Kumbh stampede: Report to be tabled in UP Assembly

  • | Wednesday | 9th January, 2019

LUCKNOW: The cabinet on Tuesday accepted the judicial commission’s report on the stampede at Allahabad railway station during 2013 Maha Kumbh and gave its nod for tabling it in the state legislature.Nearly 40 people were killed and several injured in the stampede which took place on February 10, 2013. The incident was probed by Justice (retd) Omkareshwar Bhatt.In a meeting chaired by CM Yogi Adityanath , the cabinet gave its nod for tabling the report in both Houses of state legislature when they convene next. It also accepted a proposal to allocate 50 acre in the defunct Dhuriapar Farmer Cooperative Sugar Mills in Gorakhpur to IOC on a lease of 30 years . The government will take note of the recommendations in the report to ensure that Kumbh starting on January 15 passes off smoothly, a spokesperson said.The cabinet also approved the policy to grant fishing contracts as per an October 24, 2018, Allahabad high court order.Under the policy, district magistrates will set up a committee under SDMs in each tehsil which will identify rivers and other sources of flowing water and mark portions to be given on contract by April every year.Fishing cooperative committees under each village or gram panchayat will have rights over the identified portions under their village.The cabinet has also decided to stop double taxation on sale of ethanol blended petrol.

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