RTI nails Uttarakhand chief minister’s ‘false promises’

Vijay Bahuguna has failed to follow through on almost 98% of his announcements

Vijay Bahuguna has failed to follow through on almost 98% of his announcements

A year after he became chief minister of Uttarakhand, Vijay Bahuguna is struggling to fulfil the promises he made to the public.

Almost 98 per cent of the announcements made by Bahuguna in the past year have been non-starters. His performance level is well below average when compared to the past three chief ministers of the state.

An RTI reply, received by Call Girls Haldwani-based social activist Gurvinder Singh Chadha from the chief minister’s office, presents a comparison between two Congress and two BJP chief ministers.


The information deals with the number of announcements made by different chief ministers during their terms and the development work (in three categories – completed, partially completed and pending) undertaken by them.

Former chief minister Major General (retd) B.C. Khanduri leads the table with the announcement completion record of over 54 per cent, followed by veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari (40 per cent).

BJP’s Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is in the third spot with 35 per cent announcement completion record, while the current Uttarakhand chief minister is struggling with a poor 1.7 per cent.

“I witnessed each chief minister making eight to 10 announcements in any public meeting. This inspired me to file an RTI application. The reply was mind-blowing,” RTI activist Chadha said.

Political leaders use public meetings to make populist announcements which are generally related to new roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, new infrastructure or upgrade of schools and hospitals, to make the public happy.

While he made 858 announcements, Bahuguna has managed to complete only 11.

“The Congress government is miserable. The public is angry,” former chief minister Khanduri said.

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