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Forced migration: Govt to bring experts for charting policies

Additional secretary, planning, Dr Ranjit Sinha says a proposal will be submitted to the Centre for renaming the planning department in tune with the pro-people planning process introduced under the Niti Aayog. The state planning commission may be renamed Setu (State Entity for Transforming Uttarakhand), or SITU (State Institution for Transforming Uttarakhand).

dehradun Updated: Dec 14, 2017 20:33 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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An abandoned house in the hills of Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)

DEHRADUN: Experts in key sectors such as horticulture, tourism, health and education will help the Uttarakhand government frame policies to ensure a prosperous state having control over migration in hill and urban areas.

Additional secretary, planning, Dr Ranjit Sinha says a proposal will be submitted to the Centre for renaming the planning department in tune with the pro-people planning process introduced under the Niti Aayog. The Niti Aayog replaced the Planning Commission after the BJP was voted to power in 2014. The state planning commission may be renamed Setu (State Entity for Transforming Uttarakhand), or SITU (State Institution for Transforming Uttarakhand).

“We will now have on board well-known experts who will help us frame policies based on the best practices in the world as part of the recently changed planning process,” Sinha tells HT. “It (process) aims to bring about prosperity to the people that will inevitably help check forced migration from the hills and the rural-urban migration.”

All the state policies for development will be formulated under the aegis of the recently set up Centre for Policy Planning and Good Governance (CPPGG). “The CPPGG, which will have renowned experts in different sectors, will formulate comprehensive policies that aim to bring quality services at the people’s doorstep.”

The policies will be strictly result oriented. “We will have to ensure that those policies bring about transformation in all key sectors. The objective of the policy making has now shifted from merely improving the people’s livelihoods to bringing about economic prosperity to them,” Sinha says.

In that connection, the government will rope in renowned experts offering them attractive packages, so that they frame result-oriented development policies. “They will formulate comprehensive development policies in five key sectors,” Sinha says, referring to bio-economy (horticulture), tourism, education, health and disaster management. “We included disaster management because the state is extremely vulnerable to the natural calamities.”

Policies and strategies experts will include the best practices from around the world in these five sectors. “Experts and specialists, for instance, can include in policies the innovative work done in Finland in education and health sectors,” Sinha says, adding such innovative international practices couldn’t be included in policies under the previous planning system. “That could not be possible because we couldn’t go beyond that hackneyed system of procuring funds from the Centre and other sources and allocating them to different departments.”

Best international practices will be introduced in sectors such as tourism, horticulture, education and disaster management. “For instance, there is a lot of scope for inclusion of the world’s best practices in our policies for wellness tourism and home stays that are our biggest strengths owing to the state’s dominant rural setting and bracing climate.”

It will be included in policies for boosting sectors like education, horticulture and disaster management. “However, experts will include only those practices in policies that will be best suited to the state,” Sinha says.

First Published: Dec 14, 2017 20:33 IST