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Quake-hit belt in J&K to get package on Leh pattern: Omar

Last Updated: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 20:00

Jammu: Relief and rehabilitation package for the quake-hit people will be on the pattern of cloudburst-hit Leh said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday and directed three Ministers to remain put in districts to oversee relief work.

"Initial relief under Calamity Relief Fund is always less, but the package, which the state government is forwarding to the Centre, will be on the patterns of Leh," Omar said while overseeing relief and rehabilitation measures in the earthquake hit Doda, Badharwah and Kishtwar districts.

Minister for Planning and Development, Ajay Sadhotra will stay at Badharwah, Minister for Roads and Buildings, Abdul Majid Wani at Doda and Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo at Kishtwar, Omar said.

Lauding the role of public representatives, the Chief Minister asked them to provide necessary feedback to the government along with suggestions for carrying forward the rehabilitation programme.

District administration has furnished requirement for 2,400 tents, of which 1,000 tents have already been dispatched by the Red Cross Society, he said.

"Soon after the incident, directions were issued for preparation of preliminary assessment report of the damage," Omar added.

Commenting on the extent of damage to government buildings he said, "We have to ascertain why this has happened and what the cause was for it?" and directed the Planning Minister to engage an independent third party enquiry.


First Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 20:00

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