The Himachal government will not allow any encroachment or regularise illegally occupied land to those Bhakra Dam oustees who possess more than five bighas of encroached land.
As per the policy, Bhakra Dam oustees would be provided only 150 square metres of land, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh said while addressing a public meeting at Sihra in Bilaspur district on Wednesday.
The chief minister, who is on a two-day tour to Sadar and Sri Naina Devi assembly segments, said those who had encroached upon land more than the laid down norms won't be considered for regularisation, as settling genuine Bhakra Dam oustees was his first priority.
He said there were some cases wherein people who were non-oustees settled in Bilaspur town under the garb of oustees after the construction of Bhakra Dam, demanding regularisation of encroachments. This was against the norms and the government would act as per law, the CM said.
The genuine oustees who were rendered homeless were provided land/ plots under the mini settlement, and rehabilitated and their plots regularised as and where possible, he said.
"The case regarding settlement of Pong Dam oustees had been taken up again with the Union government and, if need be, the Pong Dam oustees would also be settled under the mini settlement," Virbhadra said.
The CM said that scrapping of Planning Commission by Centre was not advantageous to the hill states, adding that he hoped that the NITI Aayog would consider funding the states in the same ratio and in same pattern as was being done earlier during the Planning Commission.
On the recent "CD leak" controversy, he said the case would be inquired into, and if need be, it would be handed over to the CBI. However, he warned that he was not a man to be cowed down and won't tolerate any sort of threats.
He said besides political life, the leaders and public representatives should also have a respectable private life. "The accusation that the chief minister was behind the revelations of the CD was rather quite amazing and abrupt," Virbhadra said.
On the occasion, the chief minister announced upgrade of Parnali Middle School to high school and announced the Rs 2.50-lakh Mahila Mandal Bhawan at Chanalag.
He also performed the foundation-stone laying ceremony of a Rs 3.85-crore bridge over Ali rivulet at Navgaon in Bilaspur district and Rs 1.14-crore foundation stone of drinking lift water supply scheme, Sihra. The scheme when completed will benefit population of around 1,300.
He also laid the foundation stone of lift irrigation supply scheme, Harnora-Deola-Chhamb-Nehar, to cost Rs 1.8 crore, which will help irrigating an area of around 60 hectares. Later, the CM inaugurated a link road from Raghunathpura to Mandi Bharari completed at a cost of Rs 80.21 lakh, and also flagged off a bus on the route.
Sihra schoolchildren presented a cultural programme and were announced to be given Rs 15,000 by the chief minister.
20 Point Implementation and Monitoring Committee chairman Ram Lal Thakur, former minister Bachiter Singh, former MLAs Tilak Raj, Biru Ram Kishore, Babu Ram Gautam and Mahila District Congress Committee president Anjana Dhiman were among those present on the occasion.