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Government of Uttarakhand

Media Center, Sachivalaya Parisar,

(Information and Public Relations Department)

4, Subhash Road, Dehradun

Press Note

 E-mail : : 0135-2711064, Fax : 2711069

Dehradun, 02nd July, 2015 Press note: 05

The Chief Minister Harish Rawat participated in the one day National Database For Emergency Management (NDEM) workshop held at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology today.

This workshop was held in joint collaboration with Uttarakhand Space Application Center (USAC) and National Remote Sensing Center Hyderabad.

While addressing the workshop, the Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that all Science Institutes in the state will have to work jointly to ensure how Science and Technology can be optimally utilized to improve common man’s life.

He added that Digital Volunteer Core should be developed to connect youth to science. The core should constitute of specialists from all fields and it should be aimed to take state’s development to new heights.

The Chief Minister has expressed hope that USAC will carry out the work of mapping the agriculture sector and prepare a database.

The database should constitute of area wise details of crops and to make a list of what crop can be raised in which area and in what quantity. Along with this, any one district must be developed in the form of telemedicine.

The Chief Minister Harish Rawat asserted that the present era belongs to Technology. Our state has lot of institutions working in the direction of Science and Technology.

All these institutes will have to work jointly and create a road map.

The Chief Minister Harish Rawat further said that the state government wishes to develop the state as Trekker’s paradise since it has immense potential in the field of trekking.

He added that in this field of Science and Technology, it is important to have a database of all information. He added that if there is a land slide sensitive zone, steps can be taken to deal with its solution, if information is provided in advance. This can only be achieved by having access to data.

The Chief Minister further said that if timely forecast is available, necessary precautions can be taken to reduce its impact. It will also give time to the administration to deal with the situation.

He asserted that the youth will have to come ahead since only a country which uses both Science and Technology will be able to progress.

Efforts will have to be made and discussions must be held to get the best out of Science and Technology. Available information will also have to be optimally utilized for the betterment of the state. This can only be made possible if there is better communication between State government and Science Institutes.

The Chief Minister Harish Rawat also presented a memento to Atul Joshi from Uttarakhand who was successful in ISRO’S Scientist examination.

Detailed information was provided by Group Director of NRSC Dr Vinod Kumar Baithale about NDEM.

Director USAC Professor Durgesh Pant gave information about the functioning and projects of USAC. Present on the occasion were Dr K Rama Rao from NRSC Hyderabad and Dr A Senthil Kumar from IIRS.

Aastha Tandon, Translator

Checked by Ravi Bijarnia, Information Officer

Dehradun, 02nd July, 2015 Press note: 04

The Chief Minister Harish Rawat launched Digital Uttarakhand along with the national campaign of Digital India, today.

While launching the campaign, the Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that in order to ensure wider strength of connectivity, we will have to promote other private service providers along with BSNL.

This will ensure that services reach areas which are so far directly inaccessible and this will be a real mile stone.

Speaking at the Digital India program at the secretariat, the Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that Digital Uttarakhand will be useful only if all senior officials use the technology personally.

He said that the officials will have to adopt it like Digital Yoga. The Information Technology department must make arrangements to provide training for it. The department must also consider opening up of cafeterias where even common citizens can come and learn at their convenient.  

The Chief Minister added that this technology will help to connect to interiors of the state and merge them with the main stream. He added that this technology will be considered successful only if people staying in the interior regions of the state also get benefitted.

He suggested that a road map be designed to achieve this. He further emphasized on developing Customer care centers all over the state inlarge numbers.

He stated that education is still a sensitive area. He stated that the department is going through a lot of changes and thus technology should be included in this field to ensure its success. Training institutes should be included so that technical proficiency can be achieved.

Marking the occasion, the Chief Minister Harish Rawat spoke to Gram Panchayats of Ferpur and Bajuhedi villages through video conferencing. Honoring the demands of the villagers, he gave assurance to open ANM center and approved opening of a Girls’ Inter College next year.

He also gave assurance to compensate for loss caused to crops in villages and for construction of One Km road as well wedding hall.

The Additional Chief Secretary Rakesh Sharma said that the Information Technology is being comprehensively used at the state level.

The Secretary Information Technology Deepak Kumar gave information about the programs to be held over the week to mark Digital India and also gave presentation on work being done in this direction all over the state.

Present on the occasion were all Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Additional Secretaries and other officers. 

Aastha Tandon, Translator

Checked by Ravi Bijarnia, Information Officer

Dehradun, 02nd July, 2015 Press note: 03

The Chief Minister, Harish Rawat, has stressed on giving special attention to schemes related to conservation of water in rivers as well as take steps to create small barrages in order to hold water in tributaries of Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

The Chief Minister further added that the River Ganga purification project would only be of benefit if the water level in the river was increased. He also emphasised on building water bodies in large numbers in forests to help forests become greener. Wild animals would also get access to water and food.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a review meeting of the ‘Namami Gange Project’ at the Secretariat here, on Thursday, with Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti.

He said that, if small barrages were constructed on rivers such Song, Kosi and Nayar, and Chaal Khaal schemes introduced in large numbers, then the level of water in rivers could be increased by 2 to 5 percent.

This would only be possible if the Centre and the State worked in close coordination to achieve the goal. In order ensure this; special attention would have to be paid to schemes like water catchment and river water conservation.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat asked the Union Minister to provide funds for sewerage schemes being run under the Namami Gange Project. He said that it was state’s wish to provide the pilgrims at the Ardh Kumbh the purest of Ganga Jal.

He also stated during the meeting that the sewerage schemes of Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh, Sarai and Ahbav Nagar, Haridwar, had been completed, while the sewerage projects in Gangotri, Tapovan, Badrinath, Joshimath, Gopeshwar, Devprayag and Uttarkashi were still under construction.

The Chief Minister further stated that the two projects of Sewerage and river front development, as well as schemes in Gangotri, Devprayag and Uttarkashi had received approval, earlier, but since no financial aid was received from the Centre, the construction work had been obstructed.

The Chief Minister also asked the Union Minister to provide the state with necessary funds for the Ardh Kumbh Mela. He asked for earlier proposed schemes related to flood control to be cleared lest there emerged the risk of half-completed projects being washed away during rains. He emphasised on construction of several small sewerage plants which would enhance the pace of work.

Union Minister Uma Bharti directed officers to immediately work on pending proposals presented by Chief Minister Harish Rawat. She asked for immediate action on proposals related to construction of small barrages as well as development of the Chaal Khaal scheme. She added that to ensure this, a technical team from the Centre would soon visit the state.

She assured that it would be her effort to provide required funds for implementation of schemes related to the Namami Gange Plan before the Ardh Kumbh commenced. She also asked for complete support to ensure cleanliness of the Ganga, Gangotri and Badrinath.

Present at the meeting were MLAs Ganesh Godiyal, Jeet Ram, Rajendra Bhandari, Additional Chief Secretaries Rakesh Sharma, S Raju, National Mission Director, Namami Gange, TVSN Prasad, Joint Secretary, Water Reources, Rajendra Prasad and other officers.

Dehradun, 02nd July, 2015 Press note: 02

The Chief Minister Harish Rawat has expressed deep grief on the death of Sub Inspector Darshan Lal Thapliyal after he was injured in a road accident on 1st July. The Chief Minister has wished for the peace of the departed soul and strength for the family of the deceased.

Chief Minister’s OSD Anand Bahuguna offered a wreath to deceased on behalf of the Chief Minister today at Police Line. 
Aastha Tandon, Translator

Checked by Ravi Bijarnia, Information Officer

Dehradun, 02nd July, 2015 Press note: 01

Chief Minister Harish Rawat was invited as a Chief Guest at national level meeting of stakeholders concerning with preparing DPR of forest initiatives for River Ganga at FRI. While speaking at programme Chief Minister stressed that Ganga Mission for cleaning would have to start from the origin of Ganga Uttarakhand. But it would be possible only if water-sources, biodiversity and agriculture are conserved. Pine trees, wild pigs and silt accumulation on the base of the rivers are three biggest enemies of the bio-diversity, agriculture and natural water sources in the State.  We will have to assure local participation in Ganga mission.

Chief Minster added that Ganga is daughter of Himaliya. We, the natives of Uttarakhand, have a great responsibility as a guardian to farewell the Holy Ganga with its full beauty (quality) from its origin home. State Government would fully cooperate with Central Government for completing successful Ganga Mission. We are making our best efforts with our limited resources to cooperate in this regard. Rejuvenation of Ganga is possible only if forests, flora, water sources and agriculture are rejuvenated in Himaliyan region. Uttarakhand is the  first state which has taken initiative in this regard. As State Government has started bonus scheme for plantation of Rs 300/ per tree. Water bonus is also being provided for conservation of water sources. To conserve the agricultural activities in hills farmers are being granted pensions.

Chief Minister said that water is the biggest cleanser. We have set a target to make 10 Lakhs Chal-Khal. All the water sources which are almost dead or dried would be restored within following 3 years. State Government is spending Rs 350 Cr. on the bonus and promotion amount for this purpose. Central Government is expected provide sufficient financial aid for this purpose considering the limited resources of the Uttarakhand. Pine trees catalyst the forest fire. Trees with Broad leaves of local species to be planted in reserve forest to replace the Pine trees. Role of the Van Panchayats should be enlarged in the forest conservation. Wild pigs are not only damaging the hilly agriculture but their deceases are infecting wild rabbits, deer and other small wild creatures. Continue Silt accumulation on the base of rivers heightening the river surface which is causing flood in surroundings. Forests are also being damaged by this process.  

Chief Minister Harish Rawat asserted that fodder development must also be made integral part of the programme along with forest and AYUSH. Chief Minister urged the Union Minister to approve the proposal sent the State Government regarding Waste Treatment Plant. State Government has decided to clean and provide cent percent sanitation facilities in two districts of the State under the Swachh Bharat. All the state would be cleaned in next four years. But central aid has been reduced under the Swachh Bharat Mission, he informed.

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ms Uma Bharti informed that processing hub of medicinal herbs would be developed along sides of the River under the Namami Gange mission. Development is only possible and relevant if environment and nature is safe. Silt accumulation has become biggest cause of various kinds of damages. Bihar and Jharkhand along with Uttarakhand are facing same problem of silt accumulation. She asserted that there should be a good similarity and coordination between the ideas, inspirations of the officials drafting the schemes in New Delhi and life of the people living in remote villages. Local youths would get work of medicine herb plantation under the Namami Gange. Youngsters need skill development in this regard. Eco task force to be set up. Three tier plan has been made for implementation and monitoring of Namami Gange. Cabinet secretary, Chief Secretary, District Magistrate at Central, State and District level respectively would coordinate in this regard. Namami Gange should be linked to employment generation. Within three years result would be indicated in this context.

Central Minister for Forest and Environment, Climate Change Shri Prakash Javedkar stated that human civilization was developed along the rivers sides.  Protecting rivers is must for  protecting the human civilization. Particular attention should be paid on the disposal of the solid waste, plastic waste, E-waste and Bio-medical waste. Solid waste management specially should be prioritised to conserve the rivers. Forests are necessary for survival of Ganga. Now, Panchayats with more than 5000 population will have to ensure the disposal of solid waste. Ganga conservation is our collective mission. We have to strengthen the ecology for this purpose.

Central Minister for AYUSH Shri Shripad Nayak told that story of Ganga is story Indian civilization. Rs 9.97 Cr have been allocated to plant the medicine herbs along the Ganga sides.

It was apprised in the programmes that 118 cities of five states have been included under the Swachh Ganga Mission. 14 agro-climate, 45 forest division and 26 districts have been included in it. 11 states of Ganga basin will be included under second phase. Ganga task force would be constituted. DPR will be prepared within 6-8 months. Bio filters development will be stressed under this. Local participation will be assured for this purpose. Eco-tourism, plantation of medicine herbs, economical activities will be developed and encouraged.

Central Minister for Sports and Youth welfare Sarbanand Sonowal, Minister for Forest Department of Uttarakhand Shri Dinesh Dhanai also addressed that programe. 

Deepa Gaur, Translator

Checked by Ravi Bijarnia, Information Officer

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