Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday addressed a public rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala marking one year of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state. Soon after his arrival, he released a document titled ‘Maandar Prayaas Ka, Ek Saal Vikas Ka’, highlighting achievements of the state government in the last one year.
The Prime Minister also interacted with the beneficiaries of various government schemes. Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Union Health Minister J P Nadda, BJP state in-charge Mangal Pandey and BJP state president Satpal Singh reached Dharamshala Wednesday and took stock of the preparations at the rally site. The BJP had wrested power from the Congress in the state assembly elections last year.
Meanwhile, around 43 people including 40 students were injured when the bus in which they were travelling skidded off road and turned turtle. Reportedly three students are serious and have been referred to Tanda Medical college near Kangra. SHO Kangra Mehar Singh informed that 40 students including 29 girls ( all between 20-22 age group) of a private computer centre located in Nagrota Surian were travelling on a bus along with two teachers. The Prime Minister has asked the state government to ensure adequate relief measures.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Dharamshala today to address a rally. Follow LIVE updates
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PM Modi asks state govt to ensure adequate relief measures to the injured
Around 43 people including 40 students were injured when the bus in which they were travelling skidded off road and turned turtle. Reportedly three students are serious and have been referred to Tanda Medical college near Kangra. SHO Kangra Mehar Singh informed that 40 students including 29 girls ( all between 20-22 age group) of a private computer centre located in Nagrota Surian were travelling on a bus along with two teachers. The accident took place near Lunj, a town located 37 km from Dharamshala District headquarters. The bus, which belongs to a convent school, was on high speed and fell off the road around 5-6 meters deep along with the trees. Driver Ashok Kumar has been booked for negligence. All the injured were admitted in Primary Health Centre Lunj. At the moment all are stable.
Referring to the accident, PM Modi has asked the state govt to ensure adequate relief measures.
35 students on way to attend PM's rally in Dharamshala injured as bus overturns
Meanwhile, as many as 35 students of a computer training centre, on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Dharamshala, were injured when their bus overturned in Jawali sub-division of Kangra district on Thursday morning, a district official said. They were on their way to Police Grounds, Dharamshala, in a private school bus to attend Modi's 'Jan Abhar Rally' being organised to mark the first anniversary of the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh. Among the injured, the condition of five is stated to be critical and they have been admitted to hospital, the district official said.
PM Modi praises Himachal's "home stays" venture
He further says, "These people (opposition) are doing the same with farmers. In Punjab, don't know how many promises were made to waive off farmers loans before polls, not even a penny has been given till date. I like the name that Jai ram ji has given to this one year completion that we have "honestly tried". We have never said that people's rooftops will be made of gold, or there will be a car parked outside every home. We have never made these claims." The Prime Minister praises Himachal's "home stays" venture, saying there are more than 80k home stays registered online, for which I congratulate the Himachal Pradesh government.
We gave Rs 12,000 crore to soldiers in four instalments: PM Modi
Taking about the One Rank One Pension scheme, PM Modi says, "For the last 40 years, this country's soldier was demanding for one rank one pension scheme. The then government fooled our soldiers and kept only Rs 500 crore. When we came to power, I called for the file and officers were left stunned. There was nothing. We realised there was Rs 12000 crore required for it. It's difficult for govt to take out 12k crore in one go. I called soldiers, asked them that I'll give it in 4-5 instalments. Today I am happy, we gave it in four instalments and my soldiers have received the money."
PM Modi says infrastructure projects worth Rs 26k crore are going on various corners of Himachal
PM Modi also says infrastructure projects worth Rs 26k crore are going on various corners of the state. "We have chnaged the coaches of Kalka-Shimla railway and have designed these with transparent sheets so that travellers can feel the nature's beauty. In transformation of Himachal, tourism and transportation are extremely vital. India is becoming a tourist attraction for the world. In 2013, India received 70 lakh foreign tourists. In 2017, the number increased to 1 crore. In 2013, tourists spent 18 billion dollars. In 2017, it increased to 27 billion dollars. This means all this money also reaches small and medium households. E-visa that we started has also increased tourism in the country."
Aerated drinks like Pepsi, Fanta will include 5 per cent of natural fruit juice: PM Modi
PM Modi further says, "We called people from Pepsi, cola, Fanta and these types of aerated drinks and asked them to include five per cent of natural fruit juice in these drinks. Many companies are coming forward to do so. It is going to generate a good market for our farmers in coming days."
PM Modi praises local Kangra food cuisines
PM Modi says, "Whenever I get a chance to come to HP, it feels as if I have come back home. I am happy to see that all those who used to work with me at tehsil and district level have, within 2 decades, become front row leaders of Himachal." PM Modi praised local Kangra food cuisines and madra. Talking about Lahaul's potato, the Prime Minister says, "When I used to work here in Himachal, I always felt how this brilliant crop gets destroyed even before it reaches the market. A few days earlier a decision was taken that will benefit Himachal in a big way."
Ujjawala Yojana helped people get their own gas burners: CM Thakur
Meanwhile, praising the Ujjawala Yojana, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said, "People in Himachal had to go to neighbour's home to see how a gas burner functions, how food is cooked on it. This scheme helped people to get their own gas burners. I thank PM as in the last one year Himachal received 9,000 crores grant from the union government. In 2014, all four Lok Sabha seats were won by BJP, I will urge everybody that we again ensure that all four seats of Himachal Pradesh are won by BJP in 2019."
Himachal is being given 72k crore rupees now: PM Modi
PM Modi says, "During the previous government, Himachal used to get 21k crore, but when BJP govt came to power, I was given a chance to serve you all, Himachal is being given 72k crore rupees. It has only become possible because the Government of India believes that each and every penny from this penny will be spent by HP govt judiciously in state's development."
PM Modi praises Jai Ram Thakur for his work
PM Modi says, "I congratulate Jai Ram ji and his team for so many initiatives that have been taken by this government in last one year. I request you all (people) to ensure that this documentary (which was shown) must reach on the mobile phone of each and every Himachal resident." "Kahawat hai ke Pahaar ka paani aur pahaar ki jawani kabhi pahaar ke kaam nahi aati.. lekin aaj Himachal sarkar ne siddh kar ke dikha diya hai ki pahaar ka paani bhi Himachal ke kaam aa raha hai aur pahaar ki jawani bhi pahaar ke kaam aayegi," says Modi praising the Himachal government on skill development programs and other youth-oriented schemes.
Jai Ram Thakur govt has worked in villages in one year: PM Modi
PM Modi says: "Himachal is a land of Gods and Goddesses. Every village here is God's own village. Along with being 'dev-bhoomi', Himachal also belongs to the brave-hearted people. The Jai Ram Thakur government in Himachal Pradesh has worked towards reaching people in villages."
Have redressed over 20,000 public grievances in a year: Jai Ram Thakur
Jai Ram Thakur says, "In last one year, we have redressed more than 20,000 public grievances on the spot."
Dharamshala holds a tourist significance: Jai Ram Thakur
Before PM Modi's address, a documentary on what all Himachal Pradesh achieved in last one year was played. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur says: "Dharamshala holds a tourist significance. It is a dev-bhoomi with dhauladhar mountain range blessing us. Dalai Lama's residence is also here."
Jam-packed police ground at PM Modi's rally in Dharamshala
Jam-packed Dharamshala's police ground where PM Modi is going to address a rally. Himachal Pradesh's incumbent and former MLAs taking pictures of the crowd.
Himachal CM says he has covered 63 assembly constituencies in a year
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who visited the site Wednesday, said he has covered 63 assembly constituencies of the state in this period, which has helped him to interact directly with the masses. "It is with the active cooperation and support of the people of the state that Himachal Pradesh has scaled the new heights of development in most of the sectors for which it has been recognised at the national level," he said, while expressing hope that the state would emerge as a model state for rest of the country in the coming years.
PM Modi to address rally shortly
PM Modi released a document titled ‘Maandar Prayaas Ka, Ek Saal Vikas Ka’, highlighting achievements of the state government in the last one year.
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