Vohra presses for urgent release of Rs 44,000 cr flood relief package

Vohra presses for urgent release of Rs 44,000 cr flood relief package

The State Government had, in October 2014, submitted a proposal to the Union Home Ministry for financial assistance of Rs 44,000 crore under the NDRF—including Rs 2926.11 crore for relief.

With J&K reeling under severe financial crisis, Governor N N Vohra Wednesday urged the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to “urgently clear” the State Government’s request for funds under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and special financial package of Rs 44,000 crore for rehabilitation of the flood victims.

A Raj Bhawan spokesman said the Governor sought the Home Minister’s support for clearance of the proposals to enable the rehabilitation of flood victims and ensure restoration of damaged public infrastructure.

The State Government had, in October 2014, submitted a proposal to the Union Home Ministry for financial assistance of Rs 44,000 crore under the NDRF—including Rs 2926.11 crore—for providing relief to the affected families and temporary restoration of the damaged infrastructure. Consequently, an Inter Ministerial Team visited the State and its recommendations have recently been considered in a meeting of the Sub-Committee of the National Executive Committee chaired by the Union Home Secretary.  

“The State Revenue and Relief Secretary had attended this meeting and additional documentation sought by the Committee has also since been made available to the Ministry of Home Affairs in support of State’s claims,” the spokesman said.

He said the early sanction of the State Government claim is “critical for clearing the liabilities which have accumulated on account of temporary restoration of the public infrastructure.”

“After the commencement of the Governor’s Rule, the Governor personally reviewed each and every aspect of flood relief distribution and, consequent to holding several rounds of personal discussions with all concerned officers, has addressed a detailed communication to the Union Finance Minister to seek his personal intervention for a very early and sympathetic decision for the release of funds,” the spokesman said, disclosing that the Governor  is also  visiting  New Delhi later this week  for a meeting with the Home Minister to seek his  support for clearance of proposals contained in the Special Financial Package to enable the rehabilitation of the flood victims without  any further delay.

Meanwhile, Vohra urged Rajnath to consider enhancing the scale of relief in respect of severely and partially damaged houses.

In the communication to the Home Minister, the Governor highlighted that the scale of relief admissible under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) is “altogether inadequate for the affected family to even partially repair the damaged house.”

The Governor has called for substantial enhancement in the scale of relief to enable the affected families to carry out the essential repairs keeping in view the considerably-high cost of material and labour in Kashmir.

“Governor expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for announcing additional relief of Rs. 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 to the affected families whose pucca/kutcha houses had been fully damaged, out of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. The Governor has urged the Home Minister to support the proposal for additional financial assistance being also provided in respect of severely and partially damaged houses,” the Raj Bhawan spokesman said.

As per the SDRF scale, in respect of damage to private property, the affected households have been provided relief of Rs 75,000 for a fully damaged pucca house, Rs 12,600 for severely damaged house and Rs 3800 for partially damaged house.

“An amount of Rs 156.25 crore has been so far disbursed to the affected families on account of more than 1.62 lakh fully damaged structures in the Kashmir Division,” the spokesman said.

 

To meet Rajnath this week

The Governor is also visiting  New Delhi later this week  to meet the Home Minister to seek his support for clearance of proposals contained in the Special Financial Package to enable rehabilitation of flood victims without  any further delay