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Need to create jobs in Uttarakhand to stop forced migration: Rajnath

Union home minister made the suggestion during an event in Dehradun, when told the state had witnessed the exodus of 22 lakh people since its formation in 2000

dehradun Updated: Jun 17, 2016 22:37 IST
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Union home minister Rajnath Singh being welcomed by BJP workers during a programme in Dehradun on Friday.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh being welcomed by BJP workers during a programme in Dehradun on Friday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said all-out efforts should be made to ensure prosperity in Uttarakhand and create employment opportunities for the local youth so that the growing “forced migration” from the resource-crunched state could be checked.

“There is a need to give a push for development and job creation in Uttarakhand in view of the mountain region’s sensitivity as a border state,” he said, adding that he would soon write to the chief minister in that connection.

Singh made the suggestion during an event in Dehradun when told the state had witnessed the exodus of 22 lakh people since its formation in 2000.

The Union home minister said the BJP-led NDA government had initiated structural and procedural reforms to give a push for development in the country. About the agrarian sector, he said the Centre would soon launch an online portal that would enable the farmers to sell their crops in any part of the country.

Identifying the portal as ‘enam’ (e.national agricultural market), he said the online facility would enable farmers to sell their crops to the best of prices. “A farmer sitting in Dehradun can sell his crops in any part of the country, be it Kolkata or Mumbai, where it would fetch the best prices.”

To a query, he said cross-border infiltration had come down by 50% since the BJP-led NDA government took over at the Centre. “Similarly, Maoist-related violence has registered a 47% decrease in the corresponding period. The same goes for terrorism-related violence that is now negligible,” Singh said.

He said a number of initiatives had been initiated to check the proliferation of black money in the country.

Listing an example, he said income tax would now be levied on only 8% of annual business turnovers up to `2 crore. “Similarly, if those having undeclared money will declare their assets within four months beginning June 1 only 45% of their monetary assets would be acquired by the government,” Singh said. “The rest of the amount would be considered white money.”

Singh, however, warned that strictest possible action would be taken against those would not declare their black money within the given time.

He disagreed with the audience that the BJP-led NDA government failed to check the increasing food inflation. “I agree that prices did register an increase but this price rise is confined to only a few commodities,” Singh said.

Singh said Uttarakhand wouldn’t go unrepresented in the Union cabinet. “It is the Prime Minister’s prerogative but I can assure you that this state will not go unrepresented in the Union cabinet whenever its expansion would be carried out.”