The 76th Himachal Day function was held at Kaza in Spiti sub-division of Lahaul & Spiti district .
Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu unfurled the National Flag and took salute from marching contingents of Police and Home Guards.
Adreesing on the occasion the CM announced
to give 3 percent DA allowance to state government employees, pensioners and announced to give Rs 1500 per month to all women of Spiti above the age of 18.”
The CM also announced to open a College and 50 bedded hospital at Kaza.
This was the first time in the history of the State that the Himachal Day function was held in the remote tribal region of Kaza, the ‘Land of Lamas’, bordering China, at a height of around 12000 feet.
He also announced a pension of Rs. 1500 to all the 9000 women of Spiti above 18 years of age from June 2023 in the second phase, a college and to make 50 bedded Community Health Centre (CHC) in Kaza operational.
The Chief Minister said” The state government would take up the issue of developing an airstrip at Rangrik in Spiti Valley with the Defence Ministry and announced to construct a heliport at Rongtong, road from Ataru to Mud valley, brsides opening star gazing observatory at Langza.”
The Chief Minister said,” The government has established the Chief Minister’s Sukh-Ashray Kosh with an initial provision of Rs 101 crore to provide support to orphan children and adopted around 6,000 orphan children as Children of the State under the Yojna.”
He said that the government has brought 1.36 lakh government employees under the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) thus fulfilling its promise of restoring the OPS, besides to provide a monthly pension of Rs 1500 to 2.31 lakh women.
The Chief Minister said that the government aims to make the state self-reliant and strengthen its economy through new initiatives. The state has set a target to become a green energy state by March 2026.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is focusing on the development of tourism with a focus on Kangra district .
The state intends to establish a Rajiv Gandhi Government Model Day-Boarding School in each assembly constituency, which will be outfitted with cutting-edge technology and equipment, he added.
The Chief Minister said that the government is also committed to ensuring that no meritorious poor child is deprived of higher education due to a lack of money and to meet out this, Rs 200 crore Rajiv Gandhi Higher Education Promotion Scheme has been launched, which would provide loans at one percent interest rate to the students pursuing professional courses like engineering, medicine, MBA, Ph.D, and others.
The CM also talked about various other initiatives taken by the state government.
A coulorful cultural programme was also organized.
MLA Ravi Thakur, wife of Chief Minister Kamlesh Thakur, Former Minister, Phunchog Rai, former MLA Raghuveer Singh, Chief Secretary, Prabodh Saxena, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Bharat Khera, OSD to Chief Minister Gopal Sharma, Principal Advisor (Media) Naresh Chauhan and other dignitaries were also present amongst others.