Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat has stressed the need to actively involving youth in creating awareness among the masses about the social evils like drug addiction, untouchability and female foeticides etc. He was participating in 2–day Governor’s Conference organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today.
While elaborating the priorities of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Dev Vrat said that after having interaction with senior officers, NGOs working in the social sector and entrepreneurs, the focus has been given to drug de-addiction, organic farming, indigenous cow breeding, tourism, environment, cleanliness and ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programmes.
The Governor said that there is a need to involve masses particularly the youth to create awareness in the society so that a movement of eradication of social evils could be started in the State. He said that Himachal has progressed in a right direction despite tough topographical conditions for which the credit goes to the innocent, peace-loving and hardworking people of the State.
Highlighting the importance of tourism industry in the economic growth of the country, the Governor expressed the need to properly chalk out the plan to harness the tourism potential in the State based on the local needs. He also stressed the need to set up eco-friendly industries in order to generate employment avenues for the youth of the State.
He said that Himachal Pradesh has completely banned sex determination test which has resulted in the increase in the girl child sex ratio. It was a matter of pride that the girls of Himachal Pradesh have been performing well and are excelling in every field. He said that awareness needs to be spread regarding female foeticide for total eradication of social evil.
Acharya Dev Vrat urged the Home Ministry to include Himachal Pradesh in “A” Category State such as Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim and other North East states. He also requested the Central Government to repost the Indo-Tibetan Border Police at 216 km border at Chamba- Jammu and Kashmir which was removed in 1998. He said that it is a terrorism-prone area and it is vital to secure the borders for the security of the people of the State.
He said that Himachal Pradesh has made rapid strides in skill development. He said that the State government was working in the direction of Good Governance, through the support of the I. T. Sector.