Dr Farooq Abdullah writes to LG Sinha

Seeks compensation for fire victims of Mandi, Poonch
File photo of Dr Farooq Abdullah
File photo of Dr Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar: National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday expressed profound grief over the nocturnal fire incident that rendered a number of families homeless at Gagrian Wazli Swajian, an area of Mandi in Poonch district.

In this regard the party president wrote a letter to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha seeking an adequate compensation package for the fire victims.

Asking the LG to reach out to the victim families, Dr Farooq said, “The devastating fire has completely smothered lifelong saving, valuable household items, belongings and edibles of the victims. Affected families have been left with nothing. It is therefore imperative for the government to reach out to them.”

He added that it is expected that the administration will lose no time to reach out to the affected with necessary relief and compensation. “There is no way the affected families could manage the reconstruction of their houses on their own. I hope the administration will lend support to the affected in reconstructing their dwellings under various rural flagship schemes including Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana. Administration should also give free firewood, ration, and other household merchandise to the affected for at least six months. Required permission for rebuilding gutted structures should also be provided forthwith," he said.

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