PM Modi kept a look on J&K relief operations day and night: Cabinet Secretary

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A shopkeeper tries to pull a submerged clock from the flooded road of the business hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar
New Delhi, Sept 20: Cabinet Secretary Ajith Seth on Friday gave full marks to the Narendra Modi government at the Centre on the tackling of the disastrous floods in Jammu & Kashmir that killed over 300 people and left several lakh homeless, in the past few weeks, an India Today report said. He said the rescue and relief operations carried out in the flood-ravaged state were unprecedented and the response was swifter than during the flash floods in Uttarakhand in June last year.

The Congress-led UPA government was in power when the natural calamity struck Uttarakhand, killing nearly 6,000 though the number could be far more officially.

Seth himself coordinated with the Indian Army and other ministries of the government while the prime minister monitored the situation day and night, the report added.

The government swung into action within 24 hours of the floodwaters hitting parts of the Kashmir Valley and held a crisis management meeting and launched a massive rescue operation. The PM asked the cabinet secretary and other officials to push the rescue operations and decided to fly to the Valley himself.

A fleet of 65 aircraft was deployed to rescue the flood victims on the PM's orders, Seth said, reported the India Today article. A total of 1,300 tonnes of food was supplied to the affected areas and 30 doctors were deployed in Srinagar, the cabinet secretary said.

The PM held late-night meetings to oversee the progress of the relief operations.

Rescue operations were still on in the state and the final tally was yet to be known.

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