Dehradun: The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has thanked the people of the state on the occasion of completion of 4 years by the present state government. In a message released on the occasion, he said that the people of the state had provided the present government with the opportunity of serving the state with great hopes, aspirations, and expectations; and the government is rapidly heading towards fulfilling all the expectations and hopes of the people of the state. CM Dr. Nishank further said that a strong foundation of basic infrastructural- development has been laid by the government. Uttarakhand, today, has not only got recognition at the national level, but it has also been recognized at the international level.
Today, Uttarakhand is one of the frontrunner states of the country. Uttarakhand is far ahead of the country in terms of the economic growth rate. The national growth rate is 7.2 percent, while Uttarakhand has the growth rate of 9.4 percent. As a result of the policies and planning of the government, the per capita income of the state has increased from Rs. 14 thousand to Rs. 56 thousand. The state is also at the top in terms of environment, animals, and forest conservation. Under Atal Khaddyanna Yojna launched in the state, the BPL families are being provided with wheat at Rs. 2 per Kg. and rice at Rs. 3 per Kg; and the APL families are getting wheat at Rs. 4 per Kg. and rice at Rs. 6 per Kg. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay 108 ambulance service has proved to be a boon for the state. The service has also set a world record in so far as giving birth by the mothers to their babies in the moving ambulances is concerned. The 108 ambulance service so far has saved lives of more than 2, 33,000 people during emergency; and extended help to 82,000 pregnant women during emergency delivery. As many as 2300 children had been born in the moving ambulances so far thereby creating a world record. Doors for 50 thousand vacancies have been opened for the unemployed youth of the state and recruitment process for the 21 thousand posts is going on at present. After establishment of Gram Sachivalaya in all the 670 headquarter villages of the state, people will not have to visit blocks, tehsils, districts, and state headquarters for seeking solutions to their problems. With a view to maintaining the natural form of the water of river Ganga and its tributaries, a programme named Sparsh Ganga has been launched on war footing; and so far about 1 lakh youth has joined the expedition at the first stage. Sparsh Ganga Board has also been established in the state. Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Government Medical College has been established at Srinagar at the cost of Rs. 242 crore, where MBBS education at the nominal fees of just Rs. 15,000 per year is being imparted. Uttarakhand is one of the states that are providing free of cost education in the Government Degree Colleges up to degree level. Free of cost engineering education to the topper students of poor families will also be provided very shortly. Devbhoomi Muskan Yojna, Pahal Yojna, Tejaswi, and Sapno Ki Udan Yojna have been launched by the State government aim at providing the children of the economically weaker sections of the society with proper education.
A regular increment in the Annual Plan over the last four years has been recorded which has reached Rs.6800 during the financial year 2010-11. As a reward of the proper financial planning of the state, the 13th Finance Commission of India has sanctioned an additional grant of Rs. 1000 crore as incentive in addition to the regular budget allocated to the state. Without imposing any additional tax on the public, Regular Surplus Budget has been presented continuously. Provision for a fund of Rs. 2 crore has been made for the welfare of the statehood activists by establishing Rajya Nirman Andolankari Samman Parishad. Such identified statehood activists as are not employed are getting a pension of Rs. 3000 per month. Uttarakhand is the first state in the country to give Sanskrit language the status of the second official language of the state. As many as 50,000 farmers have got associated with cultivation of medicinal plants at the first stage of the Jadi Booti Vikas Yojna. Ayush Grams in every district are being opened, where cultivation of herbs and roots, i.e., the medicinal plants, will be encouraged with a view to ensuring that the local people get proper medical facilities in addition to employment.Uttarakhand is the first state in the country which has the amount given to the gallantry award winners and their dependents increased manifold.
The state government is working for the welfare of all sections of the society. Old-age, physically-handicapped, and widow pension, etc. are being disbursed to all those who are entitled to it. Multi-purpose camps throughout the state are being organized for the purpose. Many welfare-schemes have been launched for the welfare of the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, and the minorities. It is for the first time that scholarship to the students belonging to the above classes is being credited directly to their bank accounts. Dr. Nishank told that for the first time a provision of Rs. 1405 crore as Gender Budget has been made by the government. The state government has ensured 50% reservation to women at panchayat-level. A provision for 30% horizontal reservation to women in government services has also been made. As many as 11 thousand women have got direct employment opportunities through more than 6 thousand new anganwadi and mini anganwadi centres. Free of cost gas connection to the poor women in the remote areas is being provided; and fodder banks have also been established. Gaura Devi Kanyadhan Yojna, Tejaswi Yojna, Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls Schools, and Nanda Devi Kanya Yojna, and schemes for economic grants for the marriage of the girls aim at the welfare of the girls in the state. The CM said that the Industrial Growth Rate was 1.9 when the state was carved out of UP, which has reached 26 percent. Investment in the state has reached Rs. 30 thousand crore from Rs 96 crore.
The state has now been recognized as an Automobile Hub and Pharma City. Under Special Unified Industrial Incentive Policy, 2008, a provision of grant up to Rs. 15 crore to the private sector for infrastructural-development in the hilly and far-flung remote areas of the state has been made. Capital investment of Rs. 218 crore in the hilly areas has been recorded. With a view to providing better employment opportunities to the unemployed youth of the state, the government has launched Ashirwad scheme. Under this scheme, vocational training to the students in the remote areas of the state is being given. The students are also getting scholarship during the training. CM Dr. Nishank said that Kumbh Mela, the biggest event of the century, was organized successfully by the state government. More than 8 crore devotees took dip in river Ganga during the Kumbh Mela. The first SAF Winter games recently held at Auli have established Uttarakhand on the world-tourist-map. Winter Pilgrimage on the lines of winter tourism has also been initiated. The tax on the sale of bricks in the state has been decreased to 4 percent from 12.5 percent. The state government employees are getting pay-scales as par the central government employees and an exemption of 50 percent in the service-period has also been decided.
The government has ensured a transparent recruitment-process with a view to stopping any irregularities whatsoever. The provision of interview for group ‘C’ posts has been stopped. Besides, the applicants are allowed to carry carbon copy of the answer sheets in the written examinations after the exam is over. The government has also made arrangements to make the results of various competitive exams available on the website, so that the applicants might compare their marks with the carbon copy they possess with them. Talented students dedicated teachers, and committed principals are being awarded Under Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Awards Scheme. The power-production has reached 3164 MW from 997 MW. Production in 304 MW Maneri Bhali Hydro Power Project lying pending for decades has been started. Dr. Nishank said that a Commission has been instituted with a view to stopping cruelties against the animals and upliftment and welfare of the cow-family animals. He added that the state government has succeeded in combating the natural disaster successfully through the alertness of various departments.
News Source: Bureau 08-Mar-2011