Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Wednesday reviewed the relief and rehabilitation measures underway in Kashmir and Jammu Divisions in a meeting, an official statement said.
“An amount of Rs 156 crore in Kashmir Division and Rs 42 Crore in Jammu Division has been disbursed as relief among the flood affected families,” the statement said.
Divisional Commissioners informed the meeting that ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh announced by the government in favour of all those families whose next of kin lost their lives due to September Floods has been handed over to the affected people, the statement said.
Khandey directed Deputy Commissioners to ensure zero pendency in respect of disbursement of rent as announced by the government in favour of all those families, who have preferred to stay in rented accommodations. He said the district administration concerned should ensure suitable facilities to all those families who have preferred to stay in pre-fab shelters constructed for them at various places across the state, the statement said.
Khandey reiterated that the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims shall remain priority of the government and as such directed the Administration to continuously keep up its efforts in this regard, the statement maintained.
“While reviewing the demolition drive underway to clear encroachments especially along river and canal embankments and water bodies, Chief Secretary directed the concerned departments to step up the effort further and submit weekly reports. He asked Irrigation & Flood Control department, to step up dredging/de-silting process in major rivers and canals besides strengthen the embankments.”
Deputy Commissioners informed the meeting that demolition drive has picked up and scores of illegal structures and thousands of trees along river/canal banks have been removed and more such illegal structures and trees shall be removed in coming days, the statement further said.