With his government completing one-year in office this Christmas, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Vribhadra Singh, who was sworn in as chief minister for the record sixth time on December 25 last year, said: “The Congress government has ensured all-round development of the state, without any bias.”
Reflecting on the achievements of the Congress Party's one-year rule in the state, the chief minister said many public welfare schemes were started by the government, including the center-sponsored the Rajiv Gandhi Ann Yojna.
“Though it's a central-sponsored scheme, the state government has raised the ration quota for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families covered under the scheme,” said Virbhadra, adding subsidised food grains scheme for the Above Poverty Line (APL) families has also been continued with.
In the industrial sector, the chief minister said efforts were being made to get special industrial package from the Centre and make the state self-reliant. “With investments flowing into the state owing to industry-friendly environment created by the government, three new industrial areas are being developed,” said Virbhadra.
He said after coming to power, the Congress government adopted the poll manifesto as the policy document of the state government and the promises made to the people of the state during the assembly elections were being fulfilled.
Counting on around 100 schemes, Virbhadra said some of the initiatives taken by the government in public interest would go a long way in the development of the people.
Elaborating on its ambitious Skill Development Allowance (SDA), the chief minister said allowance was being provided to the unemployed youth to enhance their skills so that they could get jobs in various sectors.
He said the central government had given nod to the rail project seeking to connect Baddi industrial area with Chandigarh by broad gauge, and the state government would bear 50% of the total cost incurred by the project.
“Besides, the railway ministry has sanctioned `28 crore for the expansion of Amb rail line, connecting it with Nangal-Talwara track,” said the chief minister.
The state government was successful in discharging its duties and priority was given to development, peace and prosperity, said the chief minister, adding: “What we had said, we have done.”