While accessing the quake affected areas of Bandrarna, Poohi and Hullar in the periphery of Kishtwar town, Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Home, R&B, Tourism and Culture, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today took stock of the damages caused by the unfortunate incident.
As per a statement the people of these areas apprised the Minister of the hardships being faced by them like drinking water scarcity, dilapidated roads, lack of adequate medical facilities, staff shortage in various schools etc. They strongly pleaded for effective relief for the damages caused by the earthquake.
The Minister, while addressing the people, has announced that the government is committed to ensure inclusive relief distribution and priority will be given to the most needy and poor people. In this regard, the Minister has appealed the masses to take optimum benefit of various government schemes so that the menace of unemployment and poverty can be eradicated from the society.
The Minister has also directed the concerned officials to immediately take necessary action in mitigating water supply problems at the earliest. He has assured the people that the high schools at Bandarna, Pochhal and Bagwan Mohalla will soon be upgraded to Higher Secondary Schools. The Minister also assured that an Ambulance will be provided to the Health Centre Hullar. He appealed to the people to take up their day
today problems in panchayats so that these get redressed at the local level. He also distributed cheques under Total Sanitation Programme among the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile Abdul Majid Wani, state Minister for PWD (R&B) addressed a public gathering in Doda where he has said that the government is committed to provide all basic facilities to the people living in rural and far flung areas of the state to uplift their living conditions at par with urban areas.
While inspecting the damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the region on May 01, 2013, Wani has said that survey is going on in the entire district at block, tehsil and village level to assess the actual damage caused to quake hit areas.
He has said that Chief Minister has already sanctioned Rs 25 crore for earthquake hit areas for prompt restoration of public services besides announcing three months free ration for the affected families. He said that the government has geared up all its machinery to provide timely relief to the affected families.
While addressing the public gathering, Wani has reiterated the commitment of the coalition Government headed by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, in providing all basic amenities to the poor people especially living in far flung and backward areas of the state.
The people, at gathering, have projected various demands which included up gradation of government High School Jodhpur, Primary Healthcare Centre in Jodhpur, augmentation and construction of water supply schemes, assessment of earthquake damages in the area, increase in MGNREGA wages, and ownership rights for Shyamlat–e – Deh, improvement in power supply etc.
Wani has assured the people that all their issues will be taken up with the concerned department and ministry for early redressal.
Earlier, Wani inaugurated Satsang Ghar Bhabore and was given a rousing and enthusiastic reception by the people of the Jodhpur area.
While speaking on the occasion, Wani appreciated the people of the region for maintaining brotherhood and communal harmony which is prime need for development and upliftment of the area.