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MP CM reviews relief rescue measures

india Updated: Jun 27, 2013 11:13 IST
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Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday directed the officials concerned to stress on search for missing pilgrims in Uttarakhand, which at present is around 707.

The CM was reviewing arrangements being made for relief to Uttarakhand pilgrims of the state here. He took stock of the situation over telephone from minister Laxmikant Sharma who is coordinating arrangements.

About 500 pilgrims of the state are safe in Badrinath.

“Adequate arrangements of their stay, food and medical assistance have been made. No pilgrims are left behind at any other place of Uttarakhand. State rescue team has reached Joshimath. Helicopter will be sent to Badrinath as soon as weather becomes clear,” the statement issued by state government said.

State’s 115 pilgrims have reached the camp at Haridwar. DG home guards RK Shukla, ADG Vivek Jauhari, principal secretary to chief minister Manoj Shrivastava and secretaries SK Mishra and Hari Ranjan Rao were present at the review meeting.

Madhya Pradesh’s officers and employees will donate their one-day salary for assistance to Uttarakhand calamity-affected people. The total sum of money amounts to about Rs 60 crore. There are about five lakh officers and employees in MP.

Besides, chairpersons of 3 corporations will also donate their one-day salary.

These are MP Gau Sanrakshan Board chairman Shiv Chaubey, Text-Books Corporation chairman Rai Singh Sendhav and chairman of State Employees Welfare Committee Basant Purohit.

This was decided at a meeting of state officers and employees’ associations chaired by principal secretary to chief minister Manoj Shrivastava at Mantralaya conference hall here on Wednesday.

Shiv Chaubey informed about the efforts made by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for assistance to calamity-affected people.

He said that in the time of such a massive tragedy, it is the duty of all to come forward to extend every possible assistance to the affected.

Informing about decision of the CM to implement liberal provisions regarding appointment on compassionate ground and other employee-friendly decisions taken by the state cabinet, Shrivastava suggested constitution of a separate employees welfare fund at officer-employee level so that more assistance can be provided in time of crisis.

General secretary of state officers association, BR Vishwakarma, office-bearers of gazetted officers union, president of mantralaya employees federation, Sudhir Nayak, president of Madhya Pradesh engineers service association, RP Thakur and office-bearers of a number of other associations were present on the occasion.

Two-minute silence was also observed to pay tributes to victims of Uttarakhand disaster.

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has donated his one-month salary towards aid of people affected by Uttarakhand natural calamity and floods.

The governor has also directed Raj Bhavan officers to donate their one-month salary, payable in July, to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Governor had recently urged people of the state to donate for assistance to people affected by Uttarakhand floods.