Govt Notifies Nov-Dec Snowfall As State Specific Natural Disaster

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Snowfall in Kashmir ( KO Photo: Abid Bhat )

JAMMU – The Jammu and Kash­mir administration on Tuesday approved notifying the untime­ly snowfall in November and early December as a state spe­cific natural disaster.

According to an official spokes­person, the executive Committee of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) headed by Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam today approved notifying the un­timely heavy snow fall between the November 6 and 9 in Kashmir and December 12 to14 in parts of Jammu as a State Specific Natural Disaster for the purposes of pro­viding additional relief to the af­fected farmers from SDRF.

Financial Commissioner, Fi­nance, Principal Secretary, Home, Financial Commissioner, Reve­nue, J&K, Secretary, DMRR&R and other senior officers attended the meeting. Chief Secretary directed Secretary, DMRR&R to work out additional requirement of funds in each district based on their projected demand and the funds available with them for meeting various disaster related expenses as per SDRF norms.

Secretary, DMRR&R will also work out the additional require­ment of disaster related equip­ment in consultation with DCs to strengthen the response mecha­nism of the district administra­tion to winter vagaries.

The Executive Meeting also ap­proved allocation of Rs 2 Crore for placement at the disposal of PHE and I&FC Department for pro­curement of 10 Vehicle Mounted Mobile DG Sets to meet emergent power supply requirements of PHE installations for uninterrupt­ed water supply to consumers.

The meeting was informed that new 22 Bulldozers and 16 Snow Plough Machines will ar­rive by January and February, 2020 respectively. Besides, three sophisticated Snow Cutter Machines will arrive by March 2020.

These machines will augment the require­ment of disaster related equipment in the dis­tricts.

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