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Rs 334 cr given to quake survivors

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, Apr 16: The Jammu and Kashmir government has paid more than Rs 334 crore as relief to survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit border areas of Baramulla and Kupwara on October 8 last year, killing 950 people and rendering thousands homeless.

This was informed at a high-level meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Basharat Ahmed Dhar here.

More than Rs 334 crore have so far been disbursed through cheques to the affected people in quake-hit Uri and Tangdhar areas.

The meeting was told that Rs 4.74 crore have been paid as ex-gratia relief to relatives of the deceased while Rs 13.10 lakh have been disbursed among the wounded.

The Divisional Commissioner said a massive training programme for local masons and carpenters at Tangdhar and Uri was being organised by the state Technical Education Department in coordination with various NGOs.

''In all, 1300 locals will be trained. This would help sharpen their knowledge and skills which in turn could be utilised by them during construction activities,'' Mr Dhar said.

Lauding the role of various NGOs in Uri and Tangdhar, he called upon them to maintain close coordination with the administration to avoid duplicity of works in a particular village or belt.

Mr Dhar urged the NGOs to help in rebuilding the damaged health and education infrastructure which were of vital importance.

A proposal for setting up of a disaster management authority was under the government's consideration, he added.

It would have representatives from different departments directly or indirectly involved in rescue and rehabilitation measures.


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