Uttarakhand Chief Minister Rawat meets Union Ministers in Delhi

Dehradun, Jun 6 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Sunday met Union ministers including Rajnath Singh and Dr Harsh Vardhan and sought cooperation for the state.

On the second day of his first visit to Delhi after becoming the Chief Minister, Rawat, during his meeting with Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, requested him to open an AIIMS branch in Kumaon and a medical college in Kotdwar. Dr. Harsh Vardhan assured him of appropriate action in this regard.

Earlier, the Chief Minister met Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and expressed his gratitude for setting up of one COVID Care Center each through DRDO in Rishikesh and Haldwani.

Describing Uttarakhand as Dev Bhoomi and Veer Bhoomi, Singh said that the border districts of the state are also strategically important and all possible help will be given by the Center to the state.

Chief Minister Rawat, in a meeting with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, RK Singh, told him that the state government is promoting green energy sector by linking solar and dry pine leaves with employment generation. He said that in view of Kovid-19, while ensuring uninterrupted power supply, the State Government paid special attention to supply of electricity to all the hospitals and oxygen plants of the state.

Rawat requested for providing ‘Viability Gap Funding’ (Viability Gap Funding) to these projects in view of the high rate of electricity generated from under construction projects like Vyasi (120 MW) in the state. Apart from this, he also requested to give 50 percent grant to special category states for the implementation of the proposed new policy of the Center for the installation of smart meters and prepaid meters.

The Chief Minister also met Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in New Delhi and informed that more than 6,60,000 drinking water connections have been given in the state under Jal Jeevan Mission.

He also requested the Union Minister to grant Cabinet Committee permission for the Lakhwar project.

The Chief Minister also met Chief Defense Chief Bipin Rawat at his residence and discussed the matter of promotion in the field of defense manufacturing and aerospace manufacturing in the state. A delegation from Uttarakhand will soon meet Rawat in this regard.

In this regard, Chief Minister Rawat said that he could not go to Delhi earlier due to Kovid, so he has now reached there to discuss the issues of the state. Rawat took over as the chief minister of the state in March in place of Trivendra Singh Rawat.

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