Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla today distributed relief among 300 drought hit families of Mathwar village under National Calamity Relief Fund (NCRF) at a function held at Baba Balo ji Devsathan in Nagrota constituency.
Addressing a large gathering, Mr. Bhalla said that on the concerted efforts of the Government, the Central Government has released Rs. 256 crore under National Calamity Relief Fund (NCRF) for distribution of relief among drought hit and hailstorm affected families of the State, adding that directions have been issued to Revenue Officers for early submission of the details of affected families of their respective areas so that the financial assistance could be distributed in the form of cheques through public darbars. He said out of released package, Government has also provided three months free ration to the affected families.
Mr. Bhalla said Government has taken various exemplary measures to meet all the aspirations of the Kandi belt people at par with urban pockets, adding that for this purpose Central Government has provided liberal funding under development sectors. He said Government has prepared a concrete plan for developing the areas with all basic amenities.
Regarding land deficiency compensation to displaced families of 1947, 1965 and 1971, the Minister said UPA Government headed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has allocated Rs. 49 crore to the State Government, adding that the relief amounting to Rs. 1.50 lakh to each affected family is being disbursed in public darbars in their respective colonies. He said State and Central Governments are fully aware of refugees hardships adding that a memorandum worth Rs. 1775 crore has been submitted to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during his visit to Jammu for one time settlement of their issues. He informed that most of colonies of refugees are being regularized under 254-C Revenue Act, adding that the areas would be developed on modern lines by providing all basic amenities at par with urban pockets.
Responding to the local demands, the Minister said that a proposal is under active consideration in School Education Ministry for upgradation of Government High School Mathwar.
MLA Jugal Kishore Sharma, Ex.MLA Shiv Dev Singh, Sarpanch Mathwar Ram Pal Sharma besides senior officers of Revenue and Relief accompanied the Minister.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bhalla distributed 45 cheques among flood hit families of Nanak Nagar whose houses have been partially damaged due to flash floods during last year rainy season.