SRINAGAR: Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Basharat Bukhari, on Wednesday during the assembly session, said the J&K government has been pursuing the Indian government on releasing the aid package for flood victims “for many months” and “we are hopeful that it will be released soon.”
In response to a question during zero hour, Bukhari said the state government has been pursuing the Rs 44,000 crore relief proposal since his government started its term in March this year. In fact the finance minister, Bukhari said, has redesigned it into different components. “We are hopeful the state government will get it soon. I assure this House that everyone who suffered will be rehabilitated,” Bukhari said.
While, reportedly, about one-third of 87,000 damaged structures in Srinagar have received relief under the Prime Minister’s National Relief fund (PMNRF), it is alleged that both the Indian and state governments have not been able to rehabilitate most of the flood-affected people, particularly the business community.