Sharing the house's concern over the loss of human lives and public assets during the September 2014 floods and recent rains in the state, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh on Monday informed the assembly that the government was making serious efforts to provide immediate succour to the affected people.
Replying to the special discussion on the relief and rehabilitation measures for the affected people in the assembly, the deputy CM said, "The government immediately after seeing the impact of incessant rains and rise in the level of water in various rivers across the state swung into action and started the rescue and relief measures. This helped saving many precious lives and minimised loss to the infrastructure. The Centre also responded immediately to the situation and deputed teams of the National Disaster Management which in coordination with the state authorities took necessary preventive measures to shift the people from the danger areas."
Maintaining that the government has already set in motion the process of assessment of loss to the public property, infrastructure and crops across the state, Singh said that after getting the full details, the government will approach the Centre for providing the necessary compensation to the affected people.
He said the authorities have been directed to complete the survey report in the shortest possible time.
"However, the government has placed `25 crore at the disposal of divisional commissioner, Kashmir, and `10 crore at the disposal of divisional commissioner, Jammu, for providing immediate relief to the affected people," he said.
Giving the details of relief and rehabilitation measures of September, 2014 floods, Singh informed that the previous government had submitted a comprehensive package amounting to `44,000 crore to the central government for restoration of public infrastructure, ex-gratia to the next of kin of deceased and relief on account of damage of various crops, free ration etc.
He said `2926.11 crore was projected as per SDRF norms, adding that such assessment was made at the initial stage and during the completion of verification process, the requirement as per SDRF norms came down to `2,600 crore.
He said the central government while considering the claim of the state government in respect of SDRF requirement approved only `1102 crore.
He said in the first instance, the Centre provided `426 crore for paying compensation to those families whose houses were either severely or partially damaged. Another amount of `13. 79 crore was also provided under the PM's National Relief Fund for making the ex-gratia payment to next of kin of deceased during the floods. Besides, the state government also made available `1,044 crore out of the SDRF for relief operations and temporary restoration of damaged public infrastructure. The process of distribution of relief is going on as per the available funds and the Centre is approached for releasing the balance funds to meet the requirements.
"During the 2014 floods, as many as 300 deaths were reported across the state and ex-gratia was paid to their next of kin. Free ration was also sanctioned and distributed to the affected people. The crops over a land of 3,99,946 hectares were affected and process of relief to the farmers will be taken up after receiving the funds from the Centre," he said.