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Earthquake hit families forced to live under openskies: BJP

Weeks after earthquake jolted many parts of erstwhile Doda district, the government has failed to provide any relief to thousands of affected families, forcing them to spend sleepless nights under open skies.

india Updated: May 26, 2013 00:04 IST
HT Correspondent

Weeks after earthquake jolted many parts of erstwhile Doda district, the government has failed to provide any relief to thousands of affected families, forcing them to spend sleepless nights under open skies.


This was alleged by BJP state president Jugal Kishore Sharma, while addressing a press conference at party headquarters on Saturday along with national executive member and leader of legislative party MLA Ashok Khajuria and MLAs Sham Choudhary and Sukhnandan Kumar MLA.

Jugal Kishore Sharma said natural calamity of earthquake shook many areas of Doda, Bhaderwah and Kishtwar districts last month and, thereafter, repeated incidents of similar gravity took place which badly caused severe damage to thousands of houses in different parts of erstwhile Doda.

While a large number of houses got totally damaged, the number of houses which got cracks is also in thousands. He said these earthquakes have left thousands of families homeless, who are now living in fields. Although, union health minister and a number of ministers and MLAs of undertook aerial visits, made pleasing announcements, assured of every possible help but unfortunately the affected families were still awaiting even ration and tents.

Jugal Kishore Sharma, who along with other three MLAs visited the earthquake hit areas and interacted with the affected families, said just two tents per panchayat had been sent while the estimated number of affected families is 80,000. The tents issued to panchayats are also issued to the workers of NC and Congress, who get the same on slips of ministers and MLAs. He said even the local administration had no answer for not paying attention to the sufferings of the helpless families.

Demanding immediate relief to the affected families, Jugal Kishore Sharma said the government should clarify what package it had announced and not befool people on mere slogans and false promises.