"Despite passing of around nine months since the devastating floods ravaged Kashmir, the affected people are still awaiting their rehabilitation. The commitments and promises made by New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir government during the so-called elections on rehabilitation of flood victims is turning out to be a hoax." Mirwaiz said addressing a function at Islamia School Rajouri Kadal here to handover key of houses to several flood victims of Srinagar city.
The houses have been reconstructed by Dar-ul-Khair, Mirwaiz Manzil led by the Hurriyat (M) Chairman under its Akh-Akhis (All Together) initiative. "Kashmiris must realize that in this challenging situation, they have to help each other to rebuild Kashmir and strengthen our institutions," he said.
"Ironically, our pure humanitarian initiatives are being subjected to political vengeance. People at helm of the authorities are not allowing registration of our three voluntary organizations— Darul Khairat, Mirwaiz Foundation, and Dar-ul-Khair. Many Kashmiris living in foreign countries want to extend help to our humanitarian initiatives. However, in absence of registration, we cannot have international banking facilities to receive donations from abroad," he said.
He maintained that the money for reconstructing houses in Srinagar was raised by local donations and door-to-door collections. Mirwaiz started the handing over of keys of newly constructed houses from a Kashmiri Pandit Moti Lal of Mandir Bagh. Pertinently, Mirwaiz had launched the housing initiative for flood victims from the house of Lal on November 19, last year.
"Resilience and courage displayed by Kashmir during and after floods is appreciable. Dar-ul-Khair carried the relief and rehabilitation of flood-hit people irrespective of their religion or political beliefs," Mirwaiz said.
Under the Akh Akhis initiative each house is to be built on a 600 sq.fts with two rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. The estimated cost for rebuilding a single house is approximately Rs 5.50 lakh. Mirwaiz also gave relief cheques to several flood victims whose house suffered partial damaged.
"In the first two phases, we have reconstructed collapsed houses of downtrodden people in Mandir Bagh, Maisuma and Chattabal. However, is most of the cases, the cost escalated due to varied reasons. In the next phases we plan to start construction of houses in south Kashmir and other areas of the Valley," he said.
He said in the Holy month of Ramadhan. Dar-ul-Khair will launch donation drive. "We hope people will generously donate for the noble cause. To ensure transparency in our rehabilitation process, we will make balance sheet public soon," he said. On the occasion, a documentary on relief and rehabilitation measures undertaken by Dar-ul-Khair was also screened.
Besides ulema and civil society members, people from different walks of life participated in the function.