The State Government during the year 2018-19 to 2022-23 has made a budget provision of Rs. 3619 crore for the development of tribal areas of the State and developmental projects worth over Rs. 350 crore have been sanctioned and approved for Kinnaur district alone during the last about four and a half years, which shows the commitment of the State Government towards development of these areas, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Wednesday.
Inaugurating the State Level Tribal Dance and Craft Mela at Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district where he also inspected stalls of various artisans and evinced keen interest in the products displayed on the occasion, Thakur said that the people of tribal areas were known for their simplicity, hard work and commitment. He said people of this tribal district were waiting to get land on lease under FRA for the last 16 years, adding that now the process has been expedited and as many as 107 people were being provided land on lease today itself, out of which 60 cases are under FRA and 47 cases were of ‘Nautor’. He also provided ‘Bhoo-patta’ to 60 beneficiaries on the occasion. He said that this was an historic step and would go a long way in providing land to the people of tribal areas.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was providing 50 per cent concession to women in bus fare in HRTC buses and free power upto 125 units per month to domestic consumers. He said that the State Government has also decided to provide free water in rural areas of the State. He said that this was not going well with the Congress leaders, thus he advised the people of the State to ask these leaders to give away the concession being provided by the State Government.
The CM also inaugurated the ‘Tourism in Himachal’ quiz on the occasion. Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 19 developmental projects worth Rs. 53.78 crore at Police Ground, Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district.