Identified andolankaris to get ‘Samman pension’, says CM

Mussoorie, September 2, 2016 The state government has decided to provide a ‘Samman pension’ or honorarium to identified statehood agitators or andolankaris. The government is concerned at the hurdles in the grant of horizontal reservation to the dependents of identified statehood agitators and is working towards addressing the issue. Chief Minister Harish Rawat stated this here today after paying homage to the six martyrs, who were killed in police firing during the separate statehood movement at Mussoorie on September 2, 1994. He said the state Assembly had passed a proposal for horizontal reservation for the dependents of statehood agitators but due to some legal reasons they were unable to make it into a law. Despite such roadblocks the government was working towards making horizontal reservation a reality, he added. Harish Rawat reached the Shaheed Sthal here around noon. He garlanded the statues of the six martyrs and offered floral tribute at their portraits. The Shaheed Sthal has been constructed where the police firing took place. The Chief Minister, while addressing a gathering at the Shaheed Sthal, said it was due to the supreme sacrifices by these martyrs that “we are enjoying the fruits of living in a state formed exclusively for us”. He said all district magistrates had been directed to continue with the process of identifying statehood agitators. “We should ensure that the aspirations of the martyrs are taken into consideration while working towards the development of the state. Everyone should contribute to the growth of the state,” he added. Rawat said, “Though we are at the sixth position on the development index, disparities have also increased. We are developing vertically and we need to grow horizontally too so that people living in remotest areas also receive the fruits of development”. Later the Chief Minister sang and clapped and joined local folk artistes, namely Jeetendar Panwar, Reshma Shah, Prerna Bhandari and Pradeep Bhandari, who presented several song and dance items. Later, he reached the Municipal Council premises and laid the foundation stone of more than 20 development projects for Mussoorie. Early in the morning, priests and spiritual heads of different communities recited prayers for peace to the souls of martyrs at the Shaheed Sthal. Urban Development Minister Pritam Panwar, state Congress president Kishore Upadhyay, former Mussoorie MLA Jot Singh Gunsola, state Congress vice-president Jot Singh Bisht, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board Member Sandeep Sahni, members of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (Panwar), Mussoorie in charge of the UKD (P) Anirudh Sharma, Pradeep Kukreti, member of the Andolankari Manch Jaiprakash Uttarakhandi and others also offered floral tributes to the martyrs at the Shaheed Sthal.

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