Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday said ensuring effective law and order in the state was the first and foremost task before his government, so that everyone could live with peace. He said this while addressing a public meeting at Paonta Sahib in Sirmour district on Friday.

He blamed the previous Congress government for deteriorating law and order situation, which, he said, had gone out of control in last five years.

The ‘Gudia’ and ‘Hoshiyar Singh’ episodes had tarnished the image of the state during the rule of the previous government, which was being run by tired and retired people, he charged.

Thakur said that he had a vision of making Himachal Pradesh a strong and vibrant state where every person was prosperous and happy.

He said that the present state government during the present tenure of over 100 days had initiated several schemes for all-round development of the state.

The CM said that he was in the House for the last over 20 years and had seen 20 budgets presented in the house. The 21st budget was presented by him and it was appreciated by one and all. He said that the government set a target for 100 days and has achieved almost all the targets fixed in it.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the present government from the day one was working with a positive attitude and with only aim of development and welfare.

He said that over 1.30 lakh old people were benefited due to lowering of age for getting old pension without income limit from 80 to 70 years.

He said that matter regarding construction of bridge over the Yamuna River would be taken with the government of India.

Earlier, the CM inaugurated bridge over Bata River constructed at a cost of Rs 18.72 Crore.