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Overall development taking place Uttaranchal: Governor

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Dehradun, Mar 22 (UNI) Uttaranchal Governor Sudarshan Agarwal, today said his government has been able to bring over all development in the state.

Delivering the inaugural address in the Assembly Session, amid uproar by the opposition legislators, he said that considering dry spell in the state the government has declared 56 Tehsils and 3 sub-tehsils of 11 districts as drought hit and collection of tax from the farmers had been deferred. Rs 27 lakh has been granted to facilitate potable water in the drought hit areas and Rs 53.70 lakh for repairing of hand pumps, he informed.

He said the Planning Commission has permitted Rs. 4,000 crore for states' annual plan. To encourage industrialisation in the state, the government has planned to invest Rs, 20,000 crore which in turn is expected to generate direct employment to more than 150,000 youths, he added.

The Governor further said that 600 km long new road and 81 new bridges had been constructed apart from renovation of 1050 km long road. 60 per cent villages had been connected with the road and 92 per cent villages have been electrified. To provide potable water to the people 1364 hand pumps had been set up till to date, he said, adding 549 houses had been constructedunder Valmiki Ambedkar avas Yojna, to provide shelter to the people under BPL.

The government has decided to provide 30 per cent horizontal reservation in state government jobs and the year 2006-07 has been declared ''Women Empowerment Year,'' he said.

The opposition continued to disturb the decorum of the House which was adjourned after the completion of the Governor's address.

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