J&K floods: Congress lauds PM Modi's response, prompt action

Congress leaders have lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's prompt actions and response in dealing with the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Updated: Sep 08, 2014, 22:50 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress leaders have lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's prompt actions and response in dealing with the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress general secretary Digivijay Singh, who is known Modi-baiter, posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter on Monday- “Commend the rescue by DMRF, Army, police and security forces in J&K and also GOI and PM for prompt action and reaching out to people in POK.”

He also said that he would donate one month salary to CM Relief Fund for flood relief.

Another Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he was 'very happy with the PM's response'.

"He (Modi) was very quick to visit the state and announce a package of Rs 1,000 crore," Azad said as per PTI.

Modi announced the special assistance package for J&K after undertaking a day-long visit to the state yesterday to review the situation in the flood-affected areas there.

Azad, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and a former J&K chief minister, said he hoped the Centre would continue to support the relief and rehabilitation measures with unwavering enthusiasm.

"I am sure the initial response by the Prime Minister to the flood situation will continue to hold. I hope, trust and believe in that. We expect the Prime Minister's support will continue with the same enthusiasm," said Azad.

J&K is facing one of its worst floods in almost six decades. More than 150 people have died in the devastation.

Modi had said that the situation in Kashmir was a national level calamity.

Meanwhile, massive rescue operations were underway today to evacuate tens of thousands of people stranded in floods in Jammu and Kashmir as the situation remained grim with most parts of Srinagar city still under water and bad communication lines and high water levels posing a big challenge.

Soldiers won't return to barracks until last man is helped, Army Chief Gen Dalbir Suhag said regarding operations in flood-hit J&K.

He said that so far, 20,000 people have been rescued from the flood-affected areas, while 60 medical teams have been deployed.

With PTI inputs