Road connectivity will be ensured to every Gram Sabha by 2022 while a separate department will be created for non-resident Uttarakhandis. These and other announcements were made by the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat after the ‘Manthan’ event in which he interacted with the Ministers and MLAs.
During the meet, the Ministers made presentations about the achievements of their departments and future plans. The MLAs then expressed their views about the problems and suggestions pertaining to their constituencies.
Later, the chief minister informed the media that the main issues that were raised in the interaction were those related to health, education, employment, forest land transport, drinking water supply and roads among others. The Chief Minister also announced that the Mukhyamantri Vatsalya Yojana will be launched for the upbringing of children living in orphanages in the State. Further, every Gram Sabha will be linked by road by the year 2022. A separate department will be created for the non-resident Uttarakhandis wanting to make investment or provide any other type of assistance in order to facilitate reverse migration. The Chief Minister further said that on the occasion of Harela festival, tree plantation programme will be organised across the State on July 16. If the need is felt, a holiday will be announced on the occasion of Harela, he said. He stressed on the need for campaigns like the one undertaken for plantation of trees in the area where the Rispana river originates. Rawat further stated that land will be facilitated within a month for the Samadhi of ascetics who give up their body in Haridwar. Referring to the execution of announcements made so far by him, Rawat said that the execution was satisfactory. About 57 per cent of the announcements have been executed, he said, while stressing that the State government aims to execute all the announcements made by him. The Chief Minister further said that so far 2045 doctors had been appointed in the state, in addition to which the process of appointing 315 more doctors is underway.
Apart from this, the process for appointing teachers to schools will also be started soon. Effective measures are being undertaken to develop the irrigation facility and encourage farming in order to double the income of farmers.
Further, other issues including development of resources to encourage employment generation, availability of drinking water and forest land transfer also came up in the deliberations. Discussions were held for drafting work plans to address these problems. Initiatives have also been taken to encourage reverse migration in order to tackle the problem of migration. Growth centres are being established for this purpose. So far, 82 growth centres have been established. A sum of Rs 112 crore has been approved for this purpose. Governmental efforts have also brought about a drop in maternal and infant mortality rate in the state, said the chief minister.
A number of MLAs raised the issues being faced in their constituencies and also gave suggestions to address these issues. MLAs Bishan Singh Chufal, Chandan Ram Das, Mahesh Negi, Surendra Singh Jeena, Sanjeev Arya, Prem Singh Rana, Pushkar Singh Dhami, Rajesh Shukla, Harbhajan Singh Cheema, Saurabh Bahuguna, Bharat Singh Chaudhry, Surendra Singh Negi, Munni Devi, Gopal Rawat, Dilip Singh Rawat and other MLAs expressed their views during the interaction.