Only 6% flood-hit houses get relief from PM’s fund

Srinagar: Nearly five months after the devastating floods hit Jammu and Kashmir, only 12,037 out of 199,964 families whose houses were damaged have been provided relief from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).
Last month, commissioner secretary (Revenue) had informed the state high court that 66,608 houses in Jammu and 133,356 in Kashmir region had been damaged due to the floods.
In all 240,444 structures were damaged and of them, 33,331 were cowsheds and 8049 huts, the commissioner secretary had said.
By the end of December 15, National Disaster Management Authority had informed the court that 2240 families were provided the relief under the PMNRF.
The NDMA had said that state government had provided details of only 16,264 damaged houses and had blamed the local administration on a number of counts including wrong or incomplete account details of the beneficiaries.
As governor NN Vohra reviewed progress on financial assistance under the PMNRF for reconstruction of fully damaged houses on Saturday, he was informed that 12,037 have been provided the relief, which is just 6% of the total damaged houses.
“The financial assistance has been extended to the tune of Rs. 51.44 cr and Rs. 34.46 cr for the construction of 5,144 pucca houses and 6,893 kutcha houses, respectively,” an official spokesman said here.
In Srinagar, the worst-hit districts in the entire state, the governor was informed that financial assistance of Rs. 29.71 crore has been provided to the beneficiaries for reconstruction of 2954 pucca and 34 kutcha houses in Srinagar district.
According to official data provided to the high court, 5350—5110 ‘pacca’ and 240 ‘kacha’— houses were fully damaged in the summer capital of the state alone. These are in addition to those severely damaged and include 14197 (pucca) and 876 (kacha) houses while number of partially houses is 48621 (pucca) and 2889 (kacha).
Based on the severity of damage, the administration has separated it into three categories—fully, severely and partially damaged.
Similarly, for Jammu the financial assistance provided stands at Rs.5.66 cr for 6 pucca and 1120 kutcha houses. As per official data, 13727 houses were damaged in the winter capital of the state.
The governor was also informed that Rs.2.84 cr for 222 pucca and 124 kutcha houses have been released in Bandipora; Rs.3.66 cr for 11 pucca and 711 kutcha houses in Udhampur; Rs. 10.36 cr for 40 pucca and 1992 kutcha houses in Rajouri district; Rs. 3.96 cr for 87 pucca and 619 kutcha houses in Poonch; Rs.6.91 cr for 639 pucca and 104 kutcha houses in Anantnag; Rs. 4.85 cr for 477 pucca and 16 kutcha houses in Budgam;  Rs.1.6 crore for 4 pucca and 312 kutcha houses in Kathua; Rs. 6.35 crore for 6 pucca and 1195 kutcha houses in Reasi.
“The governor has already directed the Divisional Commissioners Kashmir and Jammu to ensure that the requisite information sought by the NDMA regarding full details of Bank Accounts in respect of the remaining cases is immediately made available to them,” the spokesman said.