Growth blueprint for Uttarakhand ready, development process started: Rawat

Five months after taking charge of Uttarakhand, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat asserted his government was ready with a blueprint for the state’s wholesome growth and its execution already started

dehradun Updated: Aug 17, 2017 21:23 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat felicitating a police personnel on the occasion of Independence Day at the parade ground in Dehradun on Tuesday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo.)

Five months after taking charge of Uttarakhand, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat asserted his government was ready with a blueprint for the state’s wholesome growth and its execution already started .

“Funds have either been released or are in the process of being released. Officials were asked to ensure that the work on development schemes starts immediately so that we are able to achieve a wholesome growth,” he said in an interview to Hindustan Times. “Precaution is also being exercised in view of the imposition of the poll code in the coming months owing to the local body polls next year and the Lok Sabha polls.”

On an average, he said, the development process “remains stalled” for two years due to frequently held elections.

“We can’t afford development to be hampered for two crucial years,” he said, adding officials were directed to ensure work on all schemes and projects starts in right earnest. “Once the work starts, they will not be affected by the imposition of the poll code and the development process will continue unhampered.”

Citing an example, Rawat said Rs 500 crore was released for crucial works to be carried by the Public Works Department. “Similarly, schemes worth Rs 750 crore were approved for works to be carried out by the irrigation department,” Rawat said, adding similarly funds were released for other departments as well.

On media complaint about him staying aloof, Rawat said it was not a conscious decision. “There is nothing intentional about that. They (media) may have gained such an impression because I remain focused on work,” he said, adding he never delayed things at his end. “I swiftly clear files because I know that my delay in clearing one file can adversely affect thousands of people. It is owing to my busy schedule that we deputed Cabinet minister Madan Kaushik as the government’s spokesperson so that media persons have no difficulty.”

Rawat said he believed in doing his job and had a result oriented approach. “What is important is that work should be seen on the ground…Once that happens the media will automatically start projecting that.”

He rebutted the opposition allegations that he failed to speed up development, lacked original ideas relating to governance and was implementing all schemes introduced by the previous Congress government. “We don’t really bother much about its criticism or allegations against our government,” Rawat said, adding his government had succeeded in curtailing to a great extent the massive corruption that prevailed under the previous Congress regime.

“Transfers of even senior officials from the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Police Service had taken the shape of an industry under that (Congress) regime,” he said, adding the BJP government had introduced transparency in the execution of development schemes.

Rawat claimed that his government took a number of initiatives to check distress migration from the hill areas. “In the farm sector, for instance, we are trying to boost farmers’ income by encouraging cluster based farming so that they get full returns.”

Plans were afoot to encourage farmers grow early ripening varieties of apples and walnuts. In that connection, the state government has plans to grow an apple orchard each in one acre of land in all the 13 districts. “As part of that plan, apple orchards will be grown in areas above 4,000 feet from the sea level,” he said, adding health facilities were being developed in interior areas with the army’s help.

“Similarly, self employment opportunities are being created for the local youth under the skill development programme.”

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 21:22 IST