Thursday, October 12, 2006

In 2005 Delhi promised Rs 1342 crores

Year after only 432.01 crores released 
Earthquake victims wait for 2nd installment 
Naseer A Ganai
Srinagar, Oct 12: The New Delhi which last year had promised the state of whopping aid in view of earthquake has failed to fulfill its promise.
Reports submitted by the State government before the Division Bench of the High Court are showing that Government has so far received Rs 432.01 crores. 
The State government had sought financial assistance of Rs 1342 crore from the centre government for relief and rehabilitation of earthquake hit victims. 
The Government claims that it has spent Rs 542.21 crores on the victims of earthquake so far.  
In Varmul district alone 14500 suffers have not been paid their second and third installment. The additional commissioner Varmul informed the Court that he requires Rs 90 crore to provide second and third installment to people.  
The situation is not different in Kupwara district. The additional deputy commissioner Kupwara informed the Court that 3160 victims were not paid second and third installment and said he requires Rs 30 crore.  
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that the State government had decided to release an amount of Rs 52.00 crore to meet the expenditure of second and third installment. He said money has been released with Rs 25 crore released to DC Varmul and Rs 20 crore to DC Kupwara.
The Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice B.A Khan and Justice Bashir A. Kirmani directed the State government to pay second and third installment to the victims before on set of winter before December 20, 2006. The Court also directed the Chief Secretary to arrange required funds for the Deputy Commissioner Varmul and Deputy Commissioner Kupwara. The Court asked the secretary to Government of India Ministry of Finance that funds committed by the central government shall be released before the onset of earthquake. The case is listed for hearing on October 16. On this day the government have to provide latest details about the release of funds to the Court. 
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