JK flood loss memo: NITI Aayog seeks DPRs on 4 vital proposals

The NITI Aayog—which has recently replaced the Planning Commission of India—has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to come up with detailed proposals for permanent restoration of infrastructure damaged in last year’s floods, sources said.
JK flood loss memo: NITI Aayog seeks DPRs on 4 vital proposals
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The NITI Aayog—which has recently replaced the Planning Commission of India—has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to come up with detailed proposals for permanent restoration of infrastructure damaged in last year's floods, sources said.

Sources said the NITI Aayog, after examining flood loss memorandum submitted by the J&K government to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in October last year, has conveyed to the State government that it will look into possibility of supporting four projects in the memo.

"The NITI Aayog has written to the State's Planning and Development department that it will explore possibility of examining the projects like permanent restoration of infrastructure damaged in floods, flood management projects of Jehlum and Chenab rivers, purchase of equipment for disaster management and setting up of two emergency centres," they said, adding, "the state government has been asked to submit sector-wise proposals of these projects."

The newly set-up body, however, also conveyed to the government that other items of memorandum including subsidy, free ration, establishment of camps, cash compensation to loss of life, property and business establishment "are not within our ambit."

In October last year, the State government had submitted a memorandum to Government of India seeking financial package of Rs 44000 crore to rehabilitate the flood victims .

The state government sought Rs 2,926 crore under existing norms of relief in addition to Rs 41,000 crore special package for rehabilitation of flood victims and restoration of public infrastructure.

The Centre is yet to take a call on Rs 41000 crore package, though it sanctioned Rs 1120 crore as against Rs 2926.11 crore projected by the State under the norms governing the State Disaster Response Fund and the National Disaster Response Fund.

The floods that hit Kashmir on September 7 last year caused massive damage to private and public property.

The State government said Kashmir suffered a loss of Rs one lakh crore (one trillion) to the private and public property in Kashmir, due to the September deluge. As per the government estimates, at least 2.40 lakh structures including residential houses got damaged.

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