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BDC Chairperson, DDC member call on DC Shopian

Demand relief to affected tribal families due to recent snowfall, rainfall

SHOPIAN: A delegation of hundreds of tribal families led by Chairman, Block Development Council (BDC), Koteranka Rajouri, Javed Iqbal Choudhary and District Development Council member from Budhal Rajouri, Shazia Kouser called upon Deputy Commissioner, Shopian Sachan Kumar Vaishya and sought relief and compensation for tribal families affected by recent snowfall and heavy rainfall.

While interacting with the delegation, DC Shopian informed them that district administration has initiated proactive assessment measures for the affected families and an amount of Rs 60 Lakh has been approved for compensation under SDRF norms which will be credited to them after completion of due process shortly. He also assured the delegation that inter-departmental teams will be sent to other areas to assess the losses.

While interacting with the Deputy Commissioner, BDC Chairperson highlighted the needs for immediate shelter support for these affected families apart from compensation under the State Disaster Relief Fund. He also sought deputation of teachers to schools located in tribal areas. He appreciated the Deputy Commissioner for proactive measures and prompt steps for ensuring timely relief to affected families.

DDC member during the interaction with the Deputy Commissioner highlighted the loss suffered by hundreds of families from Koteranka-Budhal sub-division in highland pastures of Shopian and sought special relief measures to support the livelihood of these families. She also sought steps for advance weather information to Dhoks through the District Disaster Management Authority teams.

During the interaction with delegation, the Deputy Commissioner said that 300 tents have been sanctioned for affected families of Budhal presently in Dhoks in highland pastures of Shopian in the Pirpanjal mountain range. He also issued orders for deputing teachers to schools mentioned by the delegation.

The DC further assured the delegation for every kind of help to migratory tribal families including medical healthcare, veterinary care, social security and livelihood support. He also informed them about other tribal measures underway in the district including a tribal transit accommodation being constructed for migratory families near Pir ki Gali.

The delegation also expressed gratitude to the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha and Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta for prompt action by the administration to ensure relief to affected families and also called upon the Government to cover other areas to ensure all affected families receive the relief and compensation.

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