Vohra for enhanced relief to persons killed in militant action, border firing

Vohra for enhanced relief to persons killed in militant action, border firing

The Union Home Secretary assured full support of the Ministry of Home Affairs on maximum possible relief to the flood victims.

Governor NN Vohra Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting here to review to-date status of relief and rehabilitation to people affected by the last year’s floods as well as those by the cross border firing, officials said.

A Raj Bhawan spokesman said the Governor recalled his recent discussions with the Union Home Minister who had agreed to support the State Government’s proposal to extend immediate additional relief out of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the people whose houses were severely or partially damaged.

The Union Home Secretary assured full support of the Ministry of Home Affairs on maximum possible relief to the flood victims.

Consequent to discussions, the Governor directed all the concerned Administrative Secretaries to prepare sector-wise proposals of different proposals contained in the Special Financial Package and ensure that the same are forwarded “most early” to the concerned Central Ministries, with copies to the Union Home Ministry, to enable “very early decisions.”

‘CROSS BORDER FIRING’

While reviewing issues relating to people affected by cross border firing, the Chief Secretary informed that all issues flagged by the Ministry of Home Affairs had been reviewed and the State Revenue and Home Departments have been directed to expedite all acquisition of land cases for construction of flood protection bund, link roads and other works which are urgently required to strengthen border management.

After discussions, the Governor directed that all required process in regard to the acquisition of land must be fully completed by 31st March, 2015 and the Divisional Commissioner (Jammu) shall be responsible for ensuring this.

“The Governor drew attention to the urgent need for rationalizing the scale of compensation being paid for injury or loss of life to various categories of persons who are being injured or killed as a result of militant action or cross-border firing incidents,” the spokesman said. “The Union Home Secretary agreed to undertake a comprehensive review of the compensation presently payable to the victims of various categories of civilians, police and central armed police personnel and the Army.”

The issues relating to feasibility of allotment of plots at safer places and construction of community bunkers in the affected villages were discussed in detail and it was decided that the Union Home Secretary would discuss the location of bunker issues with all the concerned uniformed forces to evolve an agreed view, the spokesman added.

He said the issues relating to status of rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, their recruitment in the State Government, and construction of accommodation for those returning to Kashmir Valley were also reviewed.

“The Chief Secretary requested the Union Home Secretary to expedite urgent decisions on the package proposals already submitted for promoting the return of the migrants to Jammu to return to their erstwhile houses,” the spokesman said.

The Governor urged the Union Home Secretary to secure special emphasis for augmenting the allocations under the Border Area Management Programme so that the developmental efforts in the border areas can be accelerated.

“It was informed that Joint Secretary (Kashmir) and Joint Secretary (Border Management) will visit the State every month for expediting action on various issues in regard to relief and rehabilitation of the people affected by floods, border firing, issues etc,” the spokesman added.

The meeting was attended by Anil Goswami, Union Home Secretary. From the J&K Govt, the meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, DGP, Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner Jammu and Deputy Commissioners of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.