Chief minister Harish Rawat has instructed officials to expedite ongoing projects in the state within the next 15 days and fill up vacant posts in government departments.
In his renewed directives to senior officials at a meeting at his residence on Friday, Rawat asked them to speed up developmental projects that his government has undertaken since he took over as chief minister in 2014
At the meeting, the CM was informed that more than 65% work on the projects has been completed.
Rawat’s directed senior officials to speed up ongoing projects so that 80% of the work is completed before the 2017 assembly elections, said an official, who was present at the meeting.
The chief minister directed officials to ensure that 100% infrastructure development projects, including roads, drinking water, health and irrigation should be completed before the polls, the official, who did not wish to be named, said.
The CM told officials that fund for completing the projects can be drawn from supplement, revised budget allocations and other budgetary provisions, the official said.
If needed, Rawat said the government can approach the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NBARD) for help to complete the projects.
The CM stressed that projects under Rashtriya Krishi VIkas Yojana must be executed by the concerned departments as soon as possible and selected areas in Dehradun, Pithoragarh, Shahi Polo and Chamoli must be included under the herbal plantation scheme of the state.
This apart the CM also asked officials to fill up vacant posts in different departments, the official said.
The CM asked officials to communicate government’s intentions to the Uttarakhand Public Service Commission, State Subordinate Services Commission and Technical Education Council to expedite recruitment processes in their respective divisions.
Earlier in the meeting, the CM was informed by Anand Bardhan, state personnel department secretary that there are 14,738 vacant posts in the 88 departments in the state. Of these 7,858 posts are unreserved, 3,895 for schedule castes, 694 for schedule tribe and 2,291 posts for the other backward class community.