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  • MLAs priority meeting held for proposed annual budget
  • CM presides over priority meetings with MLAs of Una, Hamirpur, Sirmaur and Kullu districts
  • CMs benevolence at its best
  • CM releases Calendar of 'Desh Dinesh Media'
  • Good Governance, a hallmark of Good Government: CM
  • Will resolve the truck union impasse amicably: CM
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  • Will resolve the truck union impasse amicably: CM

    Urges Bilaspur legislators to participate in meeting 

    To resolve the deadlock over freight charges between the Cement Company and Truck operator Unions, Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has urged all the legislators of Bilaspur district to participate in the meeting to be held on 3rd February, 2023 at 4 PM in his office.

    Earlier, Chief Minister held detailed discussions with the representatives of both Darlaghat Truck Operators and ACC Barmana Truck Operators Union late on Wednesday evening, and asked them to consult all the stakeholders to reach a common consensus on freight rates and submit a proposal to the government. The operator unions sought two days time to place their proposal before the state government after consultations with all the stakeholders.

    He said that the Government was making concerted efforts to resolve the stalemate amicably at the earliest. The truck operators lauded the efforts being initiated by the state Government and expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for prioritizing to resolve the issue pertaining to both the parties. 

    Industries Minister, Harshwardhan Chauhan, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Sanjay Awasthi, MLAs Rajesh Dharmani, Inder Dutt Lakhanpal, Principal Secretary Transport, R.D. Nazeem, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Bharat Khera, Director Food and Supplies, Department K.C. Chaman, Director Industries, Rakesh Prajapati, Director Transport, Anupam Kashyap and representatives of both the truck operators Union were present in the meeting.



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  • Good Governance, a hallmark of Good Government: CM

    Good Governance is a hallmark for Good Government which opts working with good intentions to serve the people said the Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, while chairing first session of the MLA priority meeting, on the second day with MLAs of Kangra district here today.

    He said that the priorities of all the MLAs decide the path of the development and so as the direction of the budget. The MLAs should also come with a solution rather than more demands and suggestions. All the legislators should propose their plans according and assist in providing good governance for welfare of the people at large. The present government is working with a motive to effectively redress public grievances and provide efficient, accountable and transparent administration, said the Chief Minister.

    During interaction with the legislators of Kangra district, the Chief Minister sought more suggestions from MLAs for making Himachal, a more Greener and Cleaner State as the government has fixed this target to be accomplished by 2025. The State transport department will soon be equipped with the electric vehicles replacing the existing ones in a phased manner. He said that all government vehicles would be replaced by electric vehicles within the next one year and limited permissions would be given at the Chief Secretary level for purchase of diesel vehicles, only as per the requirement.

    So far 110 sites have been identified for setting up electric vehicle Charging stations and in addition 700 government buildings.

    In the first session on the second day of the MLA priority meeting, the MLAs of Kangra and Kinnaur districts proposed plans for the development of their areas, which was presided over by the Chief Minister. He said that the legislators should give other suggestions along with the problems and plans of their area and the government would consider them.

    He said that the cooperation of all parties is needed for the change in the system and in this direction the government will take some tough decisions in the coming time.

    The Chief Minister said that Kangra would be developed as Tourism Capital of the State and urged for developing infrastructure for tourism circuit here. Efforts would be made to develop Indora and Nurpur for religious tourism. Officers were directed to prepare an action plan to enhance the facilities for the devotees at Jwalaji Temple with the help of Asian Development Bank (ADB). Himani Chamunda ropeway, developing Naddi from tourism point of view, to provide more tourist attractions at Pong Dam and start water sports activities on large scale besides providing training to local youth will also open avenues of indirect employment to them.  

     He also directed for strictly dealing with drug mafia, in the districts having inter-state borders, besides conducting special raids adjoining the State boundary with Punjab and other States.  He said that all the developmental projects will be completed by fixing the timeline. He said that the present government is working to strengthen the health facilities.

    The Chief Minister said that water schemes are being affected the most due to mining, to deal with which the departmental officers should prepare a blueprint and if the water scheme gets damaged, it should be immediately taken care of besides there was also a provision of FIR against those indulging in mischief and damaging the government property. 

     He said that the instructions have been issued for fixing the responsibilities of the user department, DFO and Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts for taking up cases requiring forest clearance.

    The government is working for formulating a policy for water tax on mini and micro hydro projects. The Government will also initiate measures to channelize rivulets in Jaisinghpur area, so as not much damage is caused due to floods.  He also instructed the Jal Shakti Department to construct check dams at other places. The Chief Minister directed the concerned deputy commissioners to come up with a proposal of rejuvenating water bodies under the Mission Amrit Sarovar

    Adequate measures were being taken to strengthen and modernize the health infrastructure in the State. The Hospitals and other health Institutions will be upgraded with modern equipments.   He said that robotic surgery would be started in major hospitals of the state.

    The Chief Minster also stressed for strengthening of the existing educational institutions and said that the State Government has already decided for opening Rajiv Gandhi Day Boarding Schools in all assembly segments equipped with modern technology.

     In the discussion related to the delay in the projects of various departments, the Chief Minister said that the state government would set a time limit for the completion of the works and the date of completion of the work will also be fixed as soon as the tender is floated for the same.  


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  • CM releases Calendar of 'Desh Dinesh Media'

    Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu released a Calendar of 'Desh Dinesh Media' on their 2nd anniversary at Peterhof today.

    The Chief Minister while appreciating the efforts of the media house hoped that it would continue its work of keeping the people informed about the welfare and developmental schemes of the Government at every level.

    Prior to the release of calendar, the Editor, Dinesh Pundir honoured the Chief Minister with a shawl and Memento.


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  • CM presides over priority meetings with MLAs of Una, Hamirpur, Sirmaur and Kullu districts

    Quality education is in the priority list of the State Government and directed the officers concerned, to submit a report regarding the sitting arrangements and the present condition of school buildings, right from 1st to 12th standard by 15th February, 2023 while presiding over the MLAs priority meeting for the proposed annual budget plan here today, Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu held meetings with the legislators of Una, Hamirpur, Sirmaur and Kullu on the first day. 


    District Una

    MLA, Gagret, Chaitanya Sharma said that there was a grave need of sewerage scheme in Mubarakpur. He also urged to install 50 mini tube wells in a faced manner and proposed the construction of four roads and two flyovers in the area. He apprised that land acquisition has been started for the construction of schools and two places has been finalized for installing charging stations for electrical vehicles.

    Apart from this MLA, Sadar, Satpal Singh Satti for speeding up the process of Administrative Approvals and Expenditure Sanctions. He congratulated Sh. Sukhu for assuming the office of Chief Minister and said that with collaborated efforts of all,  the State will tread ahead on the path of development. 

    MLA, Kutlehar, Devender Bhutto also shared his views and raised demands and issues pertaining to the developmental aspects.


    District Hamirpur

    MLA, Badsar, Inder Dutt Lakhanpal urged for constructing a bus stand at Badsar, and for adequate finances for refurbishing the school buildings and the existing schemes of Jal Shakti department  in his area.


    MLA Sujanpur, Rajender Rana said that less amount has been spent under NABARD in his constituency. He said that DPR's of seven Roads has been prepared but the amount is not being sanctioned by the NABARD. He urged to release the amount to the earliest.

    MLA, Bhoranj, Suresh Kumar placed a proposal of 24 hour water supply scheme for the area. He urged to increase the limit of Rs. 150 crore for the developmental works under NABARD.

     MLA, Ashish Sharma from Hamirpur, advocated for setting up a veterinary institute at Taal, assuring that the land was available for the same with Animal husbandry department. He also urged for sewerage scheme at Anu.

    District Kullu

    MLA, Manali, Bhuvneshwar Gaur, stressed the need for adequate parking facilities in Manali and nearby tourists' destinations. He also raised various development issues pertaining to his area.

    MLA, Banjar Surinder Shouri urged for developing the virgin destinations for giving boost to eco-tourism and raised his concern over haphazard construction at famous tourists' destinations.

    MLA, Anni, Lokendar Kumar urged for construction of a Bagha Sarahan to Badhaan tunnel near Pachleu Jot and also raised the issue of staff and lab facility at  Ani hospital.


    District Sirmaur

    MLA, Pachhad, Reena Kashyap while congratulating the Sh. Sukhu  for assuming the office of Chief Minister asked for constructing  a rope-way for famous religious destination, Churdhaar, a birth place of Shirgul devta from tourism point of view.

    MLA, Nahan, Ajay Solanki, raised the issue of construction of medical college Nahan at snail's pace and parking and alternate road for Nahan town. He also urged for providing land to the landless and to tighten the noose against drug pedlars adjoining border areas.

    MLA Renuka, Vinay Kumar advocated for providing additional facilities to promote religious tourism in his assembly segment. He also suggested for a ropeway at Nauradhaar or Haripurdhar.

    MLA, Paonta Sahib, Sukh Ram Chaudhary asked for construction of approach road of the bridge connecting Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh.




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  • MLAs priority meeting held for proposed annual budget

      For making the state financially strong, unnecessary expenses have to be curtailed by taking some stringent measures and the legislators should also keep in mind the future challenges and place the developmental priorities accordingly to give shape to the proposed annual estimated budget plans of Rs. 9523.82 crore for the year 2023-24, said Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, while presiding over the MLAs priority meeting here today.  He said that the need of the hour was to maintain financial discipline in letter and spirit.

    "We have inherited the debt burden of Rs. 75000 crore from the previous Government, besides liabilities of around Rs. 11000 crore and I hope, that the suggestions and deliberations, on this platform will revolve around the present financial situation of the State and further help deciding the future course of action to ensure equitable development with the available resources", said the Chief Minister.

    For developing Himachal as a Green State, and reducing carbon emission, a special policy was being made for running electrical vehicles in a phased manner in the State. Special focus was being laid to develop tourism in a big way by providing wayside amenities, electric charging stations, security etc to the visitors, said the CM. The upcoming budget of the government will decide the fiscal directions of next five years, on which the schemes of the government would be targeted.

    He reiterated that the present State Government was aiming to provide transparent and accountable administration to the people by implementing zero tolerance towards corruption. Redressing the grievances of the people in a time bound manner will be the utmost priority of government.

    He also said that a time limit of seven days has been fixed for notifying the tenders and it will be ensured that they were further awarded within 20 days. He asked NABARD to sanction the amount as per Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted.

    Directions were issued to the officers of PWD and Jal Shakti departments to fruitfully utilise the remaining budget of Rs. 962 crore of financial year 2022-23 and asked to submit the reimbursement claims to NABARD office before 15th March, 2023.

    He directed the administrative secretaries, Heads of the Departments and Deputy Commissioners to be generous towards the grievances of the people and also take action to resolve the demands and complaints raised by legislators.  

    He also directed for time bound disposal of the formalities like DPRs, timely forest clearances etc as proposed by the MLAs. He said that the concerned Deputy Commissioners and concerned departments will also review the priorities at their level every month and submit the report to the Government.

    Earlier, Finance Secretary, Akshay Sood welcomed the Chief Minister, the Ministers and the MLAs on the occasion.

    Industries Minister Harshwardhan Chauhan, Public Works Minister Vikramaditya Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sunder Thakur, Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena, other Secretaries and Deputy Commissioners of concerned districts and senior officers of the State Government were also present in the meeting.



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  • CM terms Union budget as an artful trickery

              Lacks addressing Unemployment and inflation issues

    Chief Minister, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that the Union Budget 2023-24 presented by the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament today was disappointing and contrary to the expectation of the common masses. He proclaimed that the budget was a mere artful trickery to achieve the desired ends.  There is nothing in this budget for any section of the society viz:  middle class, poor, youth and farmers. He said that nothing has been said in the budget to control rising inflation and unemployment and this budget was completely disappointing and anti-commoner.

    Chief Minster said that the people were still waiting for the 'Achhe Din' as lured by the BJP in 2014. The Union Government has lost its only opportunity to fulfill their announcements as per the promises before the Lok Sabha elections, to be held in 2024. The budget lacks the vision on employment sector and no reasonable thinking has been made in this direction. There is no mention of urban employment and for farmers expect, raising their loan limit, which will push them more into debt burden.  There was no announcement for subsidies on the farming tools or fertilizers, stated the Chief Minister. Apart from this there was no addition on MNREGA allocation thereby completely ignoring the rural employment avenues.

    Nothing has been projected for the State in the Union Budget, 2023-24, there is no allocation for expansion of the rail infrastructure and for the National Highways. Even the changes in the income tax slabs were not upto the expectation of the people, as it has not given any relief to the middle class, stated the Chief Minister. The middle class is totally disheartened and displeased, as they expected more relief in tax slabs.  This was a Budget for making rich gain more and poor the poorest, adding that it was a pro-rich budget. Centre Government should stop this soap opera being repeated since 2014.

    He said that no special grant has been announced for the states under debt burden. Not only Himachal, there were many other States sailing in same boat and reeling under debt. We have inherited the debt burden of around Rs 75000 crore from the previous government besides there was a liability of paying arrears to employees and pensioners amounting to nearly than 11000 crore. The Union Budget has no mention of special grant for such states, he said.

    He said that there was no mention about reimbursement of GST since June 2022 in the Budget to the small hill States.  

    "I went through the proceedings and the proposals, made by the previous BJP Government in the month of November, with the Union Finance Minster, but was astonished, that despite this,  no heed was paid by the elder counterpart of  'Double Engine Sarkar' towards the demands", said the Chief Minister. He said that this shows the casual approach of the Union government towards the welfare of the State. The budget is nothing more than a soap bubble, said he. 


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