DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that his first responsibility is to enforce rule of law and save the state from mafia. He said that during the past 20 month of his government, no complaint regarding corruption in transfers and postings have come to light. He expressed these views during “ Aaj Tak Agenda Live “ programme held in New Delhi.
Transfer and postings had become an industry in the state and we were able to put an end to it. Besides, his government has put an end to mining and land mafia. The revenue generated from mining has increased from Rs. 410 crore to Rs. 820 crore. Earlier, the state in the power sector faced a deficit of Rs 287 crore which in the past one year has been reduced by Rs 237 crore.
The Chief Minister said that earlier, there were 22,000 strikes in the state in a year which has completely now stopped. He said that out of the top ten police stations in the country, two are from Uttarakhand. “We are trying to bring in system in Uttarakhand in consonance with its’ image of “Devbhoomi” to give it an identity of a tourist state,” he said.
Uttarakhand could be compared with Switzerland. The tourism is picking up in Uttarakhand with every year and there is focus on ‘high–end tourism’. An initiative has been taken by going to several countries during the preparations for ‘Investors Summit’.
The Chief Minister said that out of 15 kinds of climates prevalent in India, 14 climates are found in Uttarakhand. There is climatic zone of 12 months in the state having 12 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries having largest number of tigers and elephants. Even Snow leopards are sighted in the state and every kind of tourism in available in Uttarakhand.
More and more employment opportunities are being explored by establishment of more industries in the state, providing a conducive environment for industries, quick redressal of the problems, better law and order, friendly atmosphere and better industrial environment is being established through the medium of cooperative behaviour of officials.
Chief Minister said that 15 different policies have been implemented in the state by holding 5 cabinet meetings in a month, the benefit of which has already started reflecting; investment proposal of Rs 40,000 crore has been received for the hill areas, whereas in the last 17 years, proposals of Rs 37,000 crores were received. So far, proposals worth investment of 1.25 lakh crore have been signed in the state, which are being followed up every week. In the state, till March 2019, the requirement of investment of Rs 30,000 crores was received and proposal of Rs 4,000 crores for resuscitation of old industries has also been received. Till now, the proposals for investment in the plains used to come but now investment proposals for the hills have also been signed.
Chief Minister said that along with Tehri, filmmakers are also getting attracted to other parts of the state. After his travelling in Tehri, Triyuginarayan, Badrinath and Kedarnath, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has decided to shoot his movie Sadak-2 in Uttarakhand instead of Romania. Similarly, producers like Rajamouli, Rajkumar Santoshi have agreed to make their big budget films in the state. We have also provided the favourable atmosphere to filmmakers. The Film Shooting fee for the movie ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ has been waived off in the state. 46 films have been shot in the state in last one and a half years. For this, the state has also received the honour of being the Film Friendly State. Chief Minister said that along with the cheap electricity, a large number of ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges, universities, as well as IITs, IIMs, IIIT Institutes are there in the state, which provides expert human resources. In the coming time, there will be more availability of skilled human resources in the state in accordance with the requirement of the industries, which will also increase the employment generation.
Uttarakhand is connected with the 600 km international border and the state government is also working with responsibility towards the development of border areas. Migration is a challenge before the state. We have accepted this challenge and have set up Migration Commission. The Commission has prepared an assessment of the status of each village and submitted its report to the state government. The state government is seriously working in this direction. By overall development of the villages, we will be able to stop migration.