DEVELOPMENT AND CHALLENGES
On 27th December 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party once again took over the regime in the hill state. And that time the party high command’s choice was the most energetic and dynamic face of Himachal BJP, Jairam Thakur. The five times MLA from Seraj constituency became the face of development for the party in Himachal Pradesh. Jairam Thakur, is the 14th chief minister of the Himachal Pradesh. Today Jairam Thakur’s government has completed one year of governance. The government which was formed with a promise to end “Mafia Raj” and to provide Good Governance” has initiated many development works in the state during its first year of tenure. A unique and innovative initiative of the government has been “Jan Manch” programme u n d e r which a l l cabinet ministers go to district headquarters to redress people’s problems in coordination with administrative officers. “Grahini Suvidha” is an extended scheme of the Centre’s Ujjawala Yojana. Under the scheme, so far around 25,000 households have been benefitted with gas chullah while more than one lakh households are still to be covered under the scheme in the coming years. The Health sector has also been a concern for the government. People living in remote areas of the state where providing medical facilities has been a challenge and where medicines are not available either, the government has proposed to introduce air ambulance in coming days. The service would be also used for air-dropping medicines in such remote areas. In curbing the drug problem in the sate, the government took an initiative of calling a meeting chief ministers of the neighbouring states of the Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand. By adopting “zero-tolerance” approach, government has given full authority to the police.Himachal being a world famous tourist hill state and the state government is highly focused on establishing new tourist destinations in order to curb the flow of tourists to popular tourist destinations like Manali, Shimla, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, and Chail. A comprehensive project report has been made by the government with the aid of International Monetary Fund (IMF). Report suggests to develop and promote places like Chanshal, Rohru, Pujarali, Tangnu, Tikkar, Chirgaon, Tandali, Sharog and many others. Instead of indulging in the politics of vengeance, chief minister Jairam Thakur has rather chosen a path of development in the state and has tried to win people’s confidence so far in his year old government tenure. But, at the same time, the opposition has a long list of issues which put every effort of the government to question mark. Recently 13th Vidhan Sabha concluded in Dharmashala where the opposition blamed the government for worsening the state’s condition. From deteriorating law and order to worsened road conditions, it blamed that government for misleading the people in the name of development. It’s a natural for any opposition to take a dig at ruling party but down line four years the Thakur government would be required to do so much more for the state and its people. The biggest challenge will be to stem a financial crisis which has a debt burden of Rs 45000 crore on the state. Creating Job opportunities, Law and Order, Education Sector, Highways and road connectivity etc are some of the areas which needs immediate attention and focused working. Besides the speedy execution of schemes by Thakur government in this one year shows that, Himachal is getting ready to touch new heights of developments in coming years.
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