By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 21 Jul: CM Pushkar Singh Dhami has ordered an inquiry into the allegations that the fodder bring brought by women in Helang area of District Chamoli had been snatched away from them by the authorities. The CM has asked Commissioner of Garhwal Division, Sushil Kumar, to order an investigation into the allegations.
It may be recalled that some local land in Helang had recently been transferred to the Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation (THDC) reportedly to construct a playground. The locals allege, however, that the THDC is actually preparing to use this land as a dumping ground and is not allowing local people to even visit the site.
The issue acquired major proportions when the fodder being brought by local women from the forest area in Helang was allegedly snatched by THDC staff. Consequently, reports of locals getting agitated reached the capital and, not only this, the State Women’s Commission also called for a report from the DM, Chamoli, in this matter.
The Chief Minister has taken cognisance of the development and ordered the Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the allegations. The locals have alleged that the rights of the local women to collect the fodder from the forest area have been violated. Otherwise, too, it is a sensitive issue. There has been widespread criticism across the state of the government over the incident.
The locals are also criticising the stand taken by District Magistrate, Chamoli, Himanshu Khurana in this matter. According to them, the district administration is appearing to be supporting the THDC and not the locals. It is alleged that the DM is taking such a sensitive incident very casually. Locals have warned the district authorities of an agitation if no action is taken against the guilty.
As per reports, the fodder was snatched at the place where THDC is building the playground. DM Himanshu tried to settle the matter by making the village Pradhan speak to the villagers, but they angry with the Pradhan, too, over the stand taken by him. They have refused to back down.
CM Dhami, showing utmost seriousness in this matter, today, sought a report from the Divisional Commissioner after an inquiry instead of seeking on from the DM.