Uttaranchal delegation to meet PM

DEHRA DUN, JUNE 1. A delegation led by Uttaranchal Chief Minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demand a fresh financial assistance for Tehri dam oustees, State Industry Minister and MLA from Tehri, Kishore Upadhyaya, said today.

An estimate of Rs 500 crore has been worked out for the rehabilitation of dam oustees and the renovation of major part of the New Tehri city. It is high time that proper rehabliatation of dam oustees be carried out by the state government and we are confident the Centre will give us all support needed, he told UNI.

``The delegation will also discuss the scenario after the completion of the dam and will demand an added 5% revenue from the power generation for the villages to be affected and for the development of entire Tehri district,'' said Mr Upadhyay.

The Minister said that the delegation will ensure that the recommendations of Hanumantha Rao Committee tabled in 1997 for the rehabliatation of the Tehri dam oustees be implemented. ``We admit that the recommendations were not properly implemented by the then Uttar Pradesh government but for us it will be a priority,'' remarked the minister.

The Industry Minister admitted that corruption has been prevalent in the past in the distribution of funds to the dam oustees and the oustees with right contacts availed the grants.