Shimla,FMNews - All Indians are proud of the development story written by the people of Himachal Pradesh in the past 50 years, said the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
He was addressing the special session of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in Shimla today (September 17, 2021). This special session was being organised on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Statehood of Himachal Pradesh.
The President said that all the previous governments of Himachal Pradesh have played an important role in this developmental journey. He appreciated contributions made by former Chief Ministers - Late Dr. Y.S. Parmar, Late Shri Thakur Ram Lal, Shri Shanta Kumar, Shri Prem Kumar Dhumal and Late Shri Virbhadra Singh.
He said that the initiative taken by the Himachal Pradesh government to take the development journey of the state to the people is highly commendable. Himachal Pradesh has set new dimensions of development in various fields. He noted that according to a report by NITI Aayog, Himachal Pradesh ranks second in the country in the “Sustainable Development Goals – India Index 2020-21”. He said that Himachal Pradesh is the leading state in the country on many parameters. He appreciated the government of Himachal Pradesh for these achievements.
Pointing to the fact that water of rivers of Himachal Pradesh is clean and soil is full of nutrients, the President urged the farmers of the state to adopt natural farming more and more and keep their land free from chemical fertilizers.
The President said that eco-friendly agriculture, horticulture, tourism, education, employment - especially self-employment - etc. have immense potential for sustainable development in Himachal Pradesh. This state is full of natural beauty. Therefore, we should make continuous efforts for development while preserving its natural beauty and heritages.
The President also mentioned that while greeting Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on his birthday this morning, he informed him about this function and the Prime Minister has conveyed his greetings to the people and government of Himachal Pradesh on the completion of 50 years of statehood of Himachal Pradesh.