New Uttaranchal Land Ordinance Poses No Hurdle

Dehra Dun: | Updated: Sep 22 2003, 05:30am hrs
In an effort to clear the confusion surrounding the new land ordinance, Uttaranchal information and parliamentary affairs minister Indira Hridyesh said the residents of the state would face no problems in buying and selling land due to the recent controversial legislation by the state government.

We wish to send a clear message that the industrialists whose proposals get cleared by the industries department in the state would face absolutely no problem in acquiring land to set up industries, Dr Hridyesh said addressing mediapersons at the Assembly on Saturday.

She said 5,000 acres bet-ween Udham Singh Nagar and Hardwar had been earmarked for setting up industries. We are now inviting suggestions about the ordinance from all quarters and will incorporate them before making it an Act, the minister said, adding, The more money we can get from the Commission, the better it would be for our state.

Herbal State
The setting up of the Herbal Research and Development Institute at Gopeshwar, a nodal agency of Uttaranchal Medici-nal Plants Board, has brought about coordination between the farmers and government. An action plan for development of medicinal and aromatic plants is being implemented by the institute with the help of various collaborating departments in order to develop Uttaranchal as a herbal state.

The cultivation of herbs, which began after the 1962 war with China, has improved the economic status of farmers belonging to the Bhotia community. According to Bahadur Singh Laspal, a retired teacher from Laspa village, the herb Aathis, which was sold at Rs 8 per kg in 1954 is now sold at more than Rs 800 a kg.