Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over the State level Himachal Day function at Padhar in Mandi district on Thursday. He unfurled the National Flag and took salute from the marching contingents of Police and Home Guards.

Greeting people on this occasion Thakur paid tributes to the freedom fighters, our martyrs and people who contributed in creation of the state, especially Dr YS Pramar, the first CM of the state.

Addressing on this occasion he said, “Himachal had started its development journey from a scratch but today the state is considered as a big achiever in every field with 38,470 long roads connecting 14010 villages; though it is a small State but Himachal Pradesh has shown a way to many big states of the country and the credit for the achievement goes to people of the state.”

Talking about achievements , Thakur said , “ In the first Cabinet Meeting the State government had lowered the age limit for getting old age pension from 80 years to 70 years ,  1,63607 new cases have been added and Rs 642.58 crores have been disbursed for this purpose.”

 He said, “Through Jan Manch ninety percent of 48,694 grievances have been resolved and nearly 1.20 lakh complaints were addressed through CM Helpline,  1.36 lakh families have been given free gas connection under PM Ujjawla Yojna, 2.91 lakh women given free gas connection under Grihani Suvidha Yojna, 3.4 lakh families given Ayushman Bharat Yojna provding free treatment , 4.61 lakh families registered under HIM CARE and 1.21 beneficiaries given free testament under the scheme by spending Rs 129.27 crores.”  

Thakur said, “The government has launched Mukhyamantri Swavalamban Yojana for youth of 18 to 45 years for creating employment opportunities and the state government also organized Global Investor’s Meet to invite investment and MOU’s of Rs 96,721 crores.”

He said, “The state has received several national level awards for its excellent performance in the field of education as Himachal was ranked first in the country in the Annual Status of Education Report 2017-18 and has been awarded the ‘Best Performing State Award’ in the survey conducted by India Today in the year 2019 and become first state giving text books free up to 8th standard.”

Chief Minister said, “Under Jal Jeevan Mission 327 new schemes costing Rs 2900 crores have been approved and every household would be provided clean drinking water and several schemes have been launched for the benefit of farmers.”

 He said, “The state government have taken effective steps to check COVID-19 and appealed people to contribute in checking its spread.”

Referring to the development in Mandi district, the Chief Minister said, “  Mandi being the second biggest district of the State  priority is being given to ensure balanced and fast development of the district; medical and cluster universities have been established here Rs 1000 crorers are being spent on road and bridges.”  

Chief Minister announced Rs 1500 ex-gratia / honorarium  to all the Class III and IV employees such as staff nurses, ward boys etc involved in COVID services  for April and May and tax concession to tourism and transport industry .”

A cultural programme was also presented on this occasion. Later, the Chief Minister also inaugurated Fire Sub-Station at Padhar.

IPH minister Mahender Singh Thakur, several MLA’s and government officials were present on the occasion.  

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