Himachal to develop transport town, subsidise essential commodities
Abu Sheikh | 07 Apr 2008

 Himachal to develop transport town, subsidise essential commodities



Abu Sheikh



Himachal Pradesh government is considering to developing a transport town near Baddi industrial area to facilitate truck operators and provide them necessary facilities to improve services. A provision of Rs. 90 crore had been made for subsidizing essential commodities during current financial year, besides, rationalizing the government supply and transportation rates by respective departments.


This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister while addressing a public meeting at Darlaghat in district Solan, after he dedicated the new Solan District Truck Operators office building to the operators, today.



The chief minister said that it was only after the present Government returned to power that a provision was made to subsidize the essential commodities. He said that the previous Government had not made any budgetary provision to subsidize the essential commodities. He said that all-out efforts would be made to maintain the price line of essential commodities so that the common man was benefitted.


Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal alleged that wrong policies of the UPA Government were resulting into cost escalation of essential commodities. He said that till the year 2004, the country was exporting grains to other needy countries and the poor and deserving sections of the society were provided essential commodities at nominal prices. He said that poor aged above 65 years were given free ration upto 10 kg. for their sustenance. He said that it was the responsibility of the union Government to ensure supply and availability of essential commodities to consumers.


Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the State Government had assured the single widows, who had called on him last week, to get separate ration cards and free medical treatment during their sickness and added that the State Government was committed to look after the welfare of the vulnerable sections of the society and provide them benefits. He said that all the pending social security pension cases of widows were being examined and would be decided on priority.



Gobind Ram Sharma, Local MLA also welcomed the Chief Minister to his segment and apprised of various demands of truck operators. He said that enhancement in daily wages and social security pension were example of the intentions of the State Government since it was committed towards the development of weaker sections of the society.


Earlier, Rattan Mishra, President, Solan District Truck Operators Cooperative Society Ltd. welcomed the Chief Minister and apprised him of society demands and urged for remedial steps to help operators.