Expressing concern over the colossal losses to life and property due to floods and landslides across the Jammu region, the National Conference on Monday sought a massive central assistance for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the damaged infrastructure.
"The natural calamity has wrecked the entire state, rendered Kashmir in deluge and caused widespread damages in the Jammu region", provincial president Devender Singh Rana said here after concluding a week-long visit to the most affected areas of the region, along with senior leaders, including planning minister Ajay Sadhotra.
He said over 1,50,00 dwelling units are totally damaged and 3,50,00 partially damaged due to flash floods and landslides in various districts of the Jammu region. Massive damages have also caused to standing crops, livestock and public utility services. Besides, nearly 200 causalities in the state have been reported from the Jammu region of the total 300 casualties in the state, he said, adding that though the Omar-led government undertook timely rescue and relief operations, more is required to be done immediately. "For this purpose, massive central funding has become imperative", he added.
While hailing compensation of preliminary Rs 7,50,00 per fully-damaged house, the provincial president urged the Centre to enhance it to Rs 5 lakh, as recommended by the chief minister.
He said with the working season limited and the winter being not far away, the situation calls for a holistic view in terms of realistic assessment of damages. "Accordingly, the assistance is needed to be released, so that rehabilitation and reconstruction is taken up on war footing", he maintained.