MUSSOORIE, Sept 2
Urban development Minister Madan Kaushik along with State BJP president Ajay Bhatt, State Congress vice president Kishore Upadhyaya, Mussoorie BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi, Former Mussoorie MLA Jot Singh Gunsola, BJP leader Ravinder Jugran, incumbent Municipal board president Manmohan Singh Mall, former Municipal Board member OP Uniyal and other dignitaries paid homage to the state hood agitation martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the 24th anniversary of the Mussoorie police firing incident that took place on September 2 1994, at Shaheed Sthal at a function held on Sunday.
The urban development minister Madan Kaushik and State BJP president Ajay bhatt said that the government was working for the development of the state and lot of work has been done in this regard in past 18 years. However the speed of the development work as per the aspirations of the martyrs need to be speeded up. They said that the CM Trivendra Rawat was working towards increasing the employment opportunities in the state and an investor meet will be organised in the month of October to attract the investors from around the world. BJP state president Ajay Bhatt said that the prime minister was keen to come to Mussoorie on the anniversary of police firing but as he was out of the country could not make it and sent Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik as his representative. He said that Chief Minisiter through the investor summits abroad was trying to rope in much needed investment for the state and such efforts would attract an investment of more than Rs 20 thousand crores. Ajay Bhatt speaking on the issue of identifying statehood agitators said that the government was sensitive towards the issue and was trying to resolve it as early as possible.
However, not many leaders were so optimistic about the development in the state since its inception. The statehood agitators Ravinder Jugran and Pradeep Kukreti said that the aspirations of the martyrs who laid down their lives for the state of Uttarakhand are yet to be fulfilled. They said that the struggle of Jal Jangal and Zameen (Water, Forest and Land) was still the same as before the formation of the state. They rued the fact that more the migration from the hills was continuing unabated especially in the border areas of the state and the youth was in distress due to lack of employment opportunities in the state. They said that the state was still struggling for the strong structures which were still missing form its growth story yet. MLA Mussoorie Ganesh Joshi, BJP Rajpur MLA Khajan Das and former Mussoorie Municipal council president OP Uniyal said that the Trivendra Rawat government has succeeded in reviving the stalled Lakhwar Byasi Project again. The said that the state was on path of development and the various schemes introduced by the state and union government were for the benefit of the common man. The former state Congress president Kishore Upadhyay said that the issues for which the separate state movement was started is still unresolved and all political parties have to rise up from their petty politics and work for the development of the state in unison. A blood donation camp was also organised by family members of martyrs namely Ravi Raj Bangari and Bhagwan Singh Dhanai near Shaheed Sthal. Ravi Raj Bangari said that this is the second edition of the blood donation camp that was held with the help of medical staff from Indresh Hospital. Several cultural programs were also held on the occasion by cultural department that were much appreciated by the gathered audience. Earlier a multi religious discourses were held where the priests from Sikh, Hindu and Muslim religion read and sung the verses from the scriptures for the solace to the souls of the martyrs.