JK Submits Revised Earthquake Relief Package to GOI

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Srinagar: About 96000 houses and other establishments in Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban got affected in the earthquake that struck these districts on 1st May, 2013.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Vikar Rasool in reply to a calling attention notice by Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta in Legislative Council today regarding situation that has arisen due to unabated earthquakes in Doda, Kishtwar, Badherwah, Thathri, Gandoh, Banihal areas.

The Minister said an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude on the Richter scale struck the Districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban. He said an amount of Rs. 120 crore is required to be paid to the affected families as per the SDRF norms. He said that Rs 25 crore has already been released and disbursed for providing ex-gratia relief to the dead/injured and also to the persons whose houses got damaged. He said as many as 5579 tents were provided to the affected for temporary shelters, besides free ration for three months. He said nearly 700 educational institutions have also suffered damage in these districts and arrangements have been made by providing shelter and tents wherever, required to ensure that education of children does not suffer.

The Minister said that besides the relief package of Rs 120 crore under SDRF being distributed among the affected, the State Government has also approached the Centre to provide a special revised rehabilitation package to the tune of Rs 607.77 Crore in favor of the earthquake affected on the pattern of Leh package so that the affected people are provided adequate assistance and ex-gratia relief.

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