Senior BJP leader and Minister in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh Rana Thursday claimed that New Delhi has not stopped funds for Jammu and Kashmir Government and it has been releasing the funds for flood victims in phased manner. “There is no dearth of funds. Union Government is releasing what is being demanded by the states. We are releasing funds for the flood victims of state in phased manner. If these funds have not reached to victims then it is worrisome and should be looked into,” he said.

The Minister said that the Union Government has released an amount of Rs 134.30 Crore from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund till April 2015 for distribution among the flood victims who have lost their kacha or pucca houses. He also said that the first installment of Central Contribution of State Disaster Relief Force for 2015-16, amounting to Rs 114.50 crore was also released in April 2015.

Addressing a Press Conference in Srinagar to highlight the achievements of Modi led government, Singh said from past one year, “Modi led government has made its mark and this government has taken certain initiatives and measures to provide succor to the poor”.

“PM Modi is concerned and deeply interested in Jammu and Kashmir and that is why he frequently visited the State. Even during flood fury he arrived here to assess the situation and as a matter of fact, our government will leave no stone unturned in dragging out the people of the state from the miseries. Central Government is committed to help State Government at all fronts,” he said.

He also lauded the series of consistent development initiatives taken up under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.

Speaking about the attacks by some Sikhs in Jammu, he said: “Union government doesn’t have dual policies. When (Pakistani) flags are waved in Kashmir law takes its own course. Same way, we have given the state government a day to act in Jammu against those who stabbed police official and created law and order problem there. If they fail, we will act,” he said.

Responding to a question, Singh claimed that  according to geological report, Amarnath Yatra can be carried throughout the year. “Some people (Separatists) want to politicize this issue. It is a religious issue and it should not be politicized,” he added.

Replying to questions about reported distribution of relief cheques of Rs 32 and Rs 47 among the flood victims, Dr Singh said that distribution of funds is the responsibility of the State government and the Union government cannot keep an eye on all the minute details related to it. However, he said that it is a matter of concern and will certainly be looked into at the appropriate forum under the newly introduced system of “Cooperative Federalism”.

Dr Singh said that the biggest achievement of the government so far has been that the reputation of the country at the international level has received a boost. He said that leading countries of the world acknowledge that India is on the way to becoming the next major force at the global level, and this change about the international perception of India has been possible because of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (CNS)


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