SSB to pay Rs 2.5 lac to affected landowners of Melli-Aching

Gyalshing, 11 Jan (IPR):

A meeting on land acquisition proceedings as well as relief and rehabilitation package for the two phases of land acquisition by the Sashastra Seema Bal at Melli Aching area at Yuksom subdivision was held at District Administrative Centre in Rabdentse, West Sikkim today.

The pending issue of relief and rehabilitation package for the first phase was finalized by the District Collector along with the concerned officials where the SSB has decided to pay a one-time financial assistance of Rs 2.5 lakh to the affected land owners along with the provision of scholarships to their children studying in schools and colleges.

The SSB have also given their word on the priority to be given to the affected families in terms of employment and such opportunities. The demands placed by the concerned citizens regarding better health facilities will also be looked after as assured by the SSB Commandant. More over the nearby Tathang Primary School will be provided with required infrastructure.

The main concern of the public regarding expediting the land acquisition process was welcomed by the administration. There are a total of 38 affected families.

The meeting was chaired by West DC, Kapil Meena with 36th Battalion SSB commandant, K. D. Shangderpa, Senior Superintendent of Police [West], Dr Sonam Lepcha, Sub Divisional Magistrate [Yuksom] and other officials along with the affected land owners.