Chief minister Virbhadra Singh announced numerous new projects for Paonta during his visit to the town on Saturday, the principal one being a terminal marketing yard to facilitate farmers and a college at Aanj Bhoj in the Trans-Giri area.
He also said pedestrian paths would be constructed along the banks of the Yamuna river near tourist hotels and MA courses in English and commerce would be introduced at the Paonta degree college from the next academic session.
He also declared the annual 'hola mohalla' fair would now be a district level fair. He also announced a grant of Rs 70 lakh for renovation of the local bus station besides construction of a bypass from the ITI to Badripur, for which he asked PWD officials to draw up cost estimates.
Addressing a massive gathering in the town's municipal ground, Virbhadra said the state government was contemplating a proposal to introduce English, Hindi and mathematics right from class 1 onwards at all government schools. "If schoolteachers fail to deliver the desired results, they will be held responsible. They are being highly paid and instead of getting themselves involved in transfers they should concentrate on teaching the children," he said.
The chief minister said though there were many industrial belts in the state, the matter of fact is that the entrepreneurs were employing the youth from outside the State for want of trained manpower. "Taking this into consideration, the government is mulling to open more ITIs and engineering colleges in the state so that the youth could be provided the required training for making themselves adaptable as per the needs of the Industries," he added.
"The Government doesn't believe in regionalism and dividing the people to derive political benefits. During its two year regime three new medical colleges have been opened in the state, one of them in Sirmaur district," he added.
Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated an irrigation supply scheme at Bata Mandi, completed at a cost of Rs.2.29 crore, the Rs. 8.50 crore 'civil' hospital and the modern Sugam Centre in Surajpur, completed at a cost of Rs. 17 lakh.
He also laid the foundation stone of a Rs.22 crore 100 bed speciality hospital, a Rs.3.2 crore office cum laboratory of the state pollution control board in Subkhera , a Rs. 5.18 crore new police station and a Rs. 2.36 crore new 'tehsil complex'.
Virbhadra also visited the local bar association office and assured the lawyers he would take up the matter regarding opening a court of the additional & sessions judge in Paonta with the Himachal High Court.