HM Singh Assures ‘Maximum’ Flood Aid to Kashmir, But in ‘Installments’



Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday assured “maximum possible assistance” to the victims of the devastating floods that washed away large parts of Kashmir valley last year, leaving 300 dead and over a million affected.

“I want to assure the state government of maximum possible assistance for relief and rehabilitation in future as well,” Singh told reporters here after paying obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Amarnath where 59-day long annual pilgrimage started yesterday. “The PM is also concerned about Jammu and Kashmir.”

The minister said the Central government does not provide the entire assistance in one go.

“It is given in installments. We have given some (money), it should be spent first,” he said.

The Home Minister said the Centre is very sensitive towards Jammu and Kashmir and acted quickly soon after the floods hit the state in September last year.

“You must have seen I came to visit immediately and a day later PM also came. I think if we were not sensitive towards Jammu and Kashmir, we would not have acted so quickly. The Prime Minister also announced a relief package immediately after the floods,” he said.


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