Bilaspur: On the occasion of 50th Statehood day celebrated at Jhanduta in Bilaspur district today Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced 5 per cent DA to the employees and pensioners of the State Government from 1/7/2019.This would ensure financial benefit of over Rs. 250 crore to the employees and pensioners. He also announced opening of PWD Division at Jhandutta. He also announced Rs. 3 crore for additional building of Saheed Ashwini Kumar Memorial Senior Secondary School Jhandutta.
Chief Minister said that the Golden jubilee year of the Statehood would be celebrated by organising 51 programmes throughout the year in different parts of the State to trace the developmental journey of the State. He urged to people to be part of this celebration. Chief Minister hoisted the National Flag and took salute from the impressive march past by contingents of Police, Home-guards, NCC cadets, NSS Cadets, Scouts and Guides and school Children. Assistant Superintendent of Police Ashok Rattan led the Parade. Chief Minister also unveiled the Golden Jubilee Plaque on the occasion to mark the 50th Statehood day.
Thakur said that present State government completed two year in the office on December 27, 2019 and significant efforts were made to provide benefits of developmental schemes to all areas and sections of the State by launching innovative and new welfare and development oriented schemes.
Chief Minister said that the State has received National level awards for better performance in the field of good governance, health, education, agriculture and horticulture during this period. He said that the State has been selected as the best State in the country for its achievement of sustainable development goals, which was indeed a matter of pride.
Jai Ram said that the Janmanch, which was started with the objective of establishing direct dialogue with the people of the State has yielded good results as since first Janmanch was organized on 3 June, 2018, 181 Janmanch programmes have been organized in different parts of the State. He said that more than 90 percent of these complaints were redressed on the spot and the remaining complaints were forwarded immediately to the concerned departments for further action. He said that apart from this, Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline-1100 has been started to bring the government closer to the public and to solve most of the problems of the citizens at their doorstep.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Global Investor Meet was organized on November 7-8, 2019 at Dharamshala for the first time, making this small State a platform for entrepreneurs and investors from all over the world which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that a result of these efforts, 703 MoUs involving investment proposals worth Rs. 96,720.88 crore have been signed so far, which is much more than the target fixed for the Meet. He said that Ground breaking ceremony of 240 projects having investment of worth Rs. 13,656 crore was held on 27 December, 2019. He said that this would open new employment opportunities to the youth of the State.
Referring to the development of Bilaspur district, Chief Minister said that an AIIMS was coming up at Kothipura in Bilaspur. He said that for this the people of the State were thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then Health Minister and present National BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda. He said that drinking water supply scheme worth about Rs. 66 crore for Bilaspur would be started soon. He said that Rs 105 crore Hydro Engineering College was coming up in Bilaspur district. He said that efforts would be made to develop Bilaspur from tourism point of view and Sri Naina Devi Ji would be soon connected by ropeway from Anandpur Sahib. He said that Rs. 37.81 crore augmentation water supply scheme once completed would benefit 19 Panchayats of Kot Dhar area. Chief Minister also honoured the participants of cultural programme and Parade Commanders on the occasion.
A colourful cultural programme was also held on the occasion. Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh Thakur, MLAs Sarkaghat Col. Inder Singh, MLA Jhandutta J.R. Katwal, MLA Bilaspur Sadar Subhash Thakur, MLA Ghumarwin Rajinder Garg, former MLA Randhir Sharma and R.R. Kondal, , Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Rajeshwar Goyal, Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon, SP Bilaspur Sakshi Verma and senior civil and police officers were present on the occasion amongst others.