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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Shimla, May 15, 2013
Himachal Pradesh is a rich repository of art, culture and traditions and the state government was committed to preserve and further promote it and the youth can play a vital role in this direction. Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said this while presiding over music festival “Sangeet Hamari Virasat” organised by the Himachal Pradesh Music Students Welfare Association here on Wednesday.

The chief minister said music was food for the soul and the state was universally acclaimed for its diverse folk songs and versatile music. He said music knows no barrier and apart from human being it has equally soothing effect on plants and animals. He said efforts would be made to impart music teaching in schools of the state.

The chief minister said the youth was the key player in the process of development and the state government would empower them with positive perspectives so as to fully harness their potential. He said the state government was ensuring 70% employment to the youth of the state in all upcoming power, industrial and tourism projects in the state. He said action would be taken against those implementing agencies defying this decision of the state government.

The CM said providing adequate employment and self-employment opportunities to the youth of the state was the prime concern of the state government.

The chief minister said the state government had decided to impart training to 1,000 youths as tourist guides so as to associate them with tourism promotion activities. He said 3,900 youths would also be imparted driving training so as to ensure self-employment opportunities to them.

President of the Himachal Pradesh Music Students Welfare Association Rajesh Chauhan raised the demand to include music in schools from Class 6 onwards.

A play “Save Music” written and directed by Munish Sharma, Kathak dance, and “Pahari Nati” performance and other cultural performances based on folk and classical music was well acclaimed by the chief guest and the audience.