Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today confirmed that not only Himachal but the other hilly and backward states would also find mention in the Union rail budget, 2015. While interacting with the media persons Mr. Singh also said that Modi government is expected to mention an adequate financial allocation in the rail budget.
Mr. Singh while talking to the media after returning from two week long winter sojourn of Kangra district also confirmed that the matter was taken up with Government of India to extend rail link from Bilaspur- Bhanupalli-Beri to Leh. Apart from this, the government was contemplating to put up with Union Railway Ministry to extend the rail link further from Mandi to Pathankot through the mid regions of the lower hills so that it could be connected with broad-gauge at Pathankot or around thereby linking the state with other parts of the country. This would not only increase tourism in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh region but would also facilitate quick movement of troops and equipments.
It is actually the Union Railway Ministry, which meets the finances for developing rail tracks, but on sensing approach of the Ministry, the state government had offered to contribute in the ratio 75:25 so that the process of construction of rail track could be expedited. When asked about the Union budget, he hoped the budget to be progressive and growth oriented and at the same time the Union Government will keep in mind the growing unemployment and take necessary decisions so as to expand the industrial sector and make it employment oriented. He said that the centre should rather increase the share of the state.
The Chief Minister while answering to a question on the formation of Trust of Lord Raghunath temple in Kullu he said that it was necessary for better management, upkeep and safety of the temple. He said that the royal family of Kullu is directly associated with Lord Raghunath including the people of Kullu who were emotionally attached with it being their chief deity.