Mussoorie : 14 February, 2016

Chief Minister Harish Rawat today said New Tehri would emerge as a unique model of development in the next two to three years. He was speaking at the concluding function of the Vasantotsav Mela at New Tehri.

He said development projects were being executed in New Tehri and the new avenues opening in the tourism sector would change the face of the area just like the winter giving way to the spring.
He advised people that the Vasantotsav should not limited to the state and efforts should be made to preserve the culture of the region through it.

The Chief Minister praised his own government and said the state by achieving a growth rate of 18 per cent had appeared among the best six states in the country. He was optimistic that the growth rate would exceed 18 per cent in 2018-19. He stressed inclusive growth for the all round development of the state. He said, “We need to improve education standards, agriculture yield and promote handicraft and our culture in the state”.

The Chief Minister stressed the need of good facilities for transportation of products from the state to New Delhi to provide livelihood opportunities to craftsmen and small scale units. He said teachers had been provided in primary schools and efforts were being made to fill vacant posts of teacher in middle schools.

Harish Rawat announced setting up of traditional food and handicraft centres on the Char Dham yatra routes so that pilgrims and tourists could savour local cuisines and buy local products easily.
Zila panchayat president Sona Sajwan demanded construction of a guesthouse at New Tehri.

The Chief Minister directed the Tehri District Magistrate to prepare an estimate of the guesthouse and send it to the government. About the eight-point demands of Tourism Minister Dinesh Dhanai, the Chief Minister said four of these would be fulfilled this year and the remaining would be taken up next year.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat announced the construction of the Nawakot-Jogyana-Shrikot-Rauteli road in the Jhaknidar development block. State Congress president Kishore Upadhyay, vice-president of the watershed department Praveen Bhandari and district Congress president Shanti Bhatt were present on the occasion. The Tribune

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