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Challenges before new Uttarakhand government

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

The Trivendra Rawat government in Uttarakhand faces an uphill task to fulfill the aspiration of the hill people. After scoring a thumping win the state assembly polls, the biggest challenge before BJP to ensure a transparent government, put ban on illegal sand mining, solve the Uttarakhand capital issue and stop migration from the hills.

BJP raised the corruption issue prominently in the Uttarakhand polls. Appointing the Lok Ayukta , as promised in the manifesto, within 100 days will give a clear indication of the new government and its commitment towards transparency and accountability.  

After formation of Uttarakhand, both BJP and Congress have accused each other of wrongdoing. Every government instituted inquiry, but not even a single probe has reached its final stage. Trivendra Rawat’s real test will be to prove that his government is different from others and those guilty will not be spared.  

Illegal sand mining remains unchecked in Uttarakhand. The politician-mafia nexus prevail and putting an end to the ongoing manipulation is not going to be easy in Uttarakhand. 

Transfer/posting is a big industry in Uttarakhand. During the B.C Khanduri rule a dedicated transfer policy was formulated, but it never got implemented. 

Migration is major problem in the hills. According to a state government survey there are over one thousand ghost villages in Uttarakhand. The situation of other villages is also grime, facing burn of mass migration.  BJP has promised stopping migration from the hills? But it is easier said than done. Identifying the problem behind migration, creating livelihood sources there and creating basic facilities like education and medical facilities can help in reverse migration. Rawat government will be under pressure to do some concrete to stop migration.

The rehabilitation of over 300 disaster hit villages will test the commitment of the Trivendra government towards hill people. Post 2013 disaster, the Congress government was able to reconstruct many tourist facilities in Kedarnath. But much is desired to be done at Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. 

Creating jobs for youths, boosting industrial growth, developing infrastructure and creating other facilities will be among the key focus areas of the new government. Trivendra Rawat will face big headache in controlling the bureaucrats. The BJP government will have to fulfill its promise of making Gairsain the summer capital of Uttarakhand.