His Holiness the Dalai Lama will inaugurate a national seminar on Strategies for the Development of Himachal Pradesh on 2 June at the Club House, McLeod Ganj.
Organised by Divya Himachal, the first vernacular newspaper of the state, the seminar will be attended by the state's Chief Minister, ministers for Power, Tourism, Industry and Forest, secretaries and other senior officials from the central and state governments, businessmen and management experts.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will also address the inaugural function.
On the occasion, noted Indian actor Anupam Kher, who hails from the state, will be honoured with the Divya Himachal Award for Excellence for the year 2005.
The seminar will analyze the prevailing realities and climate of development in the state and discuss issues like optimising hydel power generation, innovative rural, religious and eco friendly tourism, employment, information technology and most importantly local interests and participation.
According to the organisers, the seminar is a non-political endeavor to deliberate on the issues in a professional approach. ' It will focus on the development as secular issue to garner all our support.'