Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected regions of Fatehpur and Indora assembly segment, in district Kangra today. He took stock of evacuation operations of the areas flooded downstream of Pong Reservoir and other relief works.
While interacting with the people in relief camps set up at Damtal and Shekhpura the Chief Minister inquired into their well-being, besides assuring them of all possible assistance from the government. Expressing concern over the loss, the Chief Minister said that damages to a huge extent have been caused to both the public and the private property. People have lost their homes and large areas under harvest have been submerged under water, causing huge loss to the farmers.” I assure of special package, especially for these areas in terms of relief and compensation. Affected families will be provided increased compensation” remarked Sh. Sukhu.
He directed the administration to make sure that the people sheltered in relief camps may be looked after well. Apart from free lodging and boarding, the health department has also deputed medical teams to take care of children, elders besides others. The Chief Minister directed to ensure sufficient stock of eateries, essential medicines besides anti-venom.
Interacting with the media, the Chief Minster said that as many as 27 Panchayats of Indora and Fatehpur area have been affected due to water logging downstream the Pong reservoir out of which 22 Panchayats have been severely affected due to flood. Nearly 1150 persons have been evacuated so far with the help of Indian Air Force, Army, National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force. Police and Home Guards personnel have also been roped in for the evacuation process, he added.
He said that during last 50 years, this was the most catastrophic natural calamity the State has gone through. He said that financial assistance of rupees one lakh would be provided for partially damaged house and all possible help will also be extended for rebuilding their houses.
He also directed the authorities for making arrangement of extra classes for the students who have missed their regular courses in the schools. The Chief Minister also assured the evacuated migrant labourers of every possible assistance, besides arrangements of their transportation if they were willing to go back to their States.
He also took his meal with the people sheltered at Radha Swami Satsang Bhawan Shekhpura.
Taking dig at the opposition on the issue of Vidhan Sabha monsoon session, Chief Minister said at the time of the disaster, the priority of the government was to mitigate the situation and bringing life back to normal. If the Vidhan Sabha session is convened at this juncture, the security personnel who have been roped in for the rescue and relief operations would have to be deployed for Vidhan Sabha related duties, thus hampering the relief process, he told.
President, Kathgarh Shiv Temple Committee, OP Katoch presented a cheque of rupees one lakh towards Chief Minister Relief Fund.
Agriculture Minister, Chander Kumar, MLAs, Bhawani Singh Pathania and Malender Rajan, Vice Chairman State Industrial Development Corporation, Ex-MLA Ajay Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Nipun Jindal, SP Police District Nurpur, Ashok Rattan were present among others.