Khanduri announces sops keeping polls in mind
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 17:41
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.


First Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 17:41

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