‘Rs 2000 crore to be given to PaK refugees’

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JAMMU: Bhartiya Janata Party leader and Minis­ter for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Chowdhary Tuesday said that out of 80,000 crore pack­age announced by Govern­ment of India to Jammu and Kashmir, Rs 2,000 crore will be given to displaced people of Pakistan administered Jammu and Kashmir pres­ently settled in different parts of Jammu region. “We have received the complete package yet but in coming day’s government of India will surely release the next installment,” Chowdhary told news agency CNS.

“This package was mis­taken as flood package but it is meant for the overall development of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The incumbent government has already renovated and recon­structed the structures dam­aged due to devastating 2014 floods. Besides, we have com­pensated the losses that dif­ferent departments incurred during the floods,” he said.

Responding to a question, Sham Lal Chowdary said the government has started almost all the water-supply schemes and this winter there will be no water shortage. “This gov­ernment is meant for the peo­ple and we have been working hard to ease the hardships of the people,” he said and added that the age old drainage sys­tem in Kashmir particularly in Srinagar city will be given a new shape to prevent water logging of the city roads. (CNS)

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