I am not a professional politician, but a social worker: Virbhadra Singh


Dharamshala, February 4, 2017: On Saturday while addressing a huge gathering at Dadasiba, in Kangra district Shri Virbhadra Singh said, “I am not a professional politician and never wanted to step in to politics but late Prime Ministers Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru and Smt.Indira Gandhi gave me the responsibility to serve the people of Himachal Pradesh. I am a social worker.”
He said one needs to work with dedication and fully committed to the profession adopted. “There were few who come and go and even finds no mention in history and there were other few who create histories and were remembered throughout for the service they render. Late Dr.Y.S. Parmar, Late Jawaharlal Nehru and Late Smt.Indira Gandhi were in the list of such persons, who did a lot for Himachal Pradesh”, added Vir Bhadra.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that he could not understand why the local BJP MLA Shri Vikram Thakur was opposing opening of college at Jandour. It seems he could not pursue the matter with the BJP government to open degree college in his area. Despite this, the BJP legislator believes in creating furor in Assembly rather than taking up the demands of the people of the area.
The Chief Minister said that a lot had been done in the field of education and his Government was committed to provide quality education to all children. Around 1329 new schools were opened or upgraded and 45 new degree colleges had been opened mostly in remote and far-flung areas of the State during last four years.
As of today, more than 37000 kilometers of road network was present in the State, he said, adding that he wants to see every village connected with motor-able road facility. During last four years 1721 Kilometers new roads and around 180 bridges were constructed. More than 168 health institutions had been opened in the state, besides three medical colleges at Chamba, Hamirpur including the one at Nahan which had started functioning. The State government had also taken up ESIC Medical College at Ner Chowk in Mandi district. Besides, Indian Institute of Management was coming up at Dhaulakuan in Sirmaur district.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh today announced to open Sub-Tehsil office at Pragpur and Fire Sub-Station at Dadasiba in Jaswan-Pragpur Assembly constituency of district Kangra.
He laid foundation stone of augmentation and extension of lift water supply scheme Jambal Behi and Bari Sanda Phase-I and II to cost Rs. 4.15 crore. He dedicated newly up-graded CHC at Kotla and laid foundation stones of bridge over Kotla Khad to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.35 crore and another bridge over Gummi Khad to be constructed at cost Rs.1.56 crore.
The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of building of Govt. Degree College Jandour.
Earlier, in the morning the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of multi storey/parking at Jawalamukhi to be constructed at an cost of rupees five crore and inaugurated Science Block of GSSS Jawalamukhi and also performed Bhoomi Pujan of Shivaji-Katyalu road to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.90 crore.
Vice-Chairman, Employees Welfare Board Shri Surinder Mankotia welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister on the occasion and urged for fulfilling the demands of the remote constituency. He said that he was indebted to the Chief Minister for opening three colleges at Jandour, Dadasiba and Rakkar. He criticised the action of Shri Vikram Thakur for opposing the College and said that it was not reasonable and irrational on his part to deprive the youth of the area to pursue higher education.
Various Mahila and Yuvak Mandals, Members of pensioners association, Asha Workers of the area also honoured the Chief Minister.
MLA Shri Sanjay Rattan, Vice-Chairman, State Disaster Management Authority Shri Rajinder Rana, Brig. Rajinder Rana, Chairman, HP Education Board Shri Balbir Tegta, former MLA Shri Yog Raj, Member, BoD, Traders Welfare Board Shri Sandeep Ohri, representatives of various Gram Panchayats, Manila Mandals and Yuvak Mandal of the area were present on the occasion amongst others.

Saturday, February 4, 2017