Friday, 23 November 2012

Centre Team visited all the disaster hit areas

Dehradun:(Newstrust Network)-The Centre Team that has come to Uttarakhand to take stoke of damage due to natural calamities in Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag districts called on Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna at his resident on Friday. Mr. Bahuguna urged the team to submit the report at the earliest so that the State could get relief from the Centre. He said that the Centre had already provided interim relief fund.
Chief Minister Bahuguna said that the State Government, with the assistance of Central Government, had put up all efforts to provide relief to disaster hit people. He said that the state Government was providing compensation for damage to commercial establishments on its own level. Mr. Bahuguna observed that though the Centre had provided interim relief, looking into the degree of damages, more fund was needed to reconstruct basic infrastructures damaged in natural calamities.
 The Centre Team members said that the team had visited all the disaster hit areas and collected all requisite information. The report would be submitted to the Centre at the earliest. The team was led by senior administrative officer from Home Ministry M Gopal Reddy. The team was accompanied by Uttarakhand's Disaster Management Secretary DS Gabryal on its visit to disaster affected areas.
Later the Central team also met Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain and other senior officers at his Secretariat office. Mr. Jain said that considering difficult geographical condition, the norms for disaster relief to hill states should be relaxed and relief amount enhanced so that relief could be provided to the people more effectively. He recalled that Defence Ministry had extended special assistance in evacuating stranded pilgrims during disaster by helicopters. Meanwhile, the State Government had tried to provide financial support through its own financial resources. He said that the Union Government too had extended immediate financial help to the state that time. Mr. Jain said that additional fund was needed to reconstruct damaged roads, bridges and resume power supply, health services, agriculture and irrigation facilities. He apprised that total 2425 projects were damaged and to resume them Rs. 61244 lakh was needed. He maintained that Rs. 23621 lakh was needed for immediate maintenance of the projects and Rs. 37622 lakh for activating these projects.  He also directed the departmental officers to submit report of damaged projects of their respective departments to Disaster Cell.

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