Needed, Himachal-2020 vision



Today Himachal entered the fifth decade of its existence as a state in its present geographic shape, and we are well aware of the distance travelled so far (7740 kms in 1971 to 33,171 kms in 2010 in terms of road length as per huge newspaper advertisement that have appeared today, if that is any indicator). This and other figures presented by the government in multiples are of course not the complete truth as the road to development is never a straight one and the medals flaunting the ‘Number 1’ state tag too are no less misleading. The ground reality being that an average Himachali still lives on per capita income not much better than a person living in any poor country. Of course, we are better off than most other states in India in many aspects, but it’s high time the state abandons Central clutches and sets forth to shape its own future in true spirit of federalism. The goal should be to make Himachal the first developed economy in the country, and as early as 2020.

Himachal-2020 as a developed economy, a Herculean task but not impossible. All we need is political vision, will power, administrative efficiency and lots of enterprise. It’s time the state leadership starts thinking independently and believe in themselves. The Chief Minister in his address to the state has promised ample opportunities of development and employment for all to make the state self-reliant, but this cannot be achieved with a mindset and work culture crippled by limitations of ambition.

Ambition is something we Himachalis have never been fond off, preferring a laid-back living. Fine, development should not come at a cost of peace of mind, but the parameters for quality of life over the time have changed and the romanticism of indifference can at best be described as prehistoric. We are struggling for access to basic facilities like decent healthcare, consumer utilities, and social security, so there is no point being under the wrong impression of having done well vis-à-vis our needs. Given the resources the state has, its residents have every right to demand a better quality of life and that is possible when these resources are used and managed properly and not just allowed to be plundered. For this, everyone having a stake in the state should come together and draw a roadmap for resource management and utilization. And the state leadership has a great role to play here, to build a consensus on issues of state importance, which should be kept untouched by petty politics.

The current Chief Minister has shown courage to take up some ambitious infrastrural projects and this should now be taken to the next level, considering that infrastructure-building is the backbone of any economy. And with two local leaders in important central ministries, there is scope for boom in the local financial market, but sadly, time is running out.

Beyond politics, the Chief Minister should show courage to bring together the knowledge pool of the state, to utilise the best local brains for local development. As of now we should admit that brain drain has never allowed the state to get a start. Any Himachali with some ambition takes the first bus out of the state, and also the unemployed who consider themselves lucky to have found menial jobs in neighbouring states. The government has a task cut out here, but it needs long-term strategy and not just a patch-up work like declaring 70% reservation for Himachalis.

And above all, every Himachali should cultivate confidence of living in a gifted land and making the most out of it. There’s a lot that can be done and achieved in the state, and no one from outside will come and tell this to us.

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    वाटर शेड बनाये जा रहें हैं पिने के लिए पानी नहीं है .
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