Shimla, Nov 10 (UNI) Reiterating the Congress' commitment for the development of tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said his government had spent a sum of Rs 517 crore on these areas during the last five years.
Addressing elections meetings at Tabo, Pin Valley and Losar village in Lahaul Spiti assembly constituency in support of party candidate Phunchog Rai, he said his government had earmarked nine per cent under the tribal sub plan for the development of the tribal areas alone.
Mr Singh said Congress was the only party that understood the difficult geographical location of the tribal district and had accordingly prepared plans for its speedy development.
The present state government emphasied on the need of completing development projects on time due to the limited working period in the entire district, he said.
He said in Spiti Valley alone the present Congress Government had spent a sum of Rs 89 crore on constructing 98 km new roads and 31 government buildings.
Besides, 13 gram panchayats were connected with motorable roads and eight new educational institutions opened during the period, he said.
Referring to the low voltage problem in the entire Valley, the Chief Minister said work was on the lines and once this was completed, the problem would be solved for ever.