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CM pushes for completion of Himachal projects in time

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed for timely completion of developmental schemes to avoid over-run cost and time, while presiding over the meeting conducted for finalisation of priorities of MLAs for annual plan 2018-19 on Tuesday.

He said that regular monitoring of schemes was required to be done in implementation stage. He emphasized that work should not be given to such contractors who compromise with the quality of work and linger on the projects. He also directed for utilization of budget well in time instead of surrendering it in the end of financial year.

Thakur said connectivity needs to be improved for promoting tourism and we need to find out the ways as how to go for the projects already sanctioned with enough budgetary provisions. We have adopted ‘Drishti Patra’ (Vision Document) of BJP as official document and we need to work upon the targets and policy framework to achieve overall development well in time.

Member Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of Kangra and Kinnaur, districts participated on day second of the MLAs priority meetings. MLA from Nurpur Assembly segment Rakesh Pathania urged for taking immediate steps to stop supply of gravel from neighbouring Punjab State citing reasons that since the government had taken action against illegal mining in the inter-state border belt of Nurpur, the illegal stock of gravel from neighbouring Punjab was being sold between Rs. 2500 to Rs. 3000 per tractor trolley thus making difficult to undertake developmental works.

He sought for action against those who have piled stock of river minerals and were supplying without any control. MLA from Dehra Assembly constituency Hoshiyar Singh advocated for setting up ‘Snake Park’ in his constituency, said that Anti-Venom Plant could be set up which will help in earning revenue to the State by selling anti-venom.

MLA from Palampur assembly constituency Ashish Butail said that the issue pertaining to the path through army cantonment area in Holta leading to Chandpur village be taken up the army authorities and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Palampur.

He said that since the army may close the only path leading to the village the only option left is to approach the CSIR to let the path pass through their land to facilitate the people of Chandpur. MLA from Kinnaur assembly constituency Jagat Singh Negi urged for constituting the Tribal Advisory Committee for taking up the issues of development.

The MLA urged for enhancing the time period for Forest Conservation Act (FCA) 1980 suspension for giving ‘nautor’ to the people. He said that as of now 15000 cases of ‘nautor’ were pending and more have been added.