Omar directs prompt relief to flood victims

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2014 19:47 IST

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday gave strict directions for immediate distribution of all relief to the flood-affected families under the state disaster relief fund (SDRF).

"Whatever relief is available to the affected families under the SDRF should be immediately distributed to them", the chief minister told the high-level bureaucrats at a meeting he chaired on Thursday morning to review process of relief and rehabilitation for the flood-hit families.

According to a government spokesman, the chief minister said that the compensation for cattle loss, crops damage, collapsed houses (fully or partially), warm bedding and clothing etc, should be accounted for in delivery of temporary relief to the flood survivors. He said winter is setting in soon and concerned deputy commissioners should spare no efforts and lose no time in distributing the relief promptly.

The chief minister said that the comprehensive package for the rehabilitation of the flood-hit families has been formulated by the state government and is being sent to the Centre for release of funds after vetting by the state cabinet. He said till the time the special relief package is approved by the Centre, the deputy commissioners should promptly distribute all sort of temporary relief available under the SDRF to the flood-affected families.

The chief minister has fixed one week's time for completing the task of distributing compensation to the house owners whose houses are fully damaged in the floods received brief from divisional commissioner on the follow-up action on this issue. He received the brief about providing temporary accommodation to the flood-hit families residing on the roadsides.

The chief minister had earlier asked the divisional commissioner to ascertain their number and put in place a programme for providing temporary shelter to them and other relief under the SDRF norms. He was informed that around 168 families in Srinagar have been identified who are residing in tents on the roadside and a plan is being formulated to provide them temporary housing shelter.

The chief minister stressed the need for early completion of assessment of crop and cattle losses in the devastating floods. "Give strict directions to the concerned deputy commissioners to complete the list of the affected families on this count and distribute the compensation to them immediately under the SDRF norms", he directed the divisional commissioner, Kashmir.

Omar also gave directions for shifting heavy dewatering pumps to Sonawari and other places which are still waterlogged. "Intensify the dewatering operation in these areas," he told the commissioner secretary PHE and flood control. He also directed him to accelerate the pace of restoration of the PHE system to its full capacity besides normalising the irrigation canals. "Prioritise the works and complete them speedily," he told him adding that release of funds in this regard will be no problem.

The chief minister also directed for smooth flow of ration to the ration depots in the Valley and Srinagar city to provide the ration to the people for the current month. He said all efforts should be made to make the ration available in the current month to the consumers particularly in the flood-hit areas where free ration is being provided to the affected families.

Omar ascertained the progress of removal of garbage and debris from the flood-affected areas in Srinagar and received information about the disinfection process underway in the areas from where water has dried up.

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