Shah in Doon today, CM burns midnight oil to ready reports

Shah will assess the Rawat government’s performance on completion of its six months; he will also assess the BJP’s organisational preparedness for the local body elections early next year and the Lok Sabha polls due in 2019, said a party insider

dehradun Updated: Sep 18, 2017 20:47 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Chief minister TS Rawat goes through reports to be presented before BJP president Amit Shah during his two-day visit to Uttarakhand beginning Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat gave final touches till late Sunday night to the presentations likely to be made by his ministers on development projects before BJP chief Amit Shah during his two-day visit beginning Tuesday, officials said.

“The chief minister has been keeping late nights for some time, so he could personally check all presentations on projects likely to be made by his nine ministers before the party (BJP) chief,” an official of the chief minister’s office (CMO) told HT.

Shah will assess the Rawat government’s performance on completion of its six months, said a party insider. “He will also assess our party’s organisational preparedness for the local body elections early next year and the Lok Sabha polls due in 2019,” he said.

State BJP general secretary Naresh Bansal said Shah would assess the progress of all arms of the party including the government.

“Like with the members of our party’s organisational wing, he (Shah) would have separate meetings with the members of the Rawat cabinet and our 57 legislators,” Bansal said.

Finance minister Prakash Pant said the chief minister had already reviewed almost all the projects relating to all departments. “The objective behind the exercise is to assess the government’s performance in the past six months. It will also enable us to chalk out the road map for the state’s development in future,” he said.

A BJP leader said Shah during his ongoing countrywide tour has been assessing progress of all the BJP-ruled sates and the party’s organisatioal preparedness for polls. “The whole idea is to ensure that we don’t repeat the mistakes that the previous Congress governments did at the Centre and other states,” a BJP leader said.

Pant said frequent assessments of the BJP government would help it meet the people’s expectations. “People have high expectations of us, but the resources at our command are limited because the previous (Congress) regime did not care to generate non-tax revenue,” he said, referring to the revenue from sand mining.

The BJP government had tried to augment the non-tax revenue during the past six months, Pant said. “We have, for instance, fixed the revenue target of Rs 15057 crore from non-tax sources for the current fiscal,” he said, adding that Rs 5000 crore of the target had been generated.

BJP sources said Shah would assess the Rawat government’s performance against the targets set in the party’s Vision Document for Development that was released ahead of the assembly polls.

Sources in the CMO said Shah would be briefed depending upon his expectations. “If he is keen on details of projects, we will make presentations,” said an official. “Otherwise, hard copies of progress reports pertaining to development projects would be submitted to him.”

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 20:47 IST