Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday sought a special rehabilitation package from the Centre for the flood ravaged state. An official spokesman here said the CM called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday.
“While expressing his gratitude to the PM and the Central government for assistance by way of rescue and relief to the affected people, the CM advocated massive assistance from the Centre for relief and rehabilitation of flood affected people,’’ the spokesman added.
Saying that loss of property had been colossal, Omar told Modi, “We look to you in this hour of grave crisis for all the required support during the second phase of calamity management in respect to the rehabilitation of affected families both in terms of housing and livelihood, besides restoration of public assets.’’
The CM said while the state government will immediately give financial assistance out of the State Disaster Relief Fund, a financial package will have to be worked out for sustainable rehabilitation of households devastated by the flood.
“Considering that the residential houses in Kashmir are built at a cost higher than other parts of the country and in view of a limited working season before the onset of winter, it is imperative that Centre agrees to the funds for reconstruction of damaged houses,’’ he said.