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Good or Bad? You decide! Check out 9 key decisions by BJP government in your Uttarakhand in 2 months

The newly elected BJP government have completed two months at the helm of Uttarakhand governance. Winning absolute majority, BJP formed government in April 2017 and vowed to bring prosperity back to Uttarakhand. In its 2-month tenure, the government took various tough decisions keeping the interest of Uttarakhand and its people. While some decisions received praise, few decisions received flak.

Is the Uttarakhand government on right path? Check out 9 key decisions taken by the governmnet in 2 months and decide for yourself.

1. Alcohol to be 15% expensive, shops in hills open only from 12 PM- 6 PM

The Indian as well as foreign-made liquor (IMFL) in Uttarakhand will get expensive as the government have decided to increase the excise duty and surcharge – which results in overall increase of 15% in alcohol prices. In the cabinet meeting helmed by CM Trivendra Rawat, it was also decided that the liquor shops in 9 hilly districts of Uttarakhand will remain open only for 6 hours – from 12 PM to 6 PM. Apart from that, no new liquor shops will open in the state. This new policy will come into affect from June 1. 


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2. Govt. hand over Srinagar and Almora Medical College to Indian Army

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat believes the inclusion of medical colleges at Srinagar and Almora to the Indian Army will serve the general public in a better way. The medical college will be able to have dedicated faculties and medical specialists who would have top medical facilities at their disposal at medical colleges to treat the patients. The CM also discusses the proposal to reserve half of the total seats in the college for Uttarakhand natives. At present, more than 80% of total posts for senior resident professor and 28% posts for assistant professor lay vacant at the college.

Read more: Uttarakhand Govt. to hand over Srinagar Medical College to Indian Army

3. Uttarakhand government brings Transfer Act, 2011 into effect

The cabinet has already approved the transfer act and has been moved to select committee for approval. Once the Transfer Act legislature is passed in the assembly, employees with 4 year of work experience at easily-accessible location and 3 years of work experience at remote locations respectively will become eligible for transfer. At the time of first appointment, the posting will be made to the remote area. For the first and second promotion, it shall be compulsory to spend minimum half period of their service in remote area.

Read more: Uttarakhand to Enforce Transfer Act

4. For good governance, cabinet meetings at every 2nd and 4th Wednesday mandatory

In order to keep a check on the ongoing government tasks and objectives, the cabinet ministers under the aegis of CM Trivendra Rawat, hold meetings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. It is mandatory for ministers to attend the meeting to discuss the results of government projects as well as brainstorm upon solving other important state issues.

5. Govt. determined to open Kandi road for Garhwal-Kumaon connectivity

The Uttarakhand government is leaving no stones unturned in opening Kandi Road for general public. The Kandi Road connects Garhwal with Kumaon region via Corbett National Park and is expected to reduce the distance by 2 hours. The road connects Kotdwara with Ramnagar (Nainital) via Kaulagarh. Since the road passes through Jim Corbett Park, the Uttarakhand government is ready to knock the doors of Supreme Court if necessary.

6.  Uttarakhand Govt. finally gets 37 irrigation canals from UP

At present, there are more than 10 departments of Uttarakhand govt in which dispute over division of assets and liabilities has not reached to any positive conclusion. With BJP government at helm in both Uttarakhand and UP, it seems the disputes are slowly being put to rest between the two states. The issue of asset division among various departments of the two states such as irrigation, transportation and industrial development was lingering on for 16 years. However, 2017 is turning out to a year of hope for Uttarakhand govt.

Read more: After 16 years, Uttarakhand govt finally gets 37 irrigation canals from UP

7. Govt. takes tough stance on corruption, more than 17 officials dismissed

One week after Trivendra Rawat swore-in as Uttarakhand CM, he dismissed 6 officials related to NH-74 corruption scandal displaying his stern attitude and zero-tolerance towards corruption in the state. In two months of governance, more than 17 corrupt officials have been dismissed related to this case. The government have sought CBI inquiry regarding this scandal.

8. Uttarakhand government tables Lokayukta Bill in assembly

In another brave effort to eradicate corruption from the state, the Uttarakhand government tabled Lokayukta bill in assembly which is now before the select committee for final approval. Lokayukta Bill will bring ministers, MLAs and public servants including IAS and IPS officials and even CM under the ambit of a Lokayukta’s scrutiny to investigate cases of corruption in the state. While the Congress was slow in its implementation, BJP made Lokayukta their top-most priority.

9. Govt. changed state highways to district roads in order to bypass liquor ban

The government received flak for its decision to change state highways into district roads in order to escape highway liquor ban. The government also sought supreme court intervention regarding liquor ban in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarakashi district. In its defense, government claimed that while no new liquor shops will be opened in the state, abruptly shutting down all liquor shops will only be counter-effective. Instead, the alcohol ban should be carried out in a phase-wise manner. Currently, revenue through liquor excise is over Rs 2,000 crore which cannot be cut off abruptly.

Read more: Supreme Court bans highway liquor shops, stay order on Uttarakhand liquor ban

Inputs from Hindustan