Demanded early sanctioning of special rehabilitation package for the state
Srinagar: As the Congress party gears up to rehabilitate people in flood-battered Kashmir valley, Congress leaders have begun to lead from the front and are reaching out to the affected areas.
As per the directions given by Leader of Opposition (LOP) in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and General Secretary AICC Ambica Soni, a team of Congress leaders including G. M. Saroori Senior Congress Leader J&K, Salman Nizami- Joint Secretary PCC, Kadfeem Chowdhary- Member PCC, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat Congress Leader and others on Wednesday visited over two dozen flood-ravaged villages to take stock of the situation in Srinagar and inspected water pumps to dewater Srinagar city.
Senior Congress Leader and MLA Inderwal G. M. Saroori, who was heading the team, urge Union government for early sanctioning of special rehabilitation package and that such a package was necessary for putting life back on rails in the state.
Congress team visited Raj Bagh, Ram Bagh Bandh, Bemina, Haj House, Batmaloo, Secretariat, Lal Chowk, Jahangir Chowk, Partab Park, Baad Shah, Hari Singh high street, Saraey Paie, Jawahar Nagar, Jawahar Nagar Band, Presentation convert area, Neti Pura, Barzullah, Magar Bal Bagh, Batmaloo and LD Hospital areas where they met with the affected people and enquired about their condition.
Deeply anguished at seeing large-scale and unprecedented devastation in the areas, Saroori said “there has been very widespread devastation of public infrastructure like roads, bridges, drinking water schemes, etc, power distribution systems, hospitals, schools, and private properties including houses, shops, orchards, crops and livestock”. Saroori said certain problems need urgent attention for provision of ration, restoration of electricity, restoration of vital communication, dewatering, restoration of temporary road links etc.
People especially sought immediate compensation for the losses incurred in terms of damage to their houses, orchards, agricultural lands, business establishments, etc so that they can reorganise their lives and resume earning livelihoods.
While interacting with flood-sufferers Saroori stated that the Congress leadership will be with the masses at this hour of grief and shall remain on the forefront in extending all possible help to the flood victims. He assured them that Congress party would ensure proper compensation to the loss suffered by the people in the recent devastating floods. He stressed upon the people to come forward so that in unison, the efforts could be made for the rehabilitation of the flood victims besides all possible help for the homeless.
Congress team also inspected water pumps which was launched few days back by Mr. Azad to dewater Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Bemina, Rambagh and surrounding areas.
They also visited Health camps at Shahid Ganj opened by Ghulam Nabi Azad in which number of Doctors are from Karnataka state and interacted with the Medical teams & people over there. People appraised Congress team about the situation erupted after floods and hardship faced by them.
Ambica Soni AICC General secretary and party in-charge for Jammu and Kashmir affairs was earlier received at the airport by Senior Congress Leader J&K and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori.