When we envision the economic strength in view of overall development of Himachal Pradesh, we still find it way behind in its industrial growth. The positive thing for the state is that it has vast natural resources with minimal population of only 70 lakh people, the phenomenon that saves it from economic pressure and keeps ahead of many states in the country in the overall development parameters. The matter of concern is that this peaceful land of gods is losing its godly shine in view of the fast dwindling agriculture base which has been the mainstay of the sobriquet of people as innocent as lambs and god fearing at that. But unfortunately that way of life where traditions and orthodoxy played mixed roles for the sustenance, have been replaced by political cunningness with the sole avowed purpose of exploiting the natural and heritage resources for vested interest by the economic czars in collusion with outsiders. The simple logic that the state governments could not understand that Himachal Pradesh needed infrastructure in consonance with the needs of the state to make it an economic power. But lack of innovation of the self-satisfying leaderships could not give the people of the state what they deserved.
Himachal Pradesh needs to exploit the natural resources sensibly in the interest of people to make them economically sound and self-dependent. No doubt, on the ground many positive changes in the integrated development are visible but what was needed were the direction and speed with which a lot could have been achieved. There is no proper water policy for the state and much of its benefits have been left uncontested with the neighbouring states, all in the national interest. The big dams are in Himachal Pradesh without adequate compensation to the state, even the arrears of its agreed electricity shares are yet to come, the industrial base remained awfully weak in the state reducing the chances of employment to the youth. The concern shown by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) that poor roads and lack of rail connectivity to the industrial areas of the state are impeding the expansion of industrial growth, is a hard fact. “The state should work expeditiously to improve road and rail networks in the state,” stated CII Council chairman Sanjay Khurana while talking to media persons at Shimla. Better roads and railway connectivity in the state are awfully short and deficient. Improvement in road network and rail connectivity are the most wanted requirements to tap tourism with unlimited possibilities. The entire state has the most beautiful and healthy environment and virgin locations yet to be developed and explored.
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