100 Days, Dil Se: Jai Ram Thakur sets mantras for new Himachal Government


“Go for 100 days, ‘Dil Se'(whole-heartedly) for completing the pending works and set targets for yourself for accomplishing the goal set. Repeat it again for the next 100 days to take up the new challenges for implementing the programmes of the government in letter and spirit, with new ideas and initiatives.”, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting of administrative secretaries and Head of Departments in the first-ever meeting after taking over the charge of the Chief Minister today.

“Not just a routine work, but you have to think beyond that, you have think ‘out of the box’ so that we all together can make Himachal a State, for others to follow”, said the Chief Minister. This is what is expected from us by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Though Himachal is a small state much is expected in terms of development and welfare for which the support of all the officers is required, stated Mr Thakur. We are open to suggestions at any forum and we ensure that the Government will fully co-operate and expects the same from the departments.

The main priority is to give a push to the centrally sponsored schemes, which were quite a sideline and the work went at a snail’s pace in the previous government regime, said the Chief Minister adding that we require to implement and accomplish them effectively. It was a matter of pride that even the Prime Minister in a recent meeting wished to see Himachal Pradesh as a trendsetter in the field of development in the country, said Sh. Jai Ram Thakur.

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As there was no dearth of funds and projects from the Central Government during the last few years, but the saddest part was that these were not implemented in letter and spirit, he said. I want all of you to work beyond routine and come out with new initiatives and ideas, said the Chief Minister. He said that though there was a loan burden of more than 45000 crores, yet the motive was to go ahead in a planned manner to achieve the goals.

The Chief Minister made it clear that there would be zero-tolerance towards corruption even at the highest level and there will be a complete check on it. One should ensure that if anyone was found indulging in corrupt practices, appropriate action would be taken against them. We expect best possible contribution from all of you so as to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the state. The Chief Minister stressed that every department will make its presentation of the work done and the targets fixed which would be reviewed by the Chief Minister’s office as well by the concerned Ministries.

It was rather sad to discuss the way the inauguration and foundation stone laying spree was conducted a year back by the previous regime, just to take credit. “Our Government believes in doing work, getting the job done and not to publicize the same amongst the people for the sake of propagating”, he said. Chief Secretary, Vineet Chawdhry, assured the Chief Minister that the administration will come up to his expectations and will work to benefit the people. We will work at the ground zero level to accomplish the tasks sincerely, he said.

Irrigation and Public Health minister, Mahender Singh Thakur, MPP and Power Minister, Mr Anil Sharma, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dr Rajiv Saizal, Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Manisha Nanda were also present on the occasion amongst all administrative secretaries and Head of departments of the state government.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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