Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad today visited his home town again and took measure of earthquake hit areas in Doda. He has ensured necessary relief to the quake affected people in the region whose houses have suffered severe damages. He later addressed a series of public meetings at Kilhotran, Bhatyas, Chiralla, Khankoot, Bartoon, Kanthi and Trown.
As per a statement the union minister has said that tents have been provided by the Indian Red Cross Society, New Delhi for onward distribution among the severely affected people. And assessment of damages of residential as well as government property is going on in the entire region through various teams deputed for the purpose at block, tehsil and village level in the entire district. He has directed the officers to ensure coverage of all the affected people in the survey report so that relief and assistance reaches to the deserving population.
The union minister accompanied by Minister for PWD (R&B) and Mechanical Engineering Abdul Majid Wani has said that there is need to ensure formulation and implementation of Disaster Management Plans in a more effective and organized manner in the region to minimize the loss of life and property in such disasters. He has also underlined the need of creating awareness among the people about precautions and measures to be taken in any such natural calamity.
Dwelling on the seriousness of Centre and state government in timely distribution of relief to the quake hit areas in the region, the Union Minister has said each and every affected family will be provided relief and help for their rehabilitated.
Azad has said that a team of National Disaster Management Authority New Delhi (NDMA) has been deputed in the region to access and ascertain the extent of damage in residential as well as government buildings. The team comprises of Prof CV Murty from IIT Chennai Madras, Prof Pardeep Kumar from Department of Civil Engineering IIT Hyderabad, AK Jain Under Secretary NDMA New Delhi, Hari Kumar President Geo-Hazard Society, Ajay Chaurasia President Scientist CSIR, Central Building Research Institute Roorki and Anoop Kumar Director Keranth RVK Specialist New Delhi.