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Rs 156 cr disbursed as relief for 1.62 L flood-damaged houses


Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government today said that over Rs 156 crore has been disbursed as ex-gratia relief in respect of 1,62,125 cases of structures damaged in last year’s floods.

“Meeting the directions of Governor N N Vohra by January 24, disbursement of ex-gratia relief was completed in respect of 1,62,125 cases of structures damaged in the Kashmir floods,” a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said today.

He said the deadline of January 24 was fixed by Vohra during a flood review meeting in Srinagar earlier this month.

The Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) has reported that the disbursement of ex-gratia relief in respect of 1,62,125 flood damaged structures has been completed and Rs 156.25 crore has been disbursed.

Of this amount Rs 73.62 crore has been disbursed for 9,816 fully damaged pucca houses, Rs 1.80 crore for 1,028 fully damaged kutcha houses, Rs 39.68 crore for 31,499 severely damaged pacca houses, Rs 27 lakh for 750 kutcha houses, Rs 35.87 crore for 94,401 partially damaged pacca houses and Rs 1.70 crore for 5,330 kutcha houses, he said.

Further, Rs 79.32 lakh has been disbursed for 2,644 damaged huts and Rs 2.49 crore for 16,657 cowsheds, he added.

Giving district wise details, the spokesperson said that disbursement for the fully damaged category has been made for 1,571 pacca and 47 kutcha houses in Pulwama district, 232 pacca and 106 kutcha houses in Kulgam district, 1,293 pacca and 232 kutcha houses in Anantnag district, 857 pacca and 24 kutcha in Budgam district, 5,110 pacca and 240 kutcha in Srinagar district, and 404 pacca and 219 kutcha houses in Bandipora district.

The Governor has also ordered that there should be no delay in the disbursement of relief under Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and that all missing information should be supplied to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) by January 31.

Consequently, 16 digit bank account numbers have been furnished to the NDMA in respect of 9,965 cases out of the total of 10,847 cases, the spokesperson said.

A sum of Rs 1,74,64,59,500 has been disbursed as ex-gratia relief (including disbursement of funds received from PM’s and CM’s Relief Fund) so far.

Of this, Rs 3.51 crore has been disbursed as ex-gratia relief to the kin of the deceased persons; Rs 156,25,77,500 for damaged houses and Rs 14,87,82,000 to eligible persons and families towards payment of rent.