Wednesday, 4 April 2012

6 CNG stations to be set up in Uttarakhand, foodgrain quota to be hiked too

Written by Anil Singh

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has already started working in the direction of taking utmost assistance from the Centre.

In his latest list of demands from the Centre, the CM has asked for the following:

1) Help set up at least 6 CNG stations in Uttarakhand. To be established in the fast growing cities of Dehra Dun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Haldwani, Kashipur and Rudrapur in the first phase. Notably, at present there are no CNG stations in Uttarakhand.

This, the CM believes, will contain the degradation of the environment, due to the growing number of vehicles.

1) Increase the food grain quota for Uttarakhand. The CM, in a written letter to Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies K V Thomas, asked the Centre to allocate 22,570 MT of wheat and 16,928 MT of rice per month in view of the present population of the state. Notably, the population of Uttarakhand has grown 32 percent in the past one decade. As per the latest census of 2011, the population of state is at present more than one crore. In 2001 it was nearly 76 Lakh.

Courtesy a 30 percent rise in population in Uttarakhand, the CM informed the Union Minister that the existing quota of wheat was falling short by 767 MT and rice by 13,496 MT. the demography particularly affected by the shortage are the Above Poverty Line (APL) ration card holders.

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