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Govt to build shelters for 3,000 homeless in State

Sunday, 04 August 2013 | PNS | DEHRADUN | in Dehradun

AICC general secretary and Uttarakhand Congress in charge Ambika Soni, who had convened a meeting to assess the ongoing relief and rehabilitation work of the State Government on Saturday, said that State Government would build pre-fabricated shelter for 3,000 homeless people of the State in next 45 days.

Villages, which have received severe damage, will be rehabilitated on priority basis, and public representatives including MP and MLA have been empowered to send their report about damage so that state would prepare intensive plan to rebuild the State.To provide succor to the disaster victim family state has already announced that youth will be given reservation in police recruitment.

Pre-fabricated relief camps will be built for the victims of the recent natural disaster in Uttarakhand. Chairman of the Revenue Board SK Mattoo will identify land for the rehabilitation of these disaster hit villages. The land will then be inspected by the related MPs and MLAs. As many as 28 to 30 quality godowns will also be immediately set up for safe storage of food and other essential items. A proposal would be brought at the next Cabinet meeting on pending dues of private sugar mills for sugarcane purchase, as well as hundred percent compensation for loss caused to crops by the recent natural calamity.During review meeting the Chief Minister, Vijay Bahuguna, told MP Ambika Soni and Union Minister Harish Rawat that the rehabilitation of the disaster affected areas is the highest priority of the State Government.

The State Government had demanded Rs 8000 crore for redevelopment and resettling of the affected areas to which the Central Government had agreed in principle. The work on rehabilitation in affected areas would be taken up in stages. The Chief Minister directed the officials to ensure that not only food and basic amenities, but also provision of safe drinking water, electricity and good condition roads were made available to the affected villages in a time-bound manner.

He added that there was need for amendment in the norms of rehabilitation. He has asked for a proposal for the same to be put in the next Cabinet meeting.  The CM has asked the police and the administration to give priority in recruitment to jobs for those able youths of families that had lost their earning member in the tragedy. He has also asked them to make the employment programmes in disaster hit areas women-centric. The women and children of disaster affected areas needed to be registered so that it could be ensured that timely help and provision of essential necessities was made to them.

The State Government would also ask the central government to resume the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.  He added that the women and handicapped in the disaster affected areas would be provided social welfare pensions.  In the Meeting MP’s Satpal Maharaj, Pradeep Tamta, Mahendra Singh Mahra, State Finance Ministers Indira Hridayesh, Yashpal Arya, Dr Harak Singh Rawat, Amrita Rawat, Pritam Singh, Dinesh Aggarwal, Surendra Singh Negi, Mantri Prasad Naithani, Harish Chandra Durgapal and senior officials were present. 



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