Rs 140 cr allocated for construction of medical colleges in Almora, Doon Horticulture Dept merges with Agri Dept
Dehradun, August 28
The Uttarakhand Government today enhanced 10 times the compensation amount paid to those whose agriculture land was damaged due to natural calamity in both hilly and plain areas of the state.
The amount has been raised from Rs 240 per nalli to Rs 2,500 per nalli in hill areas and from Rs 12,000 per hectare to Rs 1.25 lakh per hectare in the plain areas.
Announcing the decision after the review meetings of Horticulture and Medical Education Departments, Chief Minister Bahuguna said the compensation amount had been hiked keeping with the rising costs.
Besides, the government allocated Rs 140 crore for the construction of medical colleges in Almora and Doon Medical College in Dehradun. He also asked officials to draft rules for contract farming.
The construction of colleges has been pending for a couple of years despite the different governments making allocations in the budget. Each medical college will now get Rs 75 crore for the construction of medical colleges. He also approved Rs 55 crore for the construction of nursing hostel building with a capacity of 200 persons in Srinagar Medical College.
Chief Minister Bahuguna also asked the officials to speed up the construction of nursing colleges at Pauri, Chamoli, Tehri, Almora and Pithoragarh. These projects were approved under the 13 Finance Commission during the BJP government’s tenure and are still pending.
It was also decided to bring the Horticulture Department under the Department of Agriculture. Approval was also given for creating a separate directorate for medical education.
To give better prices to farmers, it was decided to make the mandis hi-tech and also draft rules for contract farming.

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