Shimla, Jun 8 : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur who was in the national capital to attend the meeting of Niti Aayog, met with a number of newly-inducted Ministers of Union government, on Saturday.Mr Thakur met Home Minister Amit Shah and congratulated him on assuming the charge of the Ministry, as well as the massive victory of party in the Lok Sabha elections.
The Chief Minister requested Mr Shah to accord tribal status to the Hati community in Trans-Giri area of Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh, in order to bring them into the mainstream and provide more development opportunities to them.He also requested for a Woman IRB battalion for the state. Mr Shah gave patient hearing to his demands and assured to consider them.
Later, Mr Thakur met Union Minister of Environment Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar and discussed with him, various issues related to forest and environment. He urged him to provide the power of diversion of forest land up to five hectares to the state government, thus speeding up the developmental activities.
According to Mr Thakur, being a hill state, most of the land in Himachal comes under forest and delay in clearances act as hindrance in the pace of completion of projects. If this power is granted to the state, it will help in executing the developmental projects speedily, he added.
He also apprised the Union Minister that HP comes under the jurisdiction of regional office at Dehradun, which creates delay and requested to change the jurisdiction to Chandigarh office, which is comparatively nearer and easy to approach.He also met Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar and discussed various issues pertaining to the state.
Mr Thakur requested him to make provision for some funds for the maintenance of roads connecting the hamlets and internal connectivity within the villages, as it was very difficult for the panchayats to maintain them.
Roads are the lifeline and primary mode of connectivity in HP. Internal connectivity within the villages is very important for transportation of agriculture produce and the Centre should provide funds for their maintenance as well, the Chief Minister urged.He further said that funds being provided for the maintenance of roads constructed under the PMGSY, were very meagre and should be increased, to ensure better maintenance of these roads.Chief Secretary B K Agarwal accompanied the Chief Minister, during his meetings, a statement said here. (UNI)