who had worked hard to bring such laurels at national level.
Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh had emerged as a role model to rest of the country in all major sectors although the State was small in the population ratio but geographical included in the big State category.
Despite various impediments in carrying the developmental activities at a faster pace, Himachal Pradesh made rapid strides, said the Chief Minister adding that the credit goes to the people of the State who cooperated with the State Government in implementation of policies and programmes and who were the real winners of the prizes. He said that it was a proud moment for the people of the State since it ranked number one among all the big and small States of the country by winning highest seven prizes of national importance. He said that the awards would further inspire the State and its people to work hard to sustain the achievements the State had attained at national level.
Prof. Dhumal appealed to the youth to help the State to check female foeticide to balance the sex ratio and bring defaulters to the notice of local authorities so that punitive action could be initiated against errant. He also appealed to the Panchayati Raj Institutions to come forward and create mass awareness about the misconception and social vice.
Chief Minister said that best Gram Panchayat in female birth ratio would be eligible for additional development grant of Rs. five lakh. Parallel sex ratio was essential for balanced society where every awakened citizen needed to contribute pro-actively.
The State Government has enacted a legislation to book the people responsible for female foeticide and any body giving information in this regard would also be suitably rewarded.
Chief Minister said that commercialization of education sector would not be permitted at any cost and best education would be made available to all at affordable fee. He added that private participation was being encouraged with a view to inculcate competition amongst all educationists so that quality education was made available to the students which could help them make their future plans successful. He assured the students that college centre and administrative building would also be constructed in college campus soon. He announced a sum of Rs. 25,000 to college students for promoting cultural activities.
Prof. Dhumal said that Rs. 18 crore were being spent on NABARD funded development projects in Kullu valley. He directed the local authorities to carry the road repair damaged due to rains. He said that Kullu valley was beautiful and all out efforts would be made to maintain its natural grandeur and ecology.
He said that the State Government was committed to strengthen the basic infrastructural facilities at village level and added that roads, education, health was the priority agenda of the State Government which was essential for sustenance of development and making living of rural masses more comfortable.
The Chief Minister underlined the need to avail benefits under ambitious Rs. 353 crore Pandit Deen Dayal Kisan Bagwan Samridhi Yojna which was bound to see change the rural economy. He said that under the scheme 80 percent subsidy would be made available to the beneficiaries.