KL NEWS NETWORK
Responding to a question on the rehabilitation of flood victims the government Thursday claimed to have paid ex-gratia relief of Rs 1.50 Lakh out of SDRF, Rs 1.50 Lakh out of CMNRF and Rs 2.00 Lakh out of PMNRF, to the next of kin of the deceased who lost their lives in September floods last year.
The government informed that the flood caused damage to near about 2.73 September structures and approximately 22354 structures got fully damaged, besides leaving a number of houses no longer fit to be used for living.
The state government also claimed to have constructed prefabricated shelters and provided tents for three months in favour of families whose shelters were damaged and which were not interested to stay in temporary shelters. “The state government in order to facilitate the relief operations announced six months free ration in favour of the affected families. Some of the families were affected as their houses got damaged and some were affected due to loss of corps, livestock etc,” Syed Basharat Bukhari, minister for relief and rehabilitation stated in a written reply.
Bukhari said that the assessment of damages caused to the private property has been conducted through revenue field functionaries and has been verified by the multi-sectoral committee constituted under Standard Operating Procedure in each district of respective divisions. “Wherever, complaints were received, the same were verified and necessary corrections were done by the administration,” Bukhari said.
Responding to a question on steps intended to be taken for early rehabilitation of worst affected victims, he said that in order to reconstruct the flood damaged infrastructure the Union government released an amount of Rs 1000 Crore under Prime Ministers package for floods over above the plan allocation. “An amount of Rs 1102 Crore was already available under the SDRF for relief and temporary restoration. in addition an amount of Rs 770 Crore was released out of PMNRF for relied, purchase of specialized equipment and machinery for the Hospitals and text books for the children,” he added.
Bukhari said that the focus of the present government rests on providing humanitarian relief, crisis management, social infrastructure, developmental projects and economic infrastructure.