Cabinet sub-committee to prepare rehab plan
The State Government has constituted a cabinet sub committee to prepare rehabilitation plan for the villages affected by the Pancheshwar multipurpose project. The Irrigation Minster Satpal Maharaj would be the chairperson of this Cabinet committee while Drinking Water, Urban Development and Agriculture Minister would be its member. The decision to constitute this committee was taken in the Cabinet meeting held on Friday.
The Government spokesperson Madan Kaushik said that cabinet discussed the sensitive issue of rehabilitation of people displaced by Pancheswar dam on the day. A total of 31,020 people belonging to 134 villages would be affected by the construction of the mega dam project on river Sharda in Pithoragarh district. Kaushik said that 22 villages would be completely submerged by the dam's construction while 112 villages would be partially affected by the project.
He informed that the first meeting of the cabinet subcommittee would be held on January 20. The report of the committee would be submitted to the Union Government. Located on Indo-Nepal border the Pancheswar Multipurpose project would generate a power of 5600 MW after its completion. The project is a joint venture between India and Nepal.
Kaushik said that the cabinet discusses 11 issues which were brought before it on the day. In an important decision the cabinet decided to convert all 9268 ration shops in the state into Common Service Centre (CSC) where services like income, caste and character certificates would be made available.
He said that the state would adopt the model of Gujarat and Karnataka for converting these shops into common service centre. The Government would provide training to the ration shop license holders and would install Point of Sale (POS). The cabinet also decided that the funds under the MLA Local Area Development fund would not get lapsed.
Kaushik informed that on the request of villagers of Soda Saroli in Dehradun 0.028 hectare land in the village has been transferred to Jan Shiksha Samiti for Saraswati Shishu Mandir (School). On the request of the Union Government the State Government has reduced the administrative expenses levied on National Highways Projects from 5 percent to 2.5 percent. The Cabinet also approved the plan to partially destroy three buildings being constructed for housing Teerth Purohits for road alignment in Kedarnath.
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