Tuesday, 08 June 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
Chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national Capital on Monday. During the meeting which lasted for about half an hour, Rawat invited the PM to inaugurate the Badri-Kedar development project once the situation returns to normal. Rawat also sought a special grant from the government of India for making Uttarakhand a fully organic state. Citing the environmental vulnerability of Uttarakhand, the CM requested that a glacier and water resources research centre be established in Uttarakhand for study of glaciers and research on protecting water resources in the entire Himalayan region. Citing the risk of roads closing due to monsoon and disaster, he also sought additional quota of vaccines to enable their timely supply in rural areas.
He also thanked Modi for deciding to facilitate free vaccination of all Indians aged above 18 years, free food grains for 80 crore citizens and the Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail project approved for Uttarakhand. The CM said that due to Modi’s vision the work on roads to the Char Dham was being undertaken at a swift pace.
Referring to the assistance provided by Centre to Uttarakhand in the fight against Covid-19, Rawat said that on PM Modi’s directions, the DRDO had established one Covid care centre each in Rishikesh and Haldwani, for which he thanked Modi. Appreciating the approval for three Doppler radars in Uttarakhand, Rawat requested that 10 small Doppler radars should also be provided to the state. He further requested that either an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) be established in Kumaon region or a branch of AIIMS Rishikesh be opened there. The CM also presented a jacket made of Kandali (stinging nettle) fibres to the PM on the occasion.