To commemorate 17 years of state formation, the BJP government in Uttarakhand will begin a six-day long mega event starting Sunday, which will be attended by dignitaries of Uttarakhand origin including Army chief Bipin Rawat, director general coast guard Rajendra Singh, secretary to prime minister Bhaskar Khulbe, and chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi.
About 200-odd delegates will attend the programme, Raibaar, on Sunday. “Raibaar means message. The programme is a message to the people. They must guide us, and make suggestions [that would result in the state’s development],” chief minister Trivendra Rawat said, adding that the issues discussed over a day-long programme, on Sunday, would cover the problem of migration, unemployment, and exploring the state’s tourism and industry potential.
Addressing the media in New Delhi, on Friday, Rawat had said that though the state, which was formed on November 9, 2000, had progressed in many areas, he had “no qualms” in saying that there was still a long way to go as far as the hill state’s development was concerned.
To address the state’s concerns, between November 6 and 10 the programmes celebrating 17 years of the hill state would focus on rejuvenation of the Kosi and the Rispana rivers in the state, interaction between senior IAS officers and school children where the students would be explained about government and governance. “The officials will also take suggestions from the students on Uttarakhand’s development,” State chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said on Saturday.