Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday called Niti Aayog Deputy Chairman Suman Bery and urged him to provide special aid of Rs 1,000 crore to the state for the Mandi Airport.
It has also applied for a special grant of Rs 1,000 crore in the current financial year to boost air connectivity in the state.
Thakur also discussed various issues regarding the state with the Vice President of Aayog and briefed him on the efforts being made to boost air connectivity in Himachal Pradesh.
He said a joint venture agreement has been signed between the state government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the construction of a greenfield airport at Mandi.
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh also urged Bery to extend the Industrial Development Program-2017 for the next five years to accelerate the pace of industrial development in the state.
Thakur also briefed Deputy Chairman of Niti Aayog on the efforts of the government of Himachal Pradesh to promote natural farming in the state and added that more than 1.70 lakh farmers were associated with the natural farming campaign .
The state government has set a target of putting about 50,000 acres of land under natural farming in the current fiscal year, in addition to developing a model of natural farming in all 3,615 gram panchayats. , he added.
The Chief Minister sought to sanction a bulk drug park for the state that would not only attract big investment but also generate jobs for local youths.
He asked the vice president of Niti Aayog to issue the necessary guidelines to issue the notification of nine proposed national highways.
Niti Aayog member VK Paul, Resident Commissioner Meera Mohanty and Niti Aayog officers were present at the meeting.
The Chief Minister also called Union Minister Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and briefed him on the state government’s efforts for Mandi Airport.
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