Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to people of the state for their significant contributions
Shimla September 18
President Ram Nath Kovind said that Himachal Pradesh had emerged as a model hill state and he expected it would grow as the most developed state of the country in future while addressing special session of the Himachal Assembly to mark the golden jubilee of its statehood.
President said “Himachal’s journey of development is exemplary and I hope it becomes the “Sirmaur” (crown) of the country”.
He said, “According to a report of the NITI Aayog, Himachal Pradesh ranks second in the country in the Sustainable Development Goals.” He said that the state had vast potential in the agriculture, horticulture, tourism and education sectors which could help it to grow.
He appreciated efforts of all previous governments, headed by first Chief Minister Dr. YS Parmar, Thakur Ram Lal, Virbhadra Singh, Shanta Kumar, and Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Pertinently, This was third occasion when a President was addressing the Vidhan Sabha. Earlier, APJ Abdul Kalam (2003) and Pranab Mukherjee (2014) have addressed special sessions.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor of the state Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar said that it was a matter of pleasure that we became part of this important and historical moment of 50 years of the golden journey of the State. He said that the state had received experienced guidance of the President, which would be a roadmap for development.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, while extending his greetings to the President, said that it was a matter of great happiness and pride that the state was celebrating this year as the golden jubilee year of the Statehood. He said that despite difficult geographical conditions, the 50 years journey of this hill State had been glorious and filled with achievements. He said that in the year 1971, the per capita income of the state was just Rs. 651 which had now grown to Rs 1,95,000. Similarly, the length of the roads was 7370 kilometers whereas today the State had over 37,808 kilometers of roads. In 1971, there were only 4945 educational institutions in the state whereas now this number had gone over 15000, he added.
CM said that the State had several prestigious institutions such as AIIMS, IIM, IIIT and the State had also made extensive progress in agriculture and horticulture sector in these years.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government had launched several welfare schemes for upliftment of every section of society in the State.
He said that the State Government organized ‘Global Investors Meet’ to attract more investment in the State.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the progress made by the state in various fields had been recognized at the national level and many awards were won by the state for launching various innovative schemes.
CM said that state had become the first State in the country to achieve hundred percent target for first dose to the population above the 18 years in the Covid vaccination campaign.
The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to people of the state for their significant contributions in the development of the state, besides paying his tributes to former Chief Ministers of the State late Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar, Ram Lal Thakur and Virbhadra Singh. He also thanked former Chief Ministers Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal for their contributions in the development of the State.