Various decisions were taken in the cabinet meeting held in Almora on Wednesday. In the meeting presided over by the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat at the GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development in Kosi-Katarmal, the long awaited water policy-2019 was approved by the Cabinet. According to sources, stringent provisions have been made in this policy regarding the conservation and exploitation of water sources. A total of 15 proposals were granted approval by the cabinet in its meeting on Wednesday.
Addressing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Cabinet Minister and State Government spokesman Madan Kaushik said that now Uttarakhand would be among the few states in India to implement a water policy.
The aim of this policy to conserve all water sources, balance the environment and prepare structure for effective execution. If the State is able to effectively use the required percentage of the total available water, the developmental efforts will become more effective.
Deliberations were held with 14 departments and institutions before drafting this policy and its approval is a major achievement, he said.
He further informed that the cabinet had granted approval to a resident university in the Soban Singh Jeena campus of the Kumaon university at Almora.
The establishment of this new university will result in colleges in Almora, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh and Champawat getting affliated to it.
This will also be granted approval through an Act in the Vidhan Sabha in the near future, said Kaushik. The cabinet also approved amendment in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode Policy 2012. Fee hike in the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state was also approved. A portion of the revenue received will go to the ITI and some will go to the state treasury.
The State Government will use this amount to bring about improvement in the standard of ITIs. It was also decided that compensation for damage caused by wild animals will now be paid from the disaster fund instead of the forest department.
Approval was also granted to ITBP adventure centre near the Tehri dam reservoir. The tourism department buildings will be used till land is found for the Centre.
In another important decision, the Cabinet decided that the Ministers will now file their own income tax return.