CM launches development projects for Ardh Kumbh

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Old 05-Feb-2016
Post CM launches development projects for Ardh Kumbh

Chief Minister Harish Rawat inaugurated several development projects for the ongoing Ardh Kumbh at Haridwar today. All these projects are permanent in nature and are expected to prove their utility whenever religious congregations are held at Haridwar.
The projects totaling around Rs 45.18 crore include a foot bridge at the Chintamani Ashram, a road to the Vithal Das Ashram, 10-bedded barracks each for men and women and other facilities.
Of special mention is a Hill bypass that has been developed as an alternative route for diverting traffic during jams and rush hours. Facilities for mediapersons covering the event too have been upgraded.
VAT to be waived for ex-servicemen: Rawat
Chief Minister Harish Rawat at an interactive programme with ex-servicemen here on Thursday said VAT would be waived for ex-servicemen in the state in the coming budget. Ex-servicemen played an important role in the development of Uttarakhand, he added.
He said the government was committed to welfare of ex-servicemen. A separate department had been set up for ex-servicemen and retired personnel of paramilitary forces and Rs 2 crore had been released for it, he added.
He said VAT would be waived for ex-servicemen in the state in the coming budget. District magistrates would be directed to hold a meeting with ex-servicemen. They had also been directed to redress problems of ex-servicemen on priority.
He said the government was ready to establish a war memorial and an initiative by the Central government in this regard would be welcome. “Uttarakhand has a glorious history and joining defence forces has been part of our tradition,” he added.
Rawat also invited suggestions from ex-servicemen. Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay, Chief Secretary Shatrughan Singh and Uttarakhand Poorva Sainik Evam Ardh Sainik Sanghtan president Lt Col Ganga Singh Rawat (retd) were present on the occasion.

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