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DC Srinagar sanctions Rs 30 lakh relief, housing assistance to families affected in recent fire incidents

Subsistence assistance, relief material for affected families; educational assistance for affected students

Srinagar, Jan 19: The Srinagar district administration has sanctioned relief and compensation amounts in favour of families affected in 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 here Tuesday under his chairmanship – of concerned officers including among others 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 8 different fire incidents reported at Gandarpora, Nawakadal, Zadibal, Allochibagh, Habbakadal, Wattalkadal, Nadpora, Chanpora and Panthachowk.

In each of these incidents the Srinagar district administration rushed immediate assistance to the affected families. The assistant provided included Rs 3 lakh cash assistance, 175 mattresses, 180 blankets, 200 bed sheets apart from kitchen sets and other household items.

Now after assessment of losses in these incidents the DC Srinagar has sanctioned an assistance of Rs 30 lakh in favour of affected families. The amount includes Rs 1 lakh each for restoration of damaged structures, Rs 3000-4000 assistance for kitchen items, Rs 5000 cash assistance, Rs 10000-15000 each for subsistence expenses in view of the harsh weather conditions.

Speaking during the meeting Dr Shahid appreciated the efforts of the Fire & Emergency Services officials and the local youth for 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 PMAY for assistance of Rs 1.68 lakh 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 education of children of the affected families does not suffer after the unfortunate incidents in which their study material was also lost.

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5 more localities declared as micro-containment zones in Srinagar

(Asian News Hub) – The authorities on Monday declared five more localities of Zadibal and Batamaloo areas of Srinagar in view of detection of fresh Covid-19 cases.

Srinagar admin said that 5 more localities of Zadibal and Batamaloo have been declared as Covid-19 containment zones to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The areas which have been declared as containment zones include Meerakabad Shalimar, Hyder Colony Kill Khan Gali Upper Soura, Buchpora Firdous Colony in Zadibal and Gazaliabad Lane No. 01 HMT and Shahanwar Colony Lane 02 in Batamaloo area of Srinagar.

Officials said that at least these areas have at least 33 active cases of Covid-19 and to prevent the further spread of the virus, these localities have been declared as micro-containment zones.

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Two militants killed in Shopian gunfight

(Asian News Hub) – At least two unidentified militants have been killed in an encounter that broke out between government forces and militants in Zeipora Mantribugh area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday.

A senior police officer told that two unidentified militants have been killed whose identification is being ascertained. He said that the search operation is still on in the area.

He said that the militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by government forces.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 34 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

Pertinently, 38 militants have been killed so far in Jammu and Kashmir this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the internet services have been snapped across Shopian district.

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Fortis hospital sets Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar

Appoints Dr Mir Sammiullah as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram

(Asian News Hub) – Keeping in view the rising incidence of liver diseases in Kashmir, Fortis Hospital has established a Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar.

The Centre will cater all types of liver diseases and liver transplant services.

Dr Mir Sammiullah has been appointed as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram.

The OPD services will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

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