Kashmir CM seeks ‘extraordinary’ package from central govt for flood affected State

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday sought liberal and extraordinary package from the central government for rehabilitation of flood affected people and reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in the State.

Omar also sought special package for the traders and business community and horticulturists, farmers and others affected for compensation for the huge losses incurred due to recent flood and torrential rains.

Pertinently, the devastating flood in the state claimed precious human lives, severely damaged  infrastructure, private property, residential houses, livestock and standing crops.

Omar asked for the packages during a meeting with Union Minister for Surface Transport, Nitin Gadkari, who was on State visit. The Chief Minister discussed the prevailing aftermath of the flood. Measures to be intensified and other initiatives required to be taken for reaching out to all the affected families and putting back life on tracks, were also discussed in detail in the meeting.

The Chief Minister gave resume of the efforts of the state government for providing necessary succor to the flood affected and putting in place measures on war footing for relief and rehabilitation besides making health institutions functional, providing ration and other essentials to the people and dewatering of water logged areas particularly in the Srinagar city.