Fresh list of statehood agitationists to be prepared: Rawat

The state government will prepare a fresh list of statehood agitationists incorporating the names of those who qualify as per norms to figure in it but have been left out for some reason or the other, Chief Minister Harish Rawat has said.

PTI| Updated: Sep 03, 2014, 15:19 PM IST

Dehradun: The state government will prepare a fresh list of statehood agitationists incorporating the names of those who qualify as per norms to figure in it but have been left out for some reason or the other, Chief Minister Harish Rawat has said.

Making the announcement at the Martyrs Memorial in Mussoorie on Mussorie firing anniversary yesterday, Rawat said a panel of officials will soon be entrusted with the task and the state cabinet will clear a proposal on facilities to be provided to statehood agitationists.

Those eligible to be accorded the status of agitationists as per the norms but left out of the official list will find a place in the new one to be prepared by a government constituted panel, Rawat said.

Several statehood agitationists had been killed in a police firing in Mussoorie on September 2, 1994.

Paying tribute to the martyrs, the Chief Minister said those who laid down their lives for the creation of Uttarakhand instilled in us the feeling of taking everyone irrespective of their caste, religion and political affiliations together in a fragmented society.

"Even now, when the issue of the statehood movement arises, the people of Mussoorie forget all differences and get united," he said.

Rawat also underlined the need to maintain the scenic beauty of Mussoorie also known as the Queen of Hills.

"Nainital and Mussoorie would be the core areas of the state's tourism and areas around them would be developed as tourist destinations," he said.

Assuring that the traffic woes of Mussoorie will be addressed he said efforts are underway to build parking lots in the city to unclog its roads.

Besides this, an alternate route would be developed through a tunnel under the single road system.

A vendor zone will be developed for street vendors, he said.