CM declares Dharamshala as second capital of Himachal Pradesh


    HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh declared Dharamshala (which is situated in the snow-capped majestic and mighty Dhauladhar range) as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh. Camping at Dharamshala these days during the second week of his Annual Winter Sojourn, he made this declaration after news appeared in some sections of the media, which said that the State Government was meditating over declaring Dharamshala as Winter Capital of the State for two months in a year.


    He said,”Dharamshala had a significance and history of its own and fully deserved to be the second capital of the State.” “Dharamshala held a special importance and value to the lower areas of Himachal Pradesh including Kangra, Chamba, Hamirpur and Una districts. The people of these areas would now be benefitted of this special status and they would not have to travel to longer distance for their works.”, he added. He said that Dharamshala was already marked prominently not only in the map of India but of the world due to its significance owing to many reasons including religious, natural and adventurous tourism.


    He said that Dharamshala is the home of H.H. the Dalai Lama which attracts the people across the world. Prominent personalities of the world visited this hilly town throughout the year. Chief Minister told that a full-fledged Winter Session of HP Vidhan Sabha was held for the first time outside Shimla in December, in 2005. A complete Vidhan Sabha Bhawan was already working at Tapovan, for which the foundation was laid in his last tenure in 2006. This town had already been a witness of holding 12 Winter Sessions of HP Vidhan Sabha so far.


    Virbhadra Singh told that it was he, who introduced the practice of annual winter sojourn way back in 1994 to hear the people out and see for himself the progress of development works being carried out in the area. It shall be the second State after J&K to have two state Capitals in North India. CM however did not disclose that how the offices shall shift from Shimla to Dharamshala in Winter.

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    Arvind Sharma is a permanent resident of Dharamshala in HP, and is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 22 years of experience. He started his writing career from local weekly Himachal Kesri and later worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Vir Partap and Ajit. Currently, he is working with news agency PTI. He was conferred with the Himachal Kesri journalism award in 2010.

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