Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the first session of MLA’s priority meeting for the budget 2021-22 with the MLAs of Kangra and Hamirpur districts here today said that the meeting of Planning is held every year before the annual budget so that suggestions and priorities of the MLAs could be incorporated in the budget. He said that during its three years tenure, the present State Government has ensured that the policies and programmes were framed as per the developmental aspiration of the MLAs. The Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected the economy of the world. He said that the MLAs donated a major portion of their salary to fight this pandemic, besides motivating the people of their respective areas to donate generously towards the CM COVID Fund.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the indigenous vaccine was being administered to the frontline warriors in the country, which was possible due to the hard work of scientists and able leadership provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The people of the State have given their wholehearted cooperation and support to the State Government, and the BJP Government not only won all the four Lok Sabha seats in the State, but also the bye elections. He said that the results of Panchayati Raj Elections and Urban Local Bodies were also won by the candidates supported by the BJP.
Chief Minister said that the State Government during the last three years has launched several welfare and developmental schemes for the welfare of the people. He said that Grihini Suvidha Yojna has ensure free gas connections to every households and HIMCARE Yojna has ensure that no one in the State was deprived of medical treatment for want of money. He said that Jan Manch and Chief Minister Helpline 1100 have ensured speedy redressal of public grievances. He said that Sahara Yojna has provided much needed relief to the families with chronically ill patients.
Jai Ram Thakur said that as many as 251 projects worth Rs 926.24 crore have been approved under NABARD under MLA priorities during the year 2020-21. He said that out of this Rs 926.24 crore, 565.52 crore has been provided for roads and bridges whereas Rs 360.72 crore have been provided for minor irrigation and drinking water schemes. He said that a provision of Rs 13,300 crore was made during the first three years tenures of the previous State Government under the annual plan expenditure whereas during the three years tenure of the present State Government provision of Rs 21,300 crore were made.
Chief Minister said that the people of the State were fortunate that the State of Himachal Pradesh has completed 50 years of statehood and has entered 51st year. He said that the Golden Jubilee year would be celebrated in a befitting manner by organizing 51 events throughout the State. He urged the MLAs to ensure their active participation so that the events could be celebrated in a befitting manner. He also urged the MLAs to give their suggestions so that the same could be incorporated in the budget.