Jammu, September 21: It’s been over a year of devastating floods in the state but the centre still has failed to clear the picture on the announcement of a “financial package”, promised post floods last year. The two different views of both the coalition partners with no official word from the NDA Government at the Centre on the issue has confused the people of the state who are still waiting for their rehabilitation.
Both the coalition partners of the state government have two different statements on this issue. On one side PDP is criticising the centre government for not finalising anything about the package while the state BJP is constantly assuring the public that the package is likely to be announced soon.
Speaking to media fraternity, State’s Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu said that the state government after several rounds of discussions with the Centre, has provided all the necessary details to the concerned quarters in the desired format. It is now central government who is holding the announcement for reasons best known to them.
He also added that the Prime Minister and Union Finance Minister have assured full support to the coalition and hope that leads to early resolution of the issue.
Dy.CM Nirmal Singh has again assured that the entire exercise is under process and of an announcement will be made by the Centre in near future. He also guaranteed that the package will improve every sector and will put the state back on track after the massive damages that happened in state due to the floods in September-2014.
Annoyed with the unreasonable hindrance in the announcement of the financial package, the CM while addressing a rally on Sept 13 expressed his anger by saying that he will not again visit Delhi with a begging bowl and seek funds from the Centre for providing relief to the flood affected people and for their rehabilitation. If anything has to come, it will come, no matter what.
However, sources in the Union Finance Ministry revealed that the Centre has so far extended financial help of Rs 5,000 crore under different heads. The devastating floods occurred in September last year, leaving over 200 people dead and thousands other homeless.