Himachal to formulate encroachment regularization policy for vulnerable sections – Dhumal

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Shimla: With pressure on land mounting because of growing population, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today announced that the government would soon be coming out with and effective policy to regularize encroachments by vulnerable sections of society.

The chief minister made the declaration over a video-conference with deputy commissioners and police heads of districts today.

While asking the district officials to take effective steps to execute ejection warrants in encroachment cases and get government lands vacated from encroachers, he said that the proposed policy of regularlisation would only pertain to scheduled castes or tribes, OBC’s, widows, ex-servicemen, poor and deserving sections of society.

Dhumal said that officers executing warrant of ejection in the cases of encroachment would be fully backed up by the state government at all levels.

The deputy commissioner of the tribal district of Kinnaur was asked to take effective step for relocation of residents of Nathpa Kanda village, which had been declared unsafe. Showing concern about cracks having developed at Reckong Peo, leading to some parts of the district headquarters being declared unsafe, Dhumal asked the officers to seek expert opinion from the visiting Geological Survey of India team.

The chief minister asked the officers for preparing the administrative machinery for a free, fair and impartial elections to the local urban bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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