First-time CM Jai Ram Thakur completes three years in office this week. Thakur spoke to Ashwani Sharma at his official residence, Oakover, in Shimla on battling Covid and sustainable development in the hill state. Excerpts:
How has it been as a first-time CM?
We have given a government totally committed to the public cause, ensuring all-round development free from corruption. We have looked after the welfare of all vulnerable sections. Unfortunately, Covid disrupted our targets to a great extent. But we have tried to move ahead, not allowing the pandemic to derail our resolve.
What is your single-biggest achievement?
I really feel proud of changing the political culture. I have been successful in ending the politics of vendetta. Every time there was a power change, there used to be cases filed against political opponents. Our own previous governments did that, though the Congress was far more brazen. A lot of valuable time of...