December 2005 News

Pakistan Speaker praises J&K Government

27 December 2005
The Hindu
Luv Puri

Jammu: The Speaker of the Pakistan National Assembly has praised the Jammu and Kashmir Government for the quick measures taken for relief and rehabilitation of earthquake victims. In the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council on Tuesday, the Chairman Abdul Rashid Dar said the State Government had received appreciation at the international meeting of Parliamentarians at New Delhi, which he had attended. He said the Speaker of the Pakistan National Assembly had been full of praise for the Jammu and Kashmir Government. The importance of the praise can be ascertained from the fact that the Pakistan establishment has refused to give any sort of legitimacy to the Jammu and Kashmir Government and termed the separatists the real leaders of the State. Disaster management authority planned Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said a disaster management authority would be constituted to tackle calamities. Winding up the discussion in the Legislative Council on the motion on the recent earthquake, Mr. Azad said such an authority would ensure quick response as well as provide action plans for emergencies. He said legislation would be passed in the next session. Till the Disaster Management Authority Act was enacted, the authority would be set up through an executive order. He said he had approved Rs. 60,000 more for fully damaged houses where three or more families were living, and an additional Rs. 30,000 for damaged structures in which two families resided. Compensation ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 30,000 would be given to those whose houses were partially damaged. Mr. Azad said 15 villages comprising 1,500 people in Tangdhar and Uri had to be relocated for which land in Teetwal, Bagh Bela, Tangdhar and Boniyar had been identified.


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