Cloudburst: Nishank seeks spl package from Centre



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.

Bureau Report