Three “young” ministers, who are below 50 years of age, in the state’s new government are gearing up to resolve issues being faced by youngsters -- a section of voters the ruling BJP wooed big way during campaigning.
Three ministers are Arvind Pandey (45), Rekha Arya (38) and Dhan Singh Rawat (47). Pandey holds cabinet rank while Arya and Rawat are ministers of state.
Unlike the erstwhile Harish Rawat government, several of the newly-inducted ministers are relatively younger in age. Average age of 10 ministers is 54 years, in what is perhaps resonant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s preference for younger leaders.
“My effort will be to work for issues being faced by youngsters. Most important ones being lack of employment in the hills, skill development and setting up of small-scale industries in rural areas to prevent migration,” Arya, the MLA from Someshwar in Almora district, told HT.
The state’s youngest minister said she’ll chalk out a “detailed strategy” to deal with the issues once portfolios (departments) are distributed among ministers.
Arvind Pandey, a fourth-time MLA, said: “Young blood will reflect in our (young ministers’) style of functioning.”
“I’ll put in all my previous experiences (of being an MLA) to ensure that I’m able to work for the welfare of the youngsters... they (youth voters) have placed a massive trust on our government and we’ll work to deliver our promise,” Pandey, who represents Gadarpur seat in Udham Singh Nagar district, told HT.
Besides, all ministers in chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’s government, barring 12-pass Satpal Maharaj, are graduate.
Political analysts, however, feel that young faces may be well-educated and full of enthusiasm but they lack experience. “It’s good to provide leadership roles to youngsters, but most of them lack administrative experience which is a must for effective functioning of a government, especially in a state which is struggling for development,” Dehradun-based political analyst Jay Singh Rawat told HT.
“Before making them ministers, young leaders should have first been provided with some experience in government bodies to help them acquaint with the practical functioning (of the government),” he said.