After September 2014 flood fury, that devastated the entire valley and city in particular, people are still in a state of shock. This is because of the fact that 90 per cent of the affected people are still shelterless and residing either in tents or in rented rooms. We are in the tenth month after the floods that washed away everything, but people are yet to receive financial aid to start rehabilitation process except the PMs relief of 1 lakh, that most of the people whose houses collapsed fully, spent on clearing the debris. How to start the rebuilding process in absence of financial help? It has become a matter of concern for all.
Though the government has been making tall claims of providing adequate aid to the flood victims, there is little to show on the ground. And how much time it will take despite promises? Nobody knows. Authorities continue to maintain silence on this. Promises without any viable outcome are not fruit yielding. It needs healing human touch on a fast track basis that can mitigate the sufferings.
Some time people are being asked to produce 16 digit bank account number, and other related proofs. Ad this people have already done. Now that the NDRF has been demanding “Aadhar Cards” as proof from the flood victims, which majority of people do not have, the process is likely to be delayed further. The process for obtaining Aadhar Cards has just begun and it is likely to take some more months to obtain it. There are clear directions from the Apex court to accept ration card. voter identity card, telephone or electricity bill in absence of the Aadhar Card in the case of flood victims. The JK High court has also passed instructions to the government to accept such proofs other than Aadhar cards till these are issued to the people for which the court has given 14 days time to government to file objections.
This is something that has surprised and embarrassed the flood victims and added to their agony to a large extent. Are the people being confused or the authorities are confused? That looks a mystery. It is evident that the government for some obvious reasons is buying time, as its proposal for rehabilitation is still hanging at the centre for the best reasons known to the Chief minister Mufti Sayeed.
This is a natural calamity and people should have been given healing touch on priority without making it political, more so in view of the magnitude of the losses. What is going to happen next, only God knows.
Mohammad Farooq Wani
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