Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday said one should love his culture and traditions as only those societies flourish which love and respect their culture.

Addressing a function of Mandi Mitra Mandal, Shimla here, Thakur said such celebrations provide an opportunity to the people of district Mandi to share a common platform to redress their common problems and ponder over the issues of mutual interest.

“One should work with dedication and commitment, only then he can achieve goal in life,” he said, adding it was after a long period that this function was being organised by the Mandi Mitra Mandal. Thakur said Mandi district has a unique culture and tradition and such events provide an opportunity to preserve the same.

Whatever one achieve in life and wherever one reach in life he or she should always be strongly grounded to his roots, he added. CM said that the nine months tenure of the present government has been full of achievements and accomplishments.

He said that he was working with a sole objective of overall development of the state with special focus on those areas, which remained neglected so far due to one reason or other.