SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court has disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking proper relief and rehabilitation for 2014 flood victims.
The court remarked that the counsels from both sides have complied with the court’s directions and all issues related to the flood rehabilitation process appear to have been settled.
“It appears from the statement made by the counsels that all the pending issues with respect to the flood rehabilitation process have been settled, therefore nothing survives for adjudication in the PIL,” said a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, disposing of the PIL which was filed last year by two lawyers, advocate GA Lone and incumbent Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganie.
During the Governor’s Rule that preceded the PDP-BJP government, the Relief and Rehabilitation Department had informed the High Court that 2,30,715 houses suffered damage in the 2014 deluge and of them 11,451 pucca and 10,903 kucha houses were fully damaged. The PDP-BJP government revised the figures, claiming that only 67,661 houses were damaged.
Subsequently, the government announced Rs 3 lakh as compensation for each fully damaged pucca house, Rs 1.50 lakh for fully damaged kucha house, Rs 1 lakh for severely damaged pucca house and Rs 50,000 for severely damaged kucha house.
After the floods occurred, the then NC-Congress government had submitted a proposal to New Delhi for a special financial package of Rs 44,000 crore for the rehabilitation of affected people.
The demand included payment of ex-gratia relief of Rs 9 lakh for a fully damaged pucca house, Rs 6 lakh for a fully damaged kucha house, Rs 4 lakh for partially damaged kucha/pucca house including boundary walls, and Rs 1 lakh for other structures, such as a cow shed.
The NC-Cong government had also demanded Rs 1687.50 crore to provide interest subsidy (at 6.25% rate) on housing loans and Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 for providing ex-gratia relief against household items damaged in 2014 floods.