Shimla, The Himachal Pradesh government has taken various initiatives to strengthen the Panchayati Raj institutions and has set aside a budget of Rs.414 crore for them this year, a statement said here on Sunday.
All panchayats in the state have been computerized to ensure smooth and effective execution of their day-to-day functioning, besides bringing more transparency and responsiveness to them, the statement said.
The computerization has proved helpful in maintaining accounts and records. Modern software applications under Mission Mode Project of the central government have been introduced in the Panchayati Raj system.
The Panchayati Raj institutions’ functionaries have been imparted training to make them efficient in using these applications.
Under this project 12 assistant programmers and 75 computer operators have been recruited, it said.
To provide internet connectivity in all panchayats of the tribal district of Kinnaur, each panchayat has been provided Rs.31.40 lakh for v-set during 2014-15.
A sum of Rs.391.39 crore has been received for strengthening the Panchayati Raj institutions under the 13th Finance Commission during the past two and a half years, which includes Rs.86.14 crore during 2012-13, Rs.153.47 during 2013-14 and Rs.151.78 during 2014-15.
The state government would release Rs.109 crore from the state budget during 2015-16. Besides, Rs.195 crore would also be sanctioned for the panchayats on the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission, the statement added.
Tirthan Valley is an unexplored mountain valley in Himachal Pradesh
It has something for everyone
One can do activities like trekking, birdwatching and camping, etc. at Tirthan Valley
India is full of mountains and there is no dearth of trekking destinations. However, most of the trekking destinations in India have now become highly cliche and overcrowded. Wherever you go, you will find tourists loitering around.
Many people go on treks in search of peace and adventure, however, most of the popular trekking spots have now become highly commercial hubs where locals are trying to capitalise on their location. But, there is this one hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh which is still hugely unexplored. the Tirthan Valley.
Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is relatively unknown and has something for everyone. It offers activities like wildlife watching, trekking and fishing, etc.
Here is the list of few reasons as to why Tirthan Valley should be on your must-visit destinations list:
Beautiful River and Riverside Houses
Tirthan Valley has really beautiful forests and through them flows the Tirthan River. The river is one of the reasons why Tirthan Valley looks so beautiful. Also, you can find riverside guest houses which don’t only look beautiful but are also incredibly cosy.
Beautiful mountains surrounded by clouds
The backdrop of Tirthan valley is the beautiful mountain range which seems to be touching the sky, there are dense coniferous forests and sprawling alpine meadows which are perfect for sigh-seeing. Not only is it beautifully serene, but also it is one of the best places in Himachal Pradesh for bird watching.
Visit the Serolsar Lake
Tirthan valley doesn’t disappoint the lake-lovers either. There are two beautiful lakes which you can visit, the Serolsar Lake which is a 6 km trek from the Jalori Pass. This lake in the middle of rocks and snow is one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see. There you can also visit a tiny temple devoted to Goddess Buddhi Nagin, the mother of the 60 Nag Devtas who are believed to reside in the lake.
Experience the Chehni Kothi Charm
While in Tirthan Valley, visit the charming 1500 years old castle, Chehni Kothi. It was once a 15 storeys high building but now only 10 storeys remain. Chehni Kothi is built in traditional style and is the tallest structure in the Western Himalayan region.
A hike from the Rolla village will lead you to the beautiful waterfall amidst the forested valley. The tiny waterfall is perfect for a small a picnic. Its clean and pristine water will surely make for a serene ambience.
Other than what all is mentioned above, one can camp under a starry night at the Tirthan valley. One can also witness the culture and tradition of the place. Tirthan valley is a beautiful place full of fresh energy which won’t disappoint you.