New Delhi: Claiming that his government had a
zero-tolerence policy towards corruption, Uttarakhand Chief
Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Saturday said that the state
administration had taken action against nearly 4000 officials.
"We have a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. As
many as 4000 officials have been suspended, 13 sent to jail
and graft cases are going on against many others", Nishank
told reporters here.
He was addressing a press conference to highlight 10
years of existence of the state and its acheivements.
His statment on corruption comes just days after yoga
guru Baba Ramdev claimed a state minister had demanded a bribe
of Rs 2 crore to allow him to set up a new trust in the state.
Highlighting other acheivements of the state he said the
industrial growth in 2000-1 was 1.9 per cent and 2010-11 it
grew to 22 per cent.
"Road connectivity has also been a major acheivement in
the state as we have constructed 21,886 km of road in 10 yrs.
Wehnt eh state was formed there were only 84 bridges and now
there are 742," Pokhriyal said.
Pointing out that 65 per cent of the land was under
forest cover, he said the state had six national parks and six
wildlife sancturies and that "in 2000 there were 40 tigers,
now there are 200. This speaks about the importance we have
given to protecting and national animal".
He said the state was a leader in emergency services and
that through the 108 emergency service as many as 1,841
children born in moving ambulances.
Highlighting the financial health of the state, the chief
minister said in 2000 the state`s revenue receipt was Rs 200
crores and in 2010-11 it touched Rs 11,342 crore.
"In 2000, the per capita income was Rs 15000 per year and
it is Rs 42,000 in 2010. A whopping 83,700 new jobs would be
created within the next one year", Nishank said.
Thanking the Central government for giving Rs 1000 crore
assistance to encourage development projets, he said 10 years
back the develpment ratio was 2.9 per cent and now, in 2010,
it went up to 9.4 per cent.