There Should Be No Politics Over Relief Work: Sonia

30 September 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi today said there should be no politics over relief and rehabilitation process in the flood-ravaged J&K. In an informal interaction with mediapersons after distributing relief to some flood-affected families in Jammu province here, Sonia said it was need of the hour that everyone should work for the rehabilitation of the affected families. 'There should be no politics over relief,' she said when asked about the performance of the Omar Abdullah-led government in tackling the flood situation. 'The state government, NGOs and Congress workers, especially of the Youth Congress, have done an efficient job to mitigate miseries of the people after the devastating floods,' she said but hastened to add that more had to be done for the affected people. 'I visited different areas of the Kashmir valley yesterday and later met with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah,' Congress president said, adding that she was told by the CM that a report about the damage had been prepared by the state and it would be submitted to the Centre soon. She said the floods and incessant rain had caused extensive damage. 'Immediate relief should be given to all the affected families,' she said. 'The larger question is how to rehabilitate the affected families,' she said, adding that both the Centre and the state government must work tirelessly to rehabilitate the flood-hit families. Sonia and Rahul also interacted with bereaved families of the Nowshera bus mishap.