Haridwar, November 9
The state foundation day celebrations today remained a low-key affair in the wake of the mid-June disaster. No cultural programme was organised on the occasion.

At a simple ceremony organised at Town Hall here, state Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh inaugurated projects worth Rs 9.59 crore. The projects include development schemes, educational schemes, health and family planning schemes and projects related to animal husbandry.
Besides, the minister also inaugurated an exhibition depicting struggle and development in the state in the past 13 years.
Accompanied by Haridwar District Magistrate Nidhi Pandey, the minister released a development-oriented book, namely ‘Milkar Gadenge Naya Uttarakhand".
Addressing a gathering, the minister said post the mid-June calamity, the most important work for the government was to bring the state back on the path of development.
“Rehabilitating the disaster-hit people, providing them with food, shelter and employment and redeveloping the destroyed villages are our top priority. And for this, we need the support of the common man,” said the minister.
She said the main source of revenue generation in the state was tourism and for this they would have to create a tourism- friendly atmosphere in the state, so that pilgrims and tourists arrive in large numbers without any fear.
On the occasion, the minister also distributed cheques to the beneficiaries of the Nanda Devi Kanya Dhan Yojana, the Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Paryatak Yojana and other state-run welfare schemes.
MLA Sarbat Karim Ansari, Hari Das, Aadesh Chauhan, SSP Rajeev Swarup ,CDO Vishnu Singh Dhanik, social activist Poonam Bhagat, Congress leader OP Chauhan and other public represenatatives were present on the occasion.

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