GoI to take call on Rs 2900 cr relief proposal in next few days

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 24: The Government of India (GoI) will soon take a final call on Rs 2900 crore sought by Jammu and Kashmir government for relief and rehabilitation of last year’s flood-hit families, the Union Home Ministry has conveyed to Governor NN Vohra. Besides, the Ministry has asked the JK government to prepare sector-wise proposals and submit them to concerned ministers for consideration of Rs 41,033.45 crore sought for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure.
The floods that hit Kashmir in September last year wreaked havoc in the region, causing colossal loss to private and public property.
Following the floods , the then Omar Abdullah-led government had submitted a proposal of Rs 44000 crore to Government of India for providing financial assistance to the flood victims and rebuilding of infrastructure. New Delhi however raised “queries” on the proposal and sought complete details from the State. Though there has been no forward movement on the proposal, the State Government sanctioned Rs 75000 each for fully damaged houses and Rs 3800 each for partially damaged structures as interim relief under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) norms from funds available with it.
An official spokesman today said that immediately after promulgation of the Governor’s rule, Vohra had asked the revenue secretary to pursue the Centre for an urgent decision regarding the Rs 43,959.56-crore package, which had been forwarded to the Centre by the state government on October 11 last.
“This package comprised proposals for the release of funds for the relief and rehabilitation of the families affected by the floods, besides for the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructure,” he said.
He said the proposal forwarded by the state government comprised two components -an amount of Rs 2,926.11 crore for providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected families and Rs 41,033.45 crore for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure.
“The Governor has spoken to the Union Home Secretary to seek an early decision in regard to both components of the special package,” the spokesman said.
The Union Home Ministry has informed the Governor that the decision in regard to the first component of the package for the provision of relief and rehabilitation of the affected families shall be taken in the next few days, he said.
Meanwhile, the Governor has asked the chief secretary to convene an immediate meeting of all concerned secretaries and fix a dateline by which each of them shall prepare detailed proposals and have the same delivered to the concerned Ministry, the spokesman said.
He added the Governor has addressed the Union Home Minister to once again request an urgent and sympathetic consideration of the State Government’s claim of Rs 2,926.11 crore for the relief and rehabilitation of flood affected families.
“The Governor has also asked for a further report in this matter from the Chief Secretary,” he further added.
Meanwhile, the Governor reviewed the to-date status of financial assistance for reconstruction of fully damaged houses under the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.
“The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has informed that an amount of Rs 85.90 crore has been released to 12,363 beneficiaries. The financial assistance has been extended to the tune of Rs 51.44 crore and Rs 34.46 crore for the construction of 5,144 pucca houses and 6,893 kutcha houses, respectively,” the spokesman said.
It may be recalled that the Governor has already directed the Divisional Commissioners Kashmir and Jammu to ensure that the requisite information sought by the NDMA regarding full details of Bank Accounts in respect of the remaining cases is immediately made available to them.