The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has commenced the distribution of compensation among Sikh families in Srinagar whose homes were damaged by the floods that hit Jammu and Kashmir in September this year.
Over 100 families had so far been compensated and the exercise was still on, said a SGPC executive member.
SGPC additional secretary Daljit Singh Bedi, who is overseeing the distribution of compensation in Srinagar, said the payment of money to the affected families was fixed after assessing the damages to their homes.
"Cash compensation is being given only to the Sikh families,"he specified, while pointing out that it was just not possible to compensate all families affected by the floods.
The compensation was made to the tune of Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 25,000, depending on the extent of damage.
All compensation cases were finalised by SGPC special teams, which had visited the homes of the Sikh families in Srinagar to assess the damage.
In a statement issued on Saturday, SGPC executive member Karnail Singh Panjoli said so far over 100 families had been compensated and the exercise was on.
The relief distribution teams were camping at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga in Srinagar, he added.
"This is the biggest ever relief exercise for a natural calamity undertaken by the SGPC so far,"he
Panjoli said distribution of relief material, including dry ration and other household items besides warm clothes, quilts and blankets, was still on at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga, and the SGPC was issuing slips to ensure that ration was distributed to the maximum possible residents of Srinagar.
Panjoli complimented the residents of Srinagar for their assistance to the SGPC in carrying out relief and rehabilitation operations.