Declare Floods As National Calamity: KCSDS

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Centre of Social & Development Studies [KCSDS] has deplored the government for refusing to issue notification declaring Kashmir floods as a natural disaster. 

“KCSDS demands that such a notification should be issued as soon as possible. Such a notification is necessary to facilitate the hassle free transportation of relief material from global community, who have a willingness to be a part of relief and rehabilitation”, it said in a statement here today.

“KCSDS notes with concern the statement of Chief Secretary that it is a disaster of international dimension, yet failing to issue a notification classifying it as a natural calamity that shall facilitate the interests of business establishments”, the statement read. 

KCSDS accused the state of failure in pursuing GOI to promulgate the Kashmir floods as a national calamity. 

“Prime Minister Modi, in spite of his statements acknowledging it as a national disaster has not yet come up with a notification to this effect”. 

KCSDS has demanded that the State Government should not only issue a notification declaring floods as a natural calamity but also pursue the case with GOI for promulgating it as a national calamity.  

“Mr.Modi’s interjection in the US that the world communities lend assistance to each other should be given a practical shape to facilitate international aid and assistance to J & K”, the statement said.

Meanwhile, KCSDS has taken some satisfaction in the fact that Government has acknowledged KCSDS’s initial assessment of losses of over One Trillion Rupees. 

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