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Need more funds for infrastructure devlmnt in border: Paul


Dehradun: Raising “concern” over the external security of Uttarakhand due to its proximity to the China and Nepal border, Governor Krishna Kant Paul today sought more funds from the Centre for infrastructural development in the border areas of the hill state.

“Though the law and order situation is satisfactory in the state, the two international borders it shares with China and Nepal are a cause for concern,” Paul said at the two-day Governors’ conference at Rashtrapati Bhawan presided over by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Highlighting several major issues related to the development and progress of the hill state, he said, “Development of infrastructure in the state’s border areas must be given top priority”.

The Border Area Development Plan and the Border Area Development Authority, funded by the Ministry of Home Affairs, need more funding as well as monitoring, the Governor said. Paul also highlighted development achieved by the state despite severe constraints like vulnerability to natural disasters.

“In spite of severe constraints like natural disasters, the state has made steady progress since its inception, witnessing a five-fold increase in per capita income in the last one decade and an appreciable increase in literacy levels,” he said.

The Governor took up issues including security, Swachh Bharat mission, skill development among youth, higher education and earthquakes.

The Governor also spoke of the efforts underway in the state to develop skills in IT, automobile repairing, computer assembling and tourism among school dropouts through Polytechnics in order to make them employable or help them earn their living through self-employment.

On the Swachh Bharat mission, the Governor said it was being implemented in the entire state. Plans were underway to dispose of 500 MT of garbage through ultra gasification mechanism in Dehradun and Haridwar.

Special emphasis on this mission was being laid at Haridwar during the Ardh Kumbh to ensure that the sanctity and cleanliness of the Ganga was maintained. An adequate number of sanitation staff and toilets were in place at the event.

Talking about the focus on the need for improving the standard of higher education in the state, Paul said several initiatives had been taken by him as the chancellor of the ten state government Universities.