Following public uproar over Rs 75,000 compensation for a fully damaged house in the Valley, chief minister on Sunday clarified, saying, "It was not the final figure of compensation for a house."
"In 2005 Uri quake, it was 1.3 lakh and (for) the 2010 Leh cloudburst Rs 2.5 lakh, so how can Srinagar get 75K in 2014? A memo to be sent to GoI (government of India) is being readied," said Abdullah on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The chief minister's remark comes following public uproar over the compensation set by the government for the flood-affected people of the state. Commissioner secretary revenue Vinod Kaul in an official communique had suggested Rs 2300 as ex-gratia for partially damaged kuccha house, Rs 3800 for pucca house, `1500 for the destroyed cowshed.
"Relief of Rs 70,000 for those living in the plains and `75,000 for those living in the hilly areas in case of fully damaged house," said the communique.
It elicited sharp responses from the general public who criticised the package given the losses and compensation paid to the victims of Odisha and Uttarakhand, where `5 lakh was provided to those who lost his house and Rs 2-3 lakh for partially damaged house.
"Rs 75,000 is not the final figure for compensation for houses. I have no doubt that given the pointed reference to helping flood victims of Kashmir in the United Nations (by the prime minister), we will get support," said Abdullah.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government will ask the Centre to enhance to `7500 crore the compensation for damage to residential houses due to floods in relaxation of the norms under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
As the number of fully damaged houses in the state is estimated to be one lakh, the state government is entitled for an assistance of nearly Rs 900 crore for reconstruction of houses at present.
Reconstruction remains prime area of concern for the government as winters have started setting in. Hundreds of families continue to live either at the makeshift locations or tents. Kashmir witnesses very cold weather from December 20 and no construction takes place in case of snowfall. The government has been left with two months only to start the process of construction and getting it finished.