Shimla, Jan 17
Himachal Pradesh Government proposed the total outlay of Rs 12638 Crore on various developmental schemes, was disclosed by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur who also holds the portfolio of Finance during  the MLAs meeting for finalisation of priorities for the budget 2022-23. During the meeting MLAs of  Solan, Bilaspur and Mandi districts took part in the budget discussion during the morning session here today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has dedicated all its efforts for the welfare of every section of the society and for overall development of the State during the last four years.  He said that the State Government has initiated several programs during this period to make development of the State more inclusive and holistic.
Chief Minister said that the State Government has given top priority on strengthening health infrastructure of the State. He said that today there were 1014 ventilators in the State as compared to only 50 two year ago. He said that under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, 4.26 lakh families have been registered and 1.20 lakh people have been provided free treatment worth Rs 145 crore.

He said that under the Chief Minister HIMCARE Yojna 5.13 lakh families have been registered and 2.20 lakh families have been provided financial benefits of about Rs. 200 crore.  He said that under the Ujjwala Yojna of the Centre and Grihini Suvidha Yojna of the State Government, more than 4.69 lakh families have been provided with free gas connections worth Rs 141.71 crore.
Thakur said that under the Jal Jeevan Mission, a program sponsored by the Central Government, 8.23 lakh households have been provided tap water facility in the State and target has been fixed to cover all the households by mid of this year.
Chief Minister said that during the tenure of the previous State Government, a total of 779 MLA priority schemes worth Rs 3,200.34 crore were approved through NABARD, whereas during the first four years tenure of the present State Government,  825 MLA priority schemes have been  approved at a cost of Rs.3,347.20 crore.  He said that a total provision of Rs 2,363.80 crore was made for the implementation of MLA priority schemes in the five years of the previous government’s tenure, whereas the present government has made a provision of Rs 3,183.37 crore in the first four years itself.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the provision of budget outlay has been made for repair and maintenance in all the DPRs under NABARD from 1st April, 2021. He said that NABARD has so far sanctioned 186 projects worth Rs. 965.41 crore under various MLA priority schemes for the year 2021-22.  He said that out of the projects of Rs.965.41 crore sanctioned by NABARD during the current financial year, projects worth Rs.465.05 crore have been approved for construction of roads and bridges and Rs.500.36 crore have been sanctioned for minor irrigation and drinking water schemes.  He said that provision of total annual plan outlay of Rs.18,500 crore was made during the first four years (2013-14 to 2016-17) tenure of  the previous State Government, as compared to Rs 34,474 crore made during the first four years of the present tenure of the State Government during the period 2018-19 to 2021-22.


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