Srinagar: The Srinagar district administration on Tuesday sanctioned relief and compensation amounts in favour of families affected by the recent fire incidents in the district. The relief amounts will be in addition to the immediate assistance in the form of household items provided to the affected families.
The administration has also issued directions for providing housing assistance for reconstruction in cases where the affected houses were damaged fully.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary sanctioned the relief in a meeting – convened on Tuesday under his chairmanship – of concerned officers including among others Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Srinagar Dr. Syed Haneef Balkhi, JD Planning Mohammad Yaseen Lone, ACR Srinagar Rour-ur-Rehman, and Tehsildars concerned.
It is notable that 23 structures were damaged and 44 families affected in eight different fire incidents reported at Gandarpora, Nawakadal, Zadibal, Allochibagh, Habbakadal, Wattalkadal, Nadpora, Chanpora, and Pantha chowk.
In each of these incidents, the Srinagar district administration rushed immediate assistance to the affected families. The assistant provided included 30 lakh rupees cash assistance, 175 mattresses, 180 blankets, 200 bedsheets apart from kitchen sets and other household items.
Now, after assessment of losses in these incidents the DC Srinagar has sanctioned an assistance of 30 lakh rupees in favour of affected families. The amount includes 100000 rupees each for the restoration of damaged structures, 3000-4000 rupees assistance for kitchen items, 5000 rupees cash assistance, 10000-15000 rupees each for subsistence expenses in view of the harsh weather conditions.
Speaking during the meeting, Dr. Shahid appreciated the efforts of the Fire and Emergency Services officials and the local youth for a prompt response which helped minimise the losses in the fire incidents. He also appreciated the revenue officials for immediate relief and assistance to families in dire need.
The DC asked the concerned officials to propose the cases for assistance under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for the assistance of 1.68 lakh rupees each in cases of fully damaged houses stating that the assistance will enable the affected families to reconstruct their houses. He also emphasised the inclusion of fire safety norms in all building permission cases for residential structures in the district.
Meanwhile, as a special initiative the Srinagar administration has undertaken to provide educational assistance including books to children and students belonging to the families affected in fire incidents. Concerned Tehsildars have submitted details of families for sanction of assistance. The aim is to ensure that the education of children of the affected families does not suffer after the unfortunate incidents in which their study material was also lost. —(KNO)