Bukhari urges Governor to expedite rehabilitation of flood victims

Greater Kashmir

Jammu, Jan 14: MLA from Srinagar’s Amira Kadal constituency Syed Muhammad AltafBukhari Wednesday called on Governor NN Vohra here, urging him to expedite the process of rehabilitation of flood victims.
Bukhari apprised Vohra about various hardships being faced by flood affected families in Kashmir, especially in his constituency.
He said “snail’s pace of rehabilitation coupled with winter vagaries” has led to manifold increase in miseries of the victims, especially those rendered homeless by the devastating floods last September.
Demanding a liberal compensation for rehabilitation of flood victims, Bukhari pleaded that the ex-gratia amount disbursed so far to the flood affected families is “not only meager but does not commensurate with the actual losses suffered by the flood victims.”
He stressed on “immediate need for disbursement of full compensatory amounts to the flood hit families corresponding to the losses caused to their houses and other properties.”
 “The MLA also invited Governor’s attention towards the escalating costs of construction material in the market and advocated for a review of previous government’s decision of supplying 100 ft timber to the flood victims,” a statement issued by Bukhari said.
He said the quantity of timber approved by the previous government is highly insufficient given the Kashmir’s traditional architectural practices which are necessitated by the climatic conditions. “The quantity of concessional timber be reviewed so that the flood affected families are not compelled to procure the same from the markets on exorbitant rates,” Bukhari advocated.
The MLA also suggested the Governor to involve the local cement players in facilitating the sale of cement on concessional rates to the deluge hit families.
Expressing concern over scarcity of fuel and ration especially edibles like rice and sugar in government depots, Bukhari urged the Governor to consider the ground realities in arrangement review meetings convened by him.
Bukhari also demanded that the farmers associated with the horticulture and agriculture sectors who suffered extensive damages due to devastating floods in September be compensated without any delay. Similarly, he also raised the issues of flood shattered business community of Srinagar pleading for full compensation for their damaged shops and the stocks.
 “On the occasion, the Governor assured that he will be very soon taking a review of rehabilitation work going on Valley,” an official spokesman said.