DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Apparently acting on the dictum dished out by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a recent BJP parliamentary party meeting in Delhi – ‘ Na Baithunga Na Baithne Dunga’ (neither will I sit nor will I allow you to sit)-, the newly appointed chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat conducted the first cabinet meeting at the secretariat soon after the swearing- in was over.
Rawat started the day by paying obeisance to the statehood martyrs at the plinth known as Saheed Sthal and then supervised the swearing- in preparations at Parade Ground.
Soon after the PM departed for Delhi the CM convened the maiden cabinet meeting in course of which five important issues were deliberated upon.
It is learnt that the first thing he did during the meeting was to ask the state finance department to make a detailed presentation of the financial condition of the state. Besides, the timetable for the first Assembly session of the present House was discussed. Sources said that the session is likely to be held for six days from March 24. The matter related to vote on account also came up during the meeting and the cabinet empowered the CM to take the final call. It was also decided that the CM would finalize the name of the new Advocate General.
This aside, the cabinet decided to launch sanitation drive across the state on Monday to give fillip to the Swachhta Abhiyan campaign, conceived by the Prime Minister himself. The CM along with the cabinet ministers would themselves conduct the sanitation drives in different parts of the state.
It has been decided that the CM along with the minister Madan Kaushik would launch the drive in Haridwar while Prakash Pant would do the same in Doiwala, the CM’s home constituency. Harak singh Rawat would lead the drive at Swargashram while Yashpal Arya in Rookee, Satpal Maharaj in Satpuli, Subodh Uniyal in Rishikesh, Arvind Pandey in Kotdwar, Rekha Arya in Vikasnagar and Dr Dhan Singh Rawat in Mussoorie.
The cabinet has also empowered the CM to give the final shape to the Governor’s address to be delivered on the first day of the first session that encapsulates the roadmap the state government prepares to take the state ahead in terms of development.
While interacting with the media persons after the cabinet meeting was over, CM Rawat said that his priority was to give transparent governance to the people in tune with the vision document his party unveiled during the electioneering. “My government would leave no stone unturned to provide a better law and order and bring bout fast-paced development across the state while stamping out corruption,” he said, adding that the massive development programmes to be initiated by his government would cater to the interests of the two powerful groups of the populace-women and youth.
“The interests of the farmers would figure at the top of the list with our leader Narendra Modi stressing on providing them with electricity, water, fertilizers and quality seeds. Besides, my government is committed to cleanse the holy Ganga, emancipating it from the pollutants, vitiating its course,” the CM affirmed.
Later in the day, Rawat addressed a public meeting held outside the chief minister’s residence on Cantt Road.