Govt all set to declare Nov 7 snowfall as ‘natural calamity’
Srinagar, Nov 27:
Distressed farmers have something to rejoice as Jammu and Kashmir government is
mulling to declare November 7 snowfall as ‘natural calamity’ to pave the way
for providing adequate relief to the affected people.
The November 7
snowfall left a trail of death and destruction in Kashmir. At least seven people lost their lives.
Horticulture sector suffered the major brunt in the snowfall.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, has directed district development
commissioners to complete the loss assessment of the horticulture sector at the
earliest and submit their reports by November 30.
Commissioner, Kashmir, recently held a meeting with DCs and heads of various
departments. It was decided that once they (DCs) make assessment, government
will declare November 7 snowfall as natural calamity. The issue will also be
taken up with Centre for adequate relief to farmers, who suffered losses due to
snowfall,” source privy to the meeting said.
meeting accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that it was decided that issue
of declaring snowfall as “natural calamity shall be taken up with government
immediately so that relief is provided to the affected people”.
need to be more pro-active and previous shortcomings should not be repeated,”
Divisional Commissioner, as per documents, has told officials.
been directed to be well prepared to deal with such situation in future. Most
parts of Kashmir remained without electricity for over three days. The snowfall
also caused a massive disruption in surface transport as roads were not cleared
said 90 percent of orchards have suffered extensive damages due to the
Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers cum Dealers Union (KVFG), an umbrella body of all
fruit associations of Kashmir, 80 percent of fruit trees were uprooted due to
have suffered 90 percent losses. It would take at least 15 years for growers to
replace a damaged tree,” KVFG President Bashir Ahmad Basheer said.
horticulture sector was the main contributors to the J&K economy and more
than seven lakh families are dependent on it.
also demanded free of cost pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and fertilizers
for a period of five years to offset losses.