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New Uttarakhand govt focuses on stopping migration from hills

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Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, along with minister Prakash Pant and Madan Kaushik, addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Monday. PTI PhotoUttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, along with minister Prakash Pant and Madan Kaushik, addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Monday. PTI Photo

Dehradun: The new Trivendra Singh Rawat government will frame a policy to stop migration from hills in search of work and revive the cow protection law passed by the previous BJP government.

“Considering the strategic importance of the state, migration from border villages is a major cause for concern. Steps will be taken to ensure there is no exodus of population from border villages.

“A solid policy will be framed to stop migration from the hills,” Rawat today said at his first press conference after becoming the chief minister.


Migration from the hills is one of the biggest issues facing Uttarakhand. People in border villages keep deserting them for a better life in big towns and cities. Lack of proper health and education facilities in the remote hill areas is also one of the reasons for the exodus of local population from the hills.

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Expressing concern over a number of industries shutting down in the state in recent years, he said the new government will look into the factors which have led to this and work to revive the industries.

Rawat said his government will revive cow conservation act which was passed by the previous BJP government and strengthen the ‘Namami Gange’ project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet scheme to clean the Ganga.