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Governor Surjit Singh Barnala's Speech to the first session of the interim Uttaranchal Assembly Session

Honorable Speaker and Members of the interim State Legislature of Uttaranchal,
On the occasion of the first session of this house, I extend warm congratulations on the creation of Uttaranchal, with good wishes for the New Year. This is a historic moment for the newly created Uttaranchal.At the outset I would wish to offer tributes to those persons who gave up their lives and bore other tribulations to establish the Uttaranchal state. The state can never forget their resolve and sacrifice in this mass movement.

My government has decided to give preference in government service to nearest successors of those who have died in connection with struggle for the Uttaranchal state. With the exception of some types of cases action to withdraw cases filed against members of the movement is proceeding quickly and will soon be completed.The time has now come for all to rise above party politics, class, caste, region or other interests and to work for the public aspirations behind the creation of the state, and I have every hope that you will all contribute in this process.Such occasions come but rarely when a new state comes into being and we should jointly seize the opportunity to establish a new developmental and administrative culture which is sensitive, people centred, participatory, fostering of democratic values, oriented towards decentralization and transparent. This is the occasion for every aspect of administration and its necessity, form and work style to be reviewed. In this task the advice of experts from every possible source will
need to be taken.

The background for the demand for the new state and its creation derives from the fact that this region of Uttar Pradesh demanded separate consideration on account of its specific situation, that laws, administrative structure, work style be developed keeping in mind the geographic environmental, and social conditions. Most of the area of thirteen districts of the state is hilly, and deprived of essential minimum
services. At the same time there are also areas where land is fertile and population density higher than in the hill region. A large part of state is covered with forest. It is necessary for government to develop polices which ensure both environmental protection and speedy economic process.

Since the creation of Uttaranchal has resulted from a division of the erstwhile Uttar Pradesh it is natural that we have received a legacy of an economic, financial and administrative structure. All government works need financing and staff. The state has come into being in an extremely harsh financial situation. In the current year against the total expected receipts of Rs. 2892 crores, the total expected expenditure is more than Rs. 4868 crores. Over November 2000 to March, 2001, against the expected receipts of Rs. 1294 crores, the expected expenditure is Rs. 2192 crores. In these difficult circumstances, it is even more necessary that our laws and work plans are made keeping limited resources in mind, and further that government expenditure is kept at a minimum. In this context we have to keep
the administrative structure small and to encourage non-government investment and initiative.

With regard to administrative structure and manpower it is the view of my government that in this state, in accordance with the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution, a decentralized administration based on Panchayati Raj will be established. This arrangement is appropriate to the local geographic and social conditions. Based on the principles of self-determination and good governance, my government will work towards creating model villages and self-sufficient people.
Uttaranchal has come into being at a time when it can derive full benefit from the current Information Technology (IT) based economic order. However this benefit can only be derived when the laws and requirements of this economic order are understood. For the development of an economic order, physical infrastructure facilities, a good communication system, power, water, transport, etc. are necessary. The second requirement is for a progressive, competent and people friendly administration. The third requirement is for security and a user-friendly legal system. The fourth requirement is for social services including housing, health, education, leisure and entertainment facilities.

From this point of view our state is in a good position compared to other states. We have a clean, unpolluted atmosphere and great natural beauty, which is suitable for today's knowledge based and IT based economic activity. Uttaranchal is a natural centre for the development of Information Technology, the software industry, Research and Development, hospitals and educational institutions. We already have several reputed educational and research centres. At the same time there are also good possibilities for tourism and pilgrimage related activities based on the natural beauty and various pilgrim spots. From the point of view of environment, there are adequate possibilities for horticulture. If clean environment is an attraction of Uttaranchal then it is obvious that the government should make every possible effort to preserve its purity and to maintain the ecological balance.
The development of infrastructure facilities and administrative reforms will encourage modern industrial activities and will also develop forestry, power, agriculture and horticulture. At the same time it is also necessary to encourage processing industries in these sectors. In the social sector, education, drinking water and health services are the priorities of my government.

In the districts there are 257 primary health centres 23 community health centres and 32 large hospitals including male and female hospitals, combined hospitals and 3 base hospitals. The provision of medical, helath and family welfare services at every gram sabha is among the priorities of my government. In order to reducethe shortage of medical personnel in rural and difficult areas, a proposal is under consideration to redeploy staff from allopathic, homeopathic, unani and ayurved hospitals through which medical service would become available in every case in neglected areas. In un-served areas arrangements are being made to co-ordinate with the integrated Child Development Services programme so that basic medical,
health and family welfare services could become available in distant rural areas through the services of aanganwari workers and public health workers. The implementation of the World Bank assisted U.P. Health Systems Development Project will be implemented in Uttaranchal through the establishment of a separate Project Management Unit. It is also proposed that non-clinical services in government hospitals be provided through private sector assistance. To ensure transparency, in every hospital the availability of the medicines will be prominently displayed on boards.

Drinking water, as Honorable Members are well aware, is a specific requirement of Uttaranchal. The problems of drinking water supply here are completely different from those in the plains. My government regards the continuous supply of the minimum requirement of drinking water to every village as a programme of the highest priority. Suitable organisational arrangements to establish effective co-ordination between construction and maintenance organisations and to bring about basic changes in this direction are under consideration. Based on the encouraging results of the Rural Water and Environmental Sanitation Programme, and based on experience gained, a decision to frame a state policy is under consideration. Several Honorable Members are personally aware of the encouraging results of the SWAJAL programme in rural areas. Where on the one hand it is proposed to extend coverage in the second phase of the programme to more difficult villages, on the other hand it is also proposed that policy changes be made to increase the participation of beneficiaries in other state sponsored schemes. Under the rural drinking water supply programme, there is a target of 350 hamlets in the current
financial year. It is proposed that the remaining unserved villages will be soon covered. Under the urban drinking water supply programme drinking water
arrangements in 22 towns will be strengthened and work on water and sewerage
programmes in 6 towns will be completed in the current year.

Universal primary education is a priority of my government and by making education compulsory for all children in the state between the ages of 6 to 14, there is a goal of reaching education facilities to all regions. Every school will have an arrangement for a minimum of two teachers and vacant posts will be filled by the alternative arrangement of the Shiksha Mitra. In addition to making IT an integral part of secondary education, military science will also be included. Vacant posts in the secondary school system will be filled through the Shiksha Bandhu system. Promotion posts in primary and secondary education will soon be filled through departmental promotions. Courses of education in technical and higher education will be reviewed and education will be made employment oriented. Education will be given a new focus through the inclusion of biotechnology, information technology, tourism management, hospitality management and study of foreign languages. In order to develop Uttaranchal as a "Shiksha Vihar", in addition to drawing on existing institutions, the establishment of new institutions will be
encouraged so that the state becomes a centre for intellectuals, and social and economic progress takes place.

My government has taken an important decision to bring about change in the
administrative structure. My government will reorganise all divisional/regional offices, review posts in the secretariat, create directorates where necessary and remove the shortage in the staff posted in the new districts created a few years ago. In this process where on the one hand the shortage of staff will be reduced in the secretariat, offices of heads of departments and new districts, on the other hand the likely expenditure on these arrangements will not increase. No serving officers and employees will be relieved from service in this important administrative
restructuring; however opportunities will be provided for them to develop the new skills and expertise necessary for this restructuring, so that every government employee can contribute to the establishment of the new state.

Since the creation of the state my government has made every possible effort
to fulfil public expectations from the new state by giving tangible shape with skill and competence to new laws and programmes. I have full hope that very soon after the transition following the reorganisation; my government will speedily assume its responsibilities. Towards this end, my government will continue to rely for some time on your patience and cooperation.

My government has also initiated action for the selection of an appropriate site for the permanent capital of the state. A single member commission has been set up for this purpose. It is expected that the recommendation of the commission would become available in six month's time. At the time when Dehradun was chosen as the temporary capital of the new state, the main problem was with regard to the availability of those buildings, which are necessary for any state capital. In the establishment of the state headquarters, the available public buildings in Dehradun have been used. My government will try to remove those shortcomings which Honorable Members my experience with regard to the desired facilities in the Vidhan Sabha Bhawan.

The construction of the State Secretariat, Vidhan Sabha Bhawan, Raj Niwas,
Chief Minister's Residence etc. have been completed in the first phase. I would like to compliment the officers for the manner in which the construction work was completed in an extremely short period time, in the given circumstance, and at a place like Dehradun. Work is proceeding speedily towards provision of minimum requirements in these buildings and with their completion all the work in the capital would be fully completed. The residential problem has been resolved to a considerable extent and my government is working towards new solutions to solve the housing problem in the temporary capital at a minimum cost. Along with the establishment of the capital, several organisations have begun to set up their establishments/regional offices in the state headquarters. My government will render every possible assistance in the setting up these establishment/regional offices.

Following the creation of the state and the fixation of the physical boundaries of the successor states, my government has had to face several immediate challenges. These challenges were made more difficult because at that time a sufficient number of officers/staff had not joined. These problems included trade tax, paddy purchase and supply, concessions announced by Uttar Pradesh regarding cane purchase, relief on tax on potash and phospatic fertilizer, and cane related problem with sugar mills.

Despite these problems my government has resolved these issues with the co-operation of several affected institutions and groups in addition to the government of Uttar Pradesh. My government has taken immediate policy decisions keeping in
mind the interests of farmers, the business sector and other groups, and the situation in almost all areas is now normal. On the remaining issues my government is separately taking a quick decision. I am happy that on all these issues my government has played an extremely sensitive role. In order to carry out at a desired pace, those provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2000, which are beneficial to Uttaranchal, my government has established an office of a full time Reorganisation Commissioner in Lucknow who is continually maintaining co-ordination and contact between different departments in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. In every department references received through the office of the Reorganisation Commissioner are being disposed of quickly. In the same manner Uttaranchal has established the office of a Resident Commissioner in Delhi.

My government's main objective is that we obtain, at the highest priority, the financial share that Uttaranchal is to receive under the Act and that the agreement of the government of Uttar Pradesh be obtained without delay on those matters on which agreement with the government of Uttar Pradesh is possible, and that wherever possible the necessity be avoided for the central government to intervene in any manner between two states.
I am happy that high level contacts have been continuously maintained between my government, the government of Uttar Pradesh and the central government and that the Chief Secretary has held discussions with the senior most officers of the government of Uttar Pradesh and the central government in Lucknow and Delhi respectively, in order to follow up important issues. It is likely that this process of discussion on Uttaranchal's interests will carry on for upto a year, as provided for in the Act. My government will make every effort to ensure that the division of assets and liabilities between two states will be carried out in a cordial atmosphere and based on agreement. At the same time on those matter where delay is foreseen my government will certainly not hesitate to seek the central government's
intervention as provided for in the Act. On matters of immediate benefit, it is being ensured that those benefits which in due course are to come Uttaranchal are obtained in accordance with existing arrangements. I am happy to state that firm steps have been taken in order to protect the state's interest in the forest produce and collections from existing Mandis.

Some other areas have been identified where new agreements and contracts will be completed in the interest of the Uttaranchal after the conclusion of existing legal agreements. These include organisations whose establishment is necessary by law, as for instance the Uttaranchal Van Nigam and the Uttaranchal Power Corporation. Giving foremost important to the interest of farmers, action is being
quickly taken for the establishment of appropriate co-operative institutions. The state government has either competed action or has issued directions for quick action to the concerned organisations with regard to the regional office of NABARD, Khadi Gramodyog Board, Khadi Gramodyog Commission, NICNET, etc. With regard to the companies/corporations listed in Annexure 9 to the Act, extremely careful department wise examination is being done with the intention that only those new corporations be established in Uttaranchal whose creation is unavoidable in order for the state to obtain financial resources or whose creation is a legal necessity. As far as possible the state will not create new corporations.

Similarly, from among the institutions/training centres listed in Annexure 10 of the Act which provide services to both states, my government has decided to give the U.P Administrative Academy the shape of a composite training institution. Preliminary effort have been made to obtain such assistance as is possible towards this end from the central government. With regard to the remaining institutions, with the exception of those, which are fully dedicated to the new state, extremely cautious decisions will be taken on the establishment of new institutes. As regards the establishment of new departments or offices of heads of departments, my government is in favour of keeping this at a minimum, based on the principle of overwhelming necessity, and with regard to keeping administrative expenses at minimum and in accordance with the shape of the new government.

Uttaranchal can emerge as a progressive state only by keeping a control over administrative and non-plan expenses. In giving shape to the new administrative structure, primacy of place will be given to accountability to the beneficiary. In every department micro examination on the principle of Zero Based Budgeting is being carried out, and in this non-plan expenses are being specially examined. The review of non-plan expenses has made clear that in Uttaranchal, where on the one hand expenditure on staff and establishment has grown more than necessary over
the last few decades, the availability of resources for development has been affected adversely. Department wise examination is being done of several centrally sponsored schemes in order to increase public investment in several development works, and in this process efforts are being made to restructure existing institutions, establish innovative practices, and obtain maximum assistance from the Government of India. One of my government's highest priorities, in the context of the state's geographical situation, is to very speedily strengthen the process of
information dissemination through a high tech information system. Over the next few months it will be the state's foremost need to link state headquarters with district and block headquarters with a modern communication system, and efforts are being made to complete this in a time bound manner. This effort of my government is a new state's effort to bring about fundamental change and its effect will certainly fall on the state's economic progress in future years. It is the foremost priority of my government to establish the state's finances on a strong foundation. A request has been made to the Union Planning Commission to grant special state status to Uttaranchal and to increase central assistance for plan schemes.

On the non-plan side the central government has been requested for financial assistance to meet the revenue deficit and for infrastructure facilities. It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the centre has given extremely positive indications that our requests will be accepted. My government fully hopes that the central government will agree to both our requests and when this happens Uttaranchal would have taken a constructive step towards laying the financial position on a strong foundation. The maximum possible resources will be gathered by efforts to reduce unproductive non-plan expenditure and to increase revenue receipts. Tangible shape is being given to several innovative efforts to bring about economy in administrative expenditure. The use of computers and IT will ensure better financial management in the work of treasuries.

Agriculture is practiced in about 7.87 lakh ha. in the state leading to the production of all-major food grains and also commercial crops such as sugar cane, soyabean and oilseeds. In order to enable farmers reach a higher level of production through the increased use of potash and phosphatic fertilizer, an exemption of sales tax has been given. Cane growers have been given an increase of Rs.5 in cane price. Nine sugar mills have been given the necessary exemption in purchase tax in order to enable them strengthen their management structure on a modern economic basis, and at the same time they have been allowed to raise cane transportation charges. A plan is being made to gather resources for the integrated development of co-operative cane societies and cane development boards. There has been rapid progress in the works in the three districts under the diversified agriculture programme. A proposal is being made to increase the present number of districts by including new districts in the project area.

In this connection new projects are proposed in the animal husbandry, dairy and sericulture sectors. On the other hand efforts have begun to fund from this programme the plan to link fruit and vegetable growing areas in the hill districts with the nearest road by ropeway. Recognizing the primacy of women in dairy activities, efforts have begun to expand the scope of the Mahila Dairy programmes and to strengthen existing systems. In the hill region necessary changes will be made to the co-operative based Anand pattern, and it is proposed to make it appropriate to local conditions. There are approximately 19 lakh persons in Uttaranchal living beneath the poverty line, principally including landless farmers and persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes. Efforts have begun to
be made to bring about the desired progress in the five centrally sponsored
programmes related to increasing employment and improving the economic status of persons beneath the poverty line through self-help groups.The constitutional rights of the minorities and members of the scheduled castes and tribes will be protected in Uttaranchal and a detailed plan for their social development will be made. A policy is being developed for the social and educational development of the backward classes. The census, 2001 includes a questionnaire on the survey of handicapped persons. Through this a strong foundation will become available for the planning of social/educational development of these groups. Qualitative improvement will be brought about in the programmes being implemented for the welfare of the backward classes. The benefits of reservation will be given in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

Ex-servicemen have a special role in the development of Uttaranchal. Current schemes for their welfare will be examined and strengthened. For various reasons, despite plentiful possibilities in the field of horticulture, the state has remained behind neighbouring Himchal Pradesh. My government does not regard horticulture development as merely a fruit production programme but also wishes to to encourage various activities such as mushrooms, out of season vegetables, vegetable seed production, potato processing, fruit processing, floriculture, aromatic plants, herbs and spices development, from which local unemployed persons will receive opportunities for self employment. In order to do this the horticulture department is undergoing basic changes through which centralized development works would be taken up in a planned manner.

Through giving a new face to government machinery will be changed as an extension agency, and through training into a commercial and sponsoring organisation. Government orchards will be developed to include vegetable seed production. Fruit and food grains processing centres will be developed into modern training and business centres and every possible means of attractive private investment will be adopted. In order to bring about changes in existing institutions and to make modern technical knowledge available, the agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and horticulture departments are being associated with the Pant Nagar Agriculture University, through which the latest research finding would become available to these restructured organisations. In this connection discussions with the Pant Nagar University have begun.My government has recently taken an important decision, based on the encouraging results received so far from efforts at tea production, to extend the programme to 22 thousand acres. Through this, it expected that over the project period over 22 thousand persons will receive full time employment and about 103 lakh man-days of employment would be created. Over the project period, Rs.32 crores could be received as grant from the tea board and tea factories in the private and joint sector could be established in nearly 43 places.

There are one Nagar Nigam, 31 Nagar Palikas and 31 Nagar Panchayats in the
state. Three Special Area Development Authorities are functioning in Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussoorie and Nainital. Ambitious programmes such as the establishment of Transport Nagar and the development of tourism on Mussoorie
Lake have been entrusted to the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority.
Keeping in mind the festivals organised in Haridwar, a river front development plan has been started through which pilgrims to the festival would receive facilities and so would not place avoidable pressure on the region, and would hence be able to bathe with ease and return.

My government has firmly resolved to work towards a well planned urban management structure with assistance from HUDCO and IDFC, with a view to increase facilities in these cities in the future. Discussions at the highest level have been held with both these organisations and I hope that my government will soon succeed in obtaining major programmes for planned urban development. Several proposals are under consideration for bringing about economic progress through tourism and pilgrimage tourism. The New Year has seen the launch of the "Visit Uttaranchal Year" and my government is considering several policy changes in order to encourage environment and pilgrimage related tourism. For the integrated development of tourism, transport, road-side facilities, the protection of cultural heritage sites on the tourist circuit, and the collection of cultural artefacts will be integrated through which visiting tourists will recognise Uttaranchal as a prime
destination. It is also proposed to obtain maximum possible assistance through the various schemes of the central Ministry of Tourism in order to give shape to this integrated tourism plan. In order to make the Kailas Manasarovar Yatra more attractive and easy, wayside facilities are being developed and further, the Kumaon Vikas Mandal Nigam has increased its efforts to obtain additional facilities for pilgrims in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Five airstrips are being upgraded and efforts have begun to develop an attractive tourist package with the assistance of private sector units for the benefit of foreign and national tourists. My government does not regard tourism and pilgrimage tourism as only a source of income but is also committed to establish the uniqueness of the cultural heritage of  Uttaranchal at an international level. With regard to forests and wild life, Uttaranchal has an important place in the world. The conservation of forests and encouragement of natural regeneration is an important responsibility of government. However my government does not regard the forest wealth of Uttaranchal and its forest produce merely as source of income. My government will make efforts to increase opportunities of self-employment through the processing of forest produce like resin, timber, catechu, moonj grass, etc. it is proposed to restructure the forest department so that vacant areas are used to grow such forest produce as would increase self employment opportunities in rural areas, play a supportive role in plans for rural development and free local
women from the labour of collecting fodder and fuel wood.

It is proposed to so change the work of the Van Nigam so that it can become an organisation, which encourages rural self-employment programmes. Micro plans at the village levels will be developed on the principal of Joint Forest Management in which full participation of villages will be obtained and the necessities of village dwellers will receive priority. The over six thousand van panchayats in the state were till now in a neglected condition. The forest department has now been made responsible for the development of van panchayats and for complete technical advice. It is proposed that land available with van panchayats be used for various activities related to rural needs such as fodder, fuel wood and village uplift programmes such as herbs, aromatic and medicinal plants etc.
Sanctuaries and zoos will be linked to the integrated tourism programme and
the rural communities living within their borders will become partners in eco-development programmes. Keeping all this points in mind my government will soon declare a forest policy. In the same manner in order to ensure environment conservation, a Pollution Control Board will be established as is necessary for every state under central legislation.

In the field of sports my government's efforts will be to extend and strengthen institutional facilities and also establish suitable arrangement for training. It will be the endeavour of my government that sports receive special priority in our educational institutions and that our distinguished sports persons receive such facilities and encouragement that they are able to successfully participate in national and international events.

My government has begun efforts to bring about progress through the exploitation of available water resource in Uttaranchal, in industrial development, agricultural production and rural electrification, and also to increase opportunities for financial investment. Efforts have begun in the field of irrigation and power generation to work towards these goals through reorganisation. In addition to increasing the production capacities of existing hydropower projects, it is necessary to exploit the limitless power generation capacity in the state. It is in Uttaranchal's interest that the Tehri project is commissioned on time. It is proposed to take up on priority
further action related to the implementation of the incomplete Maneri Bhali Stage 2 and Lakhwar Vyasi projects and the Srinagar and Vishnuprayag projects. The possibility of over four hundred small hydro projects in the state has been reported and these will be developed mainly through the support of the private sector. A scientific assessment will be made of the possibilities of other alternate energy sources and a co-ordinated programme will be prepared to obtain power from these sources. Based on the above measures my government is committed to soon announcing a holistic energy policy in the state.

For industrialists and investors to establish industries, the single window system will be strengthened and based on merits and demerits my government will try to make sick units functional. In order to tackle various natural calamities my government has created a separate department. Uttaranchal is a region prone to different types of calamities and it is the firm resolve of my government that the loss of life and property from these calamities be reduced to a minimum. Towards the end the state is in the final stages of establishing a centre through which affected regions and persons in calamity prone areas can be alerted in time, and where the necessary training, expertise and financial resources will be made available through the preparation with the support of local persons in calamity prone areas of a calamities management plan. Decisive action is being taken to secure the help of international institutions with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank in order to develop such a centre. Work is in progress at the calamity management cell established at Nainital based Administrative Academy to prepare a calamity management plan for all districts. Calamity management work plans are also being prepared for 80 selected disaster prone villages.

My government is very serious about the large number of unemployed in the
state and the continuous increase in the number. In all departments work has begun to evaluate programmes and restructure development organisations, primarily in order to increase opportunities for self-employment and as soon as these programmes are implemented, a positive change will begin to happen in the unemployment situation. The government is endeavouring to reach the goal of prohibition laid down in article 47 of the Indian Constitution. In the financial year 2001-2002 there is firm resolve towards ending monopoly in licensing. The auction of foreign liquor shops, for the use of established permit holding consumers, will be done through healthy competition between the federation, corporation, apex co-operative societies and registered co-operative societies. Industrial units based on molasses will be encouraged. The excise department will be reformed and strengthened through while the department can become a powerful unit of government which can take effective action, in accordance with
public expectations, against smugglers of narcotic drugs and persons or groups engaged in illegal business.

Keeping in mind the economic, financial and administrative legacy I have referred to in this address, various reforms are being brought about in administrative organisations, departments, and institutes and in administrative procedure. My government is of the firm view that these reforms will not make progress till such time as the security atmosphere in the state is not strengthened, a firm deterrent not placed on the efforts of different vested interests and control not exercised over the activities of active anti social elements from different regions. It will be an important priority of my government to create a strong, well-endowed, well-organised and sensitive police force in order to establish peace and high quality law and order arrangements in the state. Where policy decisions are being taken
to render useless the efforts of strong vested interests in various economic areas, the police will also be made more efficient through the use of computers, communication facilities, automatic weapons and transport facilities through which the force can become capable of effectively tackling the challenges posed by anti social elements involved in illegal business in mining, liquor, land and forests.

As Honorable Members are aware, most of the state's hill region has been served until now by the revenue police/patwari system. Several measures are proposed, including basic reform in preliminary training, by which the revenue police will be made resource endowed, trained and useful. The home guards and civil defence system will be given a systematic foundation. It is also proposed that the various police forces in the state will be deployed in time of peace on calamity management works. The borders of the state are joined to the border of two countries and for various reasons this is sensitive. The international boundaries of the state are important nationally and internationally. From this point of view also, the state's police force will support the interrelation between the country border and other security organisations through which the state's administration will
always be prepared to face any challenge on international boundaries.

Honorable Members, my government is fully aware of the fact that in this new
state various reforms and organisational changes in a time bound manner will only be possible when the state has an administrative system which is progressive, free of prejudice, sensitive and responsive. Towards this end importance is being given to cadre reorganisation through establishing a just and cordial co-ordination and balance between All India and State services. My government has firmly resolved that every officer/employee, from those who have opted to serve in this state, be definitely given opportunity to progress in service, and that qualified and competent workers receive appropriate encouragement from government so that through their
ability, commitment and competence they may be an important medium in realising the expectations of the people of this state. My government has firmly resolved to give a modern shape to it's administrative structure through the activation, from the outset, of e-governance. My government is committed to ensuring that public representatives and public servants receive joint training, that innovative efforts are encouraged and that a progressive state is built with assistance of non-governmental organisations. I have full confidence that your assistance will definitely be available in making this state one of the foremost states of the country.
Based on my experience of almost two months I can definitely assure you that my government is willing to obtain the assistance of every class, organisation, political party and experts in society.

After the creation of the state and before the first session, I have issued some ordinances. The bills to replace them will be placed before you in the session and you will be required to pass them.With these words I welcome all of you to this first, historic session and hope that all of us in our conduct and work style give the highest place to the interests of the people of this state. I would also hope that all of you members of the Vidhan Sabha would definitely make every possible effort
towards maintaining the supremacy of democratic norms and public service.
Jai Hind.

(The first session of the Uttaranchal Vidhan Sabha was held between 12 Jan.2001 and 18 Jan.2001. Qazi Mohiuddin, as the seniormost Member, became the pro-tem Speaker and administered the oath of office to the Hon'ble Members.This was followed by the election of the Speaker, Shri Prakash Pant, who was elected unanimously in the best democratic tradition.The session began with Governor Honourable Shri Surjit Singh Barnala's address to the House.In spite of its being the first and inaugural session, the House conducted a substantial amount of business, passing three important bills.)