Only deserving persons will get Congress ticket: Virbhadra Singh

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who was addressing a massive gathering at Sainj  in Banjar assembly segment of district Kullu  today, said that the congressmen now days were faithful to a person and not to a  party. He said that there was a massive change in congress of post independence era and now. Now days those who do flattery were being seated and nominated  on top posts, forgetting the very concept elections.

He said that congress was still a strong party but some changes were the need of the hour and as soon the changes were made the better it is for future of the party.  Earlier, the members or even the party presidents were elected right from block level, to district and to State. Elections were held for president of All India Congress Committees and the working committees. But this trend has been discarded now, he said adding that he himself voted for the top posts in AICC, when he was the elected state president of HPCC. 

He said that the tickets won't be issue to those who appear  all of a sudden  with his image on the banner or  poster and starts demanding the same. I know in and out of everyone, and even of those who try to flatter me, he said adding that only the deserving would get the tickets. I don't like those who indulge in flattery and I have learnt the same from my ancestors, he said.   

While at Sainj, he inaugurated Lift Irrigation Supply Scheme (LIS) Shahul Shalwar in Tehsil Banjar to cost Rs. 1.11 crore,  laid foundation stone of Sainj to Manyashi road to be completed at a cost of Rs. 4.76 crore, laid foundation stone of Chalian to Devgarh road  cost of Rs.4.60 crore,  performed bhoomi pujan of up-gradation of Naglari Sarachi road to be completed at an outlay of Rs.8.40 crore, laid foundation stone of up-gradation of Spangani Kanda road to cost Rs. 3.45 crore, laid foundation stone of office building of Executive Engineer Banjar Division HPPWD Banjar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.16 crore, laid foundation stone of GSSS building at Manglore to be completed by spending Rs.1.50 crore, laid foundation stone of Teel to Bachhot road under Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna on which a sum  will be spent and laid foundation stone of Sajwaad road under Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna to cost Rs.20 lakh. 

He also laid foundation stone of  LWSS to  village Tinda Sharan Vijohi Galoon Laida and Chanoun Tehsil Banjar to cost Rs.2.80 crore and  inaugurated Ayurvedic dispensary building and residence at Panihar  constructed by spending Rs. 22.88 lakh. 

Earlier, While addressing  a public meeting at Bajaura, the Chief Minister said he himself wants to get retired from active politics but the congress people were persuading him to lead them and fight in the field. He said  that the announcements made by late Minister Karan Singh would be fulfilled and agreed to the demands of setting up Ayurveda Health Centre at Jhuni in GP Parliament, Ramnagar in GP Jestha and Sujaini GP Neul. 

He also agreed for opening PHC at. Sharabai in GP Mashgan, Nature park at Diyar in GP Diyar and Veterinary dispensary at Dogadhar in GP Bajaura. He also agreed to upgrade GPS Prohadhar, Bhadeuli in GP Rote  to Middle school, and upgradation of Middle school Naraish to Government High School. 

At  Bajaura, the Chief Minister performed bhoomi pujan of link road from Tikra Bohla Nallah (Phalat Nallah) to Upper Phalat Nallah  to cost Rs. 1.68 crore, performed bhoomi pujan of Ruad Gharat Narol road to be completed with an outlay  of Rs. 3.73 crore, laid foundation stone of up-gradation of Gadsa Diyar Gungridhar road to cost Rs. 3.30 crore, performed bhoomi pujan of up-gradation of Hawai Gharat Manjhali road to be completed with an outlay of Rs.  1.38 crore.

He also laid foundation stone of  additional source Bajaura to WSS Hat to  cost of Rs.94 lakh,  and inaugurated GSSS Shiah.  

He also announced up-gradation of Government High School, Thela and Neul to Government Senior Secondary School at Bajaura. 

Chief Minister also assured  up-gradation of Government Middle Schools Khokan, Doghri and Shillah to High Schools if they fulfill the norms as desired.

Chief Minister in Sainj, announced new Primary School in Mashyar, up-gradation of Govt.Primary School Dushaad to Middle School, Govt. Middle school Panihaar, Seehan  and Tinder to High Schools. He also announced HRTC bus service from Ghat to Parganu. He also directed PWD authorities to take over Jangla-Talyara road from HPPCL.

Aditya Vikram Singh, President, Youth Congress Mandi Parliamentary constituency welcomed the Chief Minister and placed demands of the area. He thanked the Chief Minister for the announcements and dedicating several projects worth crores in Sainj and Bajaura and for his assurance for laying foundation stone of Ayurveda College at Bajaura. He also demanded adequate staff for the hospital at Sainj. He also urged for directing  for issuing character certificate through police station, 

Former Member of Parliament  Pratibha Singh, General Secretary, HPCC Sunder Singh Thakur, Aditya Vikram Singh President Youth Congress, Mandi Parliamentary Constituency, Secretary State Women Congress Prabha Palsa, President BCC, Mahila Congress Banjar Pingla Bhandari,  President BCC Manali Bhuvneshwar Gaud, President Block Congress Banjar Ram Singh, Chairman HIMBUNKAR Tehal Singh Rana, Former, Zila Parishad President Hari Chand Sharma were also present on the occasion amongst others. 

No.828/2017-PUB                  SHIMLA                        13 September, 2017



CM inaugurates 100 MW Sainj hydel project

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh along with MPP and Power Minister Sujan Singh Pathania dedicated 100 MW (50X50 MW) Sainj hydroelectric project of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) at Sainj in district Kullu today. 

This is the first project under HPPCL which is evacuating 400 KV power directly on the power grid network and 400 KV Gas Insulated Switchgear. The power generation will be fed into the northern region grid through ‘Loop in Loop out’ arrangement with Parbati-II and III, hydel electric power project. Apart from this, it is one of the projects registered as ‘Green Power Project’ under clean development mechanism. The project would earn revenue of Rs 80 crore to Rs.100 crore per annum. 

The Chief Minister expressed pleasure on the steps taken for rehabilitation and relief provided to Project Affected Families (PAFs) by HPPCL. He said that the PAFs would be provided 100 units free electricity per month as per the policy.  

Sujan Singh Pathania said that under relief and rehabilitation, 216 land owners were paid compensation of Rs 1,66,44.198. As many as 20 Project Affected Families (PAFs) had been given Rs. 1,35,00,000. He said that benefits of merit and support scholarship were extended to 255 wards of the PAFs. 

Managing Director, HPPCL Devesh Kumar said that foundation stone of the Sainj project was laid in November, 2009 and Under skill upgradation 71 wards of PAFs were sponsored in various it ITIs of Himachal Pradesh incurring an expenditure of Rs 28,24,162.

He said that as per the policy, one percent of the revenue from power generation would be contributed towards Local Area Development Fund during the operation of the stage of the project. 

Former MP Pratibha Singh was also present on this occasion.