Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a largely attended public meeting today at Kotla during his tour to Jawali assembly segment of Kangra district announced the upgradation of Primary Health Centre Kotla to Community Health Centre. He also announced opening of new health sub centre at Jol, opening of new patwar circles for Jangal, Siyuni, Salda and Bhatoli panchayats and industrial training institute for Kotla.
Chief Minister also announced opening of new degree college at Kotla, commencement of science classes in senior secondary schools at Bhali and Solda, commencement of commerce classes at senior secondary schools at Trilokpur and Amni, opening of new ayurveda dispensaries at Bhali and Thedu and upgradation of the Government high schools Harnot and Nanhar after the fulfillment report of standard norms. He directed the concerned departments to complete the process at the earliest.
Chief Minister said that the famous and ancient Baglamukhi temple complex at Kotla would also be developed under Nai Raahein Nai Manzilein Yojna. This would be a destination of religious tourism for tourists visiting Kangra valley. He also directed for completing the formalities with respect to construction of ECHS building which will go a long way to benefit hundreds of ex-servicemen of the area.
He also directed the forest authorities to submit a report for utilization of forest training centre in Kotla which was closed in 1998. He announced providing budget for construction of veterinary dispensary building at Pathiyar, erection of open gymnasiums in Siyuni and Bhali panchayats and taking up the case of construction with Railways for construction of railways over head bridge.
Chief Minister said the State Government has accorded top priority for health and social welfare sectors. During the regime of previous Government the age limit for availing the benefit of old age pension was 80. Present Government in its first cabinet meeting reduced it to 70 years and now it is 60 years. He also detailed the benefits given to the beneficiaries of Ujjawala, Mukhyamantri Grihini Suvidha, Himcare, Sahara and Mukhya Mantri Shagun Yojna. Appreciating the role of women in different spheres of society, he said on the occasion of state level Himachal Day function, the government has decided to charge only 50% percent bus fare from women.