Speaker forms committee on District Level Development Authority
MLAs show unity on the issue, citing rural people’s problems
Closing of ranks by the treasury and the Opposition members on the problems triggered for the common people by the formation of the District Level Development Authority (DLDA) sent the State Government on the back-foot during the proceedings of the State Assembly on Wednesday. Accepting the demand of the members, the Speaker Prem Chand Agarwal constituted a House committee which would look into various aspects of the issue and submit its report.
The issue of DLDA was raised during the question hour by the BJP MLA from Jhabreda Deshraj Karnwal. In his reply, the State Housing and Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik said that the State Government has set up 11 DLDAs by abolishing local development authorities in Uttarakhand.
The DLDAs have been set up in Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pauri, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Tehri and Almora. Kaushik added that 571 posts of employees have been created for these authorities. Participating in discussions, BJP MLA from Kiccha Rajesh Shukla said that the constitution of these authorities have created problems for people in the villages in which there are combined land holdings.
He further said that the authorities are not clearing the maps for construction of houses at these places. Supporting the view of Shukla, another BJP MLA from Luxar Sanjay Gupta demanded these authorities be abolished. “Now, the rural people are being asked to bring many types of no- objection certificates, something which is creating problems for them,’’ he said.
The Congress MLA from Dharchula Harish Dhami and many other members supported Gupta’s demand and said that a committee of the Assembly should be constituted to look into the issue.
Thursday, 21 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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