Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat met the Union Communications, Electronics and Information Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar and the Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar in the national capital on Friday.
Meeting Prasad, the CM requested approval for the State’s proposal for Bharat Net phase II. Rawat said that under Bharat-Net phase II, the ministry is to facilitate connectivity through optical fibre to each Gram Panchayat.
However, as the project couldn’t be started on time order was received from USOF to execute it under public private partnership mode. For this a Rs 2,700 crore proposal was sent to the Government PSU PGCIL.
The USOF again requested the state to submit the proposal on the basis of state-led model, after which the state sent a Rs 1,914 crore proposal. Rawat pointed at the importance of connectivity considering the geography and border areas of the state. Stating this, he requested Prasad to ensure approval to the state’s proposal and funds on priority basis. Referring to the India Enterprise Architecture pilot project being undertaken in state like Meghalaya and Punjab, Rawat requested that some departments in Uttarakhand like education, health or agriculture also be included in this. This would be an achievement for providing better governance in the state, he said.
Meeting the Union Jal Shaktri minister, Rawat sought amendment or relaxation in standards for mountain states in the water for every farm scheme under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. Renovation, strengthening and expansion of canals under the surface minor irrigation scheme should also be granted approval.
He told Shekhawat that considering the higher cost of canal construction in mountainous areas, the current limit of Rs 2.50 lakh per hectare should be raised to Rs 3.50 lakh per hectare.
He also requested one sewerage treatment plant in Haridwar in view of the Kumbh Mela 2021. Shekhawat asked that a proposal be sent for this purpose.
Rawat said that considering the difficult geographical conditions and scattered population in the mountain State of Uttarakhand, the rural drinking water schemes cost more. Collecting five per cent community contribution is practically difficult and also affects work progress. He requested Shekhawat to consider discontinuing the five per cent community contribution condition.
The CM also met the Union minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar and discussed 140 forest land affected 1153 kilometre road construction works under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana- I. He requested that the forest land transfer process be completed by March 2020. The two also discussed various forest and environment related issues pertaining to the state.
Meeting the Union Rural Development minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Rawat requested a special package under rural livelihood mission as granted to north eastern states.
The poverty ratio and problem of migration should also be used as basis for budget allocation for this, he said. Loans have been facilitated for about 16,422 groups to link them with livelihood.
The groups are being provided training but due to financial constraints it is not possible to provide livelihood related training to all the groups. Additional funds will also be needed for establishing nano-packaging units, packaging material, developing basic facilities at growth centres, designing, brand development, sale and market linkage for the products among other works.
The CM also requested further action in pending cases pertaining to PMGSY-I and tarring of 121 roads costing Rs 529.42 crore under stage II.