National Conference additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustaffa Kamal and provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Sunday exhorted party cadres to dedicate one month for service of the earthquake-affected people of Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah.
Addressing the affected people at Thathri, Kahra, Bhatyas, Gandoh and other interior areas, Dr Kamal urged his party workers to fan out to the remote and far-flung areas, meet the sufferers and coordinate in the gigantic task of mitigating the sufferings of the people.
"We are not oblivious of your sufferings and assure you that all possible efforts would be taken to make you comfortable within the given situation", he told people.
Provincial president Devender Singh Rana referred to the gravity of the situation caused by nature's wrath and said: "We want to supplement the efforts in mitigating the sufferings of the victims."
Referring to the special package sought by chief minister Omar Abdullah during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rana hoped this would go a long way in implementing the rehabilitation programme in the affected region.
While relief and rehabilitation measures are afoot, the provincial president said the damages caused by the tremors call for more than what has been done so far. He pleaded for priority attention towards making adequate shelters for the homeless people, ensuring health and hygiene, supply of basics and above all creating alternative arrangements for continuation of academics. The tremors have caused colossal damages to the educational infrastructure in the region.
He announced conversion of district, block and Panchayat Halqa committees of the National Conference in the three districts into relief committees to ensure that people are helped in a big way. A high-level National Conference team, currently camping in the affected region, continued its interaction with people on the third day on Sunday.