‘JK Govt preparing loss memo’
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said he has no doubt that his flood-hit state will get the Centre’s support in reconstruction works as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pointed reference to the natural calamity in his address to the UN General Assembly.
“I have no doubt that given @PMOIndia made pointed reference to helping flood victims of Kashmir in @UNGA address, we will get support,” the Chief Minister wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Omar said his government is preparing a memorandum of losses which will be submitted to the Centre for assistance in reconstruction of areas affected in the floods, in which Srinagar has been the worst hit. “Memo to be sent to GoI is being readied,” he wrote. Omar also expressed hope that the Centre will relax the norms of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for the flood victims of the state. “In 2005 Uri quake, it was 1.3 lakh and 2010 Leh cloudburst, 2.5 lakh. So how can Srinagar get 75K in 2014?” he asked.
Omar said Rs 75,000 was not the final relief amount to be paid to the affected people of the state. “Can’t understand this deliberate attempt to use twitter to spread lies—75,000 is NOT the final figure for compensation for houses. I’ve said this countless times since the floods—it’s INTERIM relief based on the ceiling under SDRF norms pending final package,” he added.