Chandigarh, Jan 20 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh faces a multitude of challenges and the new government will focus on its intrinsic human resource strengths to quicken the pace of development in the state, Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Dr Rajiv Bindal said here today.
Giving a comprehensive overview of the challenges being faced by the state with a delicate ecology, at a symposium organised by the Panchnad Shodh Sansthan on 'Challenges before Himachal Pradesh' here, he said the state government will do all it can to create jobs for nearly eight lakh unemployed during the remaining period of industrial package and by ensuring quality education.
About 93 per cent of the population was dependent on Agriculture and Horticulture, the state would encourage herbal cultivation. The government would try to generate more electricity using the river waters.
Replying to questions from participants, Dr Bindal said gearing of Government Machinery would be of paramount priority for the Government in order to ensure efficiency in the administration.
He said religious tourism and adventure tourism would be developed further to make it a profitable economic activity.
Stress would be laid on human resource development by bringing reforms in the education system keeping in view the present day requirements.
He revealed that Hamirpur, Mandi and Una were the priority stations for opening up of health education institutions, including nursing and those who intend to open these institutions would be given adequate facilities.
He also said sterilization process of monkeys has been started to protect crops and thereby give solace to the farmers from the monkey-menace.
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