Government to provide `3500, `5000 to flood victims living on rent

Government to provide `3500, `5000 to flood victims living on rent

SRINAGAR: The state government Thursday announced that it would provide Rs 3500 and Rs 5000 as rent charges to each flood-affected family in the Srinagar city.
“Rs. 5 000 will be provided to each affected families in Srinagar city as rent charges while as Rs 3, 500 would be paid as rent charges for those affected families living within the municipal limits,” Chief Secretary (CS) Mohammad Iqbal Khanday told a high level meeting here.
“All those families whose residential houses are fully damaged and are not willing to live in huts or tents shall be paid rent charges for four months during winter,” he added.
The meeting was convened to review the ongoing measures for rehabilitation of the victims of September floods in the Kashmir Valley.
“The CS said that the families in villages would be paid Rs 2,000 per month as rent charges for four months,” an official handout issued after the meeting said.
“The CS was informed that Rs 130 crore has been distributed so far among the flood victims in the Valley, and that the process of distribution of relief is going on in the other affected districts,” it added.
He was informed that Public Works Department is constructing 503 residential structures for flood victims in the Valley while various NGOs are also constructing residential structures including 107 sheds in Srinagar city, 38 sheds in Shopian, and 15 sheds each in Pulwama and Anantnag districts, it said.
The CS asked the Deputy Commissioners to ensure proper support to the NGOs so that they can work efficiently,” it added.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Planning B R Sharma, Principal Secretary Finance B B Vyas, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Rohit Kansal, and others.
Reviewing the relief and rehabilitation measures, the CS directed the Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag, Kulgam, and Srinagar to ensure demolition and removal of illegal encroachments on the river banks.
“He directed the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulgam to ensure speedy rehabilitation of the four villages that were washed away in the devastating floods,” it said.
He also asked DC Srinagar to intensify the demolition process of encroachments on the banks of Doodhganga and Jehlum, it said.