Uttarakhand Elections 2017: Congress manifesto promises reverse migration by 2022
Congress promised to start a string of development programmes in the hills, which focuses on encouraging "reverse migration by 2022".
Congress manifesto for Uttarakhand which has released on Sunday focuses on stopping migration from hills, disaster management, infrastructure development and economic empowerment of women.
The incharge of Congress party affairs in the state Ambika Sony, PCC president Kishore Upadhyay and Kumari Shailja, Chief Minister Harish Rawat have released the party manifesto and said that the manifesto unveils a clear roadmap for the development of the state.
While the state will go to polls on February 15, the major thrust area of the Congress manifesto was the migration, an emotive issue in the hills. Hundreds of villages in the hill state have no youth left because of migration. Leaving elderly behind, the youth migrated to plains in search of jobs.
To defend migration, the Congress promised to start a string of development programmes in the hills, which focuses on encouraging "reverse migration by 2022".
During the release of the manifesto, chief minister Harish Rawat said: "In March itself, we will form a ministry to address issues related to ex-servicemen and retired para-military personnel."
The manifesto also focuses on agriculture by setting a target to make at least 30 per cent of unirrigated land partially or fully irrigated over the next five years.
The manifesto again promises the creation of new districts, development of infrastructure, boosting connectivity and building a modern Uttarakhand.