Dehradun, Jan 25 (Agencies): Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said on Tuesday that his government has set a target of creating nearly 50,000 jobs this year for the people of the state.

In his message on the eve of Republic Day, the CM said the state government has launched various developmental and welfare schemes for all sections of society like women, youths and old-aged persons.

The hill state is among the top six states of India, which are attracting huge industrial investment, an official release said here.

The Central Planning Commission has also approved weightage on financial grant to Uttarakhand for conservation of environment and forests, it added.

In another statement, Nishank slammed both the UPA Government and the National Conference-led government in Jammu and Kashmir for "banning" the flag hoisting at Lal Chowk.

The citizens of the country were free to hoist the tricolour in any part of India as it is a symbol of pride and nationalism, he said.

He also telephoned senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar.