Jai Ram calls Shah and seeks to increase vaccine quota
Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Foreign Affairs in New Delhi. Roads, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
When meeting with Shah, the CM thanked the Center for providing an adequate number of vaccine doses and oxygen generation plants to Hill State to help fight the pandemic. He called on Shah to improve the state’s allocation of vaccine doses to cover all eligible people in the state as soon as possible.
Thakur has also sought approval of a bulk drug park at Una. “The park will help our country to prepare the raw material for the manufacture of drugs, thereby reducing our dependence on foreign countries,” said the CM, while urging the minister to make Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN ) an industrial node and to sanction a medical device park, electrical device manufacturing center and other development projects to generate employment opportunities for young people in the state.
Shah appreciated the state government’s efforts to vaccinate citizens and acknowledged that HP had the distinction of inoculating the largest percentage of people.
The CM asked Sitharaman to provide the state with the financial aid recommended by the 15th finance committee. He said HP does not have the resources to invest in infrastructure projects, especially Kangra and Mandi airports. He also informed the Minister of a tourist project of value ₹1,892 crore has been deposited with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for financing, which is pending approval.
He also requested compensation for the GST owed by the center for the fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-2020 and urged the minister to accelerate negotiations with the World Bank for the financing of the development program of the hydroelectric sector. and renewable of Himachal. He also held discussions to enable wired connectivity as an alternative mode of connectivity under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
While discussing the Bhanupali – Bilaspur railway line, Thakur demanded that all state railway projects be considered of national importance and be fully funded by the Center. Sitharaman assured the CM of all possible help.
Thakur thanked Gadkari for sanctioning worthwhile projects ₹193 crore to the state under the Central Roads and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF). “These roads will go a long way in strengthening road connectivity in Hill State,” he said.
Thakur discussed four lanes of the Shimla-Matour and Mandi-Pathankot national highways and requested maintenance of the existing alignments of the national highways where the works were initiated by the executing agency.
Gadkari said he will include state road projects in the second phase of the Bharat Mala road project, which will help boost religious tourism in the state. He said work will start soon on the Kaithlighat-Dhalli-Shimla ring road.
The CM requested early notification of 25 national roads approved in principle and invited Gadkari to visit the state. The Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister JC Sharma had accompanied Thakur.