Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, on his two days tour to district Hamirpur today visited the disaster-affected families in the Badsar Assembly segment and interacted with them assuring to provide all possible assistance. He said that the Government stands with them in this hour of distress. He visited Jabbal Kheriyan, Guru-da-Ban, Bhebad, Samtana Khurd and Lahari Salan to assess the damages caused to the families due to heavy monsoon rains.
The Chief Minister handed over the revenue papers of the land measuring six marlas each to the three families in Guru- da-Ban, whose land was washed away and houses declared unsafe and also directed the district administration to provide land to others as well who have lost their shelters. He stated that the State Government will soon provide land to others, severely affected by the disaster. He also instructed to provide help to those whose houses have been damaged in Samtana village of Badsar constituency. He also went to landslip areas in Lahari.
Replying to the queries of the media, the Chief Minister said that Himachal was now safe for the tourists to visit. All the roads of Shimla, Dalhousie, Kasauli Dharamshala, Macleodganj, etc were open and safe to travel. The recent spell of heavy rains during monsoons though disrupted the National Highways and other roads, but the State Government restored the same on a war footing, and tourists are welcome to the State. He said that the State Government will recruit 1200 police personnel who besides curbing the drug menace will also play the role of tourism police. The government also mulls to change recruitment rules in the police department, he said.
On the issue of ‘Rajya Chayan Ayog’, the Chief Minister said that the Ayog will be opened in Hamirpur itself in the existing complex. Besides, he said that the mining activities have been banned in the State till 15th September on the river basins of Beas and its tributaries besides other rivers.
MLA, Inder Dutt Lakhanpal and Rajinder Rana, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Sunil Bittu, Chairman, Kangra Coop Bank, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Former MLA, Manjeet Dogra, were also present on the occasion amongst others.