Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday stressed on the need to preserve the cultural heritage of the state. He was here to attend the concluding ceremony of the International Kullu Dussehra Festival at the Kala Kendra here.
The chief minister said Himachal was known as the land of gods and was a treasure-house of many prehistoric temples, which revealed the uniqueness of 'dev culture' in the state, and that the life of the people revolved around the local deities.
He underlined the need to utilise the unlimited wealth, which nature had endowed to the state, without disturbing the ecology and environment. Addressing the audience here, he said the state government was committed to provide best educational facilities in the rural areas and many schools had been opened or upgraded in these areas to facilitate the students.
Expressing his discontent over the performance of the government educational institutions in academic system, he said if the government school children failed to bring the desired academic results, the teachers concerned would be held responsible for the same.
He announced up-gradation of government primary school Rashol to middle school, primary school Punthal, GPS Bansha in gram panchayat Kashladi, GPS Paah gram panchayat Kharihar to middle schools.
"`11.88 crore bridge will be constructed at Manali, for which the central government has accorded sanction," he said. The chief minister also announced 300 bed facility for Kullu regional hospital and a fire station at Larji in Banjar assembly segment.
On the occasion, he honoured the Indian Kabaddi team members Ajay Thakur, Kavita Thakur and Pooja Thakur, who had won gold medals at the Asian Games in South Korea.
Earlier, the CM inaugurated the first of its kind district library here, with all modern facilities like wi-fi, book café and other.
He appreciated the efforts of the district administration for conducting the week-long festival with great fervor, by adding many new attractions to the festival, besides the mega dance show, which marked its place in Limca Book of records.
On the occasion, Kullu MLA Maheshvar Singh, Banjar MLA Karan Singh, former horticulture minister Satya Perkash Thakur, Kullu DC Rakesh Kanwar and other dignitaries were also present.