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Flood relief package to come in use within 15 days: J-K minister

punjab Updated: Dec 03, 2015 20:43 IST
Vikram Sharma
Vikram Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Incessant rains and flooding across Jammu and Kashmir in September 2014 had battered the state. (AFP)

Jammu and Kashmir minister of PHE, irrigation and flood control Sukhnandan Chaudhary has said the amount of Rs 10,000 crore sanctioned as a flood relief for the state will be brought in use in another 15 days.

“The amount sanctioned will be credited to various heads under the Flood Relief Scheme and same will be utilised as soon as the money comes into the account. We have almost prepared the plan for judicious disbursement of the money to rehabilitate, facilitate and reconstruct the damaged and ruined infrastructures affected in September 2014 floods,” said Chaudhary, while talking to the Hindustan Times.

The break-up for the flood relief, reconstruction and flood management is Rs 7,854 crore.

When asked about the state failing to provide utilisation certificate for accountability of the money spent under various schemes on earlier occasions, Sukhnandan said every single rupee spent on the purpose would be made accountable.

“Our main focus will be that money reaches right beneficiary and the same is utilised judiciously in establishing infrastructures damaged in the floods. Besides, we are assuring that the utilisation certificate could be submitted to the Center on time for the release of the pending funds,” said the minister.

Sukhnandan added that besides the package from the Centre, World Bank also has released an amount of additional Rs 2,000 crore for the flood victims, which will be spent simultaneously to provide aid to the beneficiaries holistically.

The Rs 7,854-crore package includes monetary help to people for reconstruction of damaged houses; restoration of livelihood for traders and small businessmen; a plan for comprehensive flood management of the Jehlum and its tributaries; and Jehlum-Tawi flood reconstruction project.

Earlier, reaffirming his resolve to provide relief to every flood victim, Mufti Sayeed had said it would be for the first time when people would be provided monetary help for reconstruction of their damaged houses and for infrastructure as well as restoration of livelihood for traders and small-time businessmen.

“A comprehensive plan for protection of the Jhelum at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore is part of the development package, besides Rs 2,000 crore that will be spent on restoration of flood-damaged infrastructure,” he had said.