Gond flood-affected decry govt apathy

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ANANTNAG: Decrying the government ‘inaction’ to rehabilitate 40 families displaced by the last year’s flooding, the residents of Gond Tankipora Kulgam have alleged the district administration has miserably failed to bring relief to the affected.

The electricity and water supply, they said, have not been restored in their areas. “We’re made to believe that tonnes of relief material have been distributed among the flood victims,” Bilal Ahmad, resident of Gond told Kashmir observer. “It’s simply nowhere to be seen here.”

The government, he said, had committed an allotment of 5 marlas of land for the construction of houses to those whose home and hearth was washed away in the floods. “The families continue to live in makeshift shelters in abject conditions braving the elements of Nature,” Ahmad said. “Our demands are known to the government but nobody is prepared to take concrete steps to rehabilitate us.”

He said the officials responsible for the distribution relief material were exploiting their plight by acting as mute spectators.

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