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State sets up panel to oversee relief and rehabilitation work

Uttarakhand has set up a Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority to streamline and monitor post-disaster relief work.

Written by Sanjay Singh | Dehradun | Published: July 2, 2013 3:18:09 am

Uttarakhand has set up a Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority to streamline and monitor post-disaster relief work.

It would ensure that funds for relief and rehabilitation,including the Rs 1,000 crore announced by prime minister Manmohan Singh,are utilised transparency,chief minister Vijay Bahuguna told a press conference Monday.

The state is hoping to get funds from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank for reconstruction of its flood-devastated areas,Bahuguna said,adding that officials from the two banks and from the finance ministry are expected to visit soon.

In all,the state is expected to get about Rs 2,000 to 2,500 crore in reconstruction funds,rural development minister Jairam Ramesh told the press meet. He also said his ministry would provide 150 days of employment under the MNREGA to people in the flood-affected areas,as requested by the state government. Since the scheme only provides for 100 days of employment,“there are some administrative formalities which would be completed soon”,he said.

Ramesh promised to build double the number of houses allotted to the state under the Indira Awas Yojana —14,000 —and said the Centre would provide more funds to repair and rebuild roads and bridges.

Meanwhile,the Uttarakhand cabinet also decided to ban construction of buildings on river banks. The floods washed scores of buildings,including hotels and government offices,off banks. “The government will not allow any construction on the river bank in future,” the chief minister said.

Listing the other decisions taken by his cabinet,Bahuguna said,“The state government would take full responsibility for the upbringing of all children who have been orphaned because of the disaster.”

“Farmers whose fields have been deposited with river bed material would get three months time to take out the same. The state has no policy for removal of debris and silt. If they need JCB machines,they can approach the district administration.”

“Shops will get compensation of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. If a hotel is completely damaged,the government would give Rs 2 lakh. If only a part is damaged of a hotel worth Rs 2 lakh to Rs 10 lakh,we will give 30 per cent of the damage. If the damaged hotel is worth above Rs 20 lakh,we will pay 10 per cent of the total damage.”

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