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Amit Shah’s visit: CM, ministers to remain updated about schemes

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and his nine ministers are updating themselves on schemes at a frenetic pace ahead of BJP chief Amit Shah’s two-day visit beginning September 19

dehradun Updated: Sep 14, 2017 19:14 IST
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BJP chief Amit Shah will evaluate the Uttarakhand government’s performance in the past six months.
BJP chief Amit Shah will evaluate the Uttarakhand government’s performance in the past six months. (HT File)

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and his nine ministers are updating themselves on schemes at a frenetic pace ahead of BJP chief Amit Shah’s two-day visit beginning September 19.

Shah will evaluate the government’s performance of last six months and hold back-to-back 21 meetings with the party’s organisational workers and leaders, ministers, MLAs and MPs during his “hectic” visit.

“Of the total 21 meetings, he (Shah) will have three separate meetings with all our nine ministers, five parliamentarians from the state and 57 legislators,” BJP state general secretary Naresh Bansal said, adding that all those three meetings would be held at the chief minister’s camp office in the Cantonment area.

Rawat would be present in all the meetings to be presided over by the BJP chief, he said. On both days, Shah would keep a tight schedule as there were meetings from 9am to 11pm before he departs late night on September 21.

Bansal said he was not aware whether Shah would assess the government’s performance during his meetings at the CM’s camp office. “I have no idea about that…A lot will depend on what he enquires about during his interaction with the ministers, parliamentarians and our party legislators.”

He said at the organisational level, Shah would interact “with almost all block, district and state level party office bearers besides the grassroots level workers from the areas falling in about 11,000 polling booths.”

Cabinet minister Madan Kaushik also said Shah would evaluate the Rawat government’s performance on completion of its six months. “During our meeting, we will brief him about the schemes our government introduced after we came to power six months ago,” he said, adding that presentations on detailed progress of all those schemes could also be made.

Kaushik said Shah would be briefed about both the centrally-funded schemes and all development projects pertaining to horticulture, agriculture, infrastructure and those pertaining to employment generation introduced by the state government. “All the nine Cabinet ministers are constantly in touch with their secretaries as well as the chief secretary.”

An official at the Chief Minister’s Office said secretaries in all departments were preparing both brief summaries of all schemes as well as detailed progress reports of each scheme separately. “Officials are making preparations from all angles because the BJP chief may ask the ministers to make presentations on projects being taken up by their respective departments, if he is not convinced about their progress.”

According to him, some 45 flagship centrally funded schemes are being implemented in Uttarakhand. “Shah may also seek details of some of those flagship schemes.”

Another official said the chief minister wouldn’t have any problem in briefing Shah about the schemes and projects as he would be expected to provide an overview only. “The main pressure will be on the ministers. Shah may ask them to make presentation on any of the schemes relating to their departments.”

According to officials, Shah might share with the chief minister and the ministers the tips to make improvement in areas where, he would feel, progress would be needed.