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CM releases development booklet “Sankalp Naye Uttarakhand Ka” during interaction with media

By Arun Pratap Singh

Dehradun, 11 Nov: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami released a development booklet called “Sankalp Naye Uttarakhand Ka” published by the Information and Public Relations Department on the occasion of celebration of the 22nd anniversary of State Formation at the Gorkha Military Inter College, here, today. This was an occasion for him to address media persons.

At the function, the Chief Minister also released another booklet of the Planning Department, “Agragami Uttarakhand”. During the programme, the Chief Minister also launched a citizen-centric project, ‘Apni Sarkar Portal’, CM Helpline Mobile App Dark Lake, CM Helpline Mobile App, ITDA-CALC, SDWAN developed by ITDA and a portal of digital services of Transport Department on payment of tax, e-challan, as also software for stage carriage vehicles developed by ITDA in online mode. Besides this, the transport department’s portal will also provide services like issual of Temporary Permit, Route Permit Application, Registration of Commercial Vehicles Trade Certificate, Online Payment of Automated Testing Station Fee, Fleet Management System, Humsafar App which will be for public transport drivers.

The CM also launched a portal related to Bharat Money Store at Panchayat level of the Panchayati Raj Department.

After inaugurating all these portals and apps, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami asked the officials concerned to ensure that these portals and apps did not exist just for the sake of formality but remain fully functional to ensure the convenience of people. It needed to be ensured that the people continuously benefit from these apps and portals. He noted it had been observed that, in many cases, portals and apps are launched with much fanfare but do not function properly. This had to be avoided at all costs.

He said that the government is fully committed to making Uttarakhand a leading state in as many sectors as possible and for this everyone would have to play a significant role. The media also needed to contribute to this by taking to the people information regarding the welfare schemes, programmes and policies of the government and also highlight the issues of public interest and the problems of the common people. He claimed that the government would take cognisance of the issues raised by the media and the people to resolve the issues. He also praised the media for playing a constructive role in the development of the state.

He said that Uttarakhand state has achieved many targets in the 22 years since the formation of a separate state but there are still many challenges ahead towards making Uttarakhand a leading state in the country. But the government is aware of the challenges and has full faith in the strengths as well so as to overcome the challenges.

The Chief Minister added that brainstorming and meetings would also be organised to get fresh ideas concerning the development of Uttarakhand as well as to work out solutions to the problems and challenges before the state. The ideas and suggestions coming at these meetings would pave the way for what could be done better in the interest of the state along with pushing the growth rate of the state, revenue growth, etc.

Dhami said that it would be the constant endeavour of the government to reach the goal of development by following a straight path. He said that while migration, improvement in education and health sectors and balanced development of remote and marginal areas of the state are the major challenges, the hardworking women power, youth power, natural resources like forest wealth, rich cultural and spiritual heritage are the biggest strengths of Uttarakhand.

The Chief Minister declared that India’s honour and respect had increased in the country and the world under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the last eight years, new dimensions of development have been established in the country and the state. The government in Uttarakhand is working with commitment towards the development of Uttarakhand with a strong resolve. Every department is preparing a roadmap for the development of the state. He called upon the officers and employees to abandon the mentality of working from 10 to 5 in the interest of the state, only then would they be able to become useful in the process of the development of the state.

Dhami also pointed out that the recruitment process for 7 thousand posts in the state had been transferred on his orders from the Uttarakhand Subordinate Service Selection Commission (UKSSSC) to the State Public Service Commission once the scam in the recruitment process surfaced. Despite criticism of this decision and despite strong apprehensions expressed by many, the Uttarakhand Public Services Commission (UKPSC) has already begun the recruitment process for these posts. In a matter of few months, the recruitment process would be completed. He added that efforts are being made sincerely to provide better opportunities for employment and self-employment to the youth.

The CM also claimed that the resolve is such that all efforts would be made to inaugurate all the projects for which foundation stones would be laid by his government.

Special Principal Secretary, Information, Abhinav Kumar delivered the welcome address. He informed those present about the activities being done by the department. Director General, Information, Bansidhar Tiwari proposed the vote of thanks. Earlier, he also informed the gathering about the plans of the Panchayati Raj Department, while Secretary, Transport, Arvind Singh Hyanki and Director, ITDA, Amit Sinha briefed the media about the schemes launched by the Transport Department as well as the ITDA.

On this occasion, Cabinet Ministers Premchand Agarwal, Subodh Uniyal, Rekha Arya, Chandan Ramdas, BJP State President Mahendra Bhatt, Rajya Sabha MP Kalpana Saini, Mayor Sunil Uniyal Gama, MLAs Savita Kapoor, Ram Singh Kaira, Additional Chief Secretary Radha Raturi, Planning Secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram, Shailesh Bagoli along with other dignitaries were present.