U'khand govt donates Rs 10 crore for flood-hit J&K people

Uttarakhand's resident commissioner Tuesday handed over a cheque of Rs 10 crore to his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart in New Delhi on behalf of Chief Minister Harish Rawat for the flood-hit people of the state.

PTI| Updated: Sep 16, 2014, 16:48 PM IST

Dehradun: Uttarakhand's resident commissioner Tuesday handed over a cheque of Rs 10 crore to his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart in New Delhi on behalf of Chief Minister Harish Rawat for the flood-hit people of the state.

In keeping with the state government's announcement in this regard earlier, Shankar Dutt Sharma handed over a cheque of Rs 10 crore to J-K Resident Commissioner Lokesh Jha in New Delhi today, an official release here said.

Rawat had offered the amount as financial assistance to the flood- ravaged state on September 9.

Uttarakhand government will also pay fees of Kashmiri students studying in different colleges and institutes of the state for the next three months.

Making the announcement here yesterday, the Chief Minister said the decision was taken to provide some monetary relief to students from the flood-hit state.

Apart from the financial assistance of Rs 10 crore, Uttarakhand is also providing rafts and submersible pumps from its hydel projects?to J and K ?to?rescue people and?flush out water from marooned areas.

50 river rafts from Rishikesh have already been sent to the state and 20-30 more will soon be sent, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar said.

Uttarakhand which itself battled a natural calamity of unprecedented magnitude last year is also providing official expertise to J-K to help combat the current crisis.

Uttarakhand Missing Cell chief Ajay Pradyot was sent along with two of his subordinates to the northern state a few days back to lend a helping hand in searching for the missing people in J and K.

The missing cell of Uttarakhand constituted after last year's calamity had done a commendable job during the crisis and Pradyot has been sent there to give the advantage of his expertise to the flood-hit state, the chief secretary said.