Azad Laments Apathy of Union Govt towards Flood Victims

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed dismay and dejection on the apathy of the Union Government towards the reconstruction of flood–ravaged state of Jammu & Kashmir and rehabilitation of flood victims.

Ghulam Nabi Azad stated this yesterday while concluding the debate on the Finance Bill 2015-16 in Rajya Sabha, a statement quoting him said.

In addition to raising many other issues, Azad drew the attention of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley towards the promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while campaigning in the run up to the Assembly elections in J&K.

He said “BJP Govt has very conveniently forgotten its electoral promise of providing full support to the State of J&K in carrying out relief and rehabilitation work after the elections”.

Referring to PDP- BJP alliance formation, Azad said that logic and reasoning given by PDP to forge the alliance with BJP has been found wrong as Central Government has not shown any inclination to come forward in support of the flood- ravaged J&K State.

Azad asserted that UPA Govt led by Dr Manmohan Singh was always liberal and magnanimous in extending support to the State of J&K.

It is pertinent to mention that J&K State was badly ravaged by flash floods in September last year which led to massive devastation of private property, business establishments and public infrastructure like schools, roads, power network, drinking water system, etc.

Azad castigated the NDA Government for not sanctioning the special package of Rs 44,000 Crore which was recommended to the Central Govt by the NC-Congress coalition Govt last year.

“BJP Govt has played a crude joke with the people of J&K by providing Rs 1100 Crore for flood relief and rehabilitation as against the damage of Rs one lakh Crores, estimated by certain agencies”, said Azad.

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