Himachal to have transparent administration: Guv

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 18:12

Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday promised an "effective, accountable and transparent" administration while according top most priority to overall development.

Addressing the opening day of the Winter session of the newly-elected Assembly here, Governor Urmila Singh highlighted the priorities of the Virbhadra Singh government.

She said the resolve of the government is to make Himachal a fully developed state in the next five years.

The Governor said people of this state have always supported progressive policies and have given a mandate to the present government to attain the objectives of all round development.

"Advance thinking and planning have already been initiated and the government will come out with comprehensive pronouncements through its budget for 2013-14," Singh said.

Describing the government employees` role in the state, the Governor said they are the very backbone.

"The victimisation of elected representatives and of certain section of the society through Government machinery during the last five years will be stopped and government will discourage politicisation of employees," the Governor said in her speech.

However, corruption will not be tolerated in any form and all cases of graft would be inquired into independently, she said.

Whosoever is found guilty shall not be spared and shall be proceeded against, as per law.

The state government has adopted the Election Manifesto of the Congress as its policy document and has started its implementation, Singh said.

For employment generation, government will, in a phased manner, introduce innovative employment programmes in all sectors of the economy.

Himachal Pradesh is predominantly horticultural and agricultural economy and means of livelihood of a vast multitude of our population directly depend upon it, she said, adding that the government will undertake all such measures that go to protect the interests of lakhs of small and marginal farmers.

Majority of the population of Himachal lives in villages and in order to strengthen the rural economy, decentralisation of power will be done upto rural level, she said.

Top most priority of the government would be to ensure the benefits of development reach farmers, horticulturists, labourers, unemployed and upto the last man in the society, she said.

The Governor said, "I am fully confident that all the honourable members will work with selfless and tireless devotion in the service of the people of Himachal Pradesh and continuously strive for making this beautiful hill state a model of hill area development."
She welcomed the members of newly-constituted 12th Vidhan Sabha.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 18:12

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