Nainital MP demands special economic package for border areas of state

  • | Thursday | 24th September, 2020

Bhatt, who earlier raised the issue in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said of 16,793 villages in the state, 1,582 are totally deserted with the migration of residents to other places in search of livelihood.

Nainital BJP MP Ajay Bhatt on Thursday demanded a special economic package for Uttarakhand from the Centre to improve the basic health and educational infrastructure in border areas of the state.

Bhatt, who earlier raised the issue in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said of 16,793 villages in the state, 1,582 are totally deserted with the migration of residents to other places in search of livelihood.

“A special economic package is needed to create better health and educational facilities besides the generation of employment opportunities in border villages to lure migrants back to their homes,” Bhatt, a former state BJP chief, said. Continued migration from the villages of Uttarakhand because of lack of health and educational facilities is a cause for concern considering the strategic importance of the state that borders both China and Nepal, he added.

“It will not only facilitate reverse migration but also help put an end to anti-India activities near the borders,” he said.



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