Govt Committed To Rehabilitate Pong Dam Displaced People – CM

Dharamshala: The government is committed to ensure that the Pong Dam Oustees are rehabilitated properly and this long term issue is settled once forever, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said to a delegation of displaced people by construction of the Pong Dam. The delegation was led by Dr Rajan Sushant, a former minister.

Dr Rajan Sushant with the delegation of Pong Dam displaced people before the CM

Chief Minister said that he had personally taken up the issue of the Pong Dam with the chief minister of Rajasthan and urged him to ensure that the displaced persons of Himachal Pradesh be properly rehabilitated as they had provided their fertile land to construct the important dam which has ushered prosperity in Rajasthan. Thakur said , “not only this, I have also taken up the issue in the meeting of Northern Zonal Council (NZC) held at Chandigarh during the month of September this year under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.”

Jai Ram Thakur said that the people of the State has upheld the national interest and had provided their fertile land for construction of Pong Dam in the country. He said that he has suggested the Union Home Minister to constitute a Coordination Committee of the Relief and Rehabilitation Officers of Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan Government for time bound settlement of pending issues of rehabilitation of Pong Dam Oustees of Himachal Pradesh. He said that he has also urged the Centre Government to constitute a National Level Committee for monitoring of this issue.

Former Revenue Minister Dr Rajan Sushant urged the Chief Minister for early redressal of their grievances.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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