‘Agricultural losses in Banihal being assessed’

JAMMU: Minister for Animal Husbandry Sajad Gani Lone Thursday said the damage caused to orchards and agriculture in Banihal by recent rains and snowfall is being assessed.
Relying to the Calling Attention Notice from Vikar Rasool in the Legislative Assembly here, Lone said the assessment is being made by the Revenue Agency in collaboration with Horticulture and Agriculture departments.
The Minister said six persons died in the constituency during the recent rains and snowfall.
Three of them died in an avalanche at Bajnari Hamlet of Mahoo village, he said.
He said 301 houses got damaged—41 houses fully, 86 severally and 183 partially. Besides, 10 shops and 11 cattle sheds also got damaged, he said.
The Minister said about 1,000 kanal private land got eroded at various places in the constituency.
“The field agency of Revenue Department is verifying losses. On the basis of the verifications, relief as per SDRF norms will be paid to the affected families,” he said.
A relief amount of Rs 1.50 lakh has been sanctioned in favour of the NoKs of the deceased by the Deputy Commissioner Ramban out of the SDRF, he said, adding the families whose houses/livestock/crops have been damaged will also be paid relief as per the SDRF norms as soon as the verification gets completed.