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Uttaranchal asks Centre for extension of Industrial package

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New Delhi, July 3 (UNI) Uttaranchal today urged the Centre for an increase in the industrial package awarded to the state upto 2013, which was later reduced to 2007.

Discussing the Draft Approach Paper for the 11th Five-Year Plan with the Planning Commission here, Uttaranchal Chief Secretary M Ramachandran said if the package was not extended, the investment induced during the 10th Five-Year Plan might decerease.

For special category states, he suggested that Bharat Nirman Yojna should not follow only the population norm, but give weightage to other aspects of the state for fund allocation.

He hoped that recommendations of the Yogandhar Commitee set up for Himalayan States would be accepted after due consultation with the states concerned.

The Chief Secretary also asked for sufficient funds under Periodic Financing Request Facility for implementation of its road map for transmission and distribution of hydroelectric power, which he said had the potential of 20,000 MW.

He demanded that rehabilitation of farmers displaced from their land due to developmental projects was a major problem of the state and the Centre should help it in this task.

Mr Ramachandran also sought Central assistance in education, healthcare and employment generation and bio-diversity conservation programmes.

He also demanded that all the 63 towns of the state should be included under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.

UNI NAZ YA RN2051

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