Chandigarh: Union Steel minister and former
HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday launched a scathing
attack on the state government, calling it "perhaps the worst
government which Himachal has ever had".
"It (Dhumal government) is perhaps the worst government
which Himachal has ever had. They have not even one single
achievement to show and have failed on all fronts," Singh told
reporters here tonight after delivering a lecture on
`International Conference on Cooperative Development, Peace
and Security in South, Central, East and whole Asia.`
The event was organised by the Centre for Research in
Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here. Delegates from
the SAARC countries and Canada and Singapore are also
participating in the three-day conference.
"Progress has come to a standstill in Himachal Pradesh
under the Dhumal-headed regime. In education field, they have
failed to add even one school," he alleged.
The Mandi MP also accused the state government of adding
to the mushrooming growth of private universities without
laying any emphasis on the quality of education.
He said his Ministry was looking to bring new technology
for steel manufacturing, which would help manufacture steel
even from inferior quality iron ore. "We are presently
studying this technology in South Korea and Japan."
During his address, he said India and its neighbouring
countries should increase regional cooperation for growth,
prosperity and stability in the South Asian region.
"We have to come together like the European Union has.
Coming together does not mean abolishing boundaries, but we
can have more economic cooperation and make meaningful
contribution for regional development," he said.
On the occasion, Singh announced setting up of Jawahar
Lal Nehru SAIL Chair in socio-economic development at the
CRRID and gave Rs 3 crore for it.