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Aug 03, 2013 at 06:12pm IST

U'khand floods: Govt preparing land bank, women-centric vocational schemes

Uttarakhand government on Saturday decided to identify land to relocate villages swept away by the June flash floods and launch women-centric vocational schemes designed to help those who lost their husbands or breadwinners in the tragedy.

Announcing this at a press conference here in Dehradun, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said women, who lost their husbands or breadwinners in the tragedy, are being identified so that they could benefit from the rehabilitation schemes to be launched for them.

With the process of evacuating people stranded in high altitudes being over, the priority of the government now is to put life back on track in the flood ravaged areas, he said.

U'khand floods: Govt preparing land bank, women-centric vocational schemes

U'khand floods: Govt preparing land bank, women-centric vocational schemes

Land banks (areas where land for relocation purposes is available) will soon be identified and the process of rehabilitating people rendered homeless by the calamity will begin at the earliest, Bahuguna said.

In view of the food grain shortage, a problem which often accompanies tragedies of this scale, the state government has also decided to set up grain banks at about 30 places across the state where people can procure food grains in times of crisis, he said.

The state government is also contemplating pension to women who became widows in the calamity and those who were maimed, he said.

A proposal to this effect is being prepared which might get clearance at the next meeting of the state cabinet, Bahuguna said after a meeting with AICC general secretary in-charge of party affairs in Uttarakhand Ambika Soni, Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat and senior ministerial colleagues to review relief and rehabilitation efforts under way in affected areas of the state.

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