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8 years on, Kulgam flood victims await permanent rehabilitation
1/14/2022 10:58:13 PM
Saahil Suhail

Early Times Report

Kulgam, Jan 14: Eight years after the devastating floods hit Kashmir, Two dozen families in Gund Tankipora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district still await rehabilitation.
The victim families have been living in temporary tin-sheds and hospital buildings since 2014.
“In last seven years we visited every officer and politician but nothing happened as the officials responsible to rehabilitate us are resorting to delaying tactics,” residents told Early Times.
Altaf Ahmad, a resident, said that the government of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state had paid each family Rs 425000 for constructing residential houses but didn’t provide them land as the area where their houses existed before 2014 floods was washed away completely.
“2014 floods washed away our houses completely. The area is now Nallah and the flood devastated us. We are now landless and as such couldn’t build residential houses. Administration promised us that we will be provided land but didn’t fulfill its promise yet,” he added.
These families alleged that the district administration was deliberately delaying their permanent rehabilitation and have thrown their file into cold storage.
“I don't know what wrong we have committed. I request Deputy Commissioner Kulgam to please forgive us and do something for our rehabilitation,” a female resident said.
They claimed that despite poverty and limited resources they followed their file in the Civil Secretariat and even met Advisor to LG Manoj Sinha but still it didn’t make any impact on officials who are supposed to take steps for identifying required land for their rehabilitation.
“We want justice and live peacefully. We again request LG administration to please help us and get us rehabilitated,” they added.
A senior official in Kulgam district administration told Early Times that the case was being processed and directions have been issued for identification of land required by the flood affected families.
Important to mention here, CAG audit report of Prime Minister’s Development Package has spilled beans and left people of Jammu and Kashmir furious.
After 2016 unrest, J&K Govt rolled out Interest Subvention Scheme & fraudulently benefited a “coterie of influential families” in #Kashmir Rs 41.32 crores from PM's Development Package misused to help influential people who were never affected by 2014 floods.
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