No decision on Rs 41,000 cr flood relief package

No decision on Rs 41,000 cr flood relief package

The decisions were taken after the Governor NN Vohra met the Union Home Minsite rRajnath Singh here.

The Union Home Ministry Friday approved some decisions with regard to rehabilitation of flood victims and restoration of public infrastructure in J&K damaged due to the devastating deluge in September last year.

The decisions were taken after the Governor NN Vohra met the Union Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh here.

An official spokesman said after the HM-Governor discussions, the Union Home Secretary disclosed that the following decisions have been taken:

“Rs. 1102.56 crore has been sanctioned from the National Disaster Response Fund to meet expenditures incurred by the State Government for the immediate restoration of public infrastructure consequent of the devastation caused by the floods; Rs.20 crore has been sanctioned from the National Rural Drinking Water Programme for the restoration of drinking water system; Rs 634.99 crore, has been already spent to provide immediate rehabilitation in the wake of floods,” he said.

“During the course of his visit to Jammu & Kashmir on last Diwali, the Prime Minister had announced a grant of Rs.765 crore from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and a further Rs.1,000 crore as Special Assistance for the reconstruction of damaged public infrastructure. The Home Minister and Governor discussed the to-date status of the utilisation of these funds,” the spokesman said,

He said during today’s discussions, it was decided that for final decisions in regard to Special Package of over Rs 41,000 crore which has been submitted by the Jammu & Kashmir Government, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs shall be the nodal authority for all further decisions in regard to the schemes proposed by the State Government.

“In furtherance of today’s decision, the State Government shall forward detailed proposals/DPRs to the concerned Central Ministries with copies to the Home Ministry which shall exercise overall coordination. As regards the grant of Rs.570 crore which the Prime Minister had announced during the course of his visit to Srinagar on last Diwali, it was noted that after disbursing compensation at Rs.1 lakh and Rs.50,000 respectively, for fully damaged pucca and katcha houses, certain funds out of this grant would remain for utilization,” the spokesman added.

“After hearing the difficulties voiced by the Governor, the Home Minister readily agreed to discuss this matter with the Prime Minister and get an early concurrence for the entire available funds being utilized to also suitably compensate the owners of severely and partially damaged pacca and katcha houses,” he said.

The spokesman said the utilisation of the Special Plan Assistance of Rs 1,000 crore announced by the Prime Minister was also reviewed. “The Governor informed the Home Minister that well-considered project reports were being prepared and funds were being promptly released for the execution of the approved projects. He also mentioned that this entire activity was being closely monitored by him,” the spokesman added.

The Home Minister and the Governor also had an extensive discussion on issues relating to Border Management and consequent thereto, the Home Minister desired the Home Secretary to visit Jammu next week for a comprehensive review of all the border development related schemes.