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Dr. Nishank announced the formation of new districts in Kotdwar, Yamunotri, Didihat and Ranikhet

Dehradun : Chief Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank hoisted the national tricolour at the main function organised on the occasion of Independence Day, at the Parade Grounds here on Sunday, and extended his greetings to all residents of the State on the occasion of the 64th Anniversary of the Independence Day. On this occasion, in order to make the administrative system more convenient and strong, Dr. Nishank announced the formation of new districts in Kotdwar, Yamunotri, Didihat and Ranikhet. Dr. Nishank also made announcement on deregulating the Category–4 land, enhancing the pension of Freedom Fighters from 6000 rupees to 11,500 rupees, implementing the Atal Health Insurance Scheme, initiating a peri–urban horticulture scheme at a cost of 12 crore rupees, constituting Eco Tourism Corporation, initiating Water harvesting/Integrated Farming Scheme, creation of five thousand new posts in the next six months in the education sector, and enhancing the honorarium given to Aanganbari workers to Rs. 3500/–.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Dr. Nishank said that the State Government would soon formulate a policy to rehabilitate the people living on the banks of rivers and in malin basties. Besides, a target has been set to cultivate the Arhar dal crop in an area of 1 lakh hectares. He said that 13 crore rupees will be spent on the scheme and one lakh farmers would be benefited by the scheme. He said that a subsidy of 50 percent would also be provided on Arhar seeds. Under the peri–urban horticulture scheme, cultivation of vegetable and spices would be promoted in areas adjoining the cities. He said that one lakh farmers would be benefited by the scheme. He said that a scheme to manufacture fertilizer out of waste vegetables in the State would be operationalised in which a daily production of 15 metric tons of manure would be produced. He said that one lakh farmers would be benefited by this scheme. He said that under the Right to Education, free of charge education would be provided to 8000 children who are presently deprived of education facility. Recruitment would soon be done on LT posts. Uttarakhand would be developed as an educational hub. The Samadhan Yojana would be launched, in which a unique Samadhan number would be publicized at the district level. This would incorporate all the numbers of the District Magistrate and all other district level officers, and people in remote areas of the district will be able to connect to 50 lines at the same time to converse with the officials. On this occasion, Chief Minister Dr. Nishank awarded the Chief Minister’s medal for service of the exceptional order to Inspector Uttam Singh Jimiwal, Sub–Inspector Transport Jagat Singh Samant, and Chief Reserve Janardhan Prasad Uniyal. Chief Minister Dr. Nishank also felicitated more than 40 Freedom Fighters by presenting them with shawls, on the occasion.

In his address delivered on the occasion, Chief Minister Dr. Nishank said that the Independence movement besides being a movement for our social, economic and political freedom, was also a movement for the protection of our honour and self–respect. He said that Uttarakhand is the forehead of India, and as such the residents of Uttarakhand have the maximum responsibility to keep this freedom intact and contribute to the all round development of the country. He said that on the auspicious occasion of the Independence Day, we all must take a vow to make India a world leader (Vishwa Guru) and to dedicatedly and committedly work for emancipation of the last man in the State. Chief Minister Dr. Nishank said that sacrificing life for the country has been Uttarakhand’s unforgettable tradition. “At least one member from every household in the State is serving in the defence forces. Uttarakhand is the only state in the country to have given maximum facilities to the serving as well as the retired defense personnel. The grant to be given to soldiers has been increased manifold. Construction of several soldier rest houses has been taken up. Dr. ‘Nishank’ said that Rs. one crore has been sanctioned for the construction of a war memorial in Dehradun, and land has been identified to construct a hostel for children of martyrs, also in Dehradun. It has been decided to grant VAT exemption on two and four wheeled vehicles under the CSD canteen facilities to serving and retired soldiers. He said that the State Government is fully involved with dedication and commitment in the direction of fulfillment of the purpose with which the State was created.

In his address, the Chief Minister also gave details of works related to various development schemes and said that the State Government is dedicated to make Uttarakhand an ideal State of the country. Giving details of the Antyoday Vikas Yatra undertaken by him, the Chief Minister said that he has himself toured more than 40 Assembly constituencies to have an on–the–spot assessment of the people’s problems. The State Government has also initiated the Atal Chaupal Programme, through the medium of which, problems of the common man are being resolved by going into their midst in all Atal Adarsh villages. Today, Uttarakhand is among the topmost states of the country in terms of National Growth Rate. He said that whereas the growth rate before the State’s formation was 2.9 percent, this has now become 11.52 percent, which is above the National average. The per capita income at the time of State formation was about 15 thousand rupees, it has got enhanced to about 56 thousand rupees now. The Government has, up till now, carried out a financial investment of more than 30 thousand crore rupees. Whereas our annual plan in the year 2001 was 1050 crore rupees, its size has become 7800 crore rupees now, due to efforts launched by the Government, the Chief Minister said. He said that in view of our efficient financial management, the 13th Finance Commission has granted an amount of Rs.1000 crores to the State an incentive. The Chief Minister said that the State Government is committed to the comprehensive development of villages and has launched the ‘Atal Adarsh Gram Yojana’. Under this scheme, in the first phase, villages of 670 Nyaya Panchayat headquarters have been developed as ‘Adarsh Gram’. In addition, Atal Mini Secretariats and Atal Mini Banks have also been established in these villages. The Atal Khadyann Yojana has been initiated to give respite to the common man in these times of rising prices.

Dr. Nishank said that the government had taken a fresh initiative and decided to give out pensions to all eligible old aged persons, persons with disabilities and widows. “Disbursement of disabled, widow and old age pension has been done to four lakh eligible beneficiaries. Under the Gaura Devi Kanya Dhan Yojana, an amount of Rs. 100 crores has been distributed among more than thirty thousand girls. In addition, ‘Rahbar Yojana’ has been initiated for all round development of the minority sections. Along with granting scholarships to minority students, schemes are also being conducted for modernization of the madrasas. The State government has also taken a decision for constitution of a minority welfare directorate and a madarasa board”, he said.

Dr. ‘Nishank’ said that his government has initiated several beneficial schemes for persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Backward Classes. He said that the State was moving ahead in the direction of providing gainful employment to 50 thousand youth in the government and the non–government sector. The recruitment procedure has been initiated in many departments. He said that the Government has launched the ‘Aashirwad’ Yojana for providing better employment opportunities to the youth. Under this scheme, about 3500 youth are being given higher technical training along with employment. With the objective to make relief assistance available to the people affected by disasters, the State Government has through its own resources and by relaxing the standards of the Disaster Relief Fund, has made a heavy increase in the compensation amount. A new Agriculture Policy has been implemented in the State. Voluntary land consolidation has been encouraged under this policy.

Dr. Nishank also spoke on the ‘Chirayu’ Scheme that has been initiated for regular health checkup and treatment of students of primary and junior schools of the State. He said that outstanding students in the State are being given MBBS degrees in Government Medical Colleges of the State at an annual fee of only 15 thousand rupees per month. Under the Chief Minister Sudurvarti Gram Swasthya Yojana, a total of 2500 remote health assistants are being trained and they are being posted in the un–serviced villages of the State. Speaking on the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Dev Bhoomi 108 Emergency Service, Dr. Nishank said that it has set new records. This service has been aligned with State Women’s Commission, police and the forest departments. “The lives of more than one lakh mothers and infants have been saved up till now. Meanwhile, a world records has been created due to 2500 births in the moving ambulances. The Government has also started ferry service under the 108 Service. Soon, air ambulance service would also be started following which Uttarakhand will become the first state in the country to have ambulance service on land, water and the sky”, he said. On road connectivity in the state, Dr. ‘Nishank’ said that the remote and far flung areas of the State are being connected with roads. Out a total of 15638 villages in all, a total of 10,602 villages have been provided connectivity with roads till now. Works on priority basis have been undertaken to connect villages with population less than 250 persons under the Mukhya Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana and the Mukhya Mantri Grameen Sanyojakta Yojana. “A total of 256 villages have been connected to the mainstream of development by constructing one thousand kilometers of new motor roads, reconstruction of 700 kilometers motor roads and construction of 109 bridges.

The Government has taken electricity to 99 percent of the villages. A total of 2 lakh 71 thousand 626 BPL and Kutir Jyoti consumers have been given free of charge electricity connection. With the cooperation of Gas Authority of India Limited, two gas–based electricity generation projects with capacity of 350 MW are being established in Haridwar and Kashipur. Model schools and girls hostels are being opened in educationally backward 19 development blocks. Provision is being made to provide free of charge coaching for medical and engineering to selected students in all districts. In order to make the educational system more progressive, a directorate for training besides basic education and secondary education is also being established. To strengthen the educational system in colleges, these have also been linked to ‘Edusat’. The Sanskrit language has been given the status of the Second State Language in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. AYUSH Grams are being opened. He said that the state has more than 12,000 Van Panchayats, the maximum number in the world. More and more participation of women is being ensured in these Van Panchayats. Uttarakhand has been given the status of an outstanding state for environmental conservation. Under the Nanda Devi Kanyadhan Yojana, the State Government is giving an amount of Rs. 7500/– in the form of FD per girl child, to the first two girl child born in families living below the poverty line. For all round development of women, the State Government has prescribed an amount of Rs. 1851 crore in the form of Gender Budget. “We have taken complete initiative for the welfare of all sections of the society including the employees, businessmen and the unemployed to the ex–servicemen, farmers and the students”, the Chief Minister said.

At the Independence Day programme organised at the Parade Grounds here, Chief Minister Dr. Nishank visited the pandal where the Freedom Fighters were seated and met the Freedom Fighters and their dependents as well as met the State agitationists and family members of the martyrs.

Those who were present on the occasion include Speaker Vidhan Sabha Harbans Kapoor, Lokayukta Justice MM Ghildiyal, Mayor Vinod Chamoli, Former Chief Minister Nityanand Swami, Shri Narayan Datt Tiwari, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar, Director General of Police JS Pandey, and several people’s representatives and senior officials, among others. Earlier, the Chief Minister hoisted the national tricolour at his residence and extended his felicitations to all on the occasion. He said that we must strive to carry on with our tasks with sincerity and work in a dedicated manner for the unity and integrity of the Country. Chief Minister also hoisted the flag at the State BJP office here. A large number of BJP office bearers were present on the occasion.

News Source: Bureau 16-Aug-2011