Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday expressed hope that the New Delhi would release the flood-relief package of over Rs 43000 crores “without any delay” to state government.
“Elections were held despite the floods last year and then we were told that it was done in order to start relief, rehabilitation and infrastructure developing process. Neither flood relief reached people nor infrastructure has been developed,” said Omar Abdullah after visiting Beerwah, the assembly constituency he represents, and parts of this summer capital of the state.
“Today people are again worried and we hope that central government will approve without further delay the package sent by state after cabinet endorsement and flood relief is distributed among the people,” Omar told reporters here.
In his Budget speech, finance minister Haseeb Drabu endorsed the previous Omar-led government’s memorandum to the Centre, seeking Rs 43000 crore assistance for the rehabilitation of flood victims.
The National Conference Working President asked the District Administration to take all possible preventive measures and work in close coordination with the locals to ensure no loss to life and property.
Meanwhile according a statement by National Conference, Omar was informed by the locals that they were dismayed that no senior Government authority had visited numerous adversely affected areas.
Omar said state government should ensure that embankments of Jehlum and its tributaries are monitored round the clock especially at places where breaches occurred in September last year.
He said that his party would extend all possible support to the Government in tackling the developing situation.
“Unlike how PDP politicized a natural calamity in September, National Conference will never play politics over humanitarian issues. We want the State Government to speak in one voice and assure the people of this State that there is a concrete plan to deal with any eventualities in case of continued rainfall”.
He also expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in Ledan, Chadoora due to a mudslide.
“This is a shocking news and I cannot imagine the pain and bereavement of the families of the victims. The State Government should ensure that those injured are given all possible medical assistance and ex-gratia compensation should be announced to the families of the victims without any delay given the severity of the accident.”