Send detailed proposals for Rs 41,033 cr flood package: Home ministry to state

JAMMU: The Union home ministry has said that the state needs to send detailed sector-wise proposals before it could be given the Rs 41033 crore it has sought for reconstruction of the infrastructure damaged in the last year’s floods.
Each proposal needs to be send to a central ministry/ministries concerned and a copy of each has to be forwarded to the Home ministry so that it can track its progress, an official spokesman said on Saturday.
Governor NN Vohra had recently spoken to Union Home secretary to inquire into the ministry’s decision on the previous state government’s proposal seeking Rs 43,959 crore for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
The proposal had two components: a package of Rs 2,926.11 crore for providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected families, and Rs 41,033.45 crore for the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructure.
In its response, the Home ministry has told the governor that a decision on the first component, Rs 2,926.11 crore will be taken in the next few days. For the rest, the state needs to prepare detailed proposals for each sector and forward them to central ministries concerned.
The governor has therefore asked the chief secretary to set for all administrative secretaries a “firm” deadline by which each of them shall prepare the proposals sought by the Home ministry, the spokesman said.
“The governor has also asked for a further report in this matter from the chief secretary,” he added.
At the same time, the governor asked the Home minister to sympathetically consider the state government’s proposal for Rs 2,926.11 crore for the relief and rehabilitation of flood affected families, the spokesman said.