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Trivendra Rawat assures action against squatters on army land

CM also announced that the Uttarakhand government would extend full cooperation to the army and help resolve issues that armed forces guarding the India-China border face

dehradun Updated: Jan 30, 2018 21:17 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times, Dehardun
Trivendra Singh Rawat,India-China border,Civil-military liaison conference
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat presides over a civil-military liaison conference at the state secretariat in Dehradun on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday promised to initiate “strict action” against those encroaching lands under the army establishment in the hill state.

He also announced that the Uttarakhand government would extend its full cooperation to the army and all pending issues facing the armed forces guarding the India-China border touching the state would be resolved.

“We will take strict action on cases relating to encroachments of the land under the army establishment. Similarly, all pending issues facing the armed forces (deployed in the border state) will be resolved,” he said.

Rawat was briefing the media after chairing an almost two-hour-long closed-door Civil-military liaison conference at the state secretariat here.

Rawat said the civil-military liaison meeting would now be held annually. “This meeting was held after a gap of 12 years but it will now be held annually,” he said, adding that both army officials and the state government had unanimously accepted the proposal.

The meeting was also attended by Sub Area Commander Major General JS Yadav.

Rawat said the army had assured full cooperation to the state in rejuvenating the Rispana and Kosi rivers. The Rispana passes through Dehradun while the Kosi, a spring-fed river, passes through Almora.

“We sought the army’s cooperation in rejuvenating the twin rivers… They assured their full cooperation,” he said, adding the state government would also extend its full cooperation to the army in resolving all issues facing the latter.

He strongly refuted the media reports suggesting that the army had turned down the state government’s requisition for an MI 26 chopper, a heavy transport helicopter, for reconstruction of Kedarnath that was struck by floods in 2013.

“The reconstruction work in that high altitude area (Kedarnath) can only be hampered by the inclement weather,” Rawat said while noting that the army “had helped us” in the past.

“We will also seek their (army) cooperation whenever it would be required,” he said.

At the meeting, Major General Yadav said the army had plans to shift the office of Uttarakhand Purva Sainik Kalyan Nigam Ltd, (UPNAL) (a welfare organisation, for the ex-army personnel) from the cantonment area in Dehradun.

Rawat assured him that if the army “provides a suitable piece of land, the government would build the UPNAL office there”.

“If the army establishment considers it necessary then the state government will allow the army the ownership of the proposed UPNAL office building and the land on which it would be built,” an official note quoted Rawat as saying.

During the meeting, the army raised issues pertaining to land, army welfare, aviation, security and the basic infrastructure etc.

The chief minister directed officials to initiate immediate action on all those issues, the note read.

The land related issues raised by the army pertained to US Nagar district, Haldwani, Kausani, Banbasa etc. Rawat also accepted the army’s request for recognition of some pre-primary schools.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 21:16 IST