Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated and laid foundation stone for developmental projects worth Rs. 59.26 crore in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district today. He gave impetus to the development works in the valley by inaugurating various developmental projects worth Rs. 25.48 crore and laying the foundation stone of development projects of Rs. 33.78 crore in Thunag tehsil.
The Chief Minister laid foundation stone of Rs. 30.20 crore 50 bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospital at Dheem in Janjehli, Rs. 2.19 crore Lift Irrigation Scheme for Majhakhal, Janehar, Bakhalwar and Jarol village and Rs 1.39 crore Flow Irrigation Scheme Bungrailchowk in Tehsil Thunag.
Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated Rs. 22.33 crore Tourist Cultural Center (TCC) at Dheem Kataru, additional building of Government Senior Secondary School, Thunag constructed at a cost of Rs. 3.15 crore and Superintending Engineer Office of Jal Shakti Department at Thunag.
The Chief Minister presided over the closing ceremony of the 4th phase of Jan Bhagidari se Sushashan- Himachal ka Maha Quiz based on the theme “Tourism in Himachal ” organized at the Tourist Cultural Center.
While addressing the public meeting in the auditorium of TCC Dheem Kataru, Jai Ram Thakur said that the objective of this online Maha-Quiz was to reach the masses about the welfare schemes of the Central and the State Governments so that people at large can benefit from these welfare schemes.
Jai Ram Thakur said that many ambitious programs have been started to tap the immense potential of tourism in the Seraj region and to strengthen the tourism industry here. The construction of the Tourist Cultural Center would go a long way in strengthening the tourism industry in the valley. He said that during previous governments, there had been a lot of talk about developing the Seraj Valley from the tourism point of view, but nothing had happened in reality. Present BJP government has implemented various tourism projects on ground by mobilizing resources and facilities, he added.
The Chief Minister said that the 50-bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospital being constructed at Dheem in Janjehli would benefit local people as various kinds of treatment facilities under Ayurveda would be available here and people from different states of the country would also be attracted for medical facilities in this natural site which would strengthen the tourism industry in the valley.
Jai Ram Thakur said that with the establishment of the office of the SE Jal Shakti at Thunag, the people of the area would no longer have to go to Sundernagar for related works. He said that 52 different drinking water schemes of Rs. 369.16 crore and 22 irrigation schemes with estimated cost of Rs. 68.70 crore were under construction in the Seraj assembly constituency.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister transferred prize money of one thousand rupees each through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to 499 winners who performed best in the fourth phase of the Maha Quiz.
This Maha-quiz launched by the Chief Minister on the occasion of National Technology Day on May 11 this year has different themes for different rounds. First round was based on the theme of ‘Women Empowerment’, second ‘Industry and Investment’, third ‘Upliftment of Farmers-Horticulturists’, fourth ‘Tourism’ and the theme of the fifth round was “Swasth Himachal Samridh Himachal”.
Director Tourism Amit Kashyap, Deputy Commissioner Arindam Chaudhary, Chief Engineer Jal Shakti Department P.K. Sharma, Chief Project Officer of Hotel Chain Club Mahindra, office bearers of BJP Mandal were also present on the occasion among others.