Dehradun, August 16
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna hoisted the Tricolour at the state-level programme on the occasion of 65th Independence Day at Parade Ground here yesterday. In his speech on the occasion, the Chief Minister expressed sympathy for the victims of the recent natural calamity in Uttarkashi.
He said his government was committed to ameliorate the sufferings of the disaster-hit people and help them in every possible way. The state government had released immediate relief fund of Rs 20 crore for the disaster victims while the Centre had allocated Rs 150 crore as relief fund. The compensation amounts had also been substantially increased in various categories, he added.
While paying tributes to the statehood agitators, Bahuguna said his government would make efforts to realise their dreams for the state and his government had decided to hold a ‘historic’ cabinet meeting at Gairsain on October 2 as an indication that the government was equally concerned about development of hill areas. While pointing out that his government had presented surplus budget without imposing any new tax on common man, Bahuguna said it had also got approved Rs 8,200 crore as an annual plan from the Planning Commission. He also said his government would lay focus on improving infrastructure and basic necessities like road, power, water, transport, food, health, education and communication. He also said his government was committed to the welfare of minorities, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women, youth, ex-servicemen, farmers and other sections of society.
He also announced that the literate unemployed youths would be paid unemployment allowances from November 9. He further said special efforts would be made for skill development of youths as part of which further extension had been made in the Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Tourism Self-employment Scheme.
The Chief Minister also hoisted the national flag at his office, residence and later at the Congress headquarters in the city. Meanwhile, Governor Aziz Qureshi hoisted the national flag at Raj Bhavan. He paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters.

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