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3,177 rural habitations in State to be linked with roads

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 | PNS | DEHRADUN

In a major decision the Uttarakhand government has decided to connect 3,177 rural habitations in the State with roads. A proposal in this regard was approved by the State cabinet in its meetings held on Monday.

Informing about the decision the secretary Shailesh Bagauli said that the Rural Roads department has proposed to start a Mukhyamantri Gram Sampark Yojana for the habitations with a population of less than 250 and not included in the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). He said that there are 2,035 such habitations in the State which are not connected with the main roads and 1,142 habitations where the roads are not constructed as per the norms. The scheme aims to boost economic activities in the small villages located in the border areas.

In another decision, the cabinet approved the plan to create 950 posts each for the Government Medical College Haridwar and Government Medical College Pithoragarh. The government intends to start MBBS classes for the first batch of 100 students from next academic session. The cabinet also approved the plan to construct 559 Utkrishta schools in different parts of the State. These schools will be developed as centres of excellence and modern infrastructure will be provided to them. The education department has proposed a budget of Rs 240 crore for these schools. The department will also provide transportation to the students of these schools.

 In view of the studies of the students affected by the teachers going on long leaves such as child care leave (CCL) and others, the cabinet approved the proposal of the department to appoint temporary teachers on per class basis. About 1,500 to 2,000 teachers of the department usually remain on long leaves ranging from 15 days to six months. The temporary teachers will be paid Rs 200 and Rs 250 for LTs and lecturers each for taking one class. In another significant step the cabinet approved the plan for virtual registration of the documents in the offices of sub registrars. These offices will verify the documents presented in this manner by conducting video KYC of the applicants. Apart from providing relief to the applicants, the process of virtual registration of documents is expected to boost  industrial investment in the State.

In view of the shortage of government land in the mountainous areas for construction of helipads the cabinet approved the proposal of the Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA) to develop helipads on private land. The land owners will be given options of either handing over the land to the UCADA on lease for 15 years or construct the helipad on his own. A sum of Rs two to three crore is spent on helipad or heliport and the authority will provide subsidy in this endeavour.

The cabinet also approved the plan to hand over 0.4 hectares of land in village Gugli in Kirtinagar to the GB Pant National institute of Himalayan Environment free of cost. In another decision  the cabinet approved the plan to provide the  benefit of  Nanda Devi Kanyadhan Yojana- Hamari Kanya Hamara Abhiman scheme to 35,088 such applicants who were not able to get the benefit of the scheme due to some reasons from the year 2009 to 2016-17. A sum of Rs 52.62 crore is provided to these left out beneficiaries.

The cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for extending help in the mission to rescue labourers in Silkyara, Uttarkashi. It also hailed the victory of the BJP in the assembly elections in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The cabinet also thanked PM Modi for Uttarakhand getting the chance to host the 38th National Games.

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