Himachal witnessing socio-economic revolution in rural areas: Prem Kumar Dhumal


Chief Minister, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal said that State Government’s policies and programmes were resulting in speedy socio-economic resurgence in rural areas as number of schemes were being implemented through Panchayati Raj Institutions. The active participation of women in PRI’s has made a big difference and they had been contributing significantly in socio-economic strengthening of the State. He said that after giving them 50 percent reservation in PRI’s, the state government has given them 33 percent reservation in Cooperative Societies also.

Prof. Dhumal was speaking on occasion of launching of episode of ‘Mein Aur Mera Himachal’, a series on developmental programmes of the government. He said that in all 20 such episodes have been prepared on various sectors which would be shown to the people of the State in the rural areas so that people could know about policies and programmes of the Government.

Chief Minister said that various schemes being implemented through PRI’s had changed the socio-economic scenario of the rural areas and a silent revolution was already in progress. He said that the emphasis given by the State Government on rain water harvesting was showing exceptional results as farmers had started to grow surplus vegetables after getting irrigation facilities even in barren land. It was with these efforts that the off-season vegetable production had gone up to 2200 crore from merely 200 crore in a very short time in the State. He said the government was endeavouring to save every drop of water so that farming community could get more water for irrigation.

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