JK set to lose Rs 414 cr flood assistance

JK set to lose Rs 414 cr flood assistance

Official sources told Greater Kashmir that PMO had worked out the amount on estimates of 68000 fully-damaged houses.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government is entitled to meager Rs 156 crore from the Rs 570 crore announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reconstruction of flood-hit houses in the state, sources have told Greater Kashmir.

During his October visit, the Prime Minister had announced Rs 570 crore from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for reconstruction of fully damaged houses. This was apart from the assistance provided to the flood-hit victims under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF).

Official sources told Greater Kashmir that PMO had worked out the amount on estimates of 68000 fully-damaged houses.

“For 46000 pucca houses @Rs 1 lakh and for 22000 kuccha houses @ Rs 5000, the amount worked out to Rs 570 crore,” they said.

The State government, however, later conveyed to the Centre that only 21000 houses were fully damaged-10800 pucca and 10200 kuccha, leaving it entitled to only Rs 156 crore.

A senior State Government official, on condition of anonymity, claimed that the figure of 68000 houses included both fully and severely damaged. “The Centre extended financial assistance only to fully damaged houses. That is why huge funds remained unutilized,” the official said.

Sources said that Governor NN Vohra took up the issue with Government of India at different levels after the matter was brought into his notice. The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had assured Vohra of taking up the issue with the Prime Minister of utilizing the remaining amount. But there is no official word from the Centre.

Moreover, sources said the JK government’s lackadaisical approach has hit flow of funds to the flood-victims.

“During the past two months, more than 2500 cases forwarded to Centre were returned whether on account of invalid 16-digit bank account numbers or mismatch in beneficiary name. This led to unnecessary delay in disbursal of assistance to the victims,” they said.

“It took lot of time in correcting the data before releasing money to the victims,” they said.

It has also been reliably learnt that the State administration is yet to furnish account details of 800 flood-victims to National Disaster Management Authority-the nodal authority appointed by PMO for relief assistance to JK.