Mussoorie is going to witness a Himalayan Conclave on 28 July 2019. The Chief Ministers of the 10 Himalayan states are to participate in this Conclave to discuss various issues ranging from climate change, landslide, drought and excess rains to tectonic movements causing earthquakes.
In the Himalayan conclave 2019, all the State Heads will discuss ways to evolve an effective system to manage natural disasters. Uttarakhand is likely to take this opportunity to present a resolution before the chief ministers of the Himalayan States to fight these challenges posed by nature unitedly.
This is a rare opportunity after 10 years that the Chief Ministers of 10 Himalayan States are to gather on one platform and discuss issues of their common concern. This conclave is aimed at making a united demand for adequate central assistance to fight challenges faced by these states. The core issues likely to be raised for discussion in this conclave may include a demand for Green Bonus from the central government.
The onus of maintaining ecological balance and preserving environment lies mainly on the Himalayan States. Owing to this, these states have to go without major developmental projects on their land. The cost of the establishment of other industries too gets higher in these hill states as compared to the cost in non-hill areas. Keeping this loss in mind, these Himalayan States including Uttarakhand want financial assistance from the center to cope with their local requirement.
The center, being aware of their needs, has already assured the states to provide them central assistance of 7.5% of their annual budget during a meeting of states with the 15th Finance Commission. But the Himalayan States are to demand more from the central govt. They are demanding 15% of their annual budget from the center as Green Bonus to preserve the environment.