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Himachal CM Launches Manali Winter Carnival

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Manali : Sukhvinder Sukhu, the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, opened the five-day Winter Carnival at the national level on Tuesday.

He also led the carnival procession from the Circuit House and said prayers at the revered Hidimba Temple.

More than 250 Mahila Mandals and cultural troupes from Himachal Pradesh and other states participated in the Parade, showcasing a lively display of customs and cultures along with messages in favor of social causes.

Additionally, Sukhu opened the Manu Rangshala cultural program, which serves as the festival’s stage for five days. Twenty-five cultural groups from different states will perform at the carnival, including star-studded nights.

He also expressed keen interest in the tableaux brought out by Mahila Mandals, departments and other institutions.

The Chief Minister announced an increase in the ‘Protsahan Rashi’ for Mahila Mandals from Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000. Additionally, a provision of Rs 10 crore would be made for a new bridge near Pandrah (15 Mile) in Manali.

He said that the Rohtang Manalsu, a state-run tourism hotel in Manali, will be renovated, besides a study will be conducted to explore the possibility of creating parking on the land of electricity board.

The Chief Minister also announced to organise skiing events in Manali in the future.

He reiterated that Kullu district had suffered huge loss during the last year’s disaster.

“Even I could not reach Kullu to preside over the state-level function of Independence Day due to the massive devastation caused by the monsoon fury,” said Sukhu.

According to the Chief Minister, 4,000 of the state’s 16,000 damaged homes were completely demolished.

He also chastised the state BJP leaders for their remarks made at a time when the state was experiencing the worst disaster in a decade. BJP leaders, however, opposed the government’s resolution to label the Himachal Pradesh tragedy a “national disaster” during an assembly session.

He said that no BJP MP had asked the Prime Minister for financial support, even though he was willing to work with them for the good of the state.

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