Chief Minister Reviews Situation

Chief Minister Reviews Situation

20 March 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah chaired an emergency meeting here Tuesday to review the situation arising due to the extended windstorm in the Valley, an official spokesman said. Chief Minister, according to the spokesman, received first hand appraisal of the situation and took stock of the preparedness of government departments to face the challenge thrown by the natural calamity. Omar directed the administration to remain fully alert and at the beck and call of the people to attend to their needs. He also directed for sending teams to various affected areas to ascertain the losses and provide necessary succor to the affected. The Chief Minister asked the PHE, PDD and other departments to take immediate steps to restore the public services damaged due to the windstorm. He directed the Health Department to ensure healthcare availability to the affected people on priority. Minister of State for R&B, Javaid Dar, Minister of State for PHE, Nasir Aslam Wani, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, IGP Kashmir, SM Sahai, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Baseer Ahmed Khan, Chief Engineers of Power, R&B, PHE and Joint Director, Fire & Emergency Services, Kashmir and other senior divisional officers were present in the meeting. Later, the Chief Minister along with a team of officers visited various affected areas in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts, interacted with people and ascertained himself the impact of the tornado. Omar, according to the official spokesman, inspected various houses damaged in the windstorm, expressed sympathy with the affected and directed the officers for providing immediate relief. PDP DEMANDS ADEQUATE COMPENSATION Meanwhile, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday demanded adequate compensation for those whose property got damaged in the windstorm. Expressing concern over the loss of a precious lives as also the property due to the windstorm, PDP chief asked the government to start the rescue and relief operation on war footing because normal life has been thrown out of gear due to the storm. She said the Government of India must come forward with a relief ad rehabilitation package given the colossal damage caused by the windstorm. She said storm blew away hundreds of rooftops, uprooted number of trees and threw power supply system haywire. She said the people have been facing hardship due to disruption of power supply and there was a need to restore power supply as early as possible. Demanding adequate compensation for the affected families, Mehbooba asked the authorities to immediately assess the losses and give compensation to the affected people. She further demanded that team of officers should be deputed in all the affected areas to supervise the relief and rescue operations. She cautioned the government against adopting causal approach while dealing with the situation emerged due to windstorm. SOZ CONCERNED State Congress President Prof Saifuddin Soz has expressed shock over the loss of life and property due to the windstorm. In a statement from New Delhi, Soz said, I feel extremely sorry for the stormy winds that damaged rooftops, electric poles etc in many parts of the Srinagar city and elsewhere. Unfortunately many people have suffered hardships. On getting in touch with state administration, I was told that the concerned departments have got active to reach the families, who have suffered damages due to storm. Prof Soz said he has requested Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla to visit Srinagar immediately. TARIGAMI FOR ASSESSMENT OF LOSSES General Secretary CPI (M) and MLA Kulgam, M Y Tarigami has expressed concern over the damage caused to property due to devastating windstorm. Tarigami has enjoined upon the government to gear up the field functionaries particularly revenue authorities to survey the affected areas of the Valley especially far-flung areas to assess the losses so that ex-gratia relief is provided to the affected people.