‘Speedy compensation to nomads for livestock losses suffered in 2014 floods’

SRINAGAR: The Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli, Monday called for speedy compensation to nomads (Gujjar/Bakerwal) for loss of their livestock in the devastating September 2014 floods.
The minister said that he had already taken up the issue of compensation with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. He expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for asking the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to submit a report on the issue at the earliest, an official press note issued here read.
Meanwhile, various deputations of nomads from different places of Jammu region including Kathua, Ramban, Doda, Rajouri, Poonch and Kishtwar met the minister and pressed for immediate compensation.
Kohli assured the deputations that the government would do whatever possible to provide them due compensation, and at the same time, reiterating the coalition government’s commitment of providing succor to every community of the state.
He said, “Government has initiated various programmes to empower the people living in far-off places particularly, nomad tribes,” adding that various measures have been taken “to provide medicines and free consultation by veterinarians across different animal health centers for better health of the livestock”.