Pithoragarh, October 30
Speaker of the Uttarakhand Assembly Govind Singh Kunjwal has said increasing barren land and uncultivated fertile fields are example of the failure of the state government to use land in the last 12 years.

Kunjwal was speaking at a function organised by an Inter College at Chitai, near Almora. He said until the state government adopted a genuine policy to use the hill terrain commercially, migration from these villages could not be stopped.
“Every village of this hill district now has deserted fields and locked houses due to a large scale migration and this shows the failure of the state government,” he added. Kunjwal emphasised on the need for health and education facilities in the hill areas of the state and said the state had not kept pace with the changing needs in the two sectors.
“If the situation could not be saved, the future of the hill areas of the state would be dismal,” said the Speaker.
Later speaking at a function at Dwarahat in Almora district, the speaker said the politics of allegation and counter allegation was going on at the cost of social growth. “During the freedom struggle, the country was with the freedom fighters as they were committed to the principles of social and political growth of the country,” he said.

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