Dehradun: Uttarakhand government on Sunday urged
the Planning Commission to formulate a separate natural
disaster policy for the hills and sought a special package in
the wake of Pithoragarh cloudburst that triggered landslides
killing 21 people and washing away several villages.
At a meeting with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh
Pokhariyal Nishank drew his attention to the destruction
caused by the cloudburst which left scores of people dead and
triggered massive landslides which wiped away three villages
in Pithoragarh district.
Nishank said a separate natural disaster policy should
be formulated for the hills in view of their vulnerability
to climatic vagaries so that relief and rescue work could be
launched more effectively in an eventuality like this.
The Chief Minister also sought a special package for the
state to deal with natural calamities like cloudbursts,
landslides and earthquakes.
Pointing out the extra burden of Rs 2500 crore put on
the state exchequer by the implementation of the sixth pay
commission recommendations, Nishank also requested Ahluwalia
to take all this into account while deciding the size of
annual plan for the state in the current financial year.
The annual plan size for Uttarakahnd during the last
fiscal was Rs 4285 crore.