Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday said the Congress party believes in clean politics and not in the politics of region and religion and dividing people on lines of caste and colour.Addressing a public meeting at Shillai in district Sirmaur on Saturday the Chief Minister said that only those resort to cheap politics, who want to achieve their own selfish motive rather than caring for the welfare of the people. He said we should serve the people voluntarily. He said twice the BJP government under the Chief Ministership of Prem Kumar Dhumal framed false charges against him and on both the occasions he faced session trial and came out clean.
“And now my case of Income Tax is being probed by three investigating agencies which is quite surprising.” Singh said the policy of the Congress party has always been to empower the people for their overall development and the best way to do so was to provide them basic and quality education. He said a well educated society leads to the development of the nation thus ensuring prosperity of one and all. “Time and again, I am being criticised by the opposition for opening educational institutions in numbers, but I want to make them understand that the Congress believes in educating the society as a whole for development of the state”, he said. He said on Saturday there are as many as 113 colleges, mostly opened during the congress regime, besides 15,534 schools in the state.
Most schools had been either opened or upgraded in rural and far flung areas and it is a matter of pride that the girls in rural areas had outnumbered boys in such a educational institutions, he said. He said that the government is committed to open school even in such far flung and remote areas where there would be three students. He said that besides electioneering he believes in meeting the people and to know about the progress being undertaken by various departments and addressing grievances of the people at their doorsteps. For the very reason, I have decided to travel all areas of the state extensively.
Singh said that a medical college was soon coming up in Nahan for which a provision of Rs 189 crore had been made followed by opening of Medical colleges in Hamirpur and Chamba. The Chief Minister also directed to expedite the forest clearances to pave the way for completion of Andra-Kumla and Neda-Basa roads which had been sanctioned long back but were hanging due to forest clearances. He also directed to complete the work on Staun- Chandni road connecting Renuka ji for which a provision of over rupees three crores had been already made.
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