CM extends New Year greetings to people
By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 31 Dec: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has extended his wishes for the New Year 2023 to all the people of the state. In his message issued on the eve of New Year, the CM wished happiness, peace and prosperity to all the people of the state. He said that in the coming year, the state government would work to take the state to new heights with the cooperation of the common people.
Thanking the people of the state for BJP’s victory in the assembly elections held earlier this year, the Chief Minister said that for the first time in the history of the state, the people of Uttarakhand have retained a government with full majority in the elections. He said that under the guidance and efficient leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the special cooperation of the Union Government, the state government is constantly working for the all-round development of Uttarakhand.
The Chief Minister said, “In the first cabinet meeting last year, as per the promise made by the state government, the task of constituting a high-level committee was done to implement the ‘Uniform Civil Code’ in the state. On the basis of the final draft, the Uniform Civil Code will be implemented in the state. The Uniform Civil Code law will prove the significance of social equality in the state by removing inequalities. In the year 2022, the state government had passed two historic bills in the Uttarakhand assembly. After passing the Uttarakhand Religion Freedom (Amendment) Bill 2022, there has been a provision of strict law regarding religious conversion in the state. Apart from this, with the Uttarakhand Public Service (Horizontal Reservation for Women) Bill 2022, the system of 30 percent horizontal reservation for women will be implemented once again in the state”.
Dhami said that the 300 MW Lakhwad Multipurpose Project had been approved due to mutual coordination between the Central and State Governments. He said that this year the Jamrani Dam Multipurpose Project also received investment approval from the Government of India, which would benefit the Terai areas of Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts. On the lines of Kedarnath Dham, Badrinath Dham, the state government is working on the action plan of Manas Khand Mandir Mala Mission to give a grand status to the mythological temples of Kumaon and because of this, the local residents would also get new employment opportunities. Plans have also been worked out to expand the physical infrastructure and transport facilities in all the temples and gurudwaras coming in the Char Dham circuit. This year, the number of devotees visiting Chardham Yatra have set a new record. Along with this, this year a record number of crores of Kanwad Yatris set out from Haridwar towards their respective regions carrying Gangajal. For the first time, a separate arrangement of the budget was also made by the government for the successful conduct of the Kanwar Yatra.
Dhami said, “For the expansion of mobile connectivity in the state, the central government has approved an amount of Rs 1200 crore, through which 1202 new mobile towers are being set up in the remote areas of the state. Important works have been initiated to improve road, rail line, ropeway and air connectivity in the entire state. The work on Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail line is progressing at a fast pace. This year, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth more than Rs 3400 crore with the aim of strengthening connectivity in the border village Mana. These include laying the foundation stone of two new ropeways, Gaurikund-Kedarnath and Govindghat-Hemkund Sahib, as well as road widening projects from Mana to Mana Pass and Joshimath to Malari. Dehradun-Almora-Pithoragarh Heli service was also flagged off from Jolly Grant Airport, expanding the air service in the state. He said that along with the Char Dham Yatra through the all-weather road, the work of connecting the border areas with a two-lane road has been done. Along with the construction of roads, the borders of the country are being made stronger and secure”.
The CM claimed that to make the state corruption-free, the state government has launched corruption-free ‘Uttarakhand 1064 app’. Whatever complaints were being received through this App, prompt action is being taken. He said that the speedy recruitment process for about 7000 posts of the Uttarakhand State Subordinate Services Selection Commission is also being completed by the Uttarakhand Public Service Commission. Keeping in mind the future of the youth of the state, the Uttarakhand Public Service Commission released the examination calendar for a total of 32 examinations for the year 2023. In this calendar, 15 exams of UKSSSC have also been included.
Pushkar Singh Dhami added, “The implementation of the satellite centre of Rishikesh AIIMS to be built in the Kumaon region in the year 2022 has also started. The cabinet has already approved to give 100 acres of land near Kichha to the Government of India free of cost for AIIMS Satellite Centre in Kumaon. He said that under the Vatsalya Yojana, the state government has transferred an amount of Rs 12 crore to the accounts of 6,000 children. The state government has started the ‘Chief Minister Udayaman Khiladi Unnayan Yojana’, through which Rs 1500 incentive amount is being provided every month for players from 8 to 14 years on the basis of physical test and ability. A new platform is also being provided to the sports talent hidden in remote villages. With the transfer of funds for the purchase of tablets to 2.65 lakh students of the state, ‘Uttarakhand Digital Education Revolution’ has begun. Digital transfer of Rs 323.22 crores has been done through PFMS to 80 thousand beneficiary girls under Nanda Gaura Yojana by our government. The State Government has also implemented New Education Policy in Uttarakhand”.
Dhami said that in the coming year 2023, the government would take decision on implementing the Uniform Civil Code in the state. Also, policy for women empowerment, upcoming plan for prevention of migration, expansion of air services in border areas along with giving impetus to 1 district 2 product scheme, strengthening of disaster management system, complete development for settlement of border villages was being undertaken. Work was underway on construction of Doon-Mussoorie ropeway, Kharsali to Yamunotri ropeway, development of facilities in the historical temples of Kumaon region under Manskhand scheme. A 20 seater aircraft service to Pithoragarh would soon begin. He said that with the aim of making Uttarakhand a leading state by the year 2025, the state government was determined to live up to the expectations of the people. The CM called upon the people of Uttarakhand to also contribute towards making the state a leading state.