Ten thousand houses to be constructed for homeless in State: CM

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Mandi Sept. 2 – Roop Lal Kaundal

Chief Minister said that under the various housing schemes, the State Government has set a target of constructing about 10000 houses for the poor homeless in the State during the current financial year, which was a record in itself. He said that over 1000 people have been benefitted under housing schemes in the district by providing them assistance of Rs 14 crore during the last about two and a half years.

While presiding over the review meeting of developmental projects in Mandi district at Vipasha Sadan Mandi today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to ensure time bound completion of various developmental projects so as to avoid price escalation and also ensure that the benefits of these developmental projects percolate down to the persons at the lowest ebb.

He added as many as 1,04,869 people were being provided social security pension in Mandi district and a budget provision of Rs 156 crore has been made during this year. He said that 31530 new pension cases have been sanctioned during the last about three years in the district.

Jai Ram Thakur said that since the Medical College Ner Chowk has been designated as a Dedicated Covid-19 Hospital, the workload have been shifted to Zonal Hospital Mandi, thus special emphasis needed to be laid on ensuring better facilities by this hospital. He also directed the authorities of Medical College Ner Chowk to take emergency medical cases.  He said that there were 28 ventilator supported beds in Designated Covid-19 Hospital and over 300 isolation beds in District Covid-19 Hospital, Covid-19 Care Centres etc. to facilitate the corona patients.

Chief Minister said that about Rs 12,000 crore unspent money was lying with various departments, which needs to be identified and utilized for undertaking developmental works. He said that officers must ensure effective utilization of this money to ensure that pace of development does not suffer for want of funds.

Chief Minister said that to restart economic activities in the State, the State Government has given various relaxations under the Unlock-IV. He said that still we all need to be more vigilant. He said that use of face mask and maintaining of social distancing was important to check spread of this virus.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected the under construction ‘Sanskriti Sadan’ at Kangnidhar Mandi and directed the officers for time bound completion of this Sadan.

MLA Sundernagar Rakesh Jamwal urged the Chief Minister for time bound completion of PWD Rest House, staff quarters, subway etc. at Sundernagar. He said that work on Rs. 33 crore water supply scheme Dehar should be expedited to be implemented under BRICS. He also urged for bringing whole Sundernagar town under Sewerage scheme. He also urged the Chief Minister for providing adequate funds for the ongoing developmental projects.

MLA Balh Inder Singh Gandhi felt the need to proper drainage facilities in Balh area especially from Ner Chowk to Balh. He also urged the Chief Minister for construction a rest house in his area.

Deputy Commissioner, Mandi Rugved Thakur welcomed the Chief Minister and conducted the proceedings of the meeting. He said that as many as 400 people, have been found Covid-19 positive in the district and seven deaths have been reported due to Covid-19 till date. He said that Covid-19 mitigation plan was in place for the district and e-initiatives were being implemented effectively. He said that as many as 25 corona warriors were also found positive, out of these 24 have been cured and only one was still under treatment.

ADM Sharwan Manta, SP Mandi Shalini Agnihotri, Superintending Engineers of PWD,  Jal Shakti and HPSEB Ltd and other officer also attended the meeting.

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