Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday announced to constitute the Rajput Kalyan Board and the Brahmin Kalyan Board in the state.
A separate welfare board would also be constituted for the remaining castes. The chief minister would be the chairman of the boards to be constituted.
The chief minister made the announcement after unveiling the statue of Maharana Pratap at Maharana Pratap Complex in Kangra town. The function was organised by the Rajput Kalyan Sabha and Trust.
The statue has been built by Shri Faqir Charan Farida, a renowned sculpturist.
The chief minister lauded the work of Farida, who had also sculptured the statue of Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, in the state capital.
Appreciating the efforts of the Rajput Kalyan Sabha and Trust for setting up the statue of the great warrior, Virbhadra said Maharana Pratap was a great patriot and warrior who bravely fought against the invaders.
Interacting with the media on the sidelines of the function, Virbhadra denied any personal spite against anyone. He said he was doing his duty, but opposition leaders were calling it vendetta.
He said all investigations into the HPCA affairs and others were being done on the basis of the Congress chargesheet against the previous government, which was included in the policy document of the government.
Referring to the case of land purchase by prominent lawyer Prashant Bhushan, he said the matter was under investigation and the guilty would be punished.
Later, the chief minister laid the foundation stone of Government Industrial Training Institute (IIT) at Daulatpur in Kangra tehsil. The project will be completed within two years at a cost of `381.46 lakh.
He also approved to start science classes at Daulatpur Senior Secondary School and said separate blocks would be constructed to facilitate science students.
Virbhadra announced to set up 25 hand pumps in Changer area. Addressing the public on the occasion, Virbhadra said roads, education and health sectors were top priorities of the state government for which there would be no financial constraints.
“The Congress government has opened schools and colleges to facilitate the students of the state in getting education near to their homes,” the chief minister said, adding that unemployment was a major concern and efforts were being made to create more employment avenues.
He was accompanied by state Vidhan Sabha speaker BB Butail, food and civil supply minister GS Bali, agriculture minister Sujan Singh Pathania, chief parliamentary secretary Jagjivan Pal, MLAs Sanjay Rattan, Ajay Mahajan, Pawan Kajal and Manohar Dhiman, chairman of the HP State Pollution Control Board Kuldeep Singh Pathania, chairman of the Kangra Central Cooperative Bank Jagdish Sipahiya and vice-chairman, State Forest Corporation, Kewal Singh Pathania.