Kangra to be developed as sports hub: Anurag

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala/Mandi, August 21

Sports has given him an identity and the sector is close to his heart, said Union Minister for Information amp; Broadcasting and Sports amp; Youth Affairs Anurag Thakur while speaking to mediapersons here today. "I will work to develop Kangra district as a sports hub and that will also develop tourism and boost employment in the area," he said.

Earlier, Anurag was accorded a rousing welcome at the border near Baijnath in Kangra district by party leaders and workers this afternoon. Rakesh Pathania, Minister for Forests, Sports and Youth Affairs, brought hundreds of BJP workers in cars from Nurpur to welcome Anurag.

Vidhan Sabha Speaker Vipin Singh Parmar and Rajya Sabha member Indu Goswami along with their supporters, too, separately welcomed Anurag at the Kangra border. Many party workers jostled to take a selfie with the Union minister in the Baijnath area.

Mandi railway line

Our government has started the work on the Bhanupali-Leh railway line. As soon as the work is completed up to Bilaspur, the construction of the railway line to Mandi will start. — Anurag Thakur, Union Minister

In Palampur, veteran BJP leader and former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar welcomed Anurag at the Vivekanand Medical Research Trust. In Dharamsala constituency, he was welcomed by MLA Vishal Nehria and his supporters.

However, the warm welcome accorded to him has surprised many. Sources said that BJP workers, who were feeling sidelined under the present set-up, saw hope in Anurag after his elevation as a Cabinet minister in the Union Government. They said that the Dhumal faction threw its weight to make his visit to the state a success.

In Mandi, while addressing mediapersons, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur were ensuring good governance and as a result the people of the state were getting the benefits of Centrally-sponsored schemes.

"Our government has started the work on the Bhanupali-Leh railway line. As soon as the work is completed up to Bilaspur, the construction of the railway line to Mandi will start," he added.

He said, "I am on a five-day visit to the state to participate in the Jan Aashirwad Yatra. I will cover 38 Assembly segments and four parliamentary constituencies. I am receiving a good response from the public, which is the result of good governance".

Anurag said, "I will do my best to serve the people of the state as well as the nation. It is true that the people of Himachal have huge expectations from me as I am a Union Cabinet minister. I will make every possible effort to come up to their expectations".

He said that the Congress was unable to digest that the Prime Minister had given an opportunity to young leaders to serve the people of the country. "The Central Government is also promoting sports and spending a considerable amount of money on players' training. As a result, Indian players performed better in the Olympics this year and brought laurels to the nation," he added.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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