The Centre is unlikely to approve Rs 607 crore relief package that the state cabinet on Tuesday approved for earthquake affected people of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban districts.
The proposal for grant of the package is to be submitted to the Centre, which will approve it after analysing the ground situation by sending a team of experts.
“The Centre will most likely agree to give only 30% of what we proposed,” said a senior government official, wishing not to be named. The Central teams undertake a ground survey and assess the extent of damage. It then analyses it and finally in consultation with the state government agrees to a much lesser figure.
“Relief is not to be confused with the compensation. As per the definition of relief, it means the government will provide assistance to build a infrastructure for living and is not the compensation of actual damage in monetary terms,” said the official.
He said the maximum the government could expect was a relief of Rs 250 crore. “The proposals are always inflated as the Centre never agrees to give 100% of what we demand. It's a norm across the states,” said the official. The government's own estimate of relief required for the three district is also about Rs 120 crore, he said.
“We have sought a relief of Rs 18 crore from the government,” deputy commissioner, Kishtwar, Mohamaad Salim told HT.
In Doda, the estimated relief required is about Rs 89 crore. “The quantum of damage based on the calculations of state disaster response fund (SDRF) is Rs 89.10 crore,” deputy commissioner Doda Mubarak Singh was quoted in a national daily.
The SDRF fixes ceilings for relief. As per the guidelines Rs 35,000 is to be given for fully damaged two-storey pucca house and Rs 15,000 for a kacha house.
In Doda, 48,755 houses were damaged, of which 1,061 were damaged fully. In Kishtwar 23,000 houses were damaged.
However, these ceilings of relief will not be applicable as the Centre fixes its own guidelines. Under the special package for victims of 2010 Leh cloudburst, those whose houses were fully damaged got Rs 2 lakh and Rs one lakh was disbursed for partially damaged houses. “This time the figure for relief can be higher taking into account average inflation rate of 8%,” said the official.
In Leh, the Centre had initially approved Rs 125 crore, but finally only about Rs 70 crore were utilized.
Other major cabinet decisions
The cabinet also approved expansion of quality engineering education at degree level, strictly as per the norms prescribed by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India and subject to the approval by the AICTE and 'no objection' from the higher education department of Jammu and Kashmir government.
Master plan of Yusmarg Development Authority.
Unification in the pay scale of patwaris notionally with effect from 15.12.2005 and monetarily from 22.2.2008.
Sanction to the establishment of J&K Medical Supplies Corporation (JKMSC) for the purpose of purchase of drugs, instruments and disposables and other equipment required in the healthcare institutions.