Bhavani Pathania Member of Assembly Fatehpur (which is the most Rainfury affected constituency in the state) appealed to all members of the Assembly to rise above the Political line to fight the rain fury which was heaviest after the 1905 Kangra Earthquake. The arguments given by ruling party legislator Bhavani Singh Pathania that given the number of casualties loss of property and Environmental degradation recent tragedy in Himachal should be declared a national disaster.
Starting the discussion, Bhavani said that while explaining why, how, and when the tragedy in Himachal is declared a national disaster, he said that a national disaster occurs when there is human loss in the tragedy area.
If there is damage to the environment and loss of agricultural land, the Central Government could declare the area as a national disaster area.
Discussing the second point, Pathania said that if the disaster-affected area is declared a national disaster area, then 90 percent of the relief amount called Climate Fund is allocated by the Center and 10 percent is given by the state and if the relief money is from the Contingency Fund.
If given then the true percentage is borne by the Centre. Along with this, loans of farmers are waived off and new loans are available on easy terms and at low interest rates.
For all these reasons, Pathania urged the Leader of the Opposition and the entire opposition to unanimously pass the government’s proposal for the larger interest of Himachal and affected people of the state and to support the state government forcing the Central Government to carry out its declared national task of resolving the tragedy in Himachal.
” When the Leader of the Opposition along with his party members all agree that the state has suffered a huge loss and everyone is asking for money, then what is wrong in supporting the resolution,” he asked.
Bhavani requested to reinstate the closed crushers in Pathania state which are running as per rules so that people could get the construction work of their damaged houses and roads could be restored before the winter.