Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu demanded the Union government to declare the disaster in Himachal a national disaster. Prime Minister Sukhu said he raised this request with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 dinner. He also called for a special package for the state.
“The state government has been continuously demanding that the central government declare the disaster here as a national disaster. The central government should also provide a special relief package to Himachal, but so far both demands have been ignored,” Chief Minister Sukhu said.
The Prime Minister said that he will give appropriate answers to every question of the opposition in the monsoon session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly.
Chief Minister Sukhu expressed his gratitude to Priyanka Gandhi for her visit to the state. He said that Priyanka Gandhi took some time out of her busy schedule to come to Himachal and meet those affected by the disaster.
The Prime Minister said that Priyanka Gandhi’s eyes were “filled with tears” after meeting those affected by the disaster in many places.
He added that the state witnessed massive destruction due to heavy rains and floods. He said that the government is making changes in the manual to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.
The state government recently asked for house rent payment for people who lost their homes. In this regard, every month the government will provide Rs 5,000 in rural areas and Rs 10,000 in urban areas till March 31, 2024, he said.
He said that many people lost their lands in the disaster. Now such people have land in revenue records, but the place at zero point is not suitable for living. He added that the government will also make changes to these rules and will work to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.
The Prime Minister said that he has instructed all deputy commissioners of the district to ensure relief is provided to those affected by the disaster and that no one is left in need.
He said that the issue of reducing import duties on Washington apples had recently come to light. This will have a negative impact on all gardeners in Himachal Pradesh, he said.
The state government will also provide land and change rules to provide manual disaster assistance to affected people, he said.
“Farmers who lost their herds and crops will also be helped, and all deputy commissioners have been directed to declare disaster-affected areas,” he added.
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