Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announced today that Sujanpur, Utpur, and Kakkar are to be declared rain-damaged areas.
During his visit to the Sujanpur Constituency of Hamirpur district today, Mr Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that rain has caused unprecedented rains and landslides in the Hamirpur district.
Taking stock of relief and rehabilitation works in view of the heavy devastation at other places including Utpur and Kakkar, the Chief Minister directed the district administration to declare them as disaster-affected areas.
The state government has announced a special relief package, wherein provision has been made to provide ten times enhanced compensation to the affected. Earlier, the relief amount of Rs.12,500 was given for partial damage to the pucca houses and Rs.10,000 for partial damage to the kutcha houses.
But in view of the loss caused due to natural calamity, the government has increased it to one lakh rupees. He said that earlier the shops and dhabas used to get financial assistance of only Rs 10,000 in lieu of goods as compensation for the damage caused, which has now been increased ten times, to rupees one lakh.
According to the new provisions, financial assistance of Rs 55,000 per animal is being given on the death of milch animals like cow and buffalo and financial assistance on the death of sheep and goats has been increased from Rs 4000 to Rs 6000.
He said that after the declaration of disaster-affected areas, the affected families living here would be provided relief amounts according to this special package.
Later, he also visited Sachuhi, Bajahar, Jol-Palahi, and other areas of Sujanpur to oversee the relief and rehabilitation measures and issued necessary directions to the administration to assist the affected families.
MLAs, Rajendra Rana and Ashish Sharma, Chief Minister’s Political Advisor Sunil Sharma, Kangra Central Cooperative Bank President, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Abhishek Rana, Deputy Commissioner Hemraj Bairwa, Superintendent of Police Dr. Aakriti Sharma and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.