Vajpayee lauds Himachal achievements


    Shimla: Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister, and veteran BJP leader, has congratulated Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, for spectacular achievements of the state in different sectors during past nine months. In a congratulatory letter written by Vajpayee to the Chief Minister, he said that Himachal Pradesh was near to his heart and he had always been sympathetic and considerate towards the developmental requirements of the state.
    Vajpayee wrote that he was very much impressed by the spectacular achievements state had attained during past nine months under the leadership of Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal and said that he had envisioned a prosperous and progressive Himachal Pradesh and the dream was being realized by the state government. He said that the initiatives taken by the state government to enhance daily wages and social security pension were the milestone in the social welfare sector providing relief to the major chunk of population of the state. He also appreciated the decision of the state government to increase reservation to women in the panchayati raj instititions to 50 percent which would ensure proportionate representation to the fairer sex and taken benefit of their vision for development of their area.
    Former Prime Minister congratulated the Chief Minister for raising issues of national importance like railway line connecting national border at Leh in Laddakh region originating from Pathankot and passing through Jogindernagar-Mandi-Kullu-Manali-Rohtang-Keylong which was strategically and otherwise also important for the nation. He also appreciated the endeavour of the state government to draw attention of the nation towards the preservation of environment and for raising the demand of carbon credits for the state for balancing the ecology in the region. He said that there were many such decisions state government had taken touching almost every section of the society.
    Vajpayee thanked the Chief Minister launching the Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna, Atal Awas Yojna for the poor and naming the Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports after him. He hoped that the state would witness more such milestones in social welfare, development and socio-economic upliftment of the weaker sections of the society in the state under the leadership of Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal.