Himachal chief minister, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, was presented Seven prestigious awards on behalf of the State of Himachal Pradesh by Mr. Pranav Mukherjee, Union Finance Minister in the State of States Conclave organised by the India Today Group at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi today.
Himachal Pradesh has been adjudged the Fastest Mover State in overall performance, Fastest Mover State in Macro Economy for the period of 2003-09; Fastest Mover State for the year 2003-09 in investment. In addition to this, Himachal also ranked highest among the Best Big States in education, health and investment and macro economy.
Prof. Dhumal participated in all the three interactive sessions presided over by Sharad Pawar, Union Agriculture Minister, Kapil Sibal, Union HRD Minister and S.Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister for Urban Development.
India Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie while delivering his inaugural address, said that smaller states like Himachal had set benchmarks in education and health.