Mandi Lok Sabha MP Ramswaroop Sharma on Friday met chief minister Virbhadra Singh and submitted a six-point memorandum related to the development works in the Mandi parliamentary constituency.
It was a first meeting of Sharma with chief minister after the former had trounced chief minister Virbhadra Singh's wife Pratibha Singh in the Lok Sabha election by nearly 40,000 votes.
Sharma also urged the chief minister Virbhadra Singh to solve the problems relating to the Mandi parliamentary segment since he (Virbhadra Singh) had represented the Mandi seat for many years.
There were six issues that figured in the memorandum, including Drang Salt mines. Sharma demanded to abolish the provision to tax on salt in the state.
He also urged the chief minister to prepare some tourism-related proposal and then submit it to Union government. “It will help provide the better facility to the tourists,” said he.
Further, he accentuated upon the special schemes to expedite long-pending projects of national highways. He said that the previous BJP government had proposed tunnel work across the state that needs to be taking up on priority.
Being agriculture and horticulture state, there were large possibilities of agriculture and horticulture based possibilities. “In this field, a lot of work is to be done and state government should send proposal to the union government for setting up such industries in the area, so that the employment can be generated,” said he.
Raising the issue of lack of post-harvest infrastructure, the MP said state government should focus on it and stress should be also given on setting up laboratories, so that farmers could be benefitted.
He also sought state government to initiate proposal related to railway infrastructure in the state, particularly in Mandi parliamentary constituency. He also said that 110 megawatt Shanan hydro project is under Punjab while located in Jogindernagar in the Mandi parliamentary segment.
“Revenue is being earned by Punjab, while the land and water is of the state,” said he, adding, “The state government should take the appropriate steps to take over the project.”