Keeping in mind the complaints of rampant illegal mining in the state, Rawat said it should be insured that illegal mining is not encouraged on the pretext of silt removal exercise.     

At his first meeting with senior officials here after his return from Delhi, the Chief Minister said that CCTV cameras should also be installed at locations where silt removal exercise is underway.
    
Opposition BJP has alleged a mining scam worth thousands of crores in Uttarakhand and asked Rawat government to step down on moral grounds.
    
Rawat, who arrived in the state capital yesterday after recuperating from a neck injury at AIIMS in Delhi, met senior officials including Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary Rakesh Sharma.
    
He also asked officials to explore methods to increase non-taxable income of the state without burdening the people.     

"One reforms task force each should be constituted in mining, forest and power departments to suggest ways to make these sectors economically more viable," he said.
    
He also directed officials to develop new trek routes in the state to give a boost to tourism which was dealt a blow by last year's natural calamity.
    
The chief minister also asked Power department to develop a professional approach and cut down on line loss besides improving the quality of transformers.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand government said it will launch a skill development scheme for unemployed youths at the local level to help them get employment as plumbers, electricians, TV and mobile mechanics.
    
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Backward Area Grants Fund (BAGF) committee chaired by Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar here yesterday, an official release said.
    
The beneficiaries of the scheme will also be provided with a free tool kit at the end of their training, it said.
    
The Centre-aided scheme will be implemented first in Tehri, Chamoli and Champavat and then expanded to the rest of the districts, it said, adding a total of Rs 54.25 crore have been approved for the scheme in the first phase.

(Agencies)

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