IEP Dehradun September 1 7
Taking up a resolve to end corruption from the governance in Uttarakhand, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that corruption should be uprooted from the State. Interacting with the media-persons at his camp office on his birthday on Friday, Dhami said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a call to end corruption from the ramparts of the Red Fort and the State government is acting on his resolve. He said that the State government is strengthening the Vigilance department and its reorganisation would be soon done to make it more effective. Dhami who turned 47 on Friday said that the government has released ‘1064’ help line number for registering complaints against corrupt officers and a sum of Rs two crore has been released for the Vigilance department. He added that the trap money which used to get released after years in a trap set up by the Vigilance department is now being returned within 15 days. Emphasising on the need to increase the income of the State, Dhami said that the government has decided to hold a three day brainstorming session on the issue. He said that PM Modi has set an example by giving a new work culture for the country and the Uttarakhand government is trying to implement it in the State. He added that concerted efforts are being made by his government to make Uttarakhand one of the leading states of the country by the year 2025 as per the dream of PM Modi. The CM said that his government has moved ahead in the direction of implementing the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the State. The committee set up for the purpose of preparing a draft of UCC has started meeting stakeholders and it has also launched a portal to take views of the public. The CM also reiterated the commitment of his government to make a Drug free Uttarakhand by the year 2025 and informed that the State has constituted an Anti Narcotics Task Force for the purpose. Dhami said that tourism, horticulture and hydropower are the three sunshine sectors for the State and every effort is being made to tap the potential in these fields. He said that many hydropower projects of the State are entangled in legal hassles. The CM said that the State government is trying to remove these hurdles from the way of these projects. Dhami accepted that the menace of monkeys is a major hindrance in the path of agricultural activities in the mountainous parts of the State and added that the government is working on an effective work plan for this. The CM evaded the question on Lokayukta by stating that a decision would be taken as per the place, time and situation (Desh, Kal, Paristhiti). On the question of possible cabinet expansion and the possibility of reconstitution of his team of ministers, the CM said that everything occurs in a time bound phase in the BJP and at present the party organisation is being reorganised.