Defence Ministry Has Not Raised Bills For Rescue, Home Secretary

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Home Secretary Anil Goswami on Thursday rubbished reports that part of the Rs 1000 crore grant announced earlier has partly been deducted to adjust the costs of rescue and relief operations. He said the grant has been released in total.

“We have checked with the Defence Ministry and it has not raised any bills, so far,” Anil Goswami, union home secretary told reporters after visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his visit. “These reports are baseless.”

Earlier it was reported that the state government was sounded about the bills being raised on account of rescue and relief operations which were launched after floods inundated Kashmir.

The reports emanated from the meeting that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had with various trade bodies. “We asked the Chief Minister about the Rs 1000 crore grant that Prime Minister had announced and he responded saying that it will not come in a bag and part of the expenditure that was booked on account of relief and rescue operations would be adjusted,” one of the trade leaders who had raised the issue said. “Chief Minister told us that one bill has already been received because this is the norm and it has happened in case of Uttrakhand as well.”

But Goswami on Thursday said the Rs 1000 crore announced already has been released without any deductions.

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