Rehabilitation Our Next Target: Amir-I-Jama’at

RIYAZ UL KHALIQ

SRINAGAR

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Photo By: Suhail Sultan

Kashmir’s largest socio-religo-politico organization,Jama’at Islami Jammu and Kashmir Saturday said that rehabilitation of flood hit areas shall be their next target after rescue and relief operation post September 07.

“Rehabilitation of worst flood hit families is our target now,” Muhammad Abdullah Wani, Amir-I-Jama’at Islami Jammu and Kashmir said. “We plan to build 700 houses for those whose residences got destroyed in floods which hit Kashmir last month.” Wani further said that that Jama’at-I-Islami Hind shall be helping Jama’at-I-Islami J&K in building 500 houses.

“Jama’at-I-Islami Hind has promised to help us in building five hundred houses while 200 other residential structures shall be constructed from our resources and collections made for flood victims,” he said.

Wani was talking to reporters on the sidelines of Lunch-Serving Function of 100 volunteers engaged by Jama’at for cleaning Srinagar City. The lunch was served to associates-cum-volunteers in Partap Park, Srinagar Saturday  afternoon.

Wani further informed, “We have, at present, 400 quintals of rice, blankets, cooking oil and spices which we shall be distributing amongst the needy but through our district offices.” More so, he added, “We have a cash of around one crore in hand that too shall be handed over to needy.”

He said that Jama’at has formed a task force that would take care of construction which will start from  November 1, 2014.

When asked whether rescue, relief and rehabilitation process hindered Jama’at’s own organizational programmes, he said, “With our first Radio announcement, our basic units turned into rescue and relief stations but that did not hinder our own work.” He added, “Besides this work which developed after floods hit valley, Jama’at’s basic structure is going under annual change which is a necessity.” According to Jama’at’s constitution, its structure of basic Units, changes every year and mostly in the month of October.

When asked whether Jama’at has any understanding with its de-facto member and Tehreek-I-Hurriyat chairman, Syed Ali Geelani in collections in valley, Wani replied, “No we don’t have!”

“We do everything on our own. We collect and distribute through our nazm,” he said.

He also said that Jama’at had tried to devise a policy in collection of money and other things with other valley based organizations but it did not work.

“We wanted to let different organizations focus on select districts but it did not work,” he said. “That would have made relief and rehabilitation a better process and needy would have been taken care of in due time.”

Pertinently, Jama’at had started a ‘15 days cleanliness drive’ of Srinagar city on October 10 with hundred associates of it cleaning lanes and by-lanes of city every day.

On Saturday, 14th day of the drive, the Jama’at volunteers cleaned valley’s oldest Women’s College here. The drive shall end on tomorrow, i.e. October 25.

Giving details of the cleanliness drive, its In Charge; Tariq Makki said that they cleaned and almost reached every part of deluged city.

“We started from Rajbagh and moved to Jawahar Nagar, Gogji Bagh, Magarmal Bagh, Batmaloo, Kara Nagar, and Bemina. Now, we shall clean Abi Guzar and Shiv Pora localities on the last day of our 15 days drive,” Makki said.

Makki, while giving religious background of Cleanliness, said, “Jama’at’s student wing-Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba-started fumigation drive and Jama’at started cleanliness drive.” “Both are important,” he said and added that the condition of the city was very bad but we carried on.

 

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