In his first tour to Chopal after Lok Sabha elections, chief minister Virbhadra Singh announced sops for the area. He announced a home guard company for Chopal. The chief minister while addressing the gathering said that he was well versed with every nook and cranny of the area and grievances of the people. He also stressed for preservation of environment and culture.
He said this area has witnessed massive development for many decades. “I assure that the government would concentrate more on the roads in this area and is committed for upgrade of the existing roads and constructing new roads,” said he.
On the issue of shortage of teaching staff in schools, he said there was not big shortage of teachers. “I will take necessary action, if teachers were found absent from the educational institutions in the area,” added he.
He also lauded the efforts of local legislator Balbir Verma and former legislator and Himachal Pradesh marketing board chairman Subhash Manglet for working together for the development of the area. In 2012 Vidhan Sabha election, Manglet contested as Congress nominee while Balbir Verma successfully contested as independent candidate. Later Verma became associate member of the ruling Congress party.
Chief Minister announced for raising one storey of existing government senior secondary school (GSSS), chopal. He announced to start as many as four to five additional trades in existing Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Chopal so as to develop the skills of the youth.
He said the government has also started Skill Development Allowance Scheme in the state to achieve the objective of providing direct and indirect employment to the youth by developing their skills.
In order to explore the tourism potential of the area, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the government would set up a tourism unit in the area. He also laid the foundation stone for the upgrade of Civil Hospital Chopal to 50-bedded hospital.
Singh also laid foundation stone of the lift water irrigation scheme, Thana, to be completed at the cost of ` 3 crore, which would benefit eight revenue villages of the area. He also announced to upgrade Thooth middle school to high school.
Chief minister also inaugurated the Nakora-Khaddar and Dhawas-Baghar-Khagna-Thunda road. During the programme, Balbir Verma thanked the chief minister for fulfilling the promises regarding development works in Chopal.
“The area was ignored during the previous Government and no budgetary provision was made for roads and other building works,” said he.
Subhash Manglet thanked the chief minister for giving due importance to the development of Chopal area and inaugurating and laying foundation stones of various projects worth crores of rupees. Pradesh Congress committee member Rajneesh Khimta welcomed the chief minister thanking him for development works.