Uttarakhand Mulls Giving Priority To ‘Agniveers’ In State Govt Jobs

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By: Vineet Upadhyay
Updated: 17 June, 2022 1:16 am IST

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thursday announced that the state government will formulate a new set of rules to include ‘Agniveers’ in state government jobs.

“The new ‘Agniveer’ scheme will enable our youth to serve the country with valour and pride. The Devboomi (God’s Land) is also a ‘Sainyabhoomi’ (Soldier’s Land). We are also planning to formulate a set of rules under which the ‘Agniveers’ will be given priority in the state government jobs such as police department and others,” Dhami said on the sidelines of the ongoing budget session at Dehradun Vidhan Sabha.

On the third day of the budget session, the assembly passed amendments to three bills – The Uttarakhand (Uttar Pradesh Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act 1950) (Amendment) Bill 2022, The Uttarakhand Enterprises Single Window Facilitation and Clearance (Amendment) Bill 2022 and The Uttarakhand Fire & Emergency Services, Fire Prevention and Fire Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

Meanwhile, the members of the opposition raised questions related to the rehabilitation of villages affected due to natural calamities such as floods, rains, landslides and other related incidents.

Replying to the queries, the finance minister and the minister of parliamentary affairs Prem Chand Agarwal said that funds have been allocated to the respective districts along with satellite phones and other resources to deal with any incident.

Chakrata MLA and former leader of opposition Pritam Singh raised an issue of a state human rights report tabled in the assembly only in the English language and not in Hindi.

Singh argued that Uttarakhand is primarily a Hindi-speaking state and the reports tabled in the assembly should be published in Hindi too.

The speaker of the assembly Ritu Khanduri Bhushan, after listening to Singh, told Agarwal that the reports tabled in the assembly should be in Hindi too.

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