Himachal Pradesh Adjudged Best State In India Today Survey


Shimla: For the ‘State of States survey – 2010 conducted by the reputed India Today media group, Himachal Pradesh has bagged the Best State award among big states in the overall performance category for the first time.

On behalf of the state, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal received the award at an impressive ceremony at Delhi today that was presided over by Vice-President Hamid Ansari.

Speaking on the occasion the chief minister said that the government had focused its developmental agenda towards rural areas to ensure that the common man benefited from the government programs first.

The survey adjudged the state best in education, investment and macro economy. In agriculture, governance, infrastructural development and consumer markets the survey placed it among the the top states in the country.

While the survey put the hill states annual growth at 8.1% which is at par with highly industrailised states of Maharashtra, Himachal was also declared at top in housing development programs and was described as a role model in overall development in entire India.

The chief minister let the gathering know that to the disadvantage of states, the central government was concentrating all powers in its hand which was proving detrimental to federal structure of the country.

He said that 13th Finance Commission had grossly miscalculated the committed liabilities like pay, pension and interest, which had put the state in to a great loss.

While every state in the country secured an enhancement of around 125 percent in revenue from the 13th Finance Commission, for Himachal it has only been 50 % increase in its revenues which was lowest among all the states in country. The centre should not discriminate on political considerations, he said.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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43 Comments

  1. says: Vivek Kanungo

    In Holland this news generated so much energy in me I danced in the severe cold 🙂 Well done Himachal, and three cheers to all Himachali’s
    I luv you my Himachal.
    Cheers
    Vivek

  2. says: Yashwant

    It’s realy a great achivement for us but there still many more issues we need to focus on…..I hope each one of us will understand their restonsibility and take the prosperity of this wonderland( my Himachal) forward….

    Proud to be a Himachali

  3. says: MM

    Well done Himachal Pradesh. So proud. I have never been to Himachal Pradesh, but the beauty, spirit and the culture of the people has always intrigued me! I wish that Himachal Pradesh reaches the heights that it deserves and takes India forward. Jai Hind. Jai Himachal. Peace ! 🙂
    Love you fellow Indians… we’re a super star nation.

  4. says: Anamika Rana

    It’s really a good acievement for us ………………………….cheers 🙂
    I LOVE MY HIMACHAL.
    I M PROUD TO BE A HIMACHALI ………!!!

  5. says: kartikeya watts

    its an achievement worthy of loud applause,we should keep the good work going and make the state most progressive among all and set example for the entire nation.

  6. says: Sandeep

    Two in a row(not to forget last year also we were slected/awarded as the best improving state), Just wanted to thank everyone for the continued focus, as the only true report about whatever we do is the one that comes directly from the head and sub head the country .i am sure this is just the begining and many more to be followed

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