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CM SUGGESTS SEPARATE MINISTRY FOR MOUNTAINOUS AND NE STATES

Monday, 18 June 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– The Uttarakhand Government is working on 25 important targets in a mission mode as part of the efforts to build a New India by 2022. Stating this, the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat suggested that a separate ministry should be created for mountainous and north-eastern States. He said this while speaking at the fourth meeting of the governing council of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog in the national capital. He provided detailed information on the various issues related to the State in the meeting. Speaking in the meeting, the Chief Minister said that special focus is being laid on doubling the income of farmers, checking distress migration from mountainous regions and on Digital Uttarakhand. Rawat thanked the Prime Minister and the Central Government for vital support in the development of Uttarakhand. He said that hydro power can play an important role in the development of the State. Terming hydro-power as clean energy, he opined that closure of the approved hydro-electric projects is not good for the development of the State. The Chief Minister suggested that there should be a separate ministry for mountainous and north-eastern States. He said that if that was not possible, then a “mountains cell” should be established in NITI Aayog. Those States which are contributing for conservation of environment should be encouraged and for that green accounting system should be adopted in the country. He also requested the Central Government for financial and technical help in relocating the villages which are sensitive from disaster point of view. Giving detailed information on various issues, he said that monitoring at every step in being done in Uttarakhand. Chief Minister Dashboard -Utkarsh has been established. Through the Utkarsh dashboard, the progress of all the important schemes and programmes is being monitored at the level of Chief Minister. For monitoring the physical and financial progress of the schemes and programmes, E-Aanklan portal has been established. All the drawing and disbursing officers of the treasury are linked with this portal. The annual service records of the departmental officers will be evaluated on the basis of the achievements in developmental programmes, he said.  A system of dialogue with all the sections of the people are has been started for public support in developmental works. A total of 162 new services have been brought under the Right to Service Act. A total of 312 services have been brought under the purview of this Act till date. A helpline number 1905 has also been started for solving public complaints. The Chief Minister, further, said that in the last meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister had stated that he expected the State Governments to take special steps for Agenda-2022, GST, GeM, Digital India and good governance. The State Government has paid special attention in the last one year, the results of which are visible. Under ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ campaign, important targets have been set for the State for year 2020, which are monitored weekly by the Chief Secretary. Under GeM, Uttarakhand has been conferred with Most Compliant Buyer award. In the field of GST, the State has made arrangements for e-refunding, GST Mitra, 24×7 helpdesk and workshops at the district level, so that there is ease in doing business. Rawat further said that the State Government is working in a planned manner to double the income of the farmers. A land holding in the state is currently estimated to have an average agricultural income of Rs 65,000 which has to be increased upto RS1.5 lakh by the year 2022. For this, the technical expertise of universities and research institutes is being used. Cluster-based work plans are being prepared. A total of 16 mandis in plains of the state have so far been linked to the e-national agricultural market. The mountain mandis are also being linked to it. Under the soil health card scheme, in the first phase from year 2015-16 to 2016-17, 7.65 lakh soil health cards were distributed against the target of 7.5 lakh cards. A total of 9.12 lakh soil health cards are to be distributed in the next phase from 2017-18 to 2018-19. While taking soil samples, GPS readings are also being taken. All information is also being uploaded on the national soil health card portal. In order to promote rural ‘Haat’, growth center will be developed in each of the Panchayat areas. For the first phase, 50 Nyay Panchayats have been selected for this purpose. He also spoke about the river rejuvenation and water conservation efforts being undertaken in the State. Rawat also informed about the progress being achieved in the health related schemes of the central and State Governments.

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