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‘Aspirations of hill people yet to be fulfilled’

Ajay Ramola
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, November 8

As the state machinery prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of State Formation Day, hill people, who remained at the forefront of the statehood agitation, are yet to feel the impact of the achievements made by the state in all these years. A majority of the population of the state believes that the state was formed to address the problems of hill people, like checking migration, employment generation and development in the hills, but unfortunately the state still stands at the crossroads as no groundwork has been done towards this till date, leaving many dejected.

Journalist and active andolankari from Mussoorie Jai Prakash Uttarakhandi says the dreams for which the state was formed have been shattered. He says the state has just been converted into a political battleground for major political parties, namely the BJP and the Congress, and people of the state have been sidelined completely in the past 10 years. [more]