Chief minister Virbhadra Singh has lambasted the BJP for giving political colour to the natural calamity that struck the state, especially the worst-affected Kinnaur district.
Cautioning the BJP, he advised them to instead visit the disaster-hit areas to know the well-being of people and extend a constructive approach to mitigate their sufferings.
He added that development process in the state has suffered a serious setback due to the natural calamity, which struck several parts of the state recently and it would take more than a year to bring the same back on track.
Addressing mediapersons at New Delhi on Saturday, Virbhadra Singh said relief work was going on war-footing and the normalcy would be restored soon. Besides, steps had been taken up to restore electricity, water supply and other essential services and all facilities would be made available to people of disaster-hit areas within a month.
The chief minister added that all tourists, who were stranded in the tribal district of Kinnaur due to untimely rain, snow and landslides, had been evacuated. He said 90% apple crop had been destroyed in Kinnaur district and as a result of which the people of the country would not be able to taste the delicious Kinnauri apples this time.
Around 300 horticulture specialists were airlifted to Kinnaur district for providing assistance to the fruit growers in rejuvenation of apple and other fruit plants.Virbhadra Singh said the losses could escalate after actual assessment. The revenue officers had been deputed to ascertain the actual loss and submit the report to the state government so that the affected people could be compensated accordingly, he added.