Dehradun: The plight of 5,000 displaced families in Uttarakhand waiting for their rehabilitation has failed to draw the attention of the concerned authorities.

The height of carelessness can be gauged from the simple fact that despite the formation of the Rehabilitation Policy in the Uttarakhand, the state government has kept the issue on the backburner for past four months.

The policy that saw the light of the day after a five-year- long hiatus is still waiting for its implementation to provide relief to the victims. The Chief Minister Secretariat has pulled up related departments and has asked for a status report on the issue.

For the record, 71 villages in Pithoragarh, 49 in Chamoli, 42 in Bageshwar, 19 in Pauri, 19 in Tehri, 6 in Nainital, 5 in Uttarkashi, 9 in Almora, 9 in Champawat, 2 in Dehradun and one village each in Rudraprayag and Udham Singh Nagar have to be rehabilitated by the government.

The Disaster Management Department has been functioning as a separate entity in the state highly prone to calamities. The much awaited rehabilitation policy which lent a ray of hope to the displaced people has been forgotten by the government machinery.

After the formation of the policy, the government planned to make a land bank for by identifying land in related villages for the rehabilitation of 232 villages. The government had ordered all the District Magistrates to submit a report in this regard within 15 days but no heed was paid to it.

According to the government, no action could be taken to relieve the displaced people as the districts have not submitted the said report. But the government’s recklessness seems to be clearly visible as no action has been taken on such an irresponsible attitude showcased by the District Magistrates.

Meanwhile, the 5,000 families which lost their homes during various calamities are bearing the brunt of the reckless attitude of the government machinery. Many of the victims made a request to the Chief Minister at the Janata Milan programme held recently, as a result of which he ordered for the submission of the status report in this regard.

JPN/ Bureau