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44,000 Crore relief-package already under serious consideration: Bukhari


Srinagar, October 12: It has been over 13 months after the devastating floods hit Kashmir and left behind massive destruction. The poor flood victims are anticipating some step from the administration that will help their rehabilitation.

Their wait might be over in the coming days as Syed Basharat Bukhari, the Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation on Monday has said that the Union Government in Delhi is actively considering the projected flood relief-package of Rs 44,000-crore.

However, the package will release under the two heads and will have two components — special financial package and National Disaster Relief Fund, the state government stated in a written reply.

It is pertinent to mention here that in September 2014, the floods in river Jhelum caused an estimated loss of Rs 1 lakh crore to the state’s economy making nearly 14 lakh people suffer different losses. The floods also led to the loss of the lives of 85 people in the valley. The initial assessment report prepared by the state government, which provided breakup of the colossal destruction, had mentioned that 83,044 concrete houses were fully damaged while 96,089 were damaged partially in the disaster.

As per the official documents, the destruction of infrastructure was huge and the restoration has already started under the medium and long term projects. The state government has now sought a 44, 000 crore rupees package from Union Ministry that will help rehabilitation of the flood-affected people and restoration of the damaged infrastructure in a big way.

However, central government has announced a relief of 16 crore rupees until now.

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