Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for the Government of India’s extensive support for various externally aided projects and special assistance schemes for capital projects, including the approval of the Jamrani Dam project for the development of the state. Thanking the state for giving the responsibility of three important G20 meetings, said that the working group meeting of the Chief Scientific Adviser was successfully organized in Ramnagar. The Chief Minister invited the Prime Minister for Chardham Yatra, Adi Kailash and Mayawati Ashram at Lohaghat. In the meeting with the Prime Minister which lasted for about an hour, the Chief Minister discussed various issues related to the development of the State and sought the Prime Minister’s guidance. On this occasion, the Chief Minister presented a Munsiyari shawl, a coffee table book of the successful G20 event in Uttarakhand, a coffee table book of one year’s new precedent, a replica of Millet and Jageshwar Dham to the Prime Minister.
Informing the Prime Minister about the relief and displacement works of the landslide victims in Joshimath area of Chamoli, the Chief Minister said that an economic package of Rs 2942.99 crore is required for landslides and landslides. In the said package, construction of 150 pre-fabricated houses for temporary relief and accommodation to the affected, site development work, affected allowance is the main thing. Compensation for residential and commercial infrastructure, compensation for lands of families falling in unsafe zone, permanent rehabilitation of affected persons and acquisition and development of land and repair and restoration of affected departmental infrastructures are included. The work of stabilization and redevelopment of Joshimath is also to be done.
The Uttarakhand Landslide Mitigation and Management Center has been set up by the state government, which will give advice on landslide improvement and management at the national level as a center of excellence. The center has started functioning in Joshimath, a roadmap has been prepared for the affected landslide, disaster affected risk area.
The Chief Minister said that the recommendation was given in the meeting of the Public Investment Board organized by the Finance Ministry for the Jamrani Dam Multipurpose Project. The Chief Minister also urged the Prime Minister to get the financial approval of the Jamrani Dam Multipurpose Project from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
The Chief Minister also urged for starting the Vande Bharat train service from Haridwar to Varanasi, saying that this would provide great convenience to the pilgrims and tourists.
The Chief Minister said that under the National Livestock Mission, 240 Marino sheep were imported from Australia in December, 2019. Based on its success, it is proposed to import 500 merino sheep in the first phase, which can yield about 500 metric tons of high quality wool in the next 3-4 months, which is important for the Indian textile industry under the concept of self-reliant India. For this cooperation is required from the Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Ministry of Textiles.
State Millet Mission is being operated by the state from the year 2023-24 to 2027-28. Under the Millet Mission, 10,000 metric tonnes of Maduwa will be procured from farmers and distributed through PDS. Along with this, Jhangore’s kheer will be made available to the students once a week in the mid-day meal. There is a need to issue minimum support price for Jhangora, Ramdana and Kakuni.
The Chief Minister also requested permission to use Satya Beej of Gahat and Kala Bhat crops under the National Food Security and Nutrition Mission, pulses and oilseeds.
The Chief Minister said that Rs 280 crore has been approved by NABARD for the establishment of 18 thousand polyhouses in the state, which will provide employment to about 1 lakh people. To encourage maximum apple production in the state, a scheme of Rs 35 crore has been approved under the Apple Mission. High value crops like- Kiwi Dragon Fruit, Strawberry etc. are being promoted by the State Government.
The Chief Minister said that according to the guidelines of the National Beekeeping and Honey Mission Scheme (NBHM), a proposal of Rs. 249.529 crore has been sent to the Central Government for the overall development of beekeeping in the state, in which a total grant of Rs. Requesting the Prime Minister to approve the proposal, the Chief Minister said that about 45,000 cattle herders would get direct benefit from the said proposal, while all the horticulturists and farmers of the state would get indirect benefit through increase in production.
Rishikesh AIIMS satellite center with 280 beds is approved for Udham Singh Nagar (Kumaon division). CPWD is the executive body. Quick pace in work is expected.
The Chief Minister requested the Prime Minister to direct the concerned to operate air services at Naini Saini Airport in Pithoragarh and transfer the airport to the Indian Air Force (Ministry of Defence) in view of the expansion of the airport.
The Chief Minister launched PMGSY-1 & II in the state. Requested to consider granting permission till March, 2024 to complete all the remaining 473 works. Under PMGSY, 407 habitations with a population of 150 to 249 are left in the state, in which 3200.