By:Mohan Lal Verma
Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalyan Singh has stressed upon the need for connecting the hill state with Leh through a railway line.
Speaking at the Governor’s Conference held in New Delhi today Mr. Kalyan Singh said that many factors pose challenges for the state which include sharing borders with China, militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, tourist influx, difficult geographical conditions and danger of natural disasters and there is a desperate need of enhancing the funds allocation under the Border Area Development Program. He also underlined the need for strengthening infrastructure and police establishments in border districts of the state.
Governor also urged the centre to bear the entire security expenditure of His Holiness ‘Dalai Lama’ and ‘Karmapa Lama’ so that the resources of state could be used for strengthening the police force. Mr. Singh also requested the centre to enhance the time limit prescribed for completion of developmental works under Border Area Development Program and construction works of hostels for tribal students.