Ranchi: In a bid to avoid a direct confrontation with the Judiciary, Arjun Munda-led BJP government in Jharkhand has dropped the idea of enacting an Ordinance to stop the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in the state.

The demolition drive in the state, which is being conducted on the orders of the Jharkhand High Court, has turned into a major controversy. The anti-encroachmnet drive has received violent protests across the state and has claimed four lives till date.

Instead of bringing an Ordinance, the state government in a Cabinet meeting on Saturday decided to implement a slew of measures aimed at rehabilitating those displaced by the drive.

It was decided that houses built on 250 sq ft would be given to 800 displaced poor families. The process of estimation and notification of tender in that regard would be completed within a month.

In order to complete the houses at the earliest, readymade building materials will be used in construction. Till the time these houses are handed over to the allottees, they would be provided with makeshift-tent houses.

In the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, the urban development department presented the long-term and short-term policy for the rehabilitation of the poor.

Earlier, the committee headed by the Development Commissioner submitted the report related to rehabilitating the homeless.

According to report, the government will set up temporary camps where all basic facilities like water, electricity, toilets will be available.

In the long-term, G-3 type quarters would be constructed and those displaced would be legally rehabilitated in a phased manner.

For this, revenue and land reform department, urban development department and municipal bodies have been assigned responsibilities for marking the land.

JPN/Bureau