Keylong: Second day of the Bharat Nirman public Information campaign being held in Keylong of Lahaul-Spiti district was dedicated to the ‘Sarva Shikasha Abhiyan ,‘ Mid-day meal, Agriculture and Horticulture.
The function began in the morning with the Superintendent of Police Vimal Gupta flagging off a rally of local school children on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Later speaking at the main function, the local MLA Ram Lal Mankandey stressed on the need of close interaction of the government officials with the common people so as to give them the maximum benefit of development programmes of the central and state government. He said that MNREGA has played a significant role in the development of rural areas. Referring to the developments taking place in this far flung tribal district of Lahaul Spiti , he said that over the last fifteen years, Lauhal Spiti has seen a speedy development and its momentum needs to be maintained. Highlighting progress of SSA in the district, Deputy Director Elementary Education P. N. Parsirsa said that ‘Right to Educations Act’ is being implemented in the district and no student is left from attending school.
He said that 32 physically challenged children were also getting education under special schools in the district. He pointed that no school is without school building as SSA is providing funds to develop schools and other infrastructure in the
district. He assured of providing buildings to newly notified schools as department has ample funds to spend. During the second day of the campaign it was also mentioned that that Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, MNREGA, is likely to give an impetus to apple production in Lahaul-Spiti district as it has helped to increase the
area of cultivation. Deputy Director (officiating) Dr. Sonam Angrup said that during last plantation season as many as 95456 apple plants were disbursed to more than 1500 farmers in the district. He said that under the MNREGA component, the area under apple cultivation has increased from 660 hectares to 910 hectare in the district during the period from 2009 to 2010.