One lakh population of 180 villages of three assembly segments of district Bilaspur would be benefited with augmented drinking water supply through implementation of Rs. 65 crore drinking water supply scheme to be fed from Kol Dam waters to augment 41 existing drinking water supply schemes in the area where the work was in progress. This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while addressing a mammoth public meeting at village Malyawar, in Ghumarwin Sub-Division of district Bilaspur, after he unveiled the statue of Vir Chakra Awardee Sukh Ram who hailed from the village and had shown exemplary courage while discharging his duty as a soldier during Indo-Pak War. He paid his floral tribute to the warrior and said that his sacrifice would not go waste since he had earned laurel for the country.
Chief Minister said that soldiers from Himachal Pradesh had been contributing significantly towards the national cause and earned laurels to the nation. He said that Major Som Nath Sharma, who hailed from Palampur, was the First Param Veer Chakra Awardee of independent India. He said that 52 soldiers attained martyrhood in the Operation Vijay in Kargil of Ladakh region and he had personally visited each of the families of the martyrs to pay tribute. He said that it had been under the dynamic leadership of the then Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee that the intruders were flushed out of Kargil hills. He said that the soldiers from Himachal Pradesh had not only been rendering valuable services during war but in peace as well as during emergent situations. He said that he had also visited the frontal areas to boost morale of the soldiers fighting intruders in Kargil area. He said that out of four PVCs awarded during the operation two were won by soldiers from Himachal Pradesh, Capt. Vikram Batra and Hav. Sanjay Kumar. He said that the State Government was indeed indebted towards our soldiers for the valuable service they had been rendering to the nation.
Prof. Dhumal said that the State had brought about Citizen Charter to ensure timely delivery of services to the people for which a fixed time frame had been issued. He said that the State Government had also decided to attach the property of the people who had earned the same through unfair means. He said that the property would not be released to its owner unless cleared by the court. He said that the State Government had also directed its registrars and sub-registrars not to register sale of property on general power of attorney. He said that it would save the valuable property from benami transactions.
Chief Minister said that 209 hand pumps had been bored in Sadar area during past three years. He said that Rs. 53 lakh were also being spent on drinking water supply to the Malyawar gram panchayat. He said that Dhali drinking water
supply scheme improvement was also being carried at a cost of Rs. 1.05 crore. He said that Kuhghat-Amarsinghpura via Balhchurani road would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.69 crore which would be completed by June next year. He said that Kuh-Galota via Gwalmuthani road was also being constructed at a cost of Rs. 88 lakh, Kothi to Baddu via Upper Kurnari road to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 88 lakh and Balh-Bhalwana to Ghughrad road to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 128 lakh under PMGSY and Ghagas Deoli road to be mettled at a cost of Rs. 17 lakh. He announced opening of PHC at Malyawar and sanctioned Rs. 2 lakh for Tihra Sarai. He said that road approaching Malyawar would be named after martyr Sukh Ram.
Chief Minister honoured Smt. Sheela Devi wife of Vir Chakra Awardee martyr Sukh Ram on the occasion.
Shri Suresh Chandel, former MP and Vice President, National Kisan Morcha, welcomed the Chief Minister to Sadar assembly segment and congratulated him for being the First CM to visit the panchayat. He said that Prof. Dhumal had given new dimensions to the development in the State. He said that 6000MW capacity of hydel power projects were under execution in the State. He complimented CM for bringing about Citizen Charter to deliver people time bound services. He detailed the developmental milestones established during past three and half year regime of Prof. Dhumal.
Shri Prem Singh Thakur, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat, Malyawar, welcomed the Chief Minister to his panchayat and said that Prof. Dhumal happened to be the First Chief Minister for having visited the Panchayat after Independence.
Dr. Rajiv Bindal, Health Minister, Shri Roop Singh Thakur, Shri Randheer Sharma, MLA, Baba Ranjit Singh, President, District Bilaspur BJP, Shri Brahm Dass, President, Bilaspur BJP Sadar Mandal, Smt. Usha Thakur, President, District Mahila Morcha, Shri Ritesh Chauhan, DC, Shri Santosh Patial, SP, other senior officers and prominent people of the area were present on the occasion.