Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said his government would provide “maximum support” to the flood affected people of Jammu and Kashmir who suffered huge losses in floods last September. He also hinted at the possibility of the Centre releasing more funds for the state.
Speaking to reporters after darshan at the Amarnath shrine on the first day of the pilgrimage, Singh said the Centre would provide all possible help to the people of the state in coming days.
Asked why the Centre released a meagre amount for relief, Singh said funds were always given in installments. “We have already given some money. After it is utilised, more money will be released for flood affected people,’’ he said.
Recently, the Centre had announced the release of Rs1,667 crore for the flood-hit state, but controversy erupted when it deducted Rs 500 crore to settle the bill of Defence Ministry.
The flood relief package announced by the Centre for Jammu and Kashmir has left Opposition parties and civil society fuming.
The assistance provided by the Centre is lower than the Rs 44,000 crore demanded by the National Conference-Congress government from the Centre after the floods.
As per the government’s estimates, 2,61,361 structures were damaged- 21,485 of these completely.
An official document obtained by The Indian Express reveals Rs 312.53 crore was disbursed to 2,56,801 families as per the State Disaster Relief norms. The money was disbursed from the State Disaster Relief Fund and the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.