12 Jun 2012

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has urged Prime Minister Mamohan Singh to provide Central fund under National Rural Drinking Water Program in 90:10 ratio.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has urged Prime Minister Mamohan Singh to provide Central fund under National Rural Drinking Water Program in 90:10 ratio. He also requested the PM for simplification of forest clearance process for roads approved under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna (PMGSY). Chief Minister Bahuguna wrote two separate letters to the Prime Minister in this regard on Monday.
Chief Minister Bahuguna stating that Uttarakhand shared similar geographical condition with North-Eastern State and Jammu & Kashmir, urged the Prime Minister to provide fund in 90:10 ratio like it was providing to those states. He underlined that Uttarakhand, despite enjoying the status of 'Special State' was being provided fund in 50:50 ratio which was not justified. It may be noted that Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, during his recent visit to Uttarakhand, had assured to provide the fund in 90:10 ratio.
Chief Minister urged the PM to make amendment in the forest clearance process for proposed roads under PMGSY. He advocated forest clearance approval by regional office of Union Environment Ministry level. Presently the State Advisory Group can approve the clearance upto 5 hectare forest land only. He urged the PM to increase this limit to 20 hectare. Mr. Bahuguna has stressed on following the simplified process adopted for the roads in border areas for roads under PMGSY too.
The Chief Minister, in his letter, has also suggested the Prime Minister to open special cell of Union Environment Ministry in its regional offices. He said that Uttarakhand also, similar to naxal affected areas, be exempted from compensatory afforestation for roads under PMGSY and State be paid NPV reimbursement through Rural Development Ministry.

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