June 11, 2013

Tata Relief Committee signs MoU with Government of Uttarakhand

The Tata Relief Committee and the Government of Uttarakhand have signed a memorandum of understanding towards community rehabilitation and reconstruction in response to the impact of the floods and landslides in June 2013.

The scope of the MoU includes an overall framework within which rehabilitation initiatives are to be implemented across themes of reconstruction, health, vocational skill training and enterprise based livelihoods.

It also provides for formal allocation of nine villages across Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh to the Tata Relief Committee for overall reconstruction and rehabilitation.

A joint committee with representatives from the government and Tata Relief Committee has also been established for the supervision of the initiative.

The Tata group had earlier responded to the floods, landslides of June 2013, through a dedicated rehabilitation programme in the State. The first phase of the programme focused on relief and medical assistance where over 10,000 beneficiaries were covered across Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Chamoli districts, the company said in a statement.

A comprehensive impact assessment survey was also completed through the Tata Institute of Social Sciences covering around 90 villages across the state. The company has said the subsequent phase of the programme would focus on channeling resources towards long term rehabilitation efforts in affected areas.