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Rajasthan to reconsider rehabilitation of Pong dam oustees

Written by: Staff

Jaipur, Aug 8 (UNI): Rajasthan will reconsider rehabilitating all oustees of Pong dam, who have been issued eligibility certificates by the Himachal Pradesh government.

This was decided at a meeting held in New Delhi yesterday where ministers and officials from both the states were present. A consensus was also reached on signing a memorandum of understanding between the chief ministers of both the states within the next 15 days.

The PWD minister Rajendra Rathore headed the team from Rajasthan while the Himachal Pradesh team was led by revenue minister Sant Mahajan.

The Pong dam, constructed in Himachal Pradesh, is a water source for the Indira Gandhi Canal Project (IGCP) in Rajasthan. And as such the Rajasthan government had decided to provide compensation to the dam oustees along with allotment of land on concessional rates.

Himachal Pradesh had issued eligibility certificates to 12,142 oustees for rehabilitation, out of which Rajasthan government received 11,668.

Over 10,027 oustees had applied for allotment of land, out of which 9,196 people were alloted land. The remaining were rejected on reasons of being incomplete or not according to rules.

About 1,188 oustees had sold the land alloted to them to local farmers. Rajasthan had declared this land as 'rakbaraj' after the Supreme Court had cancelled the sale of the land.

Mr Rathore informed that 341 'murraba' land available in the first stage of the IGCP would be reserved for Pong oustees. He said the remaining oustees would be allotted land in Ramgarh, Nachna and Mohangarh of Jaisalmer district in the second phase of the project.

He said the land would be allotted in cluster form and infrastructure facilities along with irrigation facilities would be developed on this land.

The representatives of the Pong dam oustees and the farmers who control the allotted land also took part in the bilateral meeting.


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