Central Minister took initiative to make a nodal agency to see the rehabilitation process of Tehri Dam oustees on people’s demand
On May 30, 2002 six persons (Jagdamba Raturi, Rajendra Aswal, Shalendra Nautiyal Vimalbhai, Mahipal Singh, Laxmi Nodiyal) a delegation of Tehri Bhumidhar Visthapit Sangthan ( Tehri landowner ouster’s organisation) and Matu Sangthan met Central Power Minster Shri Suresh Prabhu. Citizen of Old Tehri town asked to leave town before 15th of June. Govt. of Uttranchal offer tin shades to the oustees who have no shelter. Oustees are demanding House Construction Assistance at least for two-room set.
In this critical situation on 18th May a delegation met Mr. N. D. Tiwari, Chief Minister of Uttranchal. He listens carefully and asked oustees to meet Mr. Prabhu, because money has to come from central power ministry, he gave an argument.
Delegation raised mainly question of HCA, corruption and lapses in rehabilitation work. He took serious step. He deputed a Deputy Sec. Mr. Rajeev Sharma as nodal agency between State and Central Govt. He issued an order for C.M.D. of Tehri Hydro Development Corporation and to state Govt. to send village vise expense of rehabilitation. He was very much keen to know why after spending so much money on Tehri Dam oustee’s rehabilitation, why people still complaining. He will take serious step if he sees any thing wrong.
He informed the delegation that he himself visits Central Finance Minister and ask money for Tehri oustees. He fulfills state Govt. demands now this is state Govt. responsibility to give rest of compensation to Tehri town oustees. As a quick step on Tehri town oustee’s problem, he talked with Mr. N.D. Tiwari. He said Mr. Rajeev would visit and watch the whole process and he himself always ready to meet Tehri Dam oustees.
Today on 31st May this delegation meets Mr. N.D. Tiwari in Dehradun. Mr. Tiwari assured he would give time to solve their problem after a week. He is very much busy with budget. From 3rd of June state assembly session is going to start. Mean while oustees should meet chairperson of the coordination committee Mr. Sajwan, (Irrigation Minister).