Srinagar – Minister of State for Rural Development, Mr. Aijaz Ahmed Khan informed the House that four children of village Chingi Makwal and one lady of village Serimooni have died due to collapse of their residential houses by heavy rains / flash floods. He said in terms of SDRF norms, the next of kin of the deceased persons are entitled for ex-gratia relief of Rs. 1.50 lakhs each and for fully damaged houses @ Rs. 15000/- each, adding ex-gratia relief in case of deaths as well as damaged houses have also been sanctioned by the District Administration.
The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice moved by Mr. Subash Chander Gupta in Legislative Council today.
Mr. Aijaz Said that the damages caused due to flash flood are under examination by the Interdisciplinary Committee constituted for the purpose. As soon as the final damage reports / requirement of funds is received, the matter in respect of cases admissible in terms of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) norms shall be placed before the State Executive Committee for consideration of release of funds for payment of relief to the affected families, he added.
The Minister said an amount of Rs. 5 lakh has been released to each Deputy Commissioner of Jammu division while Deputy Commissioner, Kathua would be asked to expedite the disbursement of ex-gratia relief to the next of kin of deceased families.
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