1306 houses, cowsheds collapsed in HP during heavy rainfall

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Shimla, Aug 12

Himachal Pradesh Government informed in the house on Thursday that as many as 1306 houses and cowshed have collapsed or got washed away during rainfall in the state. Replying to a call attention motion after the question hour Rural Development Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar said that ten per cent quota was fixed for repair and building of the houses of rain affected people as a financial grant of Rs 1.50 lakh was being provided to each affected family.

”Keeping in the increasing losses of houses, cowsheds and shops in the rainy season out of 15000 houses allotted under Chief Minister House scheme ten percent houses was allotted to rain affected.

Minister said that Prime minister housing scheme covers 60 per cent SC/ST house holds and rest of the houses were allotted by the respective Gram Sabha from the list of BPL families on the slab basis. Under the PM Awass Yojana Rs 1.30 lakh have been provided by the Centre which is now increased to 1.50 lakh as state is providing Rs 20, 000 from its own kitty.

All the houses and other construction damage in the rain have been covered under CM housing scheme in one go upto last year and now there is no pendency before the department.

Minister said that Rs two lakh were also sanctioned under state disaster Relief funds (SDRF) each were being issued to affected families as concerned Block Development Officer sent the detail of loss of houses and cowsheds to concerned Deputy Commissioner.

Minister also informed that as many as1306 houses were affected by the heavy rain in the state so far as 126 pacca, 143 Kaccha and 536 cowsheds and shops were damaged in the state . He said in Kangra district about 81 Paccha houses, 143 Kaccha and 156 cowsheds and shops were completely damaged in the state.

Minister said that district administration also provided immediate relief of Rs 1.19 lakh to families which became houseless. Rs 10,000 each to partly affected households and shops and Rs 4100 for cowsheds. Minister asked the member that if any family has been left out of the ten percent quota of CM housing scheme and SDRF; he (member) should ask the affected families to apply for the scheme with the respective Deputy Commissioner.

BJP member Arun Kumar said that many families belonging to his assembly constituency became homeless and they were living in make shit places along with their relatives in sheds and even forced to live in the cowsheds.

He said that around 2000 families are affected in his assembly segment due to heavy rainfall, however 900 families were kept outside the prime minister and chief minister housing scheme. He said that panchayat Secretaries and Employees of department removed the names of affected families from the beneficiaries of the housing scheme.

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