‘GoI should feel the pain of flood victims’

ANANTNAG: Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday said that government of India should feel the pain of flood victims of Kashmir itself as he was not habitual of demanding things from the center.
“Central government itself should feel and understand the pain, the flood hit people of the valley are going through. I am not in habit of demanding things,” Mufti said after the inauguration of a sports festival organized by Jammu and Kashmir police.
Mufti said that the prime minister and people of the country, on the basis of justice, should come forward for help to the flood affected people of the state.
He, however, said that he will not rest without rehabilitating every flood-hit family.
“Being chief minister of the state I will not live with peace until and unless I rehabilitate each and every flood affected family,” Mufti said.
“It is a herculean task to restore the public and private infrastructure that was damaged in the September floods. Our focus will be on reconstructing the houses that were fully damaged in the floods and reviving the business activities of our people,” he said.
The chief minister said the rehabilitation and restoration is an ongoing process and the government is utilizing all resources at its disposal, including the World Bank assistance of Rs 1500 crore, till special package from the GoI arrives.
Mufti praised the police for handling the present situation in the state properly and with discipline. “Police has properly handled the situation prevailing in the state at present. And I hope they will keep on doing their job like this in future as well,” Mufti said.
He was flanked by the sports minister Imran Raza Ansari.