U’khand Cong convention to discuss Himalayan policy, summer capital

  • Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Nov 02, 2015 13:11 IST
A view of Gairsain in Chamoli district. The issue of declaring Gairsain as the summer capital of Uttarakhand will be discussed in the convention. (Vinay Santosh Kumar//HT Photo)

Uttarakhand’s contribution towards safety of the nation, environment protection and providing water to other parts of the country as well as demand from the Centre to frame a sustainable Himalayan development policy will be the main agenda during a state convention of the Congress party on Sunday.

Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee president Kishore Upadhyay said the party will also discuss the issue of Gairsain as a summer capital and the issue of enacting state’s own panchayati raj act during the meeting.

“The party will pass a separate resolution on demand for sustainable Himalayan development policy. This will be sent to the state government as well as the Centre to build pressure on the latter,” Upadhyay said.

There are differences among the ruling party legislators on the issue of declaring Gairsain as the summer capital of Uttarakhand but the Congress leadership wants to intensify its campaign in favour of the hill township.

The party, during the convention, will pass a resolution to be presented to the state government in order to build a consensus on Gairsain.

Upadhayay said the issue of Gairsain is not merely a talk but an emotional issue and manifestation of concept of creating Uttarakhahnd. He said this will be the main issue of discussion at the convention on Sunday.

“Gairsain as permanent or summer capital is people’s will and fulfilment of the cause of statehood agitation. The main idea behind creation of Uttarakhand was development of hilly areas for strategic cause of the country and well-being of the local population. However it has not been realised till date,” he said.

The Congress president said efforts will be made to ensure that the issue of Gairsain is a major public debate topic and discussion across the state. “Unanimity among ruling party legislators is still wanted on this issue and nothing will happen in the convention that will go against party’s interests,” he said.

Upadhayay said the party will also discuss issue of enacting state’s own panchayati raj act.

Panchayati raj functions as a system of governance in which gram panchayats are the basic unit of local administration. The act contains provision for devolution of powers and responsibilities to the panchayats, both for the preparation of economic development plans and social justice.

The PCC chief said the panchayat system was still being governed on the lines of the Uttar Pradesh panchayati raj act which fails to cater to the needs of rural development in the hills.

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