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‘Central aid to state rose in past 3 yrs, but growth slow’

The annual assistance from the Centre to the state has increased in last few financial years, according to official statistics, even though the Uttarakhand government has been firing salvos at the central government over it.
Two days ago, the state Congress unit demanded `4,000 crore financial assistance from the centre.
According to the central statistics office figures, the Centre released `4883.74 crores for the state in 2011-12. It released `4717.68 crores in 2012-2013. And in 2013-2014, it increased the assistance to `5418.60 crores.

Uttarakhand is one of the 11 Himalayan states which enjoy special category status besides Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
These special category states have to make part payment to the centre in lieu of getting funds for centrally-sponsored schemes.
Interestingly, on an average, central assistance has been substantial for the state though it has not helped Uttarakhand in increasing its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) which is total monetary value of goods and services produced by a state economy in a given year.
“GSDP depends on various factors like rate of savings and investments and overall business atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean the state does not need help,” said Surender Kumar, media in-charge for CM adding that the state needs more funds.
The figures for Uttarakhand GSDP growth at constant (2004-5) price (as on 01-08-2014) was 9.36% in 2011-12. It was 5.61% in 2012-13 and 5.65% in 2013-2014.
Sometime back Planning Commission constituted a committee to study development in hill states arising from management of forest land with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development.
The report of the committee was discussed in Internal Planning Committee meeting held in February this year.
A Planning Commission note claimed that IPC broadly endorsed the recommendations of the committee. The report has also been forwarded to states for further inputs.

Roorkee: Blast near venue of BJP meet, one dead

Roorkee, Uttarakhand
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Delay in appointments hits health dept’s functioning

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Commercial complexes fail to provide parking facilities

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This despite Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) several attempts to enforce commercial complexes to create parking spaces in their basements.

Secretariat employees return to work, to have 6-day week

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About 8% govt schools in Uttarakhand in a shambles, say education officials

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Manorama is the first woman RS member from U’khand

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Anti-mining force turns a toothless watchdog

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Elephants a menace in Uttarakhand

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English skills poor in govt schools

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Race for BJP chief post hots up amid membership drive

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Gairsain ideal choice for permanent capital, says speaker

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First winter Chardham yatra begins from village in Gangotri

In a move aimed at popularising Uttarakhand as a round-the-year tourist destination, the first winter chardham yatra (pilgrimage) began on Sunday from Mukhva, a low-altitude village in Gangotri that forms a part of the Himalayan state’s fabled religious circuit. 

Dehradun: 6 die, 10 injured as vehicle falls in to gorge

Himachal bus accident
Six persons died while ten were seriously injured when a utility vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Kalsi block area, almost 60 kilometers from Dehradun district Headquarter. All the dead bodies have been recovered while injured have been rushed to the hospital.
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