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AAP shows the way, removes poll posters in Doon

HT Correspondent  Dehradun, May 08, 2014
First Published: 23:25 IST(8/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:26 IST(8/5/2014)

Publicity posters of candidates disfigure walls and other public areas after every election. These posters usually remain pasted on walls for months till they are washed away by rains.

In a unique initiative, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Tehri-Garhwal parliamentary candidate Anoop Nautiyal on Thursday began a poster-removal drive here in the state capital a day after Uttarakhand went to polls on May 7.

Joined by around 30 party workers, supporters and youth volunteers, Nautiyal visited areas like Shivaji Dharmashala and Patel Nagar to peel off the party’s campaigning materials like banners, posters, stickers and flags stuck on the walls and other city spaces. The team removed only AAP’s publicity material and did not touch posters of other parties.

“The message is simple and straightforward. We want to keep the nation clean and consider it our responsibility to remove the posters that were put up before the polls. The initiative was not just aimed at sensitizing the community but also other political parties,” Nautiyal told HT.

He said that the drive will continue over the next few days.

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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.

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