The Datatreya Sati Maa Anusuya Mela started with religious ceremonies on Friday. The Chief minister Mr. Trivendra Singh rawat inaugurated the two-day long Anusuya mela being organised on Datatreya jayanti. The local people and Anusuya Mela Trust Samiti office bearers welcomed the Chief Minister on his arrival. On the occasion of Datatreya Jayanti childless couple from across the country visit the Maa Anusuya temple to fulfil their desire of having children.

Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat said that he had heard much about Maa Sati Anusuya but had the privilege to seek her blessings today. He performed religious puja on the occasion . He said that Maa Sati has her place in Chamoli and that of her son Lord Datatreya is in Gujarat which showed the unity of the country. He said that ancient temples are a unifying force in the country.

Taking congnizance of the difficulties being faced by the pilgrims during their stay in the temple, the Chief Minister sanctioned a sum of Rs 50 lakh for the construction of tin shed near the temple and Rs. 50 lakh for constructing the building of Government Inter College, Badgoan. He also announced early construction of Baddwara- Dogari motor road.

Chief Minister said that to give employment to local people a hatchery of trout fish will be opened in the region so that local could produce trout fish to supplement  their income. Giving example of Rudraprayag and Uttrkashi district, he said that people of these districts are earning well by rearing trout fish. He said that trout fish is being sold at a rate of Rs1500 per kg in the market.

Chief Minister said that pine trees could also be boon for strengthening the economy of the state. He said that turpentine oil is produce from its leaves which is being used in bone treatment while tarcoal produced from leaves is being used in making roads. The leaves are being used to produce diesel and biomass is being used to generate power.   He said that 143 products are using pine products like medicines, scent, sweets and  a factory in Bageshwar has been started for these products,. He said that the youth, mahila mangal dals, self- help groups are being encouraged to adopt ‘Pirul’ project to improve their economic well being. The state government will provide all possible help in this regard.

Local MLA Mahender Bhatt and mela samiti President B.S.Jhinkwan welcomed the Chief minister on behalf of the local people and apprised him about the difficulties and problems faced by the Mela authorities. He said that due to no accommodation at the temple, the childless couples pilgrims have to stay in the open during their visit to temple during the entire night. He demanded that mela be declared as a state fair, sanction of money for Mandal-Anusuya Motor road, grant of Rs ten lakh every year for the fair from cultural department and construction of dharamshala by MLALAD fund and construction of check dam on Vatraini river and better communication facilities in the area.

Badrinath MLA Mahendra Bhatt, Tharali MLA Munni Devi Shah, BJP District President Mohan Prasad Thapliyal, Nagar Palika president Gopeshwar Surendra Lal, Nandprayag Nagar Panchayat President Himani Vaishnav, ZP member Usha Rawat, Bhagirathi Kunjwal, Mela Committee President BS Jhinkana, vice president Vinod Rana, Secretary Dilwar Singh Bisht, Chief Priest Pradeep Semwal and other public representatives, area residents and devotees in large number were present on this occasion.


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