CHANDIGARH, April 9- Haryana Government has urged the National Disaster Management Authority to provide assistance to the tune of Rs 1000 crore to the State so that appropriate compensation and relief can be provided to the victims of “man-made disaster” , the Jat reservation agitation, and the State can move ahead with the process of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that the National Disaster Management Authority has been informed that in the month of February, 2016, substantial damage was caused to a large number of properties, both government and private during the unrest related to the Jat reservation agitation. Although most of the areas of the state were affected during the agitation, eight districts were the worst affected.
He said that compensation claims for 2077 private immovable properties worth Rs 555 crore have been received. Besides a large number of government properties and 300 private vehicles have been reported to be damaged. The actual assessment of the claims amount is being done by the district administrations along with survey experts in an expeditious manner.
He said that the State Government has provided assistance to the victims of this man made disaster by diverting funds from its own Plan Budget, as an interim measure, to ensure that the affected victims, especially from the economically weaker sections, get some relief to restart their livelihoods. Till April 6,2016, Rs 53.63 crores have already been disbursed by the state Government to the victims as relief.
The spokesman said that it was also informed to the National Disaster Management Authority that extensive damage caused to properties during the agitation constitutes a man-made disaster that needs to be provided relief and rehabilitation under the National Disaster Management Act administered by the National Disaster Management Authority. The recent Jat reservation agitation, like other man-made disasters, caused tremendous damage to the innocent victims.
He said that the State Government, therefore, requested the Central Government to assist the victims of this man-made disaster in the state and provide assistance of Rs 1000 crore to the state so that appropriate compensation and relief can be provided to the victims and the state can move ahead with the process of reconstruction and rehabilitation.