Kiran Bedi calls PM Narendra Modi's handling of J&K floods 'real leadership'

Social activist and former cop called Prime Minister Narendra Modi's handling of the devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir as signs of 'real leadership'.

New Delhi: Social activist and former cop called Prime Minister Narendra Modi's handling of the devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir as signs of 'real leadership'.

She also said that the PM was an illustration of merits of having an experienced administrator in governance.

Bedi posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “This is called real leadership!Instead of seeking reports @PMOIndia sees challenges first-hand, coordinates, co-opts, provides, decides, implements.”

In another post she said - “Our @PMOIndia is an illustration of merits of having an experienced administrator in Governance! He is both 'Learnt' and a 'Learning' leader.”

At the same time the former cop lauded Modi's move of writing to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and offering help for the floods in PoK.

“Absolutely brilliant humanity rising above borders. @PMOIndia writes to PM of Pakistan for any help India could be of. Amazing leadership,” she wrote.

Declaring J&K floods as 'national level disaster', PM today announced Rs 1,000 crore as special assistance for rehabilitation of the people of the state.

He made the announcement in Srinagar after undertaking a visit to the state for first hand information of the situation which has turned grim resulting in the death of more than 100 people.

The PM observed that the Rs 1100 crores which is being made available to the state government through the state Disaster Relief Fund would not prove to be adequate in view of the magnitude of the tragedy.

"An additional special project assistance of Rs 1,000 crore will be made available by the government to the state for flood relief and rehabilitation. More assistance would be provided, if required, after a proper survey of the situation has been made," he said.

Also, expressing his anguish at the loss that has been caused in neighbouring areas in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK), he said India was ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the affected areas if Pakistan requires it.

Kashmir is facing the worst floods in the last 50 years. While the situation was starting to ease in Jammu, large areas in Kashmir were enveloped in flood waters following incessant rains since Wednesday.

Stepping up relief efforts as the weather showed some signs of improvement, the Army has deployed 184 columns (75-100 personnel each) while IAF has pressed 29 planes and helicopters into service, set up a disaster monitoring cell and alerted all its bases to a high state of readiness.

Over 13,000 people have been rescued from various areas by Army and IAF, as per PTI.

But many people were trapped and awaiting help in upper stories of buildings in low-lying areas, including in Srinagar and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah assured them that help will reach soon.

With PTI inputs

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