New Delhi: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur met Union Minister of Environment Forest and Climate change Prakash Javadekar at New Delhi today. He congratulated him on his victory in Lok Sabha elections and assuming the charge of the Ministry. The Chief Minister discussed about various issues related to forest and environment. He urged him to provide the power of diversion of forest land up to five hectares to state government to speed up development activities. He said that being a hill state most, of the land comes under forest and delay in clearances act as hindrance in the pace of completion of projects. If this power is granted to state, it will help in executing developmental projects speedily.
He also apprised the Union Minister that Himachal Pradesh comes under the jurisdiction of regional office at Dehradun which creates delay and requested to change the jurisdiction to Chandigarh office which is comparatively nearer and easy to approach.The Union Minister thanked the Chief Minister for his good wishes and assured to look into the matter.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur met Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar at New Delhi on Saturday.The Chief Minister congratulated him on assuming the charge of the Ministry. He also discussed various issues pertaining to the state.Jai Ram Thakur requested him for making provision for some funds for maintenance of roads connecting hamlet’s and internal connectivity within the villages as it is very difficult for panchayats to maintain them.
He said that being a hilly state roads are the lifeline and primary mode of connectivity in HP. He said that internal connectivity within villages is also very important for transportation of agriculture produce etc and centre government should provide some funds for their maintenance as well. He further said that funds being provided for maintenance of roads constructed under PMGSY were very meagre and should be increased to ensure better maintenance of these roads.