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Leh disaster declared a 'calamity of severe nature'

Government has declared the Leh disaster as a "calamity of severe nature", allowing MPs to contribute Rs 50 lakhs from the MPLAD scheme towards relief in the cloudburst affected region.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2010 14:34 IST

Government has declared the Leh disaster as a "calamity of severe nature", allowing MPs to contribute Rs 50 lakhs from the MPLAD scheme towards relief in the cloudburst affected region.

"In the event of calamity of severe nature in any part of the country, an MP can recommend works upto a maximum of Rs 50 lakhs for the affected district," the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha Secretariats have told the members.

The funds in this regard would be released by the district authority of the MP's constituency to the district authority of Leh to get permissible works done.

The works completion report, utilisation certificate and audit certificate for such works and funds will be provided by the district authority of the affected districts to the respective district authority from whom the funds were received.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Karan Singh had suggested that flash floods in Leh be treated as a national calamity and offered Rs 50 lakh for relief and rehabilitation work in case such a decision is taken.

"I have suggested that this (the disaster) should be treated as a 'National Calamity' so that MPs from all over the country can contribute towards relief and rehabilitation from their MPLADS fund," Singh, a senior Congress leader and a Rajya Sabha MP, had said.