Khanduri announces sops keeping polls in mind

Setting his eye on the upcoming Assembly polls, Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri on Wednesday made a slew of announcements.

Dehradun: Setting his eye on the upcoming
Assembly polls, Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri on Wednesday made a slew of announcements including 5 per cent interest
subsidy on education loan and free travel for all girl
students in state transport buses.

Announcing a total of 28 decisions taken by his
government, Khanduri said a 5 per cent interest subsidy for a
maximum of five years on an education loan upto Rs 10 lakh for
pursuing higher education by children, whose parents are
permanent residents of the state and whose annual income is
not more than Rs 3 lakh, will be given by the government.

All girl students would travel free in the buses of state
transport corporation within the state, he said.

The government has also decided to give an award of Rs
50,000 to each student, who are permanent residents of the
state and selected for professional and technical courses at
IIT, IIM, NIT, NDA, IMA and medical colleges, Khanduri said.

The scholarship amount given to the students belonging to
families of retired soldiers has also been doubled to Rs
24,000 per annum from the existing Rs 12,000 for engineering
and medical education and to Rs 20,000 per annum from Rs
10,000 for PhD students.

A new mining and quarrying policy would be implemented
this month to stop illegal mining and to preserve the
environment as well as increase the state`s revenue, he said.

The amended industrial policy would come into existence
this month for expeditious establishment of industries in
Uttarakhand, he said.

`Dev Bhoomi Jan Sewa Kendras` would be established at
block and tehsil headquarters for delivering public services
under the Right to Service Act, Khanduri said.

He also announced that a work plan would be prepared for
regularisation of illegal dwellings in urban areas.

The amount under the Vir Chandra Singh Garhwali Paryatan
Swarozgar Yojana being operationalised by the tourism
department has been enhanced to Rs 10 lakh from the existing
Rs 5 lakh, Khanduri said.

The CM said 100 polyhouses, a protective structure used
for growing high value agricultural products, would be set up
in each of the 13 districts for which the government would
give a grant of 30 per cent.

A policy would also be formulated this month to provide
various facilities to the retired paramilitary force personnel
and their families, he said.


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