DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that their government is putting more emphasis on building bridges so that people can travel from one place to other place easily. Their government has approved 155 bridges and remaining 20 bridges to be sanctioned shortly. He disclosed these figure while interacting with media person at his camp office on Friday.
He said that in the last 22 months, many policy decisions have been taken by the state government in the interest of the state. Access of the public welfare schemes has been ensured up to remote areas of the state. Special emphasis has been laid on searching investment potential for ensuring the economic development and removing the backwardness of the state and promoting industries.
Picture will change with investment
Chief Minister said that for the first time, successful organization of Investors Summit, MoUs worth Rs 1.24 lakh crore have been done. Out of this Rs. 40 thousand crore investment has been for the hill areas. Small industries are being developed in the hills. The first Lisa Factory has started in Bageshwar. Out of this, about Rs 10 thousand 300 hundred crore projects will start reflecting on ground. This will create 20 thousand jobs. By March, it is estimated to be around 13 thousand crores. In the next three to four months, other projects worth Rs 30 thousand crore will also be seen on the ground. He said that from time to time our cabinet has approved new policies for the development of the state. While amending existing policies for 15 sectors by the state government, policies have also been made for new areas, which includes Mega Industrial and Investment Policy, Startup Policy, MSME Policy, Film Policy, Information Technology & Electronics Policy, Tourism Policy, Mega Food Park Promotion, Ayush Policy, Mega Textile Park Policy, Solar Energy Policy, Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Policy, Aroma Park Policy, Mega Industrial Investment & Employment Promotion Policy, Biotechnology Policy, Power Generation from Pirul and other types of Biomass Policy and Keeda-Jadi Marketing Policy. District Magistrates have been empowered to set up industries under MSME and its positive results are also coming.
Growth Rate and Per Capita Income increased
Chief Minister said that the growth rate of the state and the per capita income has increased. In the year 2018-19, the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated at Rs 2,14,993 crores. Estimated economic growth in the state was 6.82% in 2017-18, which has increased to 7.03% in 2018-19, whereas at the national level, this average rate is 7.2%. In 2018-19, the Per Capita Income in Uttarakhand, that is annual income of a person is Rs 1,90,284, whereas the Per Capita Income of the country is Rs 1,25,397. Although there is huge difference in growth rate and per capita income in plain and hill districts. Our effort is to bridge this difference. We are making schemes by keeping hills in mind.
Atal Ayushman Yojana becomes protection for the people
Chief Minister said that Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana has become a protector of the people. Cashless treatment is provided to all 23 lakh families of the state for free health care up to Rs 5 lakh annually. More than 11 lakh golden cards have been made in this scheme so far. About 3 thousand people have been treated free. He said that while in 17 years till 2017, there were only 1123 doctors in the state, we have recruited 1137 new doctors in 17 months. From January 26, the free air ambulance service will be started. This will be a boon for remote areas. Dialysis services in Almora have been started, and in Pithoragarh, Srinagar, Kotdwar, it will be started soon. For the first time, modern techniques such as telemedicine and tele-radiology have been brought in the state. For the outstanding payment of Asha workers, Rs. 33 crores have been released. Accidental insurance scheme for ANMs and Asha workers has been started.
Development of the infrastructure facilities
Chief Minister said that work of Char Dham All Weather Road is in progress. Also, work on Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail line, Tanakpur rail line and Roorkee-Deoband rail line will commence soon, which will be a milestone for the development of the state. The target of connecting every corner of the state with roads and bridges has been kept. Whatever we are doing, it is in a time bound manner. Atal Setu and Vishweshvaraya Tunnel in Dehradun are an example of this. In the last two years, record 4270 km of road construction, while 1472 kms of re-construction of roads, by 2022, target of construction of 355 bridges has been set and approval has been granted for 155 bridges. Tehri’s much-awaited Dobra Chanti bridge will be completed by August 2019. For this, the amount of Rs 87 crores has been approved. Ajabpur flyover will be completed by February 2019.
After 71 years of independence, border villages gets electricity
Chief Minister said that after 71 years of independence, border villages have got access to electricity. Electricity was provided to 246 villages under Saubhagaya Yojana, whereas 94 villages were illuminated with electricity under Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana. The people of the state have got the gift of cheap air services. Now Pithoragarh and Pantnagar are just an hour away from Dehradun. Direct flights to from Dehradun to 23 cities has been started. Along with connectivity, we have made considerable progress in building ropeway. Ropeway construction is almost complete till Surkanda Devi. Ropeway construction is also going on upto Purnagiri Temple. Apart from this, Mussoorie, Kedarnath are also being connected with ropeway. The MoU has been signed by various states for the Lakhwar Multipurpose Project, which was pending for last 42 years. This will provide 300 MW of electricity to the state. MoU has also been done on Renuka Dam. Almost, consensus has been reached on the Kisau project as well. He said that soon the construction of Song Dam will be started. Work of Suryadhar lake is in progress. This scheme is also being built at a low cost.
Efforts made to double the income of farmers
Chief Minister said that efforts are being made to double the income of the farmers with the motivation of Prime Minister. In the state, till December 2018, loans of Rs 80975.00 lakhs have been provided to 1,60,479 farmers. 80% discount is being given on purchase of agricultural equipments from Farm Machinery Bank. 100% payment of arrears of sugarcane farmers has been made and work is on to make Uttarakhand an organic state. Work is on to create 10 thousand organic clusters in the state, out of which, on 1.5 lakh hectares, organic farming is being done. In addition to farming, animal husbandry, fishery is being encouraged. Incentive amount of Rs 4 per liter is being provided to Milk Federations and horticulture, vegetable production is being promoted in villages.
The pictures of the villages are changing with the Aromatic farming. Farmers of the state will now be given a loan of up to Rs.1 lakh and loan upto Rs.5 lakhs to women self-help groups. The payment of full amount of paddy was made online to the farmers in record time.
Uttarakhand to become tourist state
Chief Minister said that new tourism policy has been implemented to promote tourism in the state, under which tourism activities, especially adventure tourism has been brought under the purview of MSME. To strengthen rural tourism, there is target for establishing 5 thousand homestays, out of which 802 new homestays have been registered. It has been decided to give power to Homestay at domestic rates. The development of 13 new Tourist Destination in 13 districts is under progress and budget for this has been released. Wellness City and Convention Center are being established in Rishikesh. Promotion of adventure activities in Rishikesh, Auli, Tehri. Rishikesh becomes capital of adventure tourism. With the Film policy, shooting of films in the state have got encouragement. 100 films, TV serials have been shot in Uttarakhand. Renowned director and actor are coming here for shooting. Under the Home Stay Plan, electricity bills will be made available at the domestic rates instead of the commercial rate. An International Convention Center will be set up in Rishikesh soon. For this, 934 hectares of land has been provided by the Government of India for free. Its market value is Rs 20 thousand crores. Site is being explored near the airport for construction of Film City in the state.
Chief Minister said that women are becoming empowered with Devbhog Prasad Yojana in the state. Last season, Rs 1.60 crore prasad has been sold by women at Kedarnath Dham. To empower women self help groups, a loan of up to Rs. 5 lakhs is being provided without interest. A panic button has been launched for women’s protection yesterday. Sisters, daughters can use the panic button during emergency. It can be kept in key ring, bracelet or any other form. For the redressal of the complaints and providing secure environment to the women from exploitation at workplace, SHE-BOX right have been provided. In which any victim can file a complaint. In the Matru Vandana Yojana, 63,098 women have been given grants. Through the Uttarakhand Cooperative Dairy Federation, about 2.50 lakh children of 03 to 06 years coming to Anganwadi centers will be provided sweet milk for 02 days a week. This will help get rid from malnutrition. The nutritious diet of the state has also been appreciated by the Union Government. This diet is being distributed through Anganwadi centers.