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Himachal Dy CM Mukesh Agnihotri: HRTC to start 175 new bus routes for pilgrims

Himachal Dy CM Mukesh Agnihotri: HRTC to start 175 new bus routes for pilgrims

Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri addresses a public meeting at Sarkaghat in Mandi on Friday. Photo: Jai Kumar



Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 2

Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri today said that the HRTC would run around 175 new bus routes for pilgrims. The bus service would be available to all major temples of Himachal as well as in other states.

He added that soon, 700 drivers and conductors would be recruited and 350 electric buses would be added to the HRTC fleet.

Lays stones of drinking water projects

Agnihotri laid the foundation stones of three drinking water projects worth Rs 15 crore at Navahi and Rakhota in Sarkaghat and the work to strengthen the source of various drinking water schemes to be constructed at a cost of Rs 7.95 crore under the Jal Jeevan Mission at Rakhota.

Agnihotri presided over the ‘Sarkar Gaon Ke Dwar’ programme organised at Rakhota panchayat of the Sarkaghat Assembly constituency in Mandi district. HPCC president Pratibha Singh was also present on the occasion. The Deputy Chief Minister said, “The Congress government is working to provide employment to the youth. Recruitment is being done in government departments. As many as 10,000 youth will be recruited in the Jal Shakti Department.”

He said, “Public welfare is the priority of the government led by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. Our effort is to create an advanced Himachal of people’s dreams through the politics of love, goodwill and development.”

Agnihotri said that during the previous BJP government, former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur continuously refused to resume the old pension scheme for employees. “During the previous BJP government, the state employees faced dejection. Whenever they went to Shimla to raise their demands, they were beaten with sticks, cases were filed against them and their transfer orders were issued,” he alleged.

He said, “We fulfilled the promise of restoring the old pension scheme for 1.36 lakh employees in the state. The government will pass a Bill regarding pension in the Assembly so that the old pension scheme can never be discontinued in future.”

Agnihotri announced Rs 25 lakh for the renovation of the ancient pond of the Navahi Mata temple at Sarkaghat, Rs 5 lakh for the improvement of a stage at Rakhota panchayat and Rs 10 lakh for the beautification of the ancient Batali Mata temple.

He also announced Rs 5,000 each for mahila mandals of all 16 panchayats of the Bhadrota area and approved starting of two new buses from Bhadrota to religious places outside the state.

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