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Ahead of Uttarakhand 18th foundation day, Kishore Upadhyay calls all-party seminar on state issues

Suggestions received at the seminar will be conveyed to the state government, Upadhyay told reporters on Sunday. Leaders of all parties have been invited for the programme.

dehradun Updated: Oct 29, 2017 20:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Former Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay (centre) has backed the demand for making Gairsain as the permanent capital of the hill state. (HT File Photo)

Former Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay has convened an all-party seminar on November 1 to discuss issues facing the state, which will turn 18 years old on November 9 after its formation in 2000.

Suggestions received at the seminar will be conveyed to the state government, Upadhyay told reporters on Sunday. Leaders of all parties have been invited for the programme.

“I have talked to Uttarakhand BJP president Ajay Bhatt for sending his party’s representative to the dialogue,” Upadhyay said.

“Three acts prompted us to hold this dialogue: one, the death of a dalit farmer owing to agricultural loan, death of a dalit youth in Doon Hospital due to lack of proper healthcare, and the delivery of an infant by a woman at a bridge in Tyuni area of Dehradun.”

Backing the demand for making Gairsain as the permanent capital of Uttarakhand, the Congress leader said he had urged the Centre to provide Rs 10,000 crore for creating infrastructure at the hill town.

Uttarakhand Kranti Dal leader Latafat Hussain, social activist Sarika Pradhan, Left leader Bachi Ram Kaunswal, and Chetna Andolan activist Trepan Chauhan will participate in the dialogue. They said it was essential to present the voices of the marginaliged, and chalk out a blueprint for the state’s inclusive development.

First Published: Oct 29, 2017 20:00 IST