All India Congress Committee spokesperson, Congress MLA from Theog, Kuldeep Singh Rathore has urged the state government to repair and restore the link roads of apple-rich areas destroyed by heavy rains and floods on a war footing. He has said that the economy of the apple orchards in the state depends on this and if the roads in these areas are not repaired immediately, then the orchardists will have to face huge losses.
Addressing a press conference at State Congress Headquarters Rajiv Bhawan today, Kuldeep Rathore said that heavy rains and floods have wreaked havoc in Himachal. People are scared. The loss cannot be estimated immediately, but it is sure that this loss is worth thousands of crores. Demanding a special economic package from the Central Government, he said that the state’s economic condition is already dire and this tragedy has put an additional economic burden on the state.
Rathore has also urged BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister Anurag Thakur, and all three BJP MPs to help the state. He has said that rising above party politics, all the leaders should come forward in the hour of this disaster.
During this, Congress President MP Pratibha Singh demanded a special economic package from Prime Minister Narendra Modi while demanding the center declare this disaster as a national disaster. He has also requested to send a central team soon to assess the damage caused by this disaster.
Pratibha Singh said that the State Congress Committee has fixed responsibilities on all its leaders to help the people. He said that for this purpose, a control room has also been set up at State Congress Headquarters, Rajiv Bhavan, while Congress General Secretaries and District Presidents in all the districts have been made in charge of these centers in their respective districts.
Pratibha Singh said that she herself is going on a tour of her parliamentary constituency Mandi from tomorrow, where she will review the relief and rescue operations from the officials while taking stock of the damage caused by the calamity.
All India Congress Committee President Mallikarjun Kharge, former President Rahul Gandhi, and All India Congress Working Committee member in-charge of state affairs Rajeev Shukla have also expressed grief over the damage caused by heavy rains and floods in the state. He has also expressed his condolences to the people killed in this disaster.