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Neha Pant  Dehradun, March 31, 2014
First Published: 23:21 IST(31/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:23 IST(31/3/2014)

With the beginning of election season, candidates and party leaders have started taking special care of their health amid hectic political schedules.

From hitting the gym to counting on a liquid diet, they are adopting various ways to keep themselves fit during the taxing poll times.

Health and fitness often take a backseat for politicos during strenuous campaigning days. However, there are some who are looking after their wellbeing amid back-to-back public meetings, political movements, press conferences, road shows and janta darbars.

Lok Sabha candidate from Tehri parliamentary constituency Anoop Nautiyal is drinking lots of water to fight the soaring temperatures and erratic schedules. Making a political debut with an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket, Nautiyal has been maintaining a “balanced lifestyle”.

“I have exercised all my life and followed a middle path when it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle. While continuing that regime, I am also make sure to drink lots of water amid the hectic schedules to keep myself hydrated and healthy,” Nautiyal said.

For state Congress vice-president Suryakant Dhasmana, the trick lies in going to the gym early in the morning before beginning his day full of political activities.

A gym enthusiast, he spends around an hour doing various exercises. “I am going to the gym every day without fail. I start my workout at 6am, sweating it out for at least an hour,” Dhasmana told Hindustan Times.

After finishing the workout, the Congress leader reaches his Karanpur residence to get ready for the day ahead. His breakfast choice of wholesome diet including fruits, among other essentials, also tells a lot about his healthy regimen.

“A politician’s life is always hectic. But, around the election time, our days turn even more frenzied. So, I am counting on a light diet with seasonal fruits finding a place on the top of my menu,” he said.

Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Harbans Kapoor’s funda to keep in top form is to go for a morning walk religiously.

“Election time brings along a lot of fatigue which every politician needs to get accustomed to. As for me, I am relying on my tried-and-tested formula of going for morning walks. It not only helps me unwind completely, but also helps in studying the people’s woes and connecting with them face-to-face,” he 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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