Sagar tours Budgam, Bla, Sgr to oversee rescue, relief



Directs admn to speed up rescue-relief operations
Says certain parties politicising human tragedies
SRINAGAR: The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today visited various areas of Budgam, Baramulla and outskirts of Srinagar city which include Archndarhama, Gagarpora, Mazahama, Kanihama, Magam, Beerwa, Kawoosa, Arawah, Batapura, Nooriopra, Watzmagam, Agarkala, railway station Mazhama, Narbal and took stock of the rescue and relief operations undertaken by the Government. .
Mr. Sagar directed the officers to ensure that the safety of the people is ensured and the necessary steps are initiated to shift them to the safer places. He said that the Government has already put in place a mechanism by which the problems being faced by the masses are mitigated and in this regard several control rooms have also been established, which are functional round the clock.
The Minister said that the rescue operations are on full swing in the State and the Chief Minister is personally monitoring these and has directed the revenue authorities to prepare a comprehensive report about the extent of the losses suffered after the rescue operations are completed.
Mr. Sagar directed the CA&PD officers to provide ration to the affected people who have been evacuated to the safer places. He said that a comprehensive report should be prepared about the quantum of losses suffered by these people so that requisite amount of relief can be provided to them once their safety is ensured. He also directed the officers of Irrigation and Flood Control Department to closely monitor the situation on the ground so that an adequate feedback can be taken. He also asked for additional jcbs for the awarah village so that the diversion of the nallah can be done and lives and property of the people living there be saved.
While interacting with the people of these districts, the Minister said that the Government has taken all necessary steps for providing all possible assistance to the flood affected people, besides putting in place adequate mechanism and various departments are working round the clock to ensure the safety of the people. He said that the Chief Minister personally toured different districts and took stock of the situation and directed the concerned officers to ensure that the safety of the people should be on top priority.
Mr. Sagar said that it is very strange that certain political parties are trying to politicise the human tragedies as they have been doing in the past for gaining political mileage. He said that need of the hour is to coordinate our efforts so that the people can be rescued and then afterwards adequately rehabilitated.
He appealed the people to monitor situation themselves and coordinate with the Government to address the problems.
Mr. Sagar directed the concerned officers to remain available to the people round the clock and monitor the situation on regular basis. He also asked them to respond to the distress calls of the people trapped in the floods within the shortest possible time, so that they can be taken to safer places.
The Minster directed the concerned Deputy Commissioners, Chief Engineer I&FC, Director CA&PD etc to provide every possible assistance to the people so that they do not face any inconvenience. He also asked Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to closely monitor the situation so that the requisite feedback is got from the field agencies about the status and the action initiated for providing assistance to the people.

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