Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh has flayed the state government for announcing a paltry sum for the rehabilitation of the flood-hit population and restoration of road connectivity, power and water supply.
He said in the meeting held on Friday, which was attended by various ministers and bureaucrats, the government announced to release a paltry sum of Rs 9.95 crore to make for the damages to houses and standing corps.
He said the government had underrated and belittled the catastrophe which had caused colossal loss of property, agricultural land and human lives. He said that more than 10,000 houses had collapsed in the incessant rains and floods, besides washing away of thousands of hectares of agriculture fields in additional to losses caused to standing crops.
He said thousands of people had been rendered homeless and many lives had been lost in the floods. He said that rehabilitation of the affected population was the moral responsibility of the government.
Singh further castigated the state government for its half-hearted and biased survey of the rain-hit areas and resultant faulty and flawed statistics collected in pursuance thereof.
He said that while the number of houses collapsed was more than 10,000, the government had merely shown the number at 5,600.
He said there were many villages in Udhampur, Kathua, Samba and erstwhile Doda districts, which had not even been visited by the field functionaries of revenue department, thus depriving several bonafide farmers of their legitimate claims for compensation and relief.
Singh sought additional funds for restoration of damaged public infrastructure in the state.
He said that announcement of barely Rs 77.50 crore for the purpose would not suffice as heavy damages were caused to roads, government buildings, bridges, power infrastructure, telecommunication system besides drinking water schemes. He said several villages had been cut off due to washing away of roads and bridges and people were facing great hardships and insurmountable problems.