Government has disbursed Rs 149 Crore as ex gratia relief in favour of flood victims, this was revealed in a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday to take stock of relief and rehabilitation process being undertaken for the flood affected people of Kashmir Division.
The meeting attended by other senior officials was in continuation with the weekly review of rehabilitation measures under way in Kashmir Division for flood victims.
Khanday received brief on the latest status from Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and through video conferencing from Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division.
The Chief Secretary directed the Deputy Commissioners to speed up the process and ensure that all flood affected families get relief on priority as per norms.
The meeting was informed that most of the 16 digit bank accounts of the affected people have been received and financial assistance as per norms has been transferred to these accounts. Deputy Commissioners were asked to take necessary steps for facilitating the opening of bank accounts of any remaining flood affected person who does not possess a bank account.
While reviewing the status of encroachment around rivers and Nalas in various parts of the valley, the Chief Secretary directed for removal of all such encroachments. He also asked Irrigation and flood Control department, to undertake the necessary protection works at various places especially along the banks of Nalas and rivers.
Regarding the stock and supply position of essentials in valley, the meeting was informed that 774 MT of rice, 2205MT wheat and 1304MT of sugar is available in the godowns of CA&PD besides, 41237 MTof rice and 14799 MT of wheat is available in the FCI godowns. It was also given out that 233310 LPG cylinders are in the stock in valley besides sufficient stock of petroleum products is also available.
It was also told that the K.oil quota of September month will be given in the month of December in addition to the normal December quota provided to the consumers of the valley.