Uttarakhand polls 2017: Harish Rawat promises Ministry for Soldiers, free smartphones to youth

Vision document has promised 33 percent reservation for women in government jobs, a ministry for the welfare of Army personnel by March 2017, and free smartphones to �every youth� with �free data and free calls for a year".

Uttarakhand polls 2017: Harish Rawat promises Ministry for Soldiers, free smartphones to youth

Prior to the Congress manifesto in poll-bound Uttarakhand, Chief minister Harish Rawat on Saturday released a "nine-resolutions" vision document.

Vision document has promised 33 percent reservation for women in government jobs, a ministry for the welfare of Army personnel by March 2017, and free smartphones to “every youth” with “free data and free calls for a year".

While releasing the vision document from Garhwal on Saturday, Harish Rawat said that Uttarakhand has a separate ministry for the police force and that it is the high time a ministry for serving and retired soldiers be established.


One resolution promises to provide a job to one member of every family by 2020, another promises the appointment of five “aapda mitra (disaster relief workers)” as a shield against disasters. The chief minister also resolved to bring water, power and road to every village in three years, and triple the tourist footfall in Uttarakhand in five years.

Rawat also promises to open coaching institutes for SC, ST and OBC students for various competitive exams.

The vision document which is considered to be a precursor to what the manifesto may hold has created a stir in political circles of the state.