Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday announced sops of worth `50 crore at the Haroli assembly segment of Una district.
He, while addressing a public meeting at Bathu in Haroli assembly segment, said though many big industrial houses were coming up in the state, main source of people's economy came from agriculture and similar allied sectors.
He said the agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, which were backbone of the economy of the people, needed to be strengthened.
Referring to Haroli assembly segment, the chief minister said it had witnessed massive development, due to hard-work of its MLA. “It is not that development was being carried out at Haroli alone, but the government was equally concerned about all the other regions of the state”, he said, adding that Himachal should be cited elsewhere as a new model of development in the country.
“It is wrong to say that the state government is giving added attention to Haroli, as being claimed by the opposition,” he said, adding that the government was endeavoring to equally develop all regions of the state, irrespective of region and religion.
Later, the chief minister inaugurated `27 crore, 132 KV sub-station at Bathu, which will improve low voltage problem of the area and transmission and distribution loses would also be reduced to minimum. Not only this, the industrial belts of Tahliwal and Santoshgarh, Gurplah, Gondpur, Pubowal, Kuthar, Dulehar, Laleri and in the periphery would be benefited from this. Besides, as many as 25,360 domestic, commercial and agricultural consumers of the area would also reap its benefits, he added.
He also laid the foundation stone of the 33 KV electricity sub-centre at Bathu, which is to be constructed at a cost of `8 crore and benefit eight panchayats of the area with a population of around 8,600. He directed the authorities to complete the work of the substation within a year. He also performed 'bhoomi poojan' of improvement and strengthening of `17.50 crore Bankhandi-Jhalera road, from Punjab border at Santoshgarh to Una.
Meanwhile, industries minister and MLA Haroli Mukesh Agnihotri, taking a jibe over the statements of the opposition, said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had started criticising the chief minister's tour of the area.
He said it was wrong on the part of the opposition to air rumours and terming development works as “nautanki'(drama).