Sunday, 14 January 2018 | PNS | Dehradun – Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off  Uttarayani festival in Bageshwar on Saturday and announced the festival as  a state festival. He also declared on the occasion that the Government inter college at Sirkot would be named after the freedom fighter Kharag Singh. He asked the local residents to display agriculture- related items produced through the traditional method of farming during the festival. He further said that to provide medical facilities to  the women and the children, the State Government has decided to set up an ICU at each of the district hospitals. While 16 doctors have been deputed at Bageshwar district hospital 150 doctors and nurses would soon be recruited, he added. CM also inspected items displayed by various departments during the festival. Earlier, CM paid obeisance at Bagnath temple before  he inaugurated the mela. The State Finance Minister Prakash Pant  who was also present on the occasion said that festivals being part of the state’s culture and tradition, they must be preserved by all means.  He remembered Bageshwar’s role in the anti-colonial and other national movements. “The state government is going all-out to provide employment to all the people of the state,” he said. The Union minister of state, Textiles, Ajay Tamta also addressed the people on the occasion. Meanwhile, while in Pithoragarh,  CM made a string of announcements meant for the welfare of the people. He announced that the Government Degree College there would be named after the martyr Pavan Singh Sugra. He laid foundation stone of 14 different developmental projects worth `25.49 crores. On the occasion, CM also distributed cheques of agricultural loans worth `one lakh each to five farmers. He also administered the oath of beti bachao beti padhao to the people on the occasion, asking the people to go all-out to help the girls thrive in life. “The state government is with you on this noble mission,” he said CM went to the  Mahakali temple  and offered puja to the deity. Earlier, he heard out grievances of the people at  Government Inter College at  Gangolihat. He assured the people that their concerns would be addressed fully.  On the occasion, he directed the district magistrate Pithorgarh and other district officers to ensure that the people’s  grievances are addressed at the earliest. “No grievance should be left unaddressed as we are here to serve them and to mitigate their sufferings,” CM said while addressing the senior officers present there.

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