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Harish Rawat promises bigger role for Cong women in governance

Prithviraj Singh  Dehradun, March 09, 2014
First Published: 15:26 IST(9/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:33 IST(9/3/2014)

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat on Saturday assured Congress women leaders that they would be given due representation while delegating responsibilities of corporations and other government agencies’ headships to the party workers.

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The CM asked party workers to hold a door-to-door public campaign to highlight the good work done by the central government for women in the country.

Addressing a gathering of party women workers to celebrate  International Women’s Day at the Congress headquarters, Rawat said that persistent demands by the state cabinet ministers and the party’s women workers to delegate governing powers to the latter compelled him to upgrade them as heads of corporations, PSUs, autonomous bodies and other government agencies.

“I have been persistently asked by my cabinet colleagues and party workers to accommodate women Congress leaders in governance.  I cannot deny the request. When my government begins appointing heads of state corporations and other government agencies, women Congress workers will be given their dues as deputy heads in power sharing,” said Harish Rawat while addressing the function.

Stressing upon his government’s concern for the safety and security of women in the state, the chief minister said that most of the crimes against the downtrodden section of women take place for the want of financial security. “We need to strengthen them more economically,” he added.

“The central government has taken strong measures like doubling honorarium of Anganwari workers and providing work to them under MGNREGA. However, women need to carve out more Mahila Mangal Dal as the state government has decided to implement work worth Rs. 2 lakh through them,” Rawat said.


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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.

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