DEHRADUN: Spelling out his agenda for Uttarakhand, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawaton Monday said that cow protection, cleaning of the Ganga, a direct road connecting Kumaon with Garhwal and efforts to check migration were in the priority list.

Road connectivity from Kumaon to Garhwal has remained a major cause of concern for people as commuters have to pass through UP to reach one region from the other. The CM expressed his determination to open the Kandi road, which circumscribes Corbett National Park and connects Kotdwar with Ramnagar.

The CM also laid emphasis on better implementation of the Uttarakhand Protection of Cow Progeny Act, 2007.

“This Act came into existence during the previous term of the BJP in Uttarakhand, when I was the animal husbandry minister. …Now that we are back in power, we will ensure its proper implementationin the state,” Trivendra Singh Rawat said.

Under the act, the slaughter of cows in the state would be an offence punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may be extended up to 10 years but will not be less than three years and a fine from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. It also prohibits persons from freeing cows to wander around after they have grown old.

On the issue of migration from the hills, the government intends to frame a comprehensive plan